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Posts Tagged ‘Veronica Mars’

Novelist Andrea Cremer Chose Veronica Mars Over a Summer Vacation

The best part of Dave Itzkoff’s look at the forthcoming crowd-funded Veronica Mars movie are the personal details about some of the film’s high-end Kickstarter donors.

One guy, Cyrus Chung, is described by his wife Ina in the article as being more excited on-set in Los Angeles as a Veronica Mars extra than he was on their wedding day! The couple ponied up $3,000 for that privilege. Meanwhile, Andrea Cremer, author of the popular Young Adult novel series Nightshade, made a personal sacrifice when she pledged $2,500:

“It’s a big chunk of money,” Ms. Cremer said. “I was planning on going on vacation this summer, and it was like, well, either vacation budget or Veronica Mars.”

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At the Opposite End of Spike Lee, Zach Braff and Veronica Mars

We’ve been keeping an eye on a different breed of Kickstarter movie campaign. Of a kind that resides well beyond headlines about celebrity projects like Spike Lee’s just-funded “new joint.”

We still can’t decide if we think New York City Cowboys (with James Brolin attached) deserves our admiration for aiming high or our admonishment for picking the all-or-nothing crowdfunding option. On Kickstarter, the makers of this family film about a widow who trades her Manhattan taxi cab company for the wide open spaces of Montana set the fundraising bar at an astonishing $3.2 million. On this final day of the campaign, they’re $3.125M short. [Update: The project got a little burst of support after this item, but still fell well short. Final tally: $106,973.]

We’re not picking on New York Cowboys. We’re just curious whether they honestly expected to be able to raise two and a half more times than what Lee just did.

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Spike Lee Does the Kickstarter Thing

And… Although this somehow feels way more organic than either Zach Braff or Veronica Mars, there is sure to be a lot of debate about a man who gets paid big bucks to make Nike commercials bringing his pitch to Kickstarter.

Spike wants $1.25 million for an as-yet-untitled “Joint,” and there’s little doubt he will get it (deadline: August 21). Per the video above, this latest campaign is all thanks to a student in Lee’s NYU classes, who brought the filmmaker up to speed on the recent Braff and Mars campaigns:

As I stated in the Video, I promise on my Mother’s Grave and Right Hand to the Almighty – every Red Cent, every Wooden Nickel, every Dollar will go up on the Screen and not into my pocket. I’m not taking a Fee, your generous contributions will get this Film made.

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