Indie Spotlight: EL GRANDE Graphic Novel – Volume 1: “The Worm” from Joseph Karg and Elio Guevara

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While the writing may be on the wall as big studios continue to meddle in their comic book property adaptations, the good news is that independent artists and authors are still supporting the paperback medium.  Today’s Indie Spotlight highlights one such project, the first volume of writer Joseph Karg and author Elio Guevara’s graphic novel, El Grande.  They’re currently hard at work on “The Worm”, the first part of a six-part series that transcends genres to feature “tales of addiction, humor, love, and redemption in a drug-altered and chaos-fueled future that is already too close for comfort.”  It’s a beautiful start to an ambitious goal, but they need your help to secure printing and distribution in order to get copies of their work into the hands of their growing fanbase.  Hit the jump for much more, including how you can donate to the project and get some swag in return.

Indie Spotlight: Live-Action Fan-Made AKIRA Project

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Hollywood has been taking their sweet time with a live-action adaptation of Akira, but this first look at the work from a group of passionate fans suggests we might not need the “professional” version after all.  Normally on our Indie Spotlight, we bring you campaigns that are in the process of raising funds for a particularly interesting project, but today’s feature shows off the fruits of one team’s crowd-funded labor.  Having started an IndieGoGo campaign in mid-2012, the Akira Project managed to go into production later that year, and now that they’ve spent over a year in post-production, the first trailer for their live-action Akira film is available for all to see.  Hit the jump for more on the Akira Project and to check out the trailer.

Indie Spotlight: Phil Tippett’s MAD GOD (Part 2)

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On Indie Spotlight, it’s my intention to raise awareness of some otherwise overlooked projects, be they charitable works like last week’s Beer. Autism. Hope. campaign, or independent passion projects from some real masters of their craft.  Today’s installment is an example of the latter.  Fans may know Oscar winner Phil Tippett from his visual effects work on such films as Jurassic Park, Starship Troopers, Willow, and Star Wars to name a few.  What you may not know is that Tippett has a four-part, stop-motion animated project that’s been percolating through his brain for the last twenty-plus years.  The first part of this dream came to life thanks to Kickstarter.  Now, with the assistance of a small army of volunteers, and financial contributions from fans like yourself, Tippett aims to continue the journey with Mad God (Part 2).  Hit the jump for more.

Indie Spotlight: BEER. AUTISM. HOPE.

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Perhaps Homer Simpson said it best: “To alcohol! The cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems!”  In regards to today’s Indie Spotlight, the latter is most certainly true.  The Beer. Autism. Hope. project is an independent documentary from director Aaron Rice, who took his 55-year-old uncle Lance on a tour of America’s breweries last year.  Here’s the hook: Lance is autistic, and has spent his entire life struggling with the affliction that prevented him from leaving his home, let alone traveling around the country.  Lance’s lifelong passion for America’s brewing history led to his goal of compiling a book on the subject, with the added bonus of inspiring others in the autism community.  The dream was 40 years in the making, brought to fruition with the assistance of Aaron and big-name brewers from across the country that include Samuel Adams, Yuengling, Dogfish Head, Rogue, and many more.

Now the project needs your help.  Your donations will not only go towards post-production on Lance’s brewery tour documentary and the editing and publishing of the book on American beer history, but they will also go towards a charity that raises awareness and provides support for families in the autism community.  Hit the jump for more on the Beer. Autism. Hope. campaign.

Indie Spotlight: JAMES WHITE, A New Feature from Borderline Films Starring Christopher Abbott, Cynthia Nixon, Ron Livingston, and Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi

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Borderline Films, the production company behind Afterschool, Martha Marcy May Marlene, and Simon Killeris now looking to give their fans an opportunity to contribute to their newest feature, James White.  Filmmakers Antonio Campos, Sean Durkin, and Josh Mond (who makes his directorial debut on this film) are reaching out via Kickstarter to help secure post-production editing costs and music rights.  James White is in good company, as the banner’s previous films have played the Cannes Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, New York Film Festival, and Toronto International Film Festival, and have been nominated for five Independent Spirit Awards, four Gotham Awards, and won Best Director at Sundance (Sean Durkin for Martha Marcy May Marlene).  In addition to the behind-the-scenes names that are becoming quite familiar on the festival circuit, the pictures features Christopher Abbott, Cynthia Nixon, Ron Livingston, and Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi in front of the camera as well.  Hit the jump for more.

Indie Spotlight: THE INSPECTOR CHRONICLES Movie – The Second Season of “Untitled Web Series About A Space Traveler Who Can Also Travel Through Time”

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If you’re a fan of Doctor Who and/or the Inspector Spacetime parody seen on Community, there’s a good chance you checked out the first season of “Untitled Web Series About A Space Traveler Who Can Also Travel Through Time.”  Building off of their success, the Inspector team has upped the ante and turned their second season into a feature film, titled The Inspector Chronicles: Untitled Motion Picture About A Space Traveler Who Can Also Travel Through Time.  Series creator Travis Richey returns in the title role in a feature that also stars Sylvester McCoy, Robert Picardo, Chase Masterson, Mayim Bialik, Eric Loya, and Carrie Keranen.  Hit the jump to see how you can help The Inspector Chronicles movie get off the ground!

Indie Spotlight: CHILD EATER

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I love spreading the word about horror films great and small, but I especially enjoy getting in on the ground level of some truly independent productions.  Today’s Indie Spotlight is the best of both worlds.  Child Eater, a horror short from writer-director Erlingur Thoroddsen, has been making the rounds in the festival circuit from SXSW to the New York Horror Film Festival and more.  Now, Thoroddsen and his production crew need your help in turning their successful short into a full-length feature which will further expand on their unique (and deliciously creepy) mythology about an infamous serial killer who consumes the eyes of children to keep from going blind.  Hit the jump to check it out.

Indie Spotlight: SPOOK TRAIN 3D

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If you like stop-motion animation and claymation movies, but wish that they came in the flavor of bloody, adult horror features, then you’re going to like today’s Indie Spotlight.  From Lee Hardcastle, the director “T is for Toilet” from The ABCs of Death, comes Spook Train 3D, the world’s first feature-length claysplotation [sic].  The movie is comprised of ten unique nightmarish stories that vary in length from 15-minute narratives to 30-second groin punches.  The project has a trailer to showcase the filmmaker’s style, but they’re reaching out via Kickstarter to help crowd-fund the production.  Hit the jump to check it out.

Indie Spotlight: Mountain Dew and Green Label Studios’ “Mountain Dew Open Call” – Win $250K and Work with Director Robert Rodriguez

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Normally on our Indie Spotlight feature, we bring you the latest and greatest from truly independent filmmakers, game designers, and other creatives.  Today, we’re changing it up to tell you about a new opportunity for content creators to win $250k and work with director Robert Rodriguez on a short film.  This isn’t Kickstarter or crowd-funding, it’s just a good old-fashioned program run by Mountain Dew and Green Label Studios that looks to foster up-and-coming talent.  $250k.  Robert Rodriguez.  Your filmmaking dreams come true.  Sound enticing?  Hit the jump to find out more.

Indie Spotlight: THE PRIMARY INSTINCT: A STEPHEN TOBOLOWSKY STORYTELLING FILM

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You might not recognize Stephen Tobolowsky by name, but you know his face and voice from his performances in Glee, Memento, Groundhog Day, Heroes, and Californication, just to name a few.  And if you check out his new Kickstarter film project, you’ll get to know a lot more of his story as well.  Based on the podcast, The Tobolowsky Files, created by David Chen, the planned film version seeks to bring the long-time character actor’s stories to an ever broader audience.  But they need your help to make this dream a reality.  Hit the jump for today’s Indie Spotlight on The Primary Instinct: A Stephen Tobolowsky Storytelling Film.

Indie Spotlight: Hisonni Johnson’s THE GAMBIT

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The name Hisonni Johnson might be familiar to our readers, but I wouldn’t be surprised if his becomes a household name before too long.  We previously shared Johnson’s Nightwing project, Grayson: Earth One, with you on an earlier installment of Indie Spotlight, and today we’re featuring his new effort.  Today’s spotlight may not feature characters in capes and cowls, but there’s plenty of muscles and mayhem nonetheless.  The Gambit, which puts a twist on a classic action plot, sees a group of unlikely terrorists holding a sports arena hostage, with only a handful of second-chance slackers standing in their way.

The Gambit stars Raj Bhavsar, J. Teddy Garces, Cole Bernstein, Jack Cullison, Steve Whelan, Austin Highsmith, Dina Ridha, Darrell Womack, Rhonda Jackson, Gualberto Del Toro, Steve Crest, Chris Grant Wenchell and Paul Jerome.  Hit the jump for more.

Indie Spotlight: THE PROJECTIONIST Starring Russ Russo and Doug E. Doug

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On this holiday weekend edition of Indie Spotlight, I’m happy to bring you The Projectionist.  From writer-director Ryan M. Kennedy and producer Atit Shah comes this look at the effects of PTSD and how war veterans afflicted with this disorder often go untreated and overlooked.  Described as “a warrior reduced to a shadow,” The Projectionist follows Jacob Nicks (Russ Russo), a former solider attempting to cope with his undiagnosed PTSD.  The film also features Natasha Alam (True Blood), Doug E. Doug (Cool Runnings), Kiowa Gordon (The Twilight Saga), Joseph R. Gannascoli (Sopranos), Robert Miano (Donnie Brasco), Dominik Tiefenthaler (Maybe Tomorrow) and Chris LaPanta (The Blacklist).

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Indie Spotlight: THE FOXY MERKINS

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While the guys are doing their best to bring you news and reviews from Sundance 2013, even they can’t see everything.  In an effort to help broaden the film festival’s coverage, today’s Indie Spotlight will take a look at a humorous adventure comedy centering on two lesbian hookers.  Dubbed The Foxy Merkins, director Madeleine Olnek’s buddy comedy starring Jackie Monahan and Lisa Haas, from Olnek’s Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same, pays homage to iconic male hustler films.   The picture is currently scheduled for screenings at Sundance, but the production still needs your help securing distribution.  Hit the jump for more on the film and to see how you can donate.

Indie Spotlight: LIFE ITSELF – A Feature Documentary Based on Roger Ebert’s Memoir

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Even if you can’t make the trip to the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, you can get an early look at the first film documentary on acclaimed critic, Roger Ebert.  Based on Ebert’s on memoir, Life Itself, director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and executive producer Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street) aim to take a look at the man behind the movie aficionado.  The doc needs a bit of crowd-funded help in post-production, providing an opportunity for fans to contribute in a meaningful way and to get some swag back in return (like the featured pre-theatrical stream of the Sundance screening for only $25).

We reported on this campaign a few weeks back, but now that Sundance is almost upon us, we thought we’d refresh your memories.  Hit the jump for more.

Indie Spotlight: KUNG FURY

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You might have come across the trailer for writer-director-actor David Sandberg’s 80s action extravaganza Kung Fury yesterday, but it’s so damn good that we had to feature it in our Indie Spotlight.  The plot features an over-the-top kung fu cop who travels back in time to take out “the most dangerous kung fu master criminal of all time; Adolf Hitler, a.k.a Kung Führer.”  Things don’t go quite as planned and the title character is flung into ancient times where he is joined by some unexpected allies.

Sandberg and his production team, Laser Unicorns, have started a Kickstarter page in order to fund a 30-minute short, with the hopes of turning Kung Fury into a feature film.  You can get in on the wacky action for as little as $5 and as much as $10,000 for a major role in the film (sorry, that one’s already gone, but still up for grabs is Thor’s hammer and helmet).  Hit the jump for much more on Kung Fury.

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