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Thanks for visiting our campaign! We're raising funds to complete the AWARD-WINNING web series, THE ROOM ACTORS: WHERE ARE THEY NOW?! Please help us finish the full HILARIOUS 10-episode season!
Our mockumentary follows 7 out of 9 of the ORIGINAL ACTORS from The Room as they struggle with embracing or shaking the stigma of appearing in what Entertainment Weekly called, "the Citizen Kane of bad movies."
Hopefully, you've already seen the first 4 side-splitting episodes of THE ROOM ACTORS: WHERE ARE THEY NOW (TRAWATN)? Available on Funny or Die (FOD) and YouTube (and coming to Amazon's FOD channel soon)!
The Room Actors: Where Are They Now? was "top-of-the-feed" on Funny or Die for 4 weeks straight with over 80% funny ratings AND it garnered hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube within a few weeks of launch!
TRAWATN traveled to film festivals around the world, winning tons of awards and accolades. Aww, shucks - you like it, you really really like it!!
Not only is the series fun and chock full of jokes designed for YOU die-hard Roomies, it also it includes lots of laughs for those of you who have never seen The Room.
Hold on. Who the hell are we? In short, we're 7 actors from so-bad-it's-amazing cult film THE ROOM. Have you heard of THE DISASTER ARTIST with James Franco? We're the actors who were in the ORIGINAL movie, The Room - the cult masterpiece that spawned the book, The Disaster Artist, which became an Oscar-nominated major motion picture.
I played “Michelle,” the best friend of the main character in The Room. Juliette Danielle (Lisa), Philip Haldiman (Denny), Carolyn Minnot (Claudette), Dan Janjigian (Chris-R), Kyle Vogt (Peter), Greg Ellery (Steven) and I star in the first 4 episodes of The Room Actors: Where Are They Now (TRAWATN)? ALL of us are BACK and will appear in the next 6 wacky episodes of TRAWATN! We can't wait to share new episodes with you!!
We have 6 more episodes left to FINISH THE SERIES! The goal we set for this project ($12,500) is the MINIMUM we need to make 2 more episodes. If we hit our MINIMUM GOAL, please keep donating! For every additional $7,000 we raise, we'll add one more hilarious episode. We need $42,000 to finish all 6 remaining episodes in our 10-episode WEB SERIES!
People often ask us whether we make money off our participation in “The Room.” And the answer is NO. (I mean, it’s yes, but not like you’re thinking. We each made a few hundred dollars shooting The Room back in 2002 and that was it. We’ve spent it. It’s gone.)
Unlike big name Hollywood actors, we are basically regular Joes and Josephinas. We don’t have a reserve of cash set aside for making films and we don't have easy access to financiers with gobs of money! (If you do, please let us know, though -- we LOVE having Executive Producers!)
When it comes down to it, this project is all about you, our fans. YOU decide HOW MANY EPISODES we do! If you fund us, we’ll do it! If we hit our minimum goal and you want more episodes, continue to support us and spread the word and we'll make more!
In short, we can't do it without your backing. We’re pretty much begging. That’s OK. After being in The Room, it’s not like we have a ton of pride.
WHY??? WHY LISA WHY...ARE WE DOING THIS?
We knew when we filmed THE ROOM 15 years ago, it wouldn’t win any awards. But we had no idea that it would eventually be known as “the Citizen Kane of bad movies,” and ultimately spawn an Oscar nominated film! But when the world is laughing at you, what do you do?
You laugh right along with them. Otherwise, you find yourself crying into your goblet of wine at night and no one wants that.
That’s why we created this series for YOU, the fans! We, the Room actors, absolutely LOVE the fans. The jokes and Easter eggs in the series are designed especially for YOU! I guess we realized that we really like making you laugh.
Sure, Juliette beats Room fan zero Michael Rousselet on a regular basis...
BUUUUUT we’ve been to numerous Room screenings in Los Angeles, and we’ve never met a funnier, wittier, more intellectual group of film fanatics. From SPOOOOONS to the football gags to the way you’ve made “oh hai” an inside joke for the ages, Room fans are awesome. So we made something to celebrate that...AND we need your help to finish it!
Awww, we love you for that! Thanks so much for being a part of our Roomie family, because we can’t make the remaining episodes a reality without your help. But we want to make sure it’s good for you too, so we’ve got a lot of fun rewards planned out. Take a look at what YOU can get!
Great question! Meet our team below:
The show stars 7 of the original Room actors including Juliette Danielle (Lisa), Philip Haldiman (Denny), Carolyn Minnot (Claudette), Robyn Paris (Michelle), Kyle Vogt (Peter) and Greg Ellery (Steven)!
Our cast also includes talented recognizable comedians like Mindy Sterling (Austin Powers), Richard Tyson (3 O'Clock High, Kindergarten Cop), Keiko Agena (Gilmore Girls), Fred Stoller (Everybody Loves Raymond) and Craig Cackowski (Drunk History, Veep)! And future episodes will include even more hilarious comedians you have seen in film and TV!
We ALSO have an all-star production crew.
MEET US HERE!
Me! (Robyn Paris) I wrote/directed/produced the first 4 episodes of The Room Actors, Where Are They Now. I have an MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA's School of Theatre, Film and TV and a BA from Duke University. I've won lots of writing and directing awards - most notably the Samuel Goldwyn Screenwriting Award and "Best Director" at the Chicago Comedy Film Festival. AND I played "Michelle" in The Room. Click HERE to learn more about me.
Michelle Romano is an award-winning actress and producer. She is a member of the Producers Guild of America, Women In Film, the New England Television Academy, and serves as a Board Member for SAG-AFTRA. Originally from Boston, Michelle can be seen in commercials, print ads, and various film productions. Michelle is currently in pre-production on several feature films with her company, Roman Media. Shecontinues to Act, Direct, and Produce projects in Los Angeles, Boston and New York.
Brett Takeshita is a Los Angeles-based producer and director who received a B.A. in Film and Television Production, and a minor in Film, Television, and Media Studies from Loyola Marymount University. In addition to producing episode 4 of The Room Actors: Where Are They Now? and serving as the first AD on episodes 1-3, he has worked on over 100 projects, with most of them being comedies that appeal to adults who embrace their inner 13-year-old. Brett serves as a writer and producer of the mockumentary web series, Hard Medicine, which is executive produced by Jay Ellis (star of HBO's Insecure) and currently airing on Urban Movie Channel. Brett is thrilled to get back to work with the TRAWATN family!
Dan Alvarado holds an MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA's School of Theatre, Film and TV. In addition to editing numerous shorts, documentaries and music videos, Dan produced and edited the first 4 episodes of The Room Actors: Where Are They Now? Dan is also an accomplished writer.
Jeanne Tyson, Julia Swain and Alyssa Bracato were the amazing cinematographers who filmed episodes 1-4 of The Room Actors: Where Are They Now? Depending on scheduling, most or all of these talented ladies will be back for episodes 5-10!
Jeanne Tyson is an LA-based cinematographer. Her work includes narrative and documentary features, shorts, and the first 3 episodes of The Room Actors: Where Are They Now? Her work has been featured in film festivals worldwide. Jeanne was the DP on Gingerbread Giants, a holiday special for The Food Network, as well as on the series Give on NBC. Jeanne has lectured on cinematography, directing, and production at USC, the Film Independent Director’s Toolkit Series and the WB Director’s Workshop. Born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, Jeanne earned a B.A. in Art and Theatre from Rhodes College, and an M.F.A. in Production and Cinematography from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.
Julia Swain is an LA-based cinematographer known for her emotion-driven imagery that seeks to portray the human experience. She worked on all 4 episodes of TRAWATN and is excited to be back on board for future episodes. Swain has shot narrative features, shorts, music videos and commercials for clients such as National Geographic, MTV, Samsung, Coca-Cola and ARRI. Her work earned her the ASC Vision Award from the American Society of Cinematographers and the Women in Film Fellowship in Cinematography. Swain holds an MFA from UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television. Recently, she wrapped her 4th feature film, SPEED OF LIFE and a short GOODNIGHT, GRACIE, which premiered at the prestigious SITGES film festival. She is currently directing a feature documentary celebrating women in cinematography. She is a proud member of the International Collective of Female Cinematographers (ICFC).
Thank you backers!
Risks and challenges
We've already made 4 hilarious episodes of our series. We have an incredible crew and team assembled and they're ready to get started making more Room actors magic! The making of the show won't be difficult. We have the scripts finished and we just need the funds.
We discovered after our last Kickstarter campaign that we offered too many varied rewards and fulfillment of these on a very tight budget was costly and tough. I modeled our previous campaign on Reading Rainbow and Veronica Mars! But they made millions and millions of $$. And we made $30k. So offering the same rewards they did was unrealistic (although kudos to us for aiming high - haha!). We pared it down this time and are keeping it simpler.
I already have the posters (signed and unsigned), T-shirts, mugs, artwork, DVDs and Bonus materials ready to go, so all we need to do is send it out! Last time, I needed to design and manufacture all of it!!! We are sitting pretty this go around. Thank you for joining our team and helping to make this hilarious series!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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