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Silence is not golden. //Magnus
I think that you owe an explanation to the trusting backers of your Devo movie. Sadly, you've provided absolutely no information since the last update in 2016. I understand how difficult some artists can be, as I am a music executive and deal with similar situations every day. The difference between us is that I provide updates frequently and if the project does not work, I take responsibility. Those of us who want this movie seen and have put our hard-earned money into the project only want an explanation. If the band members were never "on board", then why even proceed? Please do not ignore us.
Copenhagen Music/Put Together Music
I find it upsetting that this project is still promoted on the professor's resume and Montclair University website. https://www.montclair.edu/focus-on/faculty/tony-pemberton-roberta-friedman/
Please tell us backers if the project is DEAD!
Anything goddammit! Tell us what's happening. There must be something that can be of interest for us backers. Sincerely, Magnus
So disappointed. I truly can't believe they can get away with this without some form of recompense to all us suckers who paid out our hard earned cash on something we believed in.
some signs of life
anything, anything at all
some information please
So, dead silence on this project? The last update was in February. You OWE us some answers at this point.
I put $300 into a project that was "95% shot and ready for editing" over 4 years ago. Best I anticipate at this point it a digital copy. Kickstarter complaints are worthless.
I get this also Tony but a better way to show some good faith and love for the community that supported your project is to invest in some other Kickstarter projects.
How does one go about getting a refund from something like this?
I see the boys are releasing their own book now. I wouldn't be surprised if it's related to this in some manner and killing this gets more books sold. Either way....this project has been a disaster.
Let's be straight here. Backers were scammed into thinking this project was fully authorised. It wasn't. If I am wrong, show me the contract between you and Devo which attests to this being authorised.
Let's be straight here. Backers were scammed into thinking this project.
Scott, I'm not sure if that was the terms and conditions when we contributed.
I'd like my refund please.
A Project Creator is not required to grant a Backer’s request for a refund unless the Project Creator is unable or unwilling to fulfill the reward. Project Creators are required to fulfill all rewards of their successful fundraising campaigns or refund any Backer whose reward they do not or cannot fulfill."
I, like others, are feeling pretty hopeless about this whole project. I pledged a LOT of money that I didn't have but felt was necessary to move the project along in my first year of high school. I have now almost graduated -- that's a long time! I think a lot of us would appreciate at /least/ a few more regular updates. It's nothing less than tiring and grating to hear the "ask Mark" excuse ad nauseam. That said, I look forward to any updates (hopefully positive) (or any refunds!)
Some more information please? As near as I can tell, no updates with any info at all have been posted anywhere (here, Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo, blogspot) since August 2015 (and those mostly just seemed to say "it's up to Mark"). Almost 800 people helped fund this film - we deserve to be kept in the loop about what is happening.
I filed a complaint today.
Nearly 2.5 years late. Can someone tell me how to officially file a complaint and ask for my money back? As far as I am concerned it is not happening- surely Mark M is not designing and signing shirts, so the fair thing to do would be to return all money. Remember this is 3 times as much as they asked for.
Going to be great.
Excited as a spud could be to see this documentary.
I feel scammed bamboozled beguiled bilked burned conned deceived duped finessed gypped hoodwinked overcharged swindled tricked victimized ripped off and sad.
If anyone is going to the DEVOtional this weekend, it would be nice to get a report on this project. Also, during Q&A maybe nailing someone down to answer to the issues.
Fo mine, I say get the video out, compromises or not, then release a 'director's cut' some time in the future - kinda like Apocalypse Now. Plenty of great directors compromise their visions because of interference from the studio or, in this case, the subject matter. It's two years late and you've had the trust of we Backers. Let us decide if the film is flawed or not when we see it, hopefully sooner than later. I sympathise but you need to also appease your shareholders. Good luck!
I'm a huge Devo fan and this film looked like it had great promise. This is the only Kick-starter project I've ever backed and now I need to find out how I get my money back :(
Sorry to hear about your woes. I hope it all works out.
I do appreciate the update.
I think it's class action law suit time. What a crook.
I will try to be reject full and considerate. I used to like Devo and so when I backed this project in 2012, I did not expect a lot. But what I got was a lot less then what I expected. When the deadline for the film and the rewards to be due, I waited. Then I wrote to Tony several times just wanting some quick update as to why nothing had happened and why everything seemed so secretive. The result of all of this is that I do not trust Kickstarter for getting involved with Devo and I think that Devo is a big mess. Don't think they or anyone involved with them on this project are crooks, but they are not to be trusted and all involved are incompetent. I am not going to cheer them on because they no longer have my respect. It takes little time and effort for someone associated with Devo to set this record straight. I don't expect an important guy like Tony to have the time to get involved, but maybe his maid or butler can lend a hand. Get with it guys and stop throwing crumbs and start telling us what is going on.
These guys are either crooks or the most incompetent kickstarters on the planet.No contact with backers. Just hopeless. Refund time.
It pains me to say it, but I think it's time to request a full and accurate accounting report of where the money went. If there is any left, it's time to start processing refunds based on percentage contributed. I encourage backers to report the project due to lack of transparency. There is a "report this project to Kickstarter" link at the bottom of the campaign page. I don't blame the producer or director for things beyond their control, but it is clear at this point they do not wish to share what has happened / happening.
May need an "Un" authorized cut to be released...
I believe there actually is a film, as the clips that have been shown have a professional polish to them. The problem seems to be getting the band to approve the film as is. General consensus seems to be that it is Mark that is holding up the approval process, with inference that it is because there is some mention of drug use in the band's past. I can understand why Mark would not want that sort of thing out there with his recent success in the Lego Movie and his Yo Gabba Gabba activity. But that "admission" is a matter of public record -- Bob 1 successfully reacquiring the "Blue Potato" Ibanez comes to mind. I think the question that should be asked at this point is: How important is it for the released film to be "Official"?
OK, I give up.
This is either a scam or the most incompetent filmmakers in the world.
Which is it???
A lot has happened in DEVO history over the past few years...but when is the finished docu/dvd coming out??
I thought this was a Devo doco not a Sex Pistols 'Swindle' doco
Product or money back please
some information, please
Here's an interview from late 2012 (near the bottom). Seems like the tension was already there that far back. It would be nice if the very professional producer and filmmaker would weigh in on the matter...
Its been so long I almost forgot I'd foolishly gotten involved in the first place. I'm sure there is zero possibility of it ever happening, but I'd really like a refund..... which will of course be handled professionally like all everyone else's questions / concerning, ignored.
Bye bye hard earned.....
They've apparently already blamed Mark Mothersbaugh for the delay, but don't have the huevos to tell any of us that this is a matter of fact or why.
I posted this comment on the last update, and will repost here to let it be more widely visible:
Mr. Pemberton and Ms. Friedman:
And the February update is . . .?
Please process a refund of my contribution, thank you.
Hello. Still hoping this will happen. It is the oldest Kickstarter of the 90 projects that I've successfully backed that hasn't delivered yet.