Kickstart This: 'Kenny' Doc, 'P5YCH' + IndieGoGo's 'Halo: Helljumper'
by Ben Pearson
March 30, 2012
Welcome to this week's edition of Kickstart This, our weekly column devoted to shining the spotlight on interesting fundraising projects that need your help to get made. We're finally spreading our wings a bit and looking outside the Kickstarter umbrella to IndieGoGo this week, and we've got three projects that we think are worth a look. There's Kenny: A Documentary in G about the sax player, a horror flick called P5YCH that brings together classic horror icons, and a badass webseries called Halo: Helljumper that's so awesome it almost makes us forget that a big screen version hasn't been made yet. Check them out below!
First up is Kenny: A Documentary in G. I know, I know - your parents probably listened to Kenny G back in the 90s, and his music is cheesy as hell. But take a look at what filmmakers Brian McGinn and Rod Blackhurst have in store for us - it just might change your mind about the guy. His dream is to make music for movies, and this documentary takes us on a whirlwind tour of Kenny's past - playing for Presidents, Prime Ministers, and becoming one of the best-selling artists of all time - and gives a hopeful look at his future, culminating with his dream to go to the Oscars and play a song he wrote that's nominated for Best Original Song. Watch their Kenny: A Documentary in G pitch video here:
For more info on Kenny: A Documentary in G, or to help fund the project, visit their Kickstarter page. Rod and Brian are seeking $100,000 before April 17th, and they've got quite an uphill battle ahead.
Next, we have a throwback horror film called P5YCH, which is one of my favorite Kickstarter projects ever. It takes place in 1984, and the film asks the question: what happened to the survivors of the incidents that inspired the scariest movies of all time? The survivors undergo experimentation by Dr. Rick Gilbert (played by X-Men, X2, and Watchmen screenwriter David Hayter, who is also the voice of Solid Snake in the Metal Gear video game series), which takes them on an Inception-like journey until memories and reality mix and people start dying. This has the potential to be the definitive meta horror film ever made, so please support the movie if you can! Watch the P5YCH pitch video here:
For more information on P5YCH, or to help fund the project, visit their Kickstarter page. Director Matthew Currie Holmes is seeking $20,000 before April 26th, and we can definitely help get them closer.
"It's more than just dirt… it's our dirt." And finally, from the world of funding website IndieGoGo comes an amazing-looking project called Halo: Helljumper. You can already watch the first two parts here and here if you want, but the filmmakers are looking to continue the series in an even more epic way with better effects, props, and all the things they need to give fans the best Halo series they can. There's a great bleached out quality to the film that reminds me of Minority Report, and it's easy to see that all this project needs to achieve true greatness is a bigger budget. Watch their pitch here:
For more information on Halo: Helljumper, or to help fund the project, visit their IndieGoGo page. Director and screenwriter Dan Wang is seeking $65,000 before May 7th, so be sure to spread the word to any and every Halo fan you know so they can help make this project as awesome as it can be!
That's it for this week's edition of Kickstart This (as always, you can find our previous editions here). Let us know what you think about all of these latest projects in the comments below, and if you have funded any of them. As always, feel free to drop me a line at BenPears85@gmail.com if you come across any cool projects that need funding, and I might feature them sometime in the future. See you next week with more.