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Delve deep into the history of the movie riffing experience and discover what it means to our personal lives and the American culture.

Ogden, UT Documentary
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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.

Check Out Our Original Pitch Video, Starring Scruffy!

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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.

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FAQ

  • Upon successful funding of RiffLife, we will be looking for people who are eager to share their stories of how movie riffing, in any of its forms, has changed their lives for the better. There will be a page created that contains guidelines for submitting content to RiffLife upon funding. In the meantime, if you would like to express interest in being in the movie, you may contact the director of the film directly by sending him an email at dave at rifflifemovie dot com.

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  • NO. This operation is not run, endorsed or in any way associated with Mystery Science Theater 3000, RiffTrax or Cinematic Titanic. It is a 100% independent operation and does not reflect the views of anybody associated with the aforementioned organizations.

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  • It is our goal to have the movie finished and available for public consumption by October 2014.

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  • It is our intention to have a very modest premiere in Salt Lake City, Utah. The exact date and venue are yet to be determined.

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  • Anything can happen, but we doubt it.

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  • He may make an appearance in the special features section of the DVD, but it is not our intention to have him in the movie. Again, though, anything can happen.

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    You get our everlasting gratitude and your name will appear on the donor page of our website. You will also receive weekly behind-the-scenes video updates as the movie is being made, as well as being personally thanked by name in a video made by the RiffLife team at the end of the project.

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    You get our everlasting gratitude, your name will appear on the donor page of our website, and you'll receive a special grab bag filled with all kinds of digital goodies.

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    You get our everlasting gratitude, your name will appear on the donor page of our website, you'll receive a special grab bag filled with all kinds of digital goodies and you'll get a Thank You card designed by artist Sugar Ray Dodge.

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    Everything in the $10 package, a digital download of the finished film.

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    EXCLUSIVE DVD LEVEL! Everything in the $10 package, but instead of a digital download you'll receive a DVD of the finished film. This is a package for people who still like to use physical media.

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    Everything in the $25 package, and you'll receive a credit in the film under "Special Thanks to."

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    Everything in the $50 package and you'll receive and exclusive RiffLife T-Shirt and a Deluxe DVD edition of the finished film with all kinds of fun extras.

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    Everything in the $100 package, plus a full sized (24" x 36") RiffLife movie poster signed by graphic artist Sugar Ray Dodge.

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    Everything in the $150 package and your name AND FACE will appear in the credits under "Very Special Thanks to."

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    Everything in the $200 package, plus an invitation for two to the premiere in Salt Lake City, date TBD, although you will have to provide your own transportation and lodging.

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    Everything in the $500 package, plus you will get EXCLUSIVE, 24" x 36" CUSTOM POSTER ART by graphic artist Sugar Ray Dodge inspired by the movie riff of your choice. You can choose from any episode of MST3K, RiffTrax, Cinematic Titanic or your own movie riff as inspiration. Check out his existing art at UtahGraphicsWorld.com. If you choose to come to the premiere you will have to provide your own transportation to and lodging in Salt Lake City.

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    Everything in the $1,000 package, plus you will be interviewed for the fan community section of the film. YOU ARE GUARANTEED TO HAVE A SIGNIFICANT PART IN THE MOVIE! The method by which you will be interviewed is yet to be determined, but don't worry, we'll make it happen. You will also receive an Associate Producer credit in the film and be invited to have dinner with the makers of the film and other producers the night of the premiere, although you will have to provide your own transportation to and lodging in Salt Lake City.

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    The Executive Producer package for the ridiculously large spender. You get everything in the $2,000 package, except you will be credited as an EXECUTIVE Producer. We'll even throw in a pair of sunglasses and a bottle of vitamin water if you need it, just let us know. Invitation to the premiere and dinner with makers and other producers is included, although you will have to provide your own transportation to and lodging in Salt Lake City.

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Funding period

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