RiffLife: An Exploration Of The Movie Riffing Phenomenon
Delve deep into the history of the movie riffing experience and discover what it means to our personal lives and the American culture.
In the late 1980s, Mystery Science Theater 3000 was unleashed upon the world and forever changed the way we look at bad movies. Since it's cancellation in 1999, cast members of MST3K have filled the void left by the show with their own projects, namely Michael J. Nelson's RiffTrax and Joel Hodgson's Cinematic Titanic. But it hasn't stopped there. Fans of the show have begun making their own riffs of bad movies, making the concept of movie riffing a wide ranging creative sandbox for anybody to play in, and is literally changing lives in the process.
In our film, RiffLife, we want to document this history of the movie riffing phenomenon from MST3K up to the present day. We want to delve deep into the ocean of bad movies and see what it really takes to be "riffworthy." We want to explore the bodies of work already produced by these genius men and women and get their thoughts on the best of the best and the worst of the worst. But that's not all. We want to talk to the creators and fans and hear stories about what movie riffing means to them personally. Our ultimate goal is to determine where riffing fits into the zeitgeist of American popular culture.
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But we need your help. As fans of movie riffing, we all know that movies made with no budget are really, really terrible! Our goal is to raise enough money to not only secure interviews with as many relevant individuals within the world of riffing as we can, but also to make it a top notch production worthy of the price tag we put on it. And to do that, we need to actually PAY people. Take a look at our reward levels and see if anything catches your fancy.
For high end buyers, Director Dave Chadwick (alternately known as Sugar Ray Dodge in some corners of the internet) is willing drawing all kinds of fancy custom artwork. Check out examples below.
So on behalf of everybody on the RiffLife Team, thanks so much for you generous consideration. We literally cannot make this happen without the support of viewers like you.
Risks and challenges
There is always a chance that if/when we get funded, some or all of the creators of MST3K/RiffTrax/Cinematic Titanic will politely decline to be in our movie. But that's okay, because then the movie will shift entirely to the fan experience. Of course we would like to talk to as many creators as we possibly can and securing their appearance will be the priority upon funding, just know that we have a backup plan.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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