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Morgan Spurlock’s production company Warrior Poets and crowdfunding platform Indiegogo have formed a strategic partnership to help usher Indiegogo-funded films through the production process, Variety has learned exclusively.
The first film as a result of this partnership is “We Believe In Dinosaurs,” a feature length documentary about creationists who built a $100 million, 510-foot Noah’s Ark in Kentucky in order to debunk evolution — asserting that God created dinosaurs 6,000 years ago. The film, currently in post-production, follows the designers and builders of the ark from blueprints to opening day and aims to illustrate the current conflict between science and religion.
“We Believe in Dinosaurs” launched its Indiegogo campaign Thursday to raise $50,000 to complete post-production and start marketing. Top premium is a “Seismosaurus” perk, which provides an executive producer credit for a $5,000 donation. Producers are Monica Long Brown, Clayton Ross and Amy Ellison, all of Chicago-based 137 Films.
Spurlock told Variety that »
- Dave McNary
W. Kamau Bell stars in his first solo stand-up special "W. Kamau Bell: Semi-Prominent Negro" premiering Friday, April 29th at 10 p.m. on Showtime. Directed by Morgan Spurlock ("Super Size Me" and "Freakonomics") and filmed before a live audience at the Roulette Theater in Brooklyn, the film features Bell's uniquely insightful and hilarious views on a host of social and political issues such as gentrification, marriage equality, "mixed-race" children and doing Black children's hair just to name a few. "I have been a huge fan of Kamau for years, and when he approached me about directing his first big time comedy special, I jumped at the »
- Tambay A. Obenson
HBO Documentary Films has picked up U.S. TV rights to "Jim: The James Foley Story," which will premiere in the U.S. Documentary Competition at Sundance later this month. The film, from director Brian Oakes ("Freakonomics," "Inequality for All"), examines the life, death, and legacy of journalist James Foley, who was murdered by Isis in 2014. "Jim" will air on HBO Saturday, February 6. Read More: "Sundance Programmers Unveil, Discuss 2016 Competition, Next Lineups (Exclusive)" Conducting interviews with Foley's family, friends, and colleagues—and unearthing new details of Foley's captivity from fellow hostages—Oakes, a childhood friend of Foley's, presents one of the most in-depth treatments of the story since Foley was kidnapped in Syria on Thanksgiving Day, 2012. "Jim" is produced by Eva Lipman, George Kunhardt, and Teddy Kunhardt and executive produced by Peter Kunhardt. The deal was negotiated with HBO by »
- Matt Brennan
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