Penn Jillette is next up on the celebrity list to crowdfund a full length feature film and he is doing it on FundAnything. Jillette is half of the well known Penn & Teller team. He is an accomplished magician, actor, comedian and author. The Penn & Teller team were recently honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The crowdfunding campaign is for the film “Directors Cut”. Organizers are attempting to raise $999,972 over the next several weeks. They quickly raised almost $200,000 out of the gate. The feature length thriller is being directed by Adam Rifkin who includes “LOOK” and “The Dark Backword”.
Jillette described the film on his campaign page:
“Director’s Cut” is a crazy idea for a movie. It’s different than anything you’ve seen before. It’s scary, funny, and very meta. I like movies that are scary, but I don’t want them to be dirt dumb. I want a movie that gets my blood racing, makes me laugh, but also gives me something to think about, with maybe a little sexy thrown in. Hollywood doesn’t make movies like that. They make torture porn and comedies but they don’t put them together. They make smart movies but . . . oh wait, no they don’t make smart movies, nevermind.
Crowdfunding platform FundAnything – which prominently lists Donald Trump as a co-founder – recently facilitated another full length feature film, Road Hard by Adam Carolla. This campaign with a similar goal surpassed its goal with 15 days to spare. Carolla’s campaign closed at over $1.4 Million raised.
“This is a great opportunity for Penn’s fans to help make a movie they wouldn’t get to see any other way,” said Bill Zanker, co-founder with Donald Trump of FundAnything.
Film crowdfunding has become a very hot topic within the industry. Multiple A list directors and actors have successfully raised funds for films which then may avoid studio “restraints”. This method of raising funds for films is big business and is the second largest portion of Kickstarter’s business just after the Games category.
Reward levels start at $10 which includes a PDF of the screenplay. The top reward which is priced at $11,000 gives the donor status of an Executive Producer. There are six available. For $4000.00 Penn Jillette will officiate your wedding or renewal of wedding vows in Las Vegas. There was only a single reward available at this level and it quickly sold out.
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