Kickstart This: Sci-Fi 'Space Command' & 'Hopper: In His Own Words'
by Ben Pearson
June 1, 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 projects we want to spotlight: a gaming restaurant and bar called EXP in Vancouver, British Columbia; a series of sci-fi feature films called Space Command; and a documentary about the late Dennis Hopper called Hopper: In His Own Words. 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!
First up, a restaurant and bar in Canada called EXP needs our help. I'm sure you've all heard of the Alamo Drafthouse, an amazing chain of theaters based in Texas that is custom-built for movie fans. They serve food, discourage people from talking during the movie, and generally take far better care of their customers than a normal theater chain. EXP is a similar venture, only for video games instead of movies. They offer experience points (get it? EXP?) the more times you come back, you can play console games for free while you eat, and - get this - they even cut up your food into bite-sized pieces so you don't get your hands and the controllers dirty while you're playing (genius)! Check out the EXP pitch video:
For more information on EXP, or to help donate to support their restaurant, visit its IndieGoGo page. Brian Vidovic and his team are trying to raise $50,000 by June 25th, so if you live near the Vancouver area or just want to support cool establishments, throw some cash their way.
Next, there's Space Command, an original series of feature films produced by some of the best minds working in science fiction today. This is the brainchild of Marc Zicree, a writer with credits ranging from animation to "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" and "Star Trek: Generations." With Space Command, he wants to make something that is hopeful again instead of a lot of the dour, fatalistic sci-fi we've seen in recent years. He's enlisted the help of the Emmy-winning visual effects supervisor for "Battlestar Galactica," and hopes to work with big names like George Takei and Doug Jones on these films once they get rolling.
For more information on Space Command, or to help support the project, visit its Kickstarter page. Marc Zicree and his collaborators have already met their goal, but this still looks like a cool series that sci-fi fans with a bit of extra money could help support to make it turn out even better.
And finally, there's Hopper: In His Own Words. Directed by Cass Warner Sperling, this documentary features an hour-long interview with the late Dennis Hopper, one of the most iconic actors in cinema history. Hopper's interview is said to be the longest he ever gave, and he speaks pretty candidly about his drug use, working on the Warner lot, and even being blackballed and going a decade without acting in a studio film. Most of the money needed for this project goes to licensing clips and music from his films to intercut during the interview, since every shot and cue must be licensed individually and that gets monumentally expensive. Take a look at the video, which shows some quick glimpses of Hopper's interview:
For details about Hopper: In His Own Words, or to help fund the project, visit its Kickstarter page. Cass Warner Sperling is hoping to secure $35,000, and she's only got until Friday, June 1st! That means she needs an absurd amount of help in a remarkably quick time, so let's see if we can push it over the edge and hopefully this interview will be available for us all to see. (Time is up, but we're featuring it anyway.)
That's it for this week's edition of Kickstart This. Hopefully you like the projects featured, so leave us some feedback in the comments. My inbox is always open if you come across something you'd like to see featured in this column in the future, so fire an e-mail my way at BenPears85@gmail.com and hopefully we can get it some extra publicity. 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.