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

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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