About this project
First, a little background...
Jerome Bixby's The Man From Earth (http://vimeo.com/72363420) was produced by Eric D. Wilkinson ("Paranormal Movie," "Sparks," "The Unwanted," "Mischief Night" and "Subterranea") and co-produced & directed by Richard Schenkman ("The Pompatus of Love," "Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God...Be Back by Five," A Diva's Christmas Carol," "Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies" and "Mischief Night"). It started out as a very small, completely independent, ultra-low budget film, but in the weeks before its release something happened. Somebody somewhere posted a copy online, and people all over the world started downloading and watching the film. What drew their interest? The sci-fi pedigree of the cast? The legendary writer whose last completed work it was? The simple but powerful concept of the story? We don't know, but within weeks tens of thousands of people had seen the film, and within months, millions. It has inspired countless discussions, arguments and repeat viewings. Some people think it's a pile of crap, others proclaim it to be their favorite movie ever.
Over the last few years some people have approached us, suggesting we make a TV series based upon the lead character, John Oldman. Others have begged for the rights to turn the piece into a play --- and indeed there have been productions of the theatrical adaptation all over the world (see: http://www.samuelfrench.com/p/2782/jerome-bixbys-the-man-from-earth). And, of course, many people have asked for a sequel, or at least another chapter in the life of this remarkable man. For a long time we resisted this idea out of our deep respect for Jerome Bixby's achievement, and the tremendous affection so many people have for the movie.
But then, one day, we came upon a very strong story that would honor the tone, content and ideas of the original film while telling a bold new tale. We're not going to reveal any plot details, but we can tell you that it is a story which once again challenges long-held beliefs in a dramatic and compelling fashion, and John Oldman is placed in the heart of a terrible conflict between what he knows to be right, and the limits of any man's humanity.
What's the Plan?
It is our intention to begin pre-production in November of this year, and start shooting in January 2014, most likely in the Los Angeles area. Ultimately, we hope to present the finished film to the world in September, 2014.
It's Kickstarter. What about the Perks?
We have decided to keep the perks as limited, as simple, and as affordable as possible because we want everybody who loved the first film to be able to participate in this project. Therefore, the primary, basic perk is simply the opportunity to follow us on the adventure of making the film, to be among the very first people to see the film, and to join us for a discussion following the online world premiere.
Beyond that, perks which involve visiting the set will hopefully take place in or near January 2014. You must be 18 or older to participate in any of the set-visit perks, and you must provide your own transportation and lodging while visiting. Perks which involve seeing the completed film will hopefully take place in September 2014. DVD's will be sent when they are produced, presumably shortly before the film's commercial release.
We hope to ship wristbands before production begins, so that supporters can proudly wear them while we're still making the movie!
We plan to make only as many wristbands as are required to fulfill supporters' requests, so they should turn out to be a pretty rare item. Here's a mockup of what they'll look like when produced:
And here's a look the front of the very, very rare "Man From Earth" mini-poster signed by the director and several cast members back in 2007:
Finally, a note about our goal:
We have stated $175,000 as our goal because we want to be sure and reach it… but the fact is that we are hoping to exceed the goal, because we can make a much better film with more funding. When it comes to filmmaking, time is money, and with more time to prep and shoot, plus more time in post-production to hone the sound, enhance the look and enrich the music, we will simply have a better movie. So please dig deep! The simple truth is that if only a tiny fraction of the people who illegally downloaded Jerome Bixby's The Man From Earth donated $5 to this campaign, we'd be funded several times over!
Thank you for taking a look at this campaign, and thank you for your support of The Man From Earth: Millennium!
Risks and challenges
We are endeavoring to make a low-budget independent film, and of course there are risks inherent in such an undertaking. But we -- the filmmakers -- have between us a strong track record of completing and releasing our movies. While we may face delays, setbacks or disappointments over the course of prepping, shooting and completing this movie, we are confident that at the end of the day, we will have a challenging and entertaining movie that will be worthy successor to Jerome Bixby's The Man From Earth.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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