‘Criminal Minds’ Stars Kirsten Vangsness, Joe Mantegna Try Kickstarter for Film Noir Comedy

Criminal Minds

Criminal Minds” stars Kirsten Vangsness and Joe Mantegna have a passion project that they’re aiming to launch via Kickstarter, going the same route as Zach Braff and the “Veronica Mars” movie recently did to raise production funds. But don’t look for contempo FBI agents in this crime project: the film noir-style comedy “Kill Me, Deadly” is based on a stage show they did in 2009 with Dean Lemont and Lesley-Anne Downe co-starring and Darrett Sanders directing. The black and white film is half-finished; they’re looking to raise $200,000 in the next month to finish the project.

Set in 1947 Hollywood, “Kill Me, Deadly” is described as a “love letter to classic Hollywood” with a “razor-sharp comedic spin.”

Backers of the film will get a bonuses ranging from “The Wise Guy” for $35, which includes a DVD of the finished film, all the way up to “The High Pillow” at $10,000 or more, which includes a lunch and set tour of “Criminal Minds” with Vangsness.

Coincidentally, another “Criminal Minds” star, Shemar Moore, is also trying Kickstarter this month for a feature comedy, “The Bounce Back.” He’s already raised upwards of $250,000, but with a $1.5 million goal, it’s looking like an uphill battle to complete financing in the next 16 days.

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  1. Kickstarter is a vehicle for patronage, not at all unlike PBS seeking funders. It boils down to those individuals willing to donate money in support of your cause. As a micro-budget filmmaker, I had that essential knee-jerk reaction to Kickstarter being a cypher for funding “celebrity” projects; but sobriety overcame me in realizing the website neither persuades or dissaudes anyone out there to send money. When it’s my turn…for this I’ll be most grateful.

  2. JJ says:

    These people don’t deserve this money. Celebrities shouldn’t be able to use kickstarter! The amounts they’re after, they probably earn per episode. Kickstarter is for struggling filmmakers not overpaid actors. Lost a lot of respect for these people now

    • darrett says:

      Dear JJ You have to understand the current climate for financing films like Kill Me, Deadly. This film is being produced by people who have no feature film track record. It’s a black and white film noir comedy without A-list stars. It’s a long shot. An unknown horse in the Kentucky Derby. It’s exactly why kickstarter exist. It takes projects that cannot get traditional funding and gives them a chance to plea their case to the larger public. These folks have have funded the majority of the film themselves. It takes a great deal of money to make these things happen. They are asking for a very small portion of their budget to be supported by backers from the film loving world. Our new cinema landscape is being dominated by larger budget pictures with grand effects. Small films like this don’t have a fighting chance. Kickstarter gives them a chance to live, to be seen. And when it comes down to it, it is the people who support it – that decide it’s fate. It’s a beautiful relationship between modern patronage and the arts. Capitalism is a tough monster. There are so many projects seeking attention and support. Kickstarter is a perfect platform for a project like this.

  3. Tiffany Mateas says:

    Congrats Darrett! Hope everyone “Considers” helping your project along! Wonderful job, Tiff

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