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Don Cheadle Sets Up an Indiegogo Campaign for Miles Davis Biopic

Miles Davis

For years now, actor Don Cheadle has passionately been trying to get a biopic about jazz musician Miles Davis off the ground. The film is called Miles Ahead (it used to be called Kill the Trumpet Player), and for all of Cheadle's efforts, the film has struggled to get off the ground. But in the age of crowdfunding, it seems like he might have some hope. So the actor has taken to Indiegogo to kick off a campaign to help get the film in front of cameras. Unlike recent efforts from director Zach Braff, the amount to be raised is much more modest as Cheadle is only looking to raise $325,000 by early July in order to start shooting. Read on!

 Posted June 4 in Development, Kickstart This, Movie News | Comments

'Elstreet 1976' Goes Behind the Masks of Hidden 'Star Wars' Actors

Elstreet 1976

Even the most casual Star Wars fans are familiar with the likes of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher (all part of the cast for Star Wars: Episode VII), but only the hardcore know those who helped bring characters like Darth Vader and Boba Fett to life. You might know that James Earl Jones provided the voice for Luke Skywalker's Sith father, but do you know an actor named David Prowse put on the mask to play the character on set? Or do you know the actor behind the mask of Han Solo's bounty hunter nemesis Boba Fett? A new documentary called Elstreet 1976 focuses on those actors and more, but they need help.

 Posted May 12 in Docs, Kickstart This, Star Wars, To Watch | Comments

Support American Genre Film Archive to See Delicate 35mm Prints

The American Genre Film Archive

There's plenty of efforts in the entertainment industry to preserve actual negatives and film prints from cinema's history in order to preserve films of the past as the industry moves into the future that is in favor of digital filmmaking. However, The American Genre Film Archive is after a little more than that. Housed in a secret location in Austin, Texas, the AFGA has been preserving "orphan films that are moldering in storage units or being disposed of into the dark abyss of the ocean." But they also want audiences to be able to see some of these delicate prints without risking damage. And that's where they need your help. Read on!

 Posted April 25 in Cool Stuff, Kickstart This, Movie News | Comments

'Back to the Future II' Inspired Documentary Focuses on 2015 Tech

Back to the Future Part II

Though the HUVr tech hoverboards inspired by Back to the Future Part II turned out to be an obvious hoax, at least Nike's power laces are a real thing coming in 2015. The fact that we're able to talk about these things so commonly, and most of the general population knows what we're talking about, just goes to show you how engrained the Robert Zemeckis' time traveling trilogy has been on pop culture. In fact, the technology "created" to populate the year 2015 in the sequel has been referenced and used as inspiration for real science for decades. Now a new documentary aims to explore just how accurate the film's prediction of future technology turned out to be or how far we are from realizing Zemeckis' film vision of 2015. Read on!

 Posted April 15 in Docs, Kickstart This, To Watch | Comments

Bing! SlashFilm Needs Help Making a Movie with Stephen Tobolowsky

Stephen Tobolowsky

While you might not know Stephen Tobolowsky by name, you've certainly seen him in countless films like Groundhog Day (Ned! Ryerson!), Spaceballs, Sneakers, Radioland Murders, The Insider and Memento, and his voice is unmistakable in Robots, Buried and The Lorax. Plus, there's all the TV appearances on shows like "Glee" and "Heroes." Our friends as SlashFilm and writer David Chen have been host to the unique and fascinating podcast The Tobolowsky Files, and now they're trying to turn some of the actor's stories (now available in a book) into a concert documentary film, and they need help.

 Posted February 24 in Kickstart This, Movie News | Comments

'Raiders of the Lost Ark' Remake Needs Kickstarter for One Last Scene

Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation

There's already a book on shelves and a documentary adaptation in the works about Chris Strompolos and Eric Zala, two kids who decided to put together a homemade adaptation of Raiders of the Lost Ark when they were kids. The film has been shown at some special screenings around the country, but catching it has been pretty damn hard. However, the film has never been 100% completed because it's missing the infamous airplane scene featuring Indiana Jones facing off with a tough, bald Nazi mechanic before meeting a bloody end. But now Strompolos and Zala are trying to finish it, and they've asked Kickstarter for help.

 Posted February 12 in Cool Stuff, Kickstart This, To Watch | Comments

Kickstart This Awesome New Movie Connection Card Game 'Cinelinx'

Cinelinx

If you love movies and like playing games, then we have something cool for you. The folks from the movie website Cinelinx have decided to attach their namesake to a new card game for cinephiles. However, in order to become a reality, they need the help of anyone who might be interested to help the project by way of Kickstarter. So what is Cinelinx? Well, as they explain, "The Cinelinx game consists of 220 cards that have either actors names, directors names, movie titles, scenes, quotes, or genres on them. The point of the game is to play the hand you're dealt by finding connections between the cards." Sound pretty good? More below!

 Posted January 15 in Cool Stuff, Kickstart This | Comments

Watch: Dinosaurs, Vikings, Guns & More in 'Sin City' Style 'Kung Fury'

Kung Fury

If the Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez's Grindhouse (or the feature-length Machete inspired by the film) wasn't enough craziness on the big screen for your liking, then we have a new project for you to check out. Kung Fury a film inspired by the 80s, and shot much like Robert Rodriguez's adaptation of Sin City. During an unfortunate series of events, a friend of renegade cop Kung Fury is assasinated by the most dangerous kung fu master criminal of all time: Adolf Hitler, the Kung F├╝hrer. So Kung Fury decides to travel back in time, to Nazi Germany, in order to kill Hitler and end the Nazi empire once and for all. But the craziness doesn't end there as Vikings, guns, dinosaurs and mutants share the screen too. Watch now!

 Posted December 27 in Kickstart This, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Kickstart This: Inspiring Webseries 'That's So Crazy It Just Might Work'

That's So Crazy It Just Might Work

Welcome back to another edition of Kickstart This, FirstShowing's weekly column dedicated to spreading the word about cool and interesting crowdfunding projects that need your help to become a reality. Today we're changing things up and highlighting an inspiring webseries called That's So Crazy It Just Might Work, which focuses on real people who have gone against the grain and achieved something incredible and unique even when all the signs pointed to failure. It's an ongoing story of following dreams in the face of insane odds, and this should serve as an inspiration to everyone. Take a look below and donate if you can.

 Posted September 3 in Indies, Kickstart This | Comments

Kickstart This: Vidgame Doc 'Man vs Snake' on 1st Billion Point Score

Man vs Snake Doc

Welcome back to another edition of Kickstart This, FirstShowing's weekly column dedicated to spreading the word about cool and interesting crowdfunded projects that need your help to become a reality. Today, we're heading back into the world of documentaries and shining a light on Man vs. Snake: The Long and Twisted Tale of Nibbler. It tells the story of the video game called Nibbler, the first billion-point video game score, and the man who remarkably reached that milestone who's named Tim McVey (no, not that one). Take a look at the pitch below, leave us a comment with your thoughts, and don't forget to donate.

 Posted August 24 in Docs, Indies, Kickstart This | Comments

Kickstart This: Jeff Frost's Mesmerizing Time Lapse Art 'Modern Ruin'

Modern Ruin

Welcome back to another edition of Kickstart This, FirstShowing's weekly column dedicated to spreading the word about cool and interesting crowdfunded indie projects that need your help to become a reality. We've highlighted a lot of narrative features and short films in the history of this column, but there have rarely been times when a film project's visuals have truly blown me away. Jeff Frost's Modern Ruin: White Hole has done just that, and if you're a fan of photography or appreciate visual storytelling, you will probably dig this one. Take a look at his amazing pitch video below and don't forget to donate if you can.

 Posted August 18 in Indies, Kickstart This | Comments

Kickstart This: 'Paperback' Comedy From Writer/Director of 'New Low'

Paperback Kickstart This

Welcome back to another edition of Kickstart This, FirstShowing's weekly column dedicated to spreading the word about cool and interesting indie projects that need your help to become a reality. We often feature shorts in this column, but today I'd like to turn your attention to a feature film called Paperback, a story of a guy who meets the girl of his dreams, but discovers an obstacle stands in the way of them being together. It's a tale of romance, and it happens to be a comedy, but it sounds like it's far from your typical "romantic comedy." Take a look at their pitch video below, leave a comment, and don't forget to donate if you can.

 Posted August 9 in Indies, Kickstart This | Comments

Kickstart This: Short Party Film 'The Deal' From 'Much Ado' Producer

The Deal Short Film - Kickstart This

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'd like to turn your attention to a short film project called The Deal, which takes an intriguing look at what happens when a group of estranged friends meet at a party and discover their old dynamic isn't exactly the way they remembered. There's a hint of menace here that makes it seem more memorable than your standard reunion story, so read on for more, take a look at their pitch, leave a comment, and don't forget to donate if you can.

 Posted August 2 in Indies, Kickstart This, Short Film | Comments

Kickstart This: Documentary 'Jesse Heiman: World's Greatest Extra'

Jesse Heiman: World's Greatest Extra

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. We're back after a week off due to the craziness of Comic-Con, but this week, we want to turn your attention to a documentary project called Jesse Heiman: World's Greatest Extra, which follows the nerdy-looking guy who managed to score the much-coveted job of kissing supermodel Bar Rafeli in that famous Super Bowl commercial earlier this year. Check out the documentary team's pitch video below, tell us your thoughts, and don't forget to donate.

 Posted July 26 in Indies, Kickstart This | Comments

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