Kickstart This: 'Starry Eyes' is a Twisted Look at the Price of Fame
by Ben Pearson
March 25, 2013
Welcome back to another edition of Kickstart This, FirstShowing's weekly column dedicated to spreading the word about cool indie projects that need your help to become a reality. This week, we're taking a look at another horror, this one called Starry Eyes. It's a strange, dark Hollywood satire that's also an exploration of an aspiring young actress and the terrible price she pays for fame, inspired by movies like Repulsion, Carrie, The Entity and more. It features a strong female lead performance, and it looks intense as hell. Take a look at the pitch video below, leave us a comment, and don't forget to donate if you can. Check this out!
The story in Starry Eyes follows Sarah Walker (Alex Essoe), an ambitious young actress with dreams of stardom and the determination to do anything to achieve her goal. She gets mixed up with a Satanic cult that has been serving as the gatekeepers of Hollywood since the Golden Age of filmmaking, and soon paranoia and possession completely take over, with Cronenbergian body-horror to boot. Sounds a little like Black Swan meets Rosemary's Baby with the potential to be a scathing critique of Hollywood as well.
Writer & directors Dennis Widmeyer and Kevin Kölsch are experienced filmmakers, having made Postcards from the Future: The Chuck Palahniuk Documentary about the author of Fight Club, and an indie called Absence that was available on VOD for two years. For this project, they're teaming with up-and-coming producer Travis Stevens, whose recent work includes A Horrible Way to Die, Jodorowsky's Dune, and this year's SXSW entries Big Ass Spider! and Cheap Thrills, the latter of which won an Audience Award.
And while many of these Kickstarter or IndieGoGo projects have interesting rewards for donating, Starry Eyes has some especially fantastic options for fans. You could get exclusive, limited edition artwork from Mondo artist Jay Shaw, see your name as an executive producer in the opening credits, or even die on screen in the movie's climax. Plus, because of the filmmakers' relationship with Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk, he's offered to thank 100 donors to this campaign in his upcoming 2014 novel, "Beautiful You." Pretty rad. Take a look at their pitch video below:
For more on Starry Eyes, and to help support the project, visit its Kickstarter page. Writer/directors Dennis Widmeyer and Kevin Kölsch have successfully hit their goal of $50,000 already in advance of the deadline of this Wednesday, March 27th, but any extra donations they receive will help them make this project that much better. We're looking forward to seeing their twisted vision come to life.
That's all for this week's Kickstart This. Feel free to e-mail me BenPears85@gmail.com if you come across any cool film-related projects that might need some extra attention to meet their goals. My inbox is always open, and if you send in any Kickstarter or IndieGoGo film project, I can't promise we'll feature it here, but I will always at least take a look at it. Thanks for all of your submissions, and please keep them coming. (But remember to include a link in your e-mail!) As always, thanks so much for your support of these projects because they couldn't be completed without the help of film lovers like you. For our full archives, visit here.