Matthew Modine is set as a series regular in TNT pilot Proof, a supernatural medical drama executive produced by Kyra Sedgwick. Written by Rob Bragin and directed by Alex Graves, Proof centers on Dr. Carolyn Tyler (Jennifer Beals), …
EXCLUSIVE: Matthew Modine is the latest celeb filmmaker to seek funding via crowdsourcing with his just-launched campaign for The Rocking Horsemen, a 1960s-set music pic about five high schoolers who hear the emerging sound of rock ‘n’ roll and decide to form a band. But he’s not following the likes of Zach Braff and Spike Lee down the Kickstarter yellow brick road. Modine, who wrote and will direct the film, is using Slated, an online platform/marketplace launched last year, to raise just his under-$5M budget. (Check out his Slated project here.) Unlike backers on Kickstarter or Indiegogo who typically receive small rewards of sentimental value in return for donations, Modine’s Slated investors will get the opportunity to participate in a meaningful financial way as equity investors, owning an actual piece of the project they’re investing in.
In the brave new world of film financing wrought by big-name campaigners like Braff, Lee, and the Veronica Mars gang, donation-based Kickstarter and similar crowdfunding ventures aren’t win-win for everyone. Fans throwing cash down in exchange for “perks” don’t benefit monetarily from becoming Kickstarter donors. Even Indiegogo, which unlike Kickstarter allows filmmakers to take home funds even if they don’t reach their posted fundraising goals, isn’t the most viable option for mid- or higher-budgeted projects, particularly those lacking in name stars or sizable fan support. Equity film crowdfunding, on the other hand, was made viable by the 2012 JOBS Act which allows for the solicitation of accredited investors by entrepreneurs and start-ups. Since the SEC is still finalizing regulations on exactly how that’s to be implemented, platforms like Slated — and others in the works — can’t yet broker monetary transactions themselves. But they can match-make filmmakers with financiers, who can then privately seal the deal.
Slated, then, is less a Kickstarter peer and more akin to an OKCupid for film financing: a gated online marketplace intended to connect like-minded filmmakers, investors, sales reps, and other industry figures with the ultimate goal of financing indie projects of a certain size.
New York, NY – July 11, 2013 – GKIDS, a distributor of award-winning animation for both adult and family audiences, has announced the English voice cast for WRINKLES, the Spanish animated film directed by Ignacio Ferreras and based on Paco Roca’s award-winning graphic novel. The English voice cast includes George Coe (Archer, Kramer vs. Kramer), Matthew Modine (The Dark Knight Rises, Full Metal Jacket) and Martin Sheen (The Amazing Spider-Man, The West Wing). Recording is complete and US theatrical release is set for early 2014. The GKIDS-produced dub will be available in all English-language foreign territories, with Marina Fuentes at Six Sales handling international sales.
New York, NY (June 12, 2013) — The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Jaeger-LeCoultre announced today select members of their Advisory Board for the new Filmmaker In Residence initiative at a dinner co-hosted by Charles Finch, Bennett Miller, Paul Schrader and Rose Kuo. The evening marked the launch, and celebration, of the recently announced partnership between the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Jaeger LeCoultre, following the efforts of Finch & Partners to bring the film organization and luxury brand together.
The Advisory Board members participating in the initiative include: Henry Bean, Brady Corbet, Charles Finch, Naomi Foner, Larry Gross, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Danny Huston, Tamara Jenkins, Ed Lachman, Bennett Miller, Matthew Modine, Ed Pressman, Ira Sachs, Paul Schrader and Marisa Tomei. Their involvement may include nominating potential candidates, mentoring the filmmaker once selected, panel participation during the 51st New York Film Festival and/or attending/hosting events in support of the initiative.
Animator Ralph Bakshi (Fritz The Cat, Coonskin, Cool World) is mounting his first film project in 15 years with the help of Kickstarter and Matthew Modine. The Dark Knight Rises actor will lend his voice to Last Days Of Coney Island, an animated short written and directed by Bakshi that takes place in a 1960s Coney Island populated with “crooked cops, broken hearts, jaded strippers, and singers”. The project has raised $68,875 so far on Kickstarter but with just 14 days remaining to make its $165,000 goal, Modine has also come onboard to executive produce and help Coney Island reach its funding target.
APA has signed a slew of actors. Michael Clarke Duncan (The Green Mile) was previously repped by Paradigm. He is managed by Industry Entertainment. Adam Beach, who will next be seen in Cowboys & Aliens, was formerly with ICM. He is managed by Industry. Giovanna Mezzogiorno (Vincere) …