PENN JILLETTE EMBRACES CROWDFUNDING

Directors Cut

Director’s Cut, Jillette’s first stab at the horror genre, is using FundAnything.com to raise the necessary resources. The magician, who wrote the screenplay, initially tried to pitch the film’s concept to different studios. He was told he wasn’t right to play the movie’s villain and that other changes had to be made. So he went the indie route.

The six-foot-six libertarian is following in the smaller footsteps of Adam Carolla, Spike Lee and Zach Braff, but none of those artists have incorporated crowdfunding directly into the finished product.

Put simply, crowdfunding is impacting the movie in ways he couldn’t expect.

“It’s not charity. It’s not investing. It’s this new kind of thing, a new kind of way to be part of something,” he explains. He likens it to being a sports fan, especially those who cry, “We won” when their favorite team is victorious on any given Sunday.

The arts offer a similar experience.

“It’s the great thing about drama … to explore emotions and situations without having them happen to you,” he says.

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