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Meet the masters of science fiction, fantasy & horror film & TV in a new web video series presented by the 'zine that defined the form.

Welcome, friend: You've arrived at the Kickstarter for the web video series created specifically for hardcore fans of science fiction/fantasy/horror film.

With over twenty years as journalist and critic for the leading journal celebrating the art and craft of science fiction, fantasy and horror film, Cinefantastique Magazine's Dan Persons now wants to get you up close and personal with the stars and artists behind the medium's most fantastic genres.

Every week on his new web video series, Inside the Fantastique, Dan will sit down with actors and filmmakers, delving into their careers, exploring their present work, and bringing new depth and understanding to what it takes to create today's fantastic film.

No fancy sets, no cheesy spaceship effects, no cutesy musical stings -- just good talk from the people who make the movies, enlivened with copious clips and visuals.

Over the first season of thirteen episodes, the conversation will be lively, incisive, sometimes irreverent, and always entertaining. Whatever the tone or topic, it will always hold true to Cinefantastique's core principle: To celebrate films with "A Sense of Wonder" by treating them with the depth and perception that true works of art deserve.

Shows will be available for free viewing at the Cinefantastique Online website at cfqonline.com, and free download via iTunes and other podcatchers. It will also be available on its own YouTube channel, at the Huffington Post, on the Chronic Rift Network and at the Mighty Movie Podcast website. We will begin scheduling as the campaign progresses; guests will include actors and filmmakers talking both about their upcoming projects and their careers in fantastic film.

Are you ready to finally have the fantastic film video series you know you deserve? Watch the project video above, featuring the pilot episode with horror master Larry Fessenden and director Rob Kuhns talking about their new documentary, Birth of the Living Dead, and make your pledge. Let CFQ start bringing you your weekly serving of the Inside the Fantastique, starting in 2014!

TROMA'S LLOYD KAUFMAN GETS BEHIND INSIDE THE FANTASTIQUE

Lloyd Kaufman, the mad genius behind such epics as THE TOXIC AVENGER, CLASS OF NUKE 'EM HIGH, TROMEO AND JULIET, and POULTRYGEIST: NIGHT OF THE CHICKEN DEAD, has been a longtime fixture at Cinefantastique. Now he's throwing his support behind INSIDE THE FANTASTIQUE, and the fact that he'll be among our first guests has absolutely nothing to do with his endorsement.

JOHN SAYLES AND YOLANDA ROSS SUPPORT THE SHOW!

John Sayles has placed his indelible mark on fantastic film with such unique releases as BROTHER FROM ANOTHER PLANET and THE SECRET OF ROAN INISH. Now, along with Yolanda Ross, co-star of his latest film, GO FOR SISTERS, he throws his support behind our Kickstarter campaign!

"PLAY DEAD'S" SHADE RUPE WANTS TO SCARE THE SUPPORT OUT OF YOU!

Long-time journalist Shade Rupe teamed with the master showman Teller (of Penn & Teller fame) to bring the deliciously macabre stage show Play Dead to the big screen. In this exclusive video, he talks about making his debut as director of this highly-praised film, and why it's so important to support our campaign.

A BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE LONG HISTORY OF CINEFANTASTIQUE

Cinefantastique Magazine was established in 1967 by publisher Fred Clarke to be something new and unique in the world of fan magazines: a serious journal that would cover the world of science fiction, fantasy, and horror film with the love and intelligence that a true art form deserves. Starting out as a mimeographed fanzine and eventually transitioning to a quarterly published in offset, the publication soon bloomed into a full-fledged, glossy magazine, published bi-monthly.

In its 40+ years of existence, Cinefantastique has established itself as an indispensable periodical for those who wish to gain a deeper understanding of the creation of fantastic film. Over its history, the magazine has published incisive articles detailing the genesis of such screen classics as Forbidden Planet, Halloween, Blade Runner, and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. We've celebrated the work of such masters as Ray Harryhausen, Christopher Lee, and John Carpenter; and our TV coverage and episode guides are regarded as definitive resources. And, over the years, we've literally inspired successive generations of actors, filmmakers, and special effects artists to enter the field.

We've been inquisitive, incisive, and thoughtful. We've occasionally been caustic, sometimes contentious, and on a few occasions downright controversial. We've done it all because we love fantastic film, and will spare nothing in bringing fans of the genre the best coverage possible.

Cinefantastique operates today as the web publication Cinefantastique Online, overseen by managing editor Steve Biodrowski. Our review podcast, The Cinefantastique Spotlight, publishes weekly and will celebrate its fourth year of operation this coming March.

Inside the Fantastique is an outgrowth of Dan Persons' work on The CFQ Interview podcast, bringing Dan's in-depth approach to interviews with such guests as Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany, musician and filmmaker Rob Zombie, and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine's Armin Shimerman to the video format.

A LONG HISTORY OF THE BRIEF SUMMARY OF DAN PERSONS

Hello, I'm Dan Persons, the guy who's been referring to himself in the third person above. I've been a film journalist for over twenty years, with a significant portion of my credits going to Cinefantastique Magazine. Now CFQ is encouraging me to explore how to expand its core mission to provide serious coverage of the field of fantastic film with Inside the Fantastique.

In my time with the magazine, I've covered a staggering array of film and television projects -- The Silence of the Lambs; Pee-Wee's Playhouse; The X-Files; Starship Troopers; Robocops 2 & 3 -- and spoken to some of the leading artists in the field, including Paul Verhoeven, Wes Craven, John Landis, special effects master Doug Trumbull, and Jonathan Demme. I could tell you what a torturous, demanding career it's been but, nah, it's been a gas, and I've loved every minute of it.

In 2004, I made my move to the web in a big way, producing video content for the IFC and ReelzChannel websites. I presently produce The Cinefantastique Spotlight, our weekly review audio podcast, and previously produced The CFQ Interview, the podcast that set the stage for what I'd like to do with Inside the Fantastique.

Some journalists look at the web and see a threat, I see only opportunity. I see the freedom to tell whatever story you want using whatever medium is most suitable: text; pictures; audio; video (3D printing? Hmmmmmm...). Inside the Fantastique is the next step to the goal of letting Cinefantastique provide its unique brand of in-depth coverage using all the tools available - making your glimpse behind-the-scenes even more intriguing and exciting.

If you want some further indication of what I'll be bringing to the table, have a listen to some of my work on The CFQ Interview (right-click the link to download):

The Walking Dead's Dallas Roberts:

 Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany:

WHAT YOUR PLEDGE WILL DO

Achieving the goal for this campaign will, among other things, permit me to purchase new audio equipment, microphones, hard drives, and software; pay monthly fees for the servers that will host the episode files fed to podcatchers, including iTunes; and rent shooting space, when necessary. Part of it will also go to fulfilling your rewards (them rewards cost money!), and, admittedly, to allow me, Dan Persons, to devote my full time to the production, promotion, and perpetuation (see below) of this new chapter in Cinefantastique's history. What I'll be getting personally will not be anywhere near a sane living wage -- even if we exceed the specified goal -- just enough so I can relax and concentrate on the work at hand: bringing you thirteen weeks of shows exploring the intricacies of fantastic film.

THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING

This Kickstarter is to fund the first thirteen episodes of Inside the Fantastique, our "season one." Of course, we don't want to stop there. In fact, I'm hoping that -- above and beyond seasons two, three, twenty-eight, etc. -- this show will be CFQ's first foray into bringing our distinctive brand of Cinefantastique coverage to a whole variety of new video programming.

But first things first. Funding this first batch of shows is important, not just for the immediate goal of these thirteen episodes, but also to prove that there's an audience eager for the kind of in-depth video reportage that Cinefantastique can provide. To that end, our passion and enthusiasm must be matched with your own.

Watch the pilot and pledge, definitely, please. Let your friends who share your love of fantastic film know what we're doing -- in any way possible: Facebook likes, tweets, maybe even tell people (gasp!) face-to-face -- and ask them to check this Kickstarter page out. And when the series starts up in the beginning of 2014 (note we said "when"), please come and join us every week. You'll have helped make it possible, after all, and your continued interest and feedback (good and bad) will be the proof we need that there's worth to, and a genuine audience for, what we're doing.

If all goes well, this will be the only Kickstarter we'll need to run -- we'll be able to demonstrate the value of the Cinefantastique approach, and take it from there. But whatever the case, please consider helping us take this first step.

Thank you in advance for your interest and support, and remember: Greet every day with a Sense of Wonder.

REWARDS? OF COURSE, WE'VE GOT REWARDS!

In addition to delivering week after week of entertaining, informative glimpses into the world of fantastic film, we want to thank you for your support in more tangible ways.

Everyone who pledges will receive email editions of Inside INSIDE THE FANTASTIQUE our weekly newsletter that will keep you up-to-date on the production of the show and upcoming guests, along with the doings at CFQ and just the general natterings of Dan Persons.

PLUS: All supporters will have their names listed during a special "Hall of Thanks" credit roll at the end of our debut episode. This show will then be archived at cfqonline.com and on YouTube so your fame shall be everlasting.

WANT MORE ATTENTION? Pledge $35 and we'll give you an on-screen credit as Executive Producer at the beginning of an episode. This reward is limited to three credits per show, each listed individually.

Starting at the $5 pledge level, everyone will receive our extra-special and super-stylish thank you postcard featuring classic CFQ art. Go up to $10, and you'll be getting our classic thank you sticker as well.

So, okay, pretty cool so far, right? Wait, it gets even better...

Legendary cartoonist and animator Bill Plympton (25 Way to Stop Smoking; Idiots and Angels; Guard Dog) has provided us with exclusive art featuring Ella -- the star of his newest film, Cheatin' -- showing her love for Cinefantastique. This is something really unique and special, and you can get it on a sticker for a pledge of $15, or an XL t-shirt for a pledge of $35.

Scare away the demons, poltergeists and monsters hiding under your bed with our XL t-shirt featuring a glow-in-the-dark Cinefantastique logo. It's exclusive to this campaign, and available for a pledge of $25.

Or pledge $30, and you'll get the shirt and can choose from one of our special behind-the-scenes packages:

  • Get a private link to uncut, camera 1 footage (angle on Larry Fessenden and Rob Kuhns) of the BIRTH OF THE LIVING DEAD interview, presented in its original 16:9 aspect ratio. See Dan flub the intro and names! See Larry and Rob's reactions to Dan's questions!

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  • Get an autographed script from an episode of our review podcast, The Cinefantastique Spotlight. It's guaranteed to be at least four pages long and chock-full of spelling errors and pre-scripted ad-libs (see what we did there?). Dan will pick one for you at random, but if you reallllllly want a specific episode, just ask and, if it's available, it's yours!

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  • Get a private link to UPSTART MADNESS, an hour-long video compilation tracing the tumultuous, ten-year history of Dan Persons' production entity, Upstart Company NYC. Features appearances by Penn Jillette, Gilbert Gottfried, Terrence Howard, Stan Lee, the cast of LOST GIRL and others, plus rarities, oddities, equipment tests, proofs-of-concept, Dan walking across a really long space, and much more!

 See what we do best at CFQ: Bring you insights into fantastic film like no one else can. Our retrospective on 2001: A Space Odyssey features interviews with special effects master Doug Trumbull, author Arthur C. Clarke, stars Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood, and much more. It's yours for a pledge of $35.

 CFQ was there to cover all the turmoil behind the groundbreaking (and controversial) REN & STIMPY SHOW. Our cover story features exclusive interviews, rare art, and episode guides for seasons one and two. You'll get a copy of this much-sought-after issue, along with our exclusive Bill Plympton T-Shirt.

We have a special, limited quantity reward for lovers of the walking dead everywhere (you know who you are). Pledge $20, and you'll get your thank you sticker and postcard, and a copy of the incredible Cinefantastique's Ultimate Guide to Zombies, complete with exhaustive film and TV lists, the inside story on Night of the Living Dead, tips on making your own zombie movie, a special, 3D centerfold, and much, much more.

ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITIES

For our colleagues who'd like to reach out to our audience of avid fans, we're offering very limited advertising opportunities: one 30 second pre-roll and post-roll spot per episode; and two, 30 second static lower third ads during the show. Please contact us before pledging to confirm date availability and the suitability of your ad content.

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Our target date for the debut of Inside the Fantastique is January, 2014. However, depending on availability of interview subjects, we may have to push that date back, although we do not foresee the show debuting any later than February, 2014.

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