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Alex Cox: seven things I learned about crowdfunding movies

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

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Akiva Goldman signs on to drive future 'Transformers' movies writer's room
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.
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Renegade Director Alex Cox (Repo Man) Talks New Movie, Iggy Pop & Future Projects! [Interview]

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]

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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New Feature from Alex Cox, Bill The Galactic Hero, Looks Like a Lo-Fi Lattice of Sci-Fi Weirdness [Trailer]

Director Alex Cox returns to the sci-fi genre with his new feature Bill, The Galactic Hero which premieres at the International Film Series in Boulder, Colorado on December 12th. Shot in black and white and with the participation of students from C.U., the film is based on the 1965 novel by Harry Harrison and was funded from a $100,000 Kickstarter campaign. From the look of the trailer I can spot shades of Cory McAbee's The American Astronaut along with glimpses of Cox's trademark counter-culture sense of humour. The budget is obviously pretty limited, but I like the use of animation and the music (artists including Iggy Pop have contributed music for free) so this could be a fun little movie. It's also worth noting that Har [Continued ...]
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Alex Cox crowdfunds Bill the Galactic Hero film via Kickstarter

Repo Man director close to $100,000 target for low-budget film adaptation of Harry Harrison's satirical science-fiction novel

The director of Repo Man, Alex Cox, is nearing a $100,000 target on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter to fund science-fiction film Bill the Galactic Hero.

With four days of his campaign to go, Cox has received $91,897 toward what would be his first film since 2009's Repo Chick. The British film-maker, who has struggled for studio funding since the financial failure of his 1987 "acid western" Walker, intends to make the movie with the help of his students at the University of Colorado.

Bill the Galactic Hero is based on the 1965 satirical sci-fi novel by Harry Harrison, which was written as a counterweight to Robert A Heinlein's neo-fascist 1960 book Starship Troopers (itself borrowed by Paul Verhoeven for a 1997 film that heavily satirised its source's militaristic leanings).

"Bill the Galactic Hero is a feature-length science-fiction comedy set
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'Repo Man' Director Alex Cox Turns to Fans to Get 'Bill the Galactic Hero' Made

You know we live in interesting times when established filmmakers are turning to crowd-funding sites like Kickstarter to get their newest projects off the ground. The latest big-name director asking for your help? None other than Alex Cox. Cox, who made Repo Man and Sid & Nancy, has launched a Kickstarter in hopes of raising $100,000 to finally film his take on Harry Harrison’s sci-fi novel Bill the Galactic Hero. With that cash, Cox will at long last be able to make a movie he’s been trying to get off the ground since way back in the early ‘80s, and sci-fi fans will be able to see Harrison’s response to Heinlein’s Starship Troopers. Sounds like a win for everyone. Cox exhaustively details how the project will unfold in the Kickstarter pitch...

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Fund This Film: Alex Cox’s Sci-Fi Comedy ‘Bill the Galactic Hero’ is the Anti-’Starship Troopers’

Crowdfunding was made for guys like Alex Cox. Similar to Ralph Bakshi, whose successfully Kickstarter-ed project we profiled recently, The Sid and Nancy and Repo Man director is a cult filmmaker who doesn’t fit in Hollywood and who therefore has had a hard time getting his movies off the ground. Even when working with his old titles, as he did with the sorta-sequel Repo Chick and the re-cut release of Straight to Hell (called Straight to Hell Returns), he’s had trouble getting notice. Hopefully he’s able to turn things around with Bill, the Galactic Hero, a low-budget sci-fi comedy adapted from the same-titled novel by Harry Harrison (who wrote the basis of Soylent Green – the novel “Make Room! Make Room!” — and co-wrote the script for Bill with Cox before his death last August). Cox has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the movie at $100,000, and after a week he’s already halfway there
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Kickstart This: Alex Cox Directs Harry Harrison's Bill The Galactic Hero

Sure, you could use crowd funding to back a studio movie that the studio doesn't want to pay for themselves but does want to profit from. That's certainly an option these days. Or you could use it to support something that actually is independent. Something like Repo Man and Sid And Nancy director Alex Cox's adaptation of Harry Harrison's scifi novel Bill The Galactic Hero which Cox will direct with his film students at the University of Colorado serving as crew. So not only will you be backing a film by a maverick iconoclast but you'll also be contributing to someone's higher education. Double win!Bill, The Galactic Hero is a feature-length science fiction comedy set in the far reaches of our galaxy, as humans wage...

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Prince William Saves Teen In Helicopter Sea Rescue

Prince William Saves Teen In Helicopter Sea Rescue
Knight in shining armor, indeed. On Thursday, Prince William piloted a Raf Search and Rescue Force helicopter deployed to save a teenage girl drowning off the coast of Wales. The 16-year-old and her friend had been body-boarding when they were caught in a riptide and dragged out to sea, reports CNN. The friend, 13, was rescued by a surfer, but the elder teen swallowed water and was slipping under the surface when the alert was raised. The Duke of Cambridge had just landed the Sea King helicopter after the completion of a routine exercise, allowing him and the crew to arrive on scene in only 38 seconds.
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Prince William leads rescue of teenage girls

Prince William led the rescue team which saved the lives of two teenage girls in Anglesey yesterday (16.08.12). The royal - who qualified as a search and rescue pilot in September 2010 and gained his captaincy with the Royal Air Force in June - helped to rescue the girls who were described as 'exhausted' after being caught on a riptide while body-boarding off the coast of Wales. Winchman, Master Aircrew Harry Harrison told the Daily Mirror newspaper: 'When I got to her, the elder girl was clearly exhausted and was going under the water for what was the very last time. 'We never know what we'll face when we're called out. 'Sometimes it's just a twisted ankle or a broken
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Harry Harrison: 1925-2012

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Harry Harrison, best known for his character Jim Digriz, the Stainless Steel Rat, and the novel Make Room! Make Room! (adapted into film as Soylent Green) died yesterday at the age of 87.

Harrison started as a comics illustrator in 1947, notably with EC Comics’ two science fiction comic books, Weird Fantasy and Weird Science, as well as a short stint on Blackhawk for Quality, and various war, western, and romance comics– even western romance comics. Harrison was one of Wally Wood’s early employers and the man who brought Woody to EC.

He also edited comics in the 50s for very small publishers. He used house names such as Wade Kaempfert and Philip St. John to edit magazines, and has published other fiction under the names Felix Boyd, Hank Dempsey, and even as Leslie Charteris on the novel Vendetta For The Saint. Harrison also wrote for syndicated comic strips, creating the
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R.I.P. Harry Harrison, science-fiction author behind The Stainless Steel Rat and Soylent Green

Science-fiction author Harry Harrison—best known for his 1966 novel Make Room! Make Room!, the basis of the film Soylent Green—died today of undisclosed causes. He was 87. Although Make Room! Make Room! (and its reconfiguration as the 1971 short-story Roommates) was Harrison’s calling card to the world at large, he was already legendary within the sci-fi world. In addition to numerous standalone books (like the recently reissued proto-steampunk novel A Transatlantic Tunnel, Hurrah!), he wrote many popular series—including Deathworld and Bill, The Galactic Hero, the latter a parody of Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers. His most ...
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Julian Assange's internet dating adventures to be made into a film

Acclaimed documentary-maker, Cyril Tuschi, is to direct a film about a series of fictional dates involving the Wikileaks founder, to be shot in Germany

Cyril Tuschi, the director of an acclaimed documentary about imprisoned Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky, is to make a fictional film imagining a trio of romantic assignations involving Julian Assange.

Alongside British screenwriter Michael Gaster, whose credits include the 2010 short Underdogs, Tuschi is working on an English-language script entitled Leaks – Three Dates With Harry Harrison. Co-producer Jan Krüger told Screen International:

"Cyril came up with the fact that Assange had been involved in internet dating using the screen name of Harry Harrison. So, the film recounts three dates with Harry Harrison taking place in 2010. One date is in Iceland when he was establishing a organisation that would change journalism, democracy and the internet. Then we jump to the second date with a fan in Sweden where he
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Review: “Wally Wood: Strange Worlds of Science Fiction”

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Wally Wood: Strange Worlds of Science Fiction

Vanguard Publishing, Trade paperback, 224 pages. $24.95

Introduction by J. David Spurlock

A friend of mine owns the original art to a page of what he (and I) consider the zenith of Wally Wood’s creative genius, “The Mad ‘Comic’ Opera” (Mad #56, July 1960, written by Frank Jacobs). It is a lush piece of work, a cartooning tour de force that causes wide eyed disbelief on the printed page and gasps of astonishment when viewed in its larger, original form. “The Mad ‘Comic’ Opera” is an amazing moment in time, a moment that offered Wood a piece of work which allowed him to show off everything he had learned in his preceding dozen or so years as a comic book artist.

There is not a false note or creative misstep in a single panel of this six-page feature, not in layout or story telling, not
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Hot Rods & Droids: A George Lucas Profile (Part 2)

Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary filmmaker George Lucas in the second of a six part feature... read part one here.

“After Thx 1138 [1971], I wanted to do Flash Gordon and tried to buy the rights to it from King Features, but they wanted a lot of money for it, more than I could afford then,” stated American filmmaker George Lucas who came up with a creative solution. “I realized that I could make up a character as easily as Alex Raymond, who took his character from Edgar Rice Burroughs. It’s your basic superhero in outer space. I realized that what I really wanted to do was a contemporary action fantasy.” The native of Modesto, California was revisiting a childhood fascination. “As a kid, I read a lot of science fiction. But instead of reading technical, hard-science writers like Isaac Asimov, I was interested in Harry Harrison and a fantastic,
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Legendary New York Retro DJ Ron Lundy Dies

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If you were a baby boomer growing up in the New York City area, Wabc was the Am radio station you were glued to for the best rock 'n roll and British invasion songs, all brought to you by legendary DJ's Cousin Bruce, Harry Harrison and Ron Lundy. Yesterday, Lundy died from a heart attack in Mississippi. He had a career that spanned almost thirty years, bringing classics to listeners when the songs were new, then becoming a popular retro DJ. His famous signature greeting was, "Hello, Luv!" He also had a famous movie cameo, though he was not seen on screen: his familiar voice is heard by Jon Voight's Joe Buck on his transistor radio as he begins his ominous entrance into New York City in Midnight Cowboy. For more click here
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