Here's something from the, "Okay?" file. A filmmaker from the Garden State by the name of Jim Riffel is offering director Kevin Smith $10,000 to donate to the charity of his choice if he'll review his new movie. By agreeing to watch the movie Kevin would also get the world wide rights to the movie to sell for distribution, as long as the money from the sale goes to charity.
I checked out their video pitch, and if the movie is as good as that....
Okay, so maybe they were just messing around with the pitch. Their movie is supposed to be a comedy. What's the movie? It's called Night of the Day of the Dawn of the Son of the Bride of the Return of the Revenge of the Terror of the Attack of the Evil, Mutant, Hellbound, Flesh-Eating, Crawling, Alien, Zombified, Subhumanoid, Living Dead - Part 5. Is anyone else thinking, "But I haven't even seen 1-4 yet!!" Well apparently we've been missing out because according to the press release Night of Day of the Dawn...Part 2 is a popular cult film.
I reached out to representatives for the director to ask about what he's attempting and have yet to hear back. Well I went on a search for footage of Part 2 and found it. It turns out that this popular film is a re-dubbed version of the original Night of the Living Dead. Here's a clip:
You can find the whole movie here.
The press release says that Part 5 is: a parody of the “golden age” of television. It takes a comedic look at what was considered appropriate and enjoyable TV family fare in the 1950s and 1960s and what’s considered appropriate and enjoyable television today.
Since I haven't been able to see any clips from it, I can't say if it is also re-dubbed footage or something original. I did jump over to their website to try and find out more. When I did I discovered that this is not the first project where they've offered cash to celebrities. They have done this for all of their projects. Review this movie, or script, and we'll give you money to give to charity and then you get the privilege of selling the project for us. While the website lists accolades for the movies, along with what the DVD would include if it were released, they don't offer footage. The only videos the page has are the video pitches offering money to these celebrities.
I have a hard time believing that they really think any of these celebrities would actually take them up on their offer. It's one thing to offer money upfront for them to give to charity, but then the celeb is saddled with the movie to try and sell it to a distributor.
If they admire Kevin Smith so much, why not take his Red State approach to distribution? Don't rely on anyone else and just do it yourself.
But their PR trickery seems to have worked over here, because we've now mentioned it.
What say you?