WHAT IS "THE ROOM" ?
In June 2003, a film called The Room premiered in a handful of Los Angeles theaters. It's the story of a love triangle between Johnny, a banker; Lisa, his girlfriend; and Johnny's best friend Mark. The film was the brainchild of Tommy Wiseau, the actor who plays Johnny. Wiseau wrote, directed, produced, and distributed the film. He also financed The Room, shelling out $6 million of his own money to make it.
The Room was Wiseau's first feature film. He hoped to use it to launch a Hollywood career... but all he succeeded in doing was blowing $6 million in record time. The Room played to nearly empty theaters for just two weeks before it was yanked from the screen; in that time it had grossed only $1,900.
Is there anything about The Room that isn't bad? The acting is stunningly incompetent, and Wiseau was incapable of providing decent direction. As a screenwriter, Wiseau was even worse. New characters appear out of nowhere and aren't properly identified, so it's never clear who they are. A number of subplots -such as drug abuse, breast cancer, unrequited love, and bad real estate deals- are introduced, then quickly abandoned. And though the thickly-accented Wiseau refuses to this day to say where he comes from, English is clearly not his first language.
The movie likely would have died a quick and unmourned death
had an aspiring young screenwriter named Michael Rousselet not happened to see
the film near the end of its two-week theatrical run. He was stunned by what he
saw- bad lighting, out-of-focus scenes, dubbed dialog out of sync with the lip
movements onscreen, poorly designed sets, one wooden sophomoric acting
performance after another, and much, much more. It was unlike any film he'd
ever seen. Sure that such a flop would never make it onto DVD, Rousselet sat in
an empty theater and called everyone he could think of, telling them they had to see The Room for themselves before it
THE CULT PHENOMENON
By the time The Room ended its theatrical run, a small but dedicated fan base had already begun emailing Wiseau to thank him for his efforts and ask him to screen the film again. Wiseau received dozens more emails in the months that followed, and in June 2004 he booked a small theater in West Hollywood for a single midnight screening. That event was a hit -so many people turned out to see the film that Wiseau booked another midnight showing a month later, then another, then another.
As the crowds continued to grow, he expanded to two screens at the multiplex, then three, and so on. Strong word of mouth among a steadily growing fan base of "Roomies", as they call themselves, led Wiseau to schedule screenings in cities up and down the West Coast, and eventually worldwide.
The Room's fans have created audience participation rituals all their own. Roomies attend screenings dressed as their favorite characters, shout out their favorite bad lines at the appropriate moments, yell "FOCUS!" during blurry scenes, and throw plastic spoons whenever the spoon photograph in Johnny's apartment appears. There's no question that the Roomies are there to laugh at Wiseau and his masterpiece, but he says he doesn't mind. "As long as they laugh or enjoy themselves, I enjoy with them," he says.
The founding members of Rockhaven Pictures are Rick Harper, Fernando Forero and Martin Racicot, childhood friends turned filmmakers. Together we discovered The Room in 2010 and immediately became obsessed with it, we knew this was something we had to be a part of. At the time we had only ever dreamed of becoming filmmakers, but when the owner of local theater, The Mayfair, talked about bringing Tommy Wiseau to Ottawa, we decided to sponsor the event with the sole purpose of getting to meet him.
To our surprise we got along very well with Tommy and he invited us to work to with him at several more screenings. Tommy was such a fascinating and complex person, odd and eccentric yet extremely intelligent and friendly, and at the time we felt The Room’s success was at its peak, so we had the idea of filming a documentary as a means to share this niche phenomenon with the world and celebrate Tommy’s uniqueness.
3 ½ years have passed, we’ve traveled to over a dozen cities spanning thousands of mile and have been very fortunate to have the entire cast of The Room support Room Full of Spoons, many who we now consider personal friends. They tell hilarious stories of how it was to work with Tommy, things that happened behind the scenes and how their lives have changed since appearing in the Citizen Kane of bad movies.
Most of the crew have made themselves available too, including Sandy Schklair, the script supervisor who takes credit for directing 90% of The Room. We’ve interviewed camera operators, the composer of original score, production assistants and even actors from other cult favorites. Room Full of Spoons really gets to the bottom of what makes The Room such a special movie. Juliette Danielle calls it “A love letter to The Room”
Room Full of Spoons doesn’t only speak to existing fans of The Room. Our goal was to make it as comprehensive and interesting as possible for those who may not be familiar with the source material, all while answering each and every question the fans have debated over for years now. Following the success of Greg Sestero’s bestselling novel The Disaster Artist and the soon to be James Franco/Seth Rogan film adaption, Room Full of Spoons will be an equally important companion piece to The Room.
Some recent developments will take us to Europe for the remaining weeks of filming and we begin the final edit immediately upon our return. The funds raised during the 30 day campaign will be used for this travel, and costs associated to post production such as professional sound engineering, color correction/grading, visual effects and animation.
Room Full Spoons will be available on DVD and so will More Spoons, a bonus DVD with hours of hilarious interviews and behind the scenes footage that couldn’t fit into the documentary. We also plan to have a limited theatrical release complete with prizes, Q&A sessions and special guests.
Risks and challenges
Room Full of Spoons is 90% done so there is ZERO risk non-fulfillment.
As with any film, release dates can be pushed back, however we don't anticipate this.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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