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"Monty Cristo" here.


Every once in a while, I'll direct you all toward some Kickstarters thatr I think are interesting, worthy, cool, or all of the above.


Last Friday, I went on a set visit to the Austin-shooting ZERO CHARISMA (more on it soon), and once again found myself in the company of its truly charismatic star, Sam Eidson. As Muldoon posted previously, Sam is part of the Old Murder House Theatre here in Austin. They have put on theatrical parodies of beloved franchises including ROBOCOP, DIE HARD (in Live 3-D), and ALIENS (on ice!).

This summer, they are touring the U.S. with their take on JURASSIC PARK, and with 50 hours left on their Kickstarter as of this writing, they need just $900 to make their $20,000 goal. Check out their page and help make this happen.


At some point during SXSW, someone or another told me about BEST FRIENDS FOREVER, a Texas-shot road trip movie that happens during a nuclear attack on the US (little do the protagonists know). It's got a proportionately larger female crew than most productions, which is an achievement in and of itself. It stars Brea Grant (FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, HEROES) and Vera Miao. The duo co-wrote the movie, and Grant directs.

It's difficult to judge from an advance look, but it looks like it'll end up being pretty fun. The only way we'll know sooner than later is to help them get their finishing funds via their Kickstarter, which has 14 days left on it. What I like most is that they've really set this thing up so that rather than ask their friends to just have worked for free, they can actually pay them. Now THAT I really dig. Check it out and help get this thing done.




Moisés Chiullan
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  • April 9, 2012, 12:31 p.m. CST

    here's one worth supporting

    by handlink

  • April 9, 2012, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Kickstarter is all the rage now it seems

    by Longtime Lurker

    Fascinating to see how big the idea has become.

  • April 9, 2012, 12:55 p.m. CST

    seriously, an advertisement for a kickstarter campaign?

    by freak2thec0re

    all this guy monty cristo does is advertise his friends shows/projects on this site oh, and Cougar Town blows

  • April 9, 2012, 12:56 p.m. CST

    She's hot but poor mans Ellen Page.

    by moonlightdrive

  • April 9, 2012, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Best Friends Forever looks awful...

    by john

    sorry but it does. Kudos for getting a movie in the can (mostly). Kudos for being women behind the camera. No kudos for bad dialogue, acting and worse than that, no lighting continuity.

  • April 9, 2012, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Zero Charisma? Is this a documentary about Mitt Romney?

    by Joe Plumber

  • April 9, 2012, 1:21 p.m. CST

    Kickstarter campaigns? Really?

    by John Brown

    For projects done by people I've never heard of? "Give them money...someone on AICN said they are cool." Yeah, and someone on AICN said "John Carter" wasn't a disaster. If you want to promote Kickstarter campaigns that are going to do something of significance, as in preserve a famous film site or artifact, or send a sick kid to the set of "Avengers 2," then hit me up. But don't throw the names of strangers at me and tell them they deserve my money. 'Cause they don't.

  • You realize that many of the folks in the talkback here have projects of their own that need funding, or their friends have projects that need funding, and y'all don't give a fuck!

  • April 9, 2012, 2:45 p.m. CST


    by Monty Cristo

    Sam Eidson is a friend. Don't really know any of the BFF people. Will gladly promote Kickstarters for deserving/cool people I don't know. COUGAR TOWN 4EVA

  • April 9, 2012, 2:45 p.m. CST


    by Monty Cristo

    Zing of the day.

  • April 9, 2012, 2:48 p.m. CST


    by Monty Cristo

    I'm saying it's up to you if you think they're worthy. Should have been clearer. I would love to get a dying kid/adult/dog/whatever a major wish, or support anything cool via exposure. I am 100% gaping wide open (I set that up for you) to getting the word out on something cool you think is worth promoting. My email's right up there. I welcome suggestions.

  • April 9, 2012, 2:48 p.m. CST


    by Monty Cristo

    AICN and I don't see a dime out of other of these projects. Sorry that you missed that.

  • April 9, 2012, 2:49 p.m. CST


    by Monty Cristo

    Please, please, PLEASE email me about these projects. This is an open invitation to Talkbackers to tell me or anyone at the site about cool projects that need kickstarting. Nothing would make me happier.

  • But it seems you are willing to hear about them so hopefully

  • April 9, 2012, 4:34 p.m. CST


    by Fritzlorrerains

    They email you about their future projects.

  • April 9, 2012, 7:26 p.m. CST


    by Monty Cristo

    ahhhh, I get you. Well, I'm new. Harry brought me on specifically because there's only so thin that the existing crew can be spread. He really wants the site to kick ass and make cool things happen like never before.

  • April 10, 2012, 12:16 a.m. CST

    Nothing personal montycristo

    by John Brown

    I appreciate what you're trying to do here, it's just that I think it's pretty much an impossible thing to promote like this. I've had some experience with Kickstarter, both on the fundraising side and the contributing side, and what seem evident to me is that people contribute for one (or both) of these two reasons: 1) They have at least a nominal personal connection to the project, or 2) There's a sense that contributing to the project will contribute to the greater good and better someone's life in a significant way. I don't think people are prone to kick in money just because a friend or a favorite website said it was cool or worthwhile. Some of my closest friends can tell me something is cool or worthwhile, and I can think they're full of shit. And even though I give Kickstarter folks some credit for trying to communicate their vision on their project pages, unless it has that personal connection or a sense of the "greater good," I just don't think people are willing to cough up their cash. I also fear there's the possibility of saturation. People tune out after the second or third pitch for funds. But hey, if your posts here generate even a few bucks for these projects, I suppose that's worth it. But I hope AICN doesn't have any illusions that this will be a huge help to the indie film industry or anything. Or maybe I'm just a cynic.

  • April 10, 2012, 1:37 a.m. CST

    It really is getting kind of saturated.

    by themastadon

    Everyday when I go on to Facebook I see the same people asking for contributions for new films. Mainly they're actors that get cast in their friends films and then they in turn try to help raise funds, which is cool and I've been there myself, but it's getting to a point now where when I see a kickstarter or indiegogo link, I just keep moving. And when I do take the time to look at the page, my new favorite thing to see is people giving as an incentive, a "shout out on Facebook or Twitter" for a 5 or 10 dollar donation. Really? I don't know, I thought the website was fantastic when it started, but now like everything else, it's just overrun. I do wish these projects well though, as well as all other projects because I know how hard it is to get a film going.