(PRETEND THERE'S A COOL HEADER BANNER HERE ... IT'LL BE THERE NEXT TIME, I PROMISE)
I'll be the first to admit that Kickstarter can be pretty irritating, what with everyone and their mother begging you for money to make their movies and all. Nevertheless, cool shit does from time to time result from Kickstarter funding and ya can't help but wonder what other gems are out there, unable to ever enter our lives without our help.
So I've decided to start a little recurring feature here where I shine a tiny little spotlight on any Kickstarter projects I come across that seem interesting to me. These aren't going to be any projects that I'm personally connected to in any way, nor could I ever actually go ahead and recommend you spend your hard earned money to help them reach funding. They're just projects I come across that sound appealing to me. Plain and simple. And who knows. Maybe they'll appeal to you too. And maybe you can help them get made.
Just don't get mad at me if you fund a project I mention on here that ends up being a huge steaming pile of shit. Again I reiterate; these are projects that just sound good to me on paper, I have no idea if the people involved have any talent or will ever even follow through on their promises. Thus, the long winded and skeptical feature title. And I swear, that cool header banner will be there next time.
Now that that's established.
This first project is a documentary about the wild and whacky world of Cryptozoology, the study of mythical creatures and monsters like Bigfoot, Nessie and the ever popular Jersey Devil. And no, I'm not talking about Snooki. I have a serious personal interest in the various cryptids of the world, which would explain why I'm interested in this project.
Taking a road trip approach to the subject matter, Cryptotrip is a documentary exploring various different sightings of such creatures, through eyewitness stories as opposed to lame recreation footage or lamer hunts through the woods to find things that will never be found. I dig this quite a bit, being that nearly every show or documentary on the subject is just sensationalized hogwash, rather than a real exploration of what people have seen or think they have seen. Cryptotrip is mostly completed, and a mere $2,000 is needed to fund the filmmakers' trip to 'Bigfoot Country', to round out the film with my main man Sassy.
Check out the pitch video and learn more below!
Cryptotrip, from the director of The Death of Andy Kaufman, is the first documentary of its kind. Sure, there are countless programs and films about cryptozoology, but which of these gives the eyewitnesses more than a minute or two to speak before inundating the viewer with flashy B-roll, reenactments, and aimless hunts through the woods? None. That's how this film is different. We've set out to travel across the United States, visiting people who have had incredible encounters with creatures they can't explain or identify, and giving them a chance to tell their stories. Thousands of unexplained creature sightings are reported in this country each year. What are people seeing? How do these sightings impact the eyewitnesses? What is our fascination with this topic? Cryptotrip sets out to answer these questions and take a look at America in a whole new way. So far, we've visited several different states and have edited together about an hour of more or less finished footage. But what film about creature sightings would be complete without a trip to Bigfoot country? We only have one journey left, and it's the most important one yet - a trip to the Pacific Northwest, where Bigfoot has been seen more times than anywhere else in America. We just need a little more dough to get there...
Check out the complete project details over on Kickstarter!