When Ant Timpson and Alamo Drafthouse CEO Tim League put their heads together, awesome things tend to happen. The ABC's Of Death, for instance, or last year's gonzo masterpiece, The Greasy Strangler. These gentlemen are - and we say this with the utmost respect - absolute lunatics, so it's always exciting to hear that they're working on a new project together.
With that in mind: their latest venture, a new horror anthology to be titled The Field Guide To Evil, might be their most exciting yet. Not only will The Field Guide To Evil bring together a diverse array of talented genre filmmakers from all over the world, but if you get in on the ground floor via the film's crowdfunding campaign, you won't only receive some awesome perks, but you'll also end up owning a piece of the movie.
That's right: The Field Guide To Evil is being launched via the world's first "film equity crowdfunding campaign". Here's the news:
From the dangerously demented minds that brought you The ABCs of Death, Turbo Kid, and The Greasy Strangler comes The Field Guide to Evil, an entirely new vision of anthology horror inspired by a global exploration of folklore and mythology. The film has launched a campaign on First Democracy VC, a funding portal brought through a partnership between Indiegogo and MicroVentures. This will allow anyone the chance to become a true investor in the production, becoming the very first film equity crowdfunding campaign that Indiegogo and MicroVentures have done through their partnership.
From producers Ant Timpson and Alamo Drafthouse CEO/Founder Tim League, The Field Guide to Evil brings together eight of the most exciting voices in international filmmaking to shine a light on the stories from around the world that have kept people sleepless since before the birth of cinema.
The stories and filmmakers hail from Austria (Veronika Franz & Severin Fiala, Goodnight Mommy), Germany (Katrin Gebbe, Nothing Bad Can Happen), Greece (Yannis Veslemes, Norway), India (Ashim Ahluwalia, Miss Lovely), Poland (Agnieszka Smoczynska, The Lure), Turkey (Can Evrenol, Baskin), and the United States (Calvin Reeder, The Rambler).
“Tim League and I have been thinking about a global folklore anthology for a few years now – we’re both fascinated with the rich history in certain countries and how well-told oral folklore has evolved over centuries and across cultures. We loved the idea of approaching filmmakers whom we felt had the perfect sensibility to bring to life dark folklore from their country of origin. The tales won’t be familiar friendly fare that others have mined over the years. The filmmakers will be going down untraveled paths to explore tales that are atmospheric, disturbing, and provocative,” said producer Ant Timpson.
This innovative approach to horror storytelling is also offering an equally innovative approach to crowdfunding, becoming the first film to offer equity financing from Indiegogo and MicroVentures through their funding portal First Democracy VC. Along with a list of incredible perks, fans everywhere will now have the chance to become a true partner in the production of The Field Guide to Evil.
"I am incredibly excited to be launching the first equity crowdfunded feature in the states," said Alamo Drafthouse CEO/Founder and The Field Guide to Evil producer Tim League. "This platform has the potential to revolutionize independent film financing and help visionary storytellers realize their dream projects."
Speaking of Alamo CEO and Founder Tim League, here he is pitching The Field Guide To Evil to you directly, via the power of Vimeo:
Bringing together a bunch of talented genre directors for a horror anthology has worked like gangbusters for these folks in the past (see also: The ABC's Of Death and its mind-bending sequel), so we're thrilled to hear that they're doing it again. The real kicker here, however, is the idea that those who help back the project will become equity holders in the production. That's a first-of-its-kind thing, and super exciting: pitch in on the production and you get to say you own a piece of the movie! One that we have every reason to believe will kick unholy amounts of ass! Consider us sold.
By the way, check out this awesome concept poster Mondo Brand Director Jay Shaw whipped up for the project!
If you're interested, you can read more about how all of this works over at The Field Guide To Evil's official MicroVentures page. You can also follow further developments about the project via The Field Guide To Evil homepage (which is mostly a landing page right now, but will be filled out in the months ahead) or the official Field Guide To Evil Twitter handle, and you should of course stay tuned for future updates on this project as they develop, right here at Birth.Movies.Death.
We are pumped about this. How 'bout you guys? Are y'all gonna get in on this action or what?