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5 Projects That Kickstarter Helped Get Off The Ground Featuring Talent Such As Paul Schrader, Charlie Kaufman, Jeremy Renner & More

  • By Leah Zak
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  • October 12, 2012 2:00 PM
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While risky or unconventional films have always had their share of challenges making their way to theatres, it seems that lately, the well has run dry for studios that were at one time willing to bet on a project with less mainstream appeal. And thus the rise of crowd-funding and the growing popularity of websites like Kickstarter as a way to fund the production and distribution of new independent films. Those of us watching such a trend, however, have been surprised to discover the pedigree of filmmakers popping up on the site in the past year, from names like Paul Schrader to Charlie Kaufman to Barry Mendel -- directors and producers who have spent most of their Hollywood career on the fringes are embracing a new found freedom in funding that doesn’t come with a barrage of studio notes, re-edits and the risk of creative compromise.

Watch: Trailer For Indie 'Ingenious' Starring Jeremy Renner Which Is Kickstarting Funding For National Distribution

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 19, 2012 10:24 AM
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Kickstarter has been something of a game changer in the movie industry, allowing smaller scale projects or more creatively ambitious endeavors, that the studios wouldn't touch, to find an audience and the financing to make it happen. But what happens if you already have a movie finished, but you just need to get it out there? Well, the crowd-sourcing option is there as well, and the team behind "Ingenious" starring Jeremy Renner are hoping to raise enough funds to get their movie out there.

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