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Penn Jillette Launching Crowdfunding Campaign For Thriller ‘Director’s Cut’

Performer starring as obsessed stalker

Magician and performer Penn Jillette has launched a $999,956 crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for his feature-length thrillerDirector’s Cut.”

Jillette, who wrote and produced, will star as an obsessed psycho-fan stalking a young actress. Jillette (pictured above with Teller) has launched the 45-day campaign to finance “Director’s Cut” on Donald Trump’s website FundAnything.com. He has posted a video on the site calling on fans to “help me realize my dream of being the creepiest bad guy you’ve ever seen.”

“Director’s Cut” will be directed by Adam Rifkin, whose credits include “Look,” “The Dark Backward” and “Reality Show.” Producers are Jillette, Rifkin and Jillette’s manager Peter Golden.

“This isn’t going to be ‘Avatar,'” Jillette told Variety. “What we’re doing is democratizing the filmmaking business a little bit as the price of filmmaking equipment comes down. It’s a continuation of what got started on ‘The Blair Witch Project.'”

The female lead has not yet been cast.  Jillette admits that he was enough of a fan of Rifkin’s work that he cold-called the director and was able to persuade him to join the project in the same evening,

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Jillette has already been expanding his role beyond performing as an illusionist. Penn & Teller united for the documentary “Tim’s Vermeer,” which debuted earlier month at the Toronto Film Festival as an investigation into the methods of Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer.

Jillette also directed and starred in the 2005 comedy “The Aristocrats,” which explored 100 different comedians telling the same dirty joke.

“So I think I could get funding if I were doing another movie about a painter or about stand-up comedy, I could probably get the funding for it,” he added. “There are some things in my heart that are hard to pitch to ‘Hollywood suits’ and I’d rather pitch directly to the people who will see my movie.”

In this case, Jillette is promising that for $20 he will include the name of a contributor to his campaign in the film’s end credits; $150 for a red-carpet advance screening; and for $10,000, a contributor will be listed as an executive producer.

Jillette noted that a recent FundAnything campaign for Adam Carolla’s stand-up comedy film “Road Hard” film brought in $1.36 million. Carolla and Jilletter were both contestants on the fifth season of Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice.”

SEE ALSO: Adam Carolla Raises $1.36 Million for Stand-Up Comedy Movie

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