With just 7 days remaining in the Blue Mountain State – “The Movie” crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter the project is still shy of the $1.5 million goal. Contributions continue to roll in but the campaign needs to raise about $30,000 a day during the next week – otherwise the campaign will close unfunded on Kickstarter.
Blue Mountain State is a comedy series that hit Spike in 2010. The series is based off of a fictional university and their football team the Mountain Goats. The series has focused on certain aspects of American university life that most students (and graduates) see as based in reality. Booze, partying, sex and collegiate antics that resonate many, has created a dedicated fan base for the franchise. After the series was cancelled, creator Eric Falconer grabbed the rights and is now crowdfunding to make a feature film. Falconer is also knows for credits including How I Met Your Mother, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and The Sarah Silverman Program.
Falconer and his partners, including Chris Romano, attempted to go the traditional route for funding a film but hit the brick wall known as “the studio”. Given the opportunity to gain the rights to make the film they moved forward looking for investors. Again they encountered disappointment. Finally they are going directly to their fan base for funding and with one week left they will know soon enough if a full length feature film will be made.
“So now here we are, on Kickstarter. We’re on our own. No studio backing us, and no distributor attached to the project. Some people might look at no studio and no distributor as a negative, but I see it as a positive. No studio and no distributor means we, as creatives, are free to make the biggest, craziest, most outrageous movie possible. We’re free to make the Blue Mountain State movie that we, and our fans, want to see.”
The campaign has enlisted colleges across the country to back the project and the University of Wisconsin is starting to pull away from the pack. But will college fans be enough? Interestingly some of the higher level funding tiers have been bought up. The speaking role package for $10,000 has been sold out representing $100,000 in contributions. Perhaps BMS needs to add a few more cameos? Check back on May 15th.
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