Kickstart This: Saulnier's Unconventional Revenge Film 'Blue Ruin'

August 10, 2012

Blue Ruin

Welcome back to another edition of Kickstart This, FirstShowing's weekly column dedicated to spreading the word about cool indie projects that need a little bit of your help to become a reality. You may have noticed that we've dropped the number of projects we feature from three to one, so each project can really get the attention it deserves. Today, we've got a unique drama called Blue Ruin that puts a different spin on revenge stories as we know them. "Equally suited for art house cinephiles and die-hard genre fans." Take a closer look below, sound off in the comments, and toss this filmmakers a few bucks if you can. Read on!

With the eerie mood and wooded setting captured in the few flashes of camera tests that director Jeremy Saulnier shows us here, we see that his film has a great visual style to it that reminds me a bit of the look Rian Johnson achieved with his first film, Brick. The story follows a vagrant who is shocked out of his lazy way of life and looks to get revenge after he receives some surprising news, and it ultimately culminates in a visceral struggle to protect his estranged sister. It sounds compelling and fresh, and Saulnier is passionate and very well-spoken about his goals for bringing his project to life (something that unfortunately can't always be said for every Kickstarter filmmaker).

He wants to, in his own words, "please the audience with a completely surprising, subversive version of the traditional American revenge tale." This could be a cult classic in the making, and I'm thankful that Saulnier doesn't give the whole thing away because I can't wait to see what he does with this film when he (fingers crossed!) meets his financial goal and is able to realize his vision. Take a look at his pitch video:

For more information about Blue Ruin, or to help fund the project, visit its Kickstarter page. Director Jeremy Saulnier is hoping to raise $35,000 by Thursday, August 30th, and he's not too far from making that happen. Let's help get this project over the edge and into production, don't forget to donate if you can!

That's all for this week's edition of Kickstart This. We're always looking for feedback, so sound off with any thoughts on the film or suggestions for this column in the comments below. Also, my inbox is always open at, so feel free to send any worthwhile Kickstarter or IndieGoGo projects my way and you could end up seeing them featured in a future column. As always, thanks for supporting these kinds of indie projects, because they definitely couldn't be made without the help of generous people like you guys. For our full Kickstart This archive, visit here.

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