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Alex Cox: seven things I learned about crowdfunding movies

1 September 2015 6:56 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The director is seeking support for Tombstone Rashomon, a Kurosawa-style retelling of the Wild West gunfight at the Ok Corral. He reveals how past experience shaped his approach to this ambitious project – and what’s in it for investors

A couple of years ago, while I was teaching a course in film production at the University of Colorado, I thought it might be fun to try and make a feature with my students, based on Harry Harrison’s classic science fiction antiwar novel, Bill the Galactic Hero. For funds, we turned to crowdsourcing and – much to my surprise – raised $114,000.

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Akiva Goldman signs on to drive future 'Transformers' movies writer's room

27 March 2015 3:15 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Some days you're a step ahead, some days you're a step behind. I've been chasing this Akiva Goldsman/"Transformers" story for a few weeks, but couldn't second-source it. Now Deadline's reporting that the story is in fact happening. One of the reasons I was extra-careful was because it is the sort of story that sounds like someone making a joke about the way the industry works right now. "Akiva Goldsman has been hired to supervise the development of three back-to-back 'Transformers' sequels for Michael Bay" is what I heard first, and my response was, "Shut up and stop making horrible jokes." The thing is, this is the near-future of how they'll be handling these giant franchise films. You want to know the real truth of why the Russos are rapidly becoming Marvel's favorite filmmakers? Because they are trained to work in the TV model already, which is what blockbuster filmmaking is becoming. »

- Drew McWeeny

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Renegade Director Alex Cox (Repo Man) Talks New Movie, Iggy Pop & Future Projects! [Interview]

21 January 2015 1:31 PM, PST | | See recent QuietEarth news »

Having recently completed post-production on his new feature, Bill, The Galactic Hero, Alex Cox (Repo Man, Sid & Nancy, Walker) is almost ready to release the film for free online. Adapted from Harry Harrison's novel of the same name, and funded through Kickstarter, the project has been a collaboration between Cox and students at the University of Colorado, where Cox currently teaches production and screenwriting. Blending science-fiction with satire, it's a micro-budget feature, shot in black and white, and incorporating Cox's own brand of dark comedy, and politically conscious, counter-culture attitude.

Having taken almost 30 years to get the film into production (studios considered it "too anti-war") it's fantastic that he has finally been able make the f [Continued ...] »

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Alex Cox's Bill, The Galactic Hero Is Rough But Has Heart [Review]

12 January 2015 12:33 PM, PST | | See recent QuietEarth news »

In light of the affection many fans have for Harry Harrison's source novel - that playful, anti-war sci-fi satire of the 1960s - it is difficult to talk about Alex Cox's crowd-funded, film adaptation of "Bill, The Galactic Hero" without feeling duty-bound to prepare viewers for what lies in store. This is because it is essentially a feature length student film, albeit one of considerable scale and ambition. It's also a not-for-profit project, one which will be made available for free online. I must admit, during the first ten minutes of the film (which I had invited a friend unfamiliar with Cox's work to watch with me) I was tempted to switch off and suggest something else, as I felt that awkward pang of embarrassment which occurs when one insists on playing a favourite song before realizi [Continued ...] »

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