Kickstart This: Real-Life Serial Killer 'Belle Gunness' + 'Speed Sisters'
by Ben Pearson
June 29, 2012
Welcome back to another edition of Kickstart This, FirstShowing's weekly column dedicated to spreading the word about cool indie projects around the web that need your help to become a reality. This week we've got three interesting film projects we want to spotlight: a movie about the real-life but little-known serial killer Belle Gunness; a timely satire about propaganda called The Professor; and a documentary about some Palestinian women who have the need... for speed. Take a look at these three new projects, sound off in the comments below, and don't forget to toss the filmmakers a few bucks if you can. Check 'em out below!
Everyone has heard of Lizzy Borden, but what about that other famous female serial killer that isn't quite as well-known? Belle Gunness: The Movie seeks to inform and entertain audiences at the same time by revealing the untold story of one of the most prolific killers in American history. Luring men to her Indiana home by placing ads in the paper with promises of half ownership in her farm, Gunness reportedly killed upwards of 35 people during her time, including her husbands and all of her children. Sounds like someone you definitely didn't want to piss off. A group of filmmakers from Gunness' old stomping grounds are looking to make a short film which they can then turn into a feature, so check out their pitch video below:
For more info on Belle Gunness: The Movie, or to help support the film, visit its Kickstarter page. Stephen Ruminski and his team are trying to raise $8,000 by July 30th, and they're going to need our help to make this story come to life.
With Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom" generating all kinds of buzz after it's HBO premiere this past Sunday, the news seems to be back en vouge again. Perhaps it's good timing, then, that Cinema Blend, ComingSoon, and Movies.com blogger Perri Nemiroff (@pnemiroff) has decided to create an action-heavy satire that aims to pull back the curtain of propaganda for her Columbia University MFA Thesis Film. The story follows a Media Studies professor and her students who capture a news anchor and force him to read the "real" news, but this isn't just another call to arms against conglomerates and mass media today. The Professor will explore the conflict of avoiding violence in violent times when one of the students begins to doubt the professors motives. Check it out:
For more information on The Professor, or to help support the project, visit its Kickstarter page. Perri Nemiroff and her team are looking for just $9,750 by July 22nd, and they're more than halfway there, so toss them a few dollars if you can and let's see what they can do.
And finally, Speed Sisters: Racing in Palestine is a documentary about the first ever all-female racing team in the Middle East. While the Fast and Furious movies may make a few pitiful attempts to convince you otherwise, racing is still mostly a sport dominated by men. But these women aren't letting that stop them from burning some rubber anyway. In the face of massive cultural hindrances, societal expectations, and—oh yeah—a military occupation, the subjects of this dashing documentary put the pedal to the metal and blast through stereotypes and finish lines alike. Take a look at their video:
For details about Speed Sisters: Racing in Palestine, or to help fund the project, visit its IndieGoGo page. Director Amber Fares is hoping to secure $35,000 and she has until August 8th to do it. This seems like a project worthy of attention, so let's see what we can do to help them out.
That's it for this week's edition of Kickstart This. We're really looking for some feedback from you guys, so leave us some comments with your thoughts below. Plus, my personal inbox is always open if you come across something you'd like to see as a featured project in this column in the future, so fire an e-mail my way at BenPears85@gmail.com and hopefully we can give it some extra publicity & funds. As always, thanks for supporting these projects, because these filmmakers couldn't make them without your help. For our Kickstart This archive and projects we've featured, visit here. We'll be back again with more next week.
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