While the debate continues to rage about the role celebrities/people-with-connections should have to crowd-funding projects, the bottom line is this paradigm breaking approach is helping to get ambitious projects of all sizes get made. The latest example is “The Cosmonaut,” which found support from over 4000 backers to help bring it to the big screen. Today, we have a taste of the sci-fi movie as it begins to roll out.
A years in the making effort, kicking off with a short film version in 2008, the movie’s progress to the big screen is fascinating (it’s detailed right here) and it included losing financing from a Russian backer at one point, only for the crowd-funding community to come back and support “The Cosmonaut” with three times as much money than they were short. But it’s all about the final result and writer/director Nicolás Alcalá seems to have made those who got behind him proud. The ’70s set picture stars Katrine De Candole, Leon Ockenden and Max Wrottesley and tells the story of the first Russian cosmonaut, who is declared missing in space, but through ghostly radio messages, claims to have come back to Earth and found it empty. Eerie stuff, but this first exclusive clip shows a happier time, with romance in the air.
“The Cosmonaut” experience begins today at the official website and you can request a screening near you via Tugg by clicking here. The film will be available to watch online for free starting on May 18th.