What started out as a couple of art nerds creating satirical works and performances became one of the most wonderfully subversive, creative, and challenging bands in recent history. The boys of Devo and their musical de-evolution assault across the world spoke to director Tony Pemberton — the filmmaker behind a new project that just reached its funding goal on Kickstarter. Are We Not Men? — named after Devo's first album — was produced in cooperation with the band. The project was developed over the course of three years and has finally reached the post-production phase — just in time for the festival circuit.
"Although the band has been notoriously secretive for nearly 4 decades, they have granted us unprecedented full-access to their personal inner-workings and daily lives while on the road, backstage, and at home," Pemberton shares on his Kickstarter page.
The documentary includes interviews with contemporaries like Iggy Pop and fans like Dave Grohl and Tony Hawk. "The official documentary reveals the truth about this important and misunderstood band with rare archival film, private home-movies, and recent concert footage."
Although the filmmaking team has reached its funding goal, several Devo-lish incentives are still being offered. Check out the trailer for more details and make magic happen.
Cartoonist Bill Watterson's Calvin and Hobbes was a favorite among readers during the '80s and 1990s, popular for its smart cultural critique. Dear Mr. Watterson — a new crowd-funded doc by filmmaker Joel Schroeder — aims to explore the reasons why. "This film is not a quest to find Watterson, who prefers his privacy. It is an exploration to discover why his 'simple' comic strip made such an impact on so many readers in the 80s and 90s, and why it still means so much to us today."
Schroeder has captured a wide range of interviews, including with Watterson's editor Lee Salem, Robot Chicken's Seth Green, and several cartoon and animation experts and historians. The first third of the movie is posted on the project's Kickstarter page — which is still accepting funds with rewards available. If you miss the beloved sardonic duo, this is a film you'll definitely want to put your dollars behind.