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Living in the world of Charlie Kaufman, as we all do, everything is ultimately Charlie Kaufman – as if to prove this, Charlie Kaufman is to adapt the Charlie Kaufman play Anomalisa, written and directed by Charlie Kaufman. The play concerns Michael, a motivational speaker who experiences great success in motivating others while leading a completely worthless and pointless life himself.
Of the original cast, David Thewlis, Tom Noonan and Jennifer Jason Leigh will appear in the 50 minute film, scripted and co-directed by Charlie Kaufman alongside Duke Johnson. The film is notable for being financed entirely through crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, raising double the required budget of $200,000 (making $400,000, maths whizz) and ensuring great times for all. HanWay will be taking the film to Cannes, and Duke Johnson has promised to “bring a new style of animation to an audience for whom animated films are not usually made – adultineers,” whatever that means.
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- Rob Batchelor
It's funny how the complaints subside if a Kickstarter project is taken on by someone you like. For example: last summer screenwriter/director Charlie Kaufman and former "Community" writer/producer Dan Harmon (two pretty successful guys in their own right) hit the crowdfunding site looking for backers to help get the stop-motion animated "Anomalisa" off the ground. And they certainly didn't face Zach Braff-ian levels of discontent and went on to quietly double their $200,000 goal. And with some cash already in hand, they're headed to Cannes hoping that the movie industry will now front the rest. Kaufman, who co-wrote the script based on his own play, will also co-direct the project (with Duke Johnson), which has since lined up Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan and David Thewlis for voice roles, with Carter Burwell (the longtime Coen Brothers collaborator who is also composing the music for the upcoming "August: Osage County") providing the score. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The story follows Michael, a man who is struggling with his inability to connect with people. Everyone in the world seems the same to Michael until he meets Lisa.
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- Garth Franklin
3 items from 2013
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