Sunday, March 9, 2014

Dana Brunetti is just fucking wrong about Zach Braff and Crowdfunding

The "celebrities shouldn't use crowd funding" meme just won't fucking die. At this point you might as well join the "Obama was born in Kenya" crew because you've been proven wrong, with evidence, and yet still spout bullshit.

What am I talking about?

Dana Brunetti, producer of House of Cards, said at #SXSW that celebrity crowdfunders are taking away from the little guy.

This has been proven wrong. Repeatedly.

Kickstarter has written multiple blog posts pointing out that celebrity projects by Zach Braff and Spike Lee have brought in thousands of people who probably never even heard of Kickstarter. According to Kickstarter, "63% of those people had never backed a project before. Thousands of them have since gone on to back other projects, with more than $400,000 pledged to 2,200 projects so far. Nearly 40% of that has gone to other film projects."

Mr. Brunetti, please read that then read it again.

If you're against celebrities using crowd funding because you think it's wrong. Fine. If you think it goes against the indie spirit of sites like Kickstarter. Equally fine. But don't spout bullshit that is completely wrong that it takes away from the little guy.

It doesn't.

3 comments:

  1. Hey Jack, it's the other Jack. Just thought I'd see what you're up to. SO glad to see this one got fully funded. I'll be looking for the finished short later. I actually wrote a long entry elsewhere about why Braff is an asshole for it, though I don't argue that he's taking money away from others. What's SO irresponsible is that he can fund the damn film himself, yet turns to Joe Schmo asking for a handout. THAT'S the issue (to me). It's like the thing with... I don't know, that other stupid movie. It had a studio backing it and went to Kickstarter. The people that give to those campaigns are completely uninformed as to how film financing works. Basically, the studio robbed the public of millions. It's just Hollywood being douchebags, but then, what's new, right?

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  2. Well look, it's not like a Zach Braff movie is a sure fire money maker. No one in hollywood is dying for Zach Braff to make a movie. So if the financiers told him that they wouldn't give him final cut, than whats wrong with him going out and raising the money elsewhere? I don't get the animosity.

    Don't we want to see what the artists fully intended, not what the money guy thought was the best way to earn a buck?

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  3. I don't disagree in SOME sense, but look, he publicly stated he had enough money to finance the WHOLE thing himself!!! So why should everyone else have to hand him money. It's HIS project, so if he HAS the money, why is panhandling? Number one, number two, it wasn't always like it is today, where the money man is sticking his nose in everything. But you kind of have to accept it, because that's how it goes for EVERYONE in that game. I mean, Scorcese doesn't get final cut. That's just how it works. What makes Braff so special? If he had a great idea and only a hundred grand in his account, that's one thing, but after being one of the highest paid television actors for countless seasons, he can't even invest in his own damned project now? What does that say about the project? He ought to put his own damned money where his own big mouth is. I mean, George Clooney had the balls to sink $50M into a project that flopped. Braff can't even dig into his $20M bank account for $3M to make his own film when all he's doing is crying about the the studios not letting him make it his way? It's shitty. And what's worst is, as I said, he's essentially taking advantage of everyday movie-goers who don't understand the financing.

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