Almost a year has passed since we discussed the inspiring spirit of the independent film project “The UnderWater Realm”. Now another great example from Europe has emerged: “Kung Fury”! Don’t miss the trailer of this action comedy in the style of a 80’s action flick, it will blow your mind.
Currently “Kung Fury” has reached more than 460,000 USD, far more than its necessary budget of 200.000 USD. That’s absolutely impressive and a true inspiration to us. Could this be the brink of a new era of independent movies? Crowdfunding has been around for a longer time, but it has been unthinkable to finance bigger film projects by this way until “Iron Sky” showed up a couple of years ago and proved the opposite. Timo Vourensola’s sci-fi comedy about Nazis on the Moon managed to collect around 1.5 million USD by fans and then grew to a big theatrical release with a budget at around 9.5 million USD thanks to governmental subsidies and private investors.
Last year two other feature film projects managed to set new records: The Veronica Mars Movie and Zach Braff’s “Wish I Was Here” both surpassed their 2 million USD minimum target. There has been some controversy about it, since both projects were started by established people in the industry and thus weren’t truly independent in spirit. Some would even argue that crowdfunding culture could be destroyed if more and more film projects by the industry would draw attention away from smaller projects by emerging talents.
We don’t think this will happen. We firmly believe in crowdfunding as the best way to bring special film projects to life. Special and unusual ideas like “Kung Fury” will always prevail. Hollywood professionals may be jumping on the bandwagon, but big projects also help to introduce more people to this way of cultural participation and thus can’t be a bad thing. If you ask us, the future of independent filmmaking looks bright.
Unfortunately, we just don’t know if there really are enough H.P. Lovecraft fans out there to make our own dreams come true. We will find out soon!← BackNext →