One of the most popular kinds of crow-funding projects are documentaries about beloved movies. They're attractive for filmmakers looking to pay homage to these movies, and they're attractive to other fans who want to join in the tribute by contributing money, and for both they seem kind of easy because they stand out on sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo thanks to their familiar subject matter. Also, it won't matter if they're actually any good, because docs like these at the very least have a good shot at screening at a comic, sci-fi or more specifically focused fan convention. They're the documentary equivalent of fanfic.
The really fan-oriented projects could be called "fandocs," or maybe more appropriately "fannonfics," but one notable director of such works Jamie Benning (Inside Jaws; Star Wars Begins), labels his "filmumentaries." Those are more like unofficial making-of docs, though, while there are all sorts of projects that relate to the nostalgic fanboys' interests, including docs on movies that were never made (see The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?), docs on specific personnel associated with these movies (see Drew: The Man Behind the Poster) and docs that really narrow in on a fan phenomenon (see the recently funded Back in Time or similar older project DeLorean: Living the Dream).
This morning we've been tipped off about three more separate films in the works that fit the trend, two of which just began and one that just finished, slightly unsuccessfully. Check them all out below:
Ghostbusters 2 - The Original Vision/Extended Cut - Two projects in one, Bradley Bjornstad is ambitiously looking to make a documentary about where Ghostbusters 2 went wrong and how it was initially conceived and even shot, plus construct an extended cut of the sequel using never before seen yet apparently existing deleted footage (mainly featuring Louis, Slimer, a character played by Eugene Levy and more of the possessed Ray), which you can see stills and storyboard from on the Kickstarter site. The documentary will partly showcase the restoration project, as well. This one has a goal of $100,000 and could be one of the better projects if Bjornstad can make it all work out as planned.
Standing in the Stars: The Peter Mayhew Story - Not only will this film spotlight the life of Peter Mayhew, the 7'3" actor who played Chewbacca in the Star Wars movies, but it will follow him through the current chapter of his biography. Mayhew's giantism has caused him major health problems and is about to have a number of surgeries to replace his knees and allow him to walk again without need of a wheelchair or cane. That could be very necessary if he's invited to reprise the furry sidekick to Han Solo in the upcoming new episodes. The goal on this project is $42,000.
The Time Machinists - This one ended its crowd-funding campaign last night and fell very short of its $50,000 goal. But it had a flexible campaign on Indiegogo, so it still gets to keep the nearly $16,000 it did manage to take in. Perhaps there is or will be a way for potential pledgers who missed the deadline to continue to donate another way. Sure, it's yet another in a long line now of Back to the Future docs, but it's also shot and produced by Chapin Wilson of Hands on a Hard Body and it's narrated by Lee Majors.