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Shemar Moore Takes To Kickstarter To Raise $1.5 Million To Finance Romantic Comedy

Shemar Moore Takes To Kickstarter To Raise $1.5 Million To Finance Romantic Comedy

Well, it’s worked for some, and not well for other *celebs* who’ve taken to Kickstarter recently to raise money to finance their feature film projects.

I’m sure Shemar Moore hopes that his campaign falls under the former category.

His project is a romantic comedy titled The Bounce Back, which he’ll star in, along with Nadine Velazquez (you’ll remember her from the opening scenes of Flight, opposite Denzel Washington).

Instead of me telling you about the project and the campaign, I’ll hand the mic over to the man to tell you all about it himself. If you dig his pitch, head over to the project’s Kickstarter campaign page to make your contribution.

At the time of this post, after just over a day into the campaign, he’s raised close to $35,000, with 28 days to go in a campaign to raise $1.5 million. Not Zach Braff numbers at around this time into his campaign; but not a bad start either.

Here you go:

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When will these niggas learn


BLUETOPAZ: I hear you. Loud and clearly. For some reason this last comment made my Laugh out Loud(not at you). I really sense your frustration with the presentation. I totally get it. I guess we have let numbers determine whether or not the supporters really need to see the trailer, or have better pitch. For now, it's a waiting game… 24 days left. And since my last comment, an additional 5K has been given. I honestly think he'll do well, or at least come really close.



For some reason, I was not able to reply next to your name, as it was not an option. But anyway, I'm not calling everyone a hater. And no, I don't expect everyone to pick up and write a script. Obviously, everyone is not made to do this. People are entitled to their opinions, but all it takes is 1 to 2 minutes of extra time to research before posting.

If there's no footage of the film, more than likely the film has not began Principal Photography to do this yet. Though he used his "star power" to sell the film, I don't think that was the reason we didn't see footage. And by the way, people use their influence all the time. It's perfectly okay to me to do, if you can.

My main issue is that regardless of whether it's Black, White, Blue, or Green Media that's being critiqued, often times individuals are quicker to complain without thought, as oppose to providing helpful suggestions, and productive critiques of projects in works.


Bwahahaha I wish I would support a film where a black man courts a white woman, lol hell naw. Better ask them white wimmiz to help his arse. Seriously though, more romantic comedies preying off the insecurities of women? What self respecting woman would fund this mess?! And ain't nobody going to be 'talking about this years to come.' This is the same old, same old garbage, they'll forget as soon they leave the theater. You know, even if he did have all that CSI money, if he created something different and complex, I would actually support it on my pathetic college budget (providing the love interest was a black woman). But if he wants to come me with this stupid ish, he can go somewhere the fvck else.


I'm not understanding the amount of "naysaying" on here. If you must be critical of the brother, at least try to have more support behind your arguments. Some of the commentary seems like one big, empty "bowl" of critique.

#1. Now, I agree…the video can be edited a little better to get to the heart of the actual project a little quicker. I honestly lost a little interest half way through, but pushed hard to finish it. For others who made it through it's entirety, you may agree that Shemar gives GREAT reason(s) for choosing to go the Kickstarter route. If you did not finish, go have a complete look this time. I just watched it twice.

#2. Shemar Moore is very relevant. He never left. He's been busy working on day and night time television: 8 years plus on Criminal Minds, and 10 years on The Young and the Restless. Just IMDB him. Did you do this first before commenting? I did. Now, that seems like a pretty stable and relevant acting career to me. Just because you haven't seen him in a lot of films, does not discount his ability to create a film using Kickstarter.

#3. Yes, the film sounds like another "Think Like a Man", "Two Can Play That Game" "Hitch" type of romantic movie based on "Love Rules". But he actually makes it clear in the video love can't be based on rules, which is what point of the story will aim to please. More than likely, most women will love the movie because it's about love, and men will watch the movie because…well, they love their women. So everyone will be happy! The film has a chance to do well, so just be open. If you want a more original idea, start writing. It's not as easy as you think.

#4: When anyone–celebrity or "average joe" gets on here to publicize something they're really passionate about, they're more than likely targeting OTHER passionate people who will have the funds to support the film. If you do not fall in that category…no worries, just don't support it. But my suggestion would also be for you not assume that he's trying to take someone else's money. That's pretty negative thinking. Contrary to belief, there are many compassionate, wealthy investors who would love to help this project out. Hence the climbing numbers of the campaign after only 2 days.

#5. Lastly, Love is Blind. As an Award-winning African-American Female Film Producer, I will tell stories that I can relate to. IF I should produce a movie about love one day, I can not guarantee that it'll be featuring an interracial couple. BUT, If Shemar chooses a Latina woman(and I agree that this does affect the viewers, sadly), then let him. Your opinions matter, but they don't change his concept of what or who he thinks a great film about love should include. He actually addresses this as the main reason why he does not the want the film financed by…well…FINANCIERS. Because he knows that the film will more than likely become far from what he envisioned.

So, that's my 5 cents for now…Carry on, now:)


I'm waiting for him to 'grow up' and be himself. After all, the more you give of yourself, the more you get back.


If I contribute on the front end, I want a nice slice off the back end. If he's selling points, then MAYBE. The celeb-driven crowdfunding reminds me of how I felt when Hillary Clinton lost the primary to Obama and then started whining for supporters to finish paying off her campaign debt, like are you for real?

Justin D.

I'll pass. Not a fan of romantic comedies, and not a fan of people who already have millions asking the average person to give them more millions so they can finance their vanity projects. Finance the damn thing yourself. Will the people who back his project get free tickets to the movie, or will they have to shell out another $13 on top of whatever they already donated?


Not a fresh concept.


I became bored less than halfway through this promo. That would definitely be a negative. The Kickstarter thing is being driven into the ground by so-called celebs. And based on this pitch, I don't believe that its going to all that Moore talks it up to be. I wish him luck though, because he has just as much right to make a redundant, crappy film as any white producer/director.


Yeah, I have no desire to watch a black man move mountains to be with a white woman, I see enough of that live, up close and in living color. Sorry to be that way, but it's about time for some unadulterated black love stories, where the black man moves heaven and earth for the BLACK woman. That's what's up. But I wish Shemar the best.

Geneva Girl

He took his shirt off? Why not just strip to raise the money? I don't know whether it's sad or funny.


Why not hit up Eddie Murphy or Will Smith for cash instead of taking soaking the Average Joe. Those "stars" need to start ginancing projects. Its not like they dont have it. Better dig into tgat CSI cash. Maybe the white chicks will support him. Theyre pretty gullible.


This could be a nice BET movie.


I'm laughing and crying at this video.

Miles Ellison

What's next, a Kickstarter campaign for a black hair salon movie?


Notice that the word celebs was placed in quotes above, oh, the shade. LOL

Good for Shemar, but visibility will be an issue for him.

Shemar was EVERYWHERE about ten years ago. I barely see or hear about him now, unless some blog features him frolicking on the beach or grabs a picture of him helping his mom with errands, etc. If it weren't for S&A I wouldn't even know that he had a campaign, and let's face it. I don't know if Shemar ever completely "crossed over" in his popularity.

Even though he has been on "Criminal Minds" for several years, I still believe that over half of his fan base are African Americans, and his visibility has been very low with African Americans lately.


Criminal Minds just got renewed on CBS so I know the boy Shemar got money. Not knocking the hustle though.
If your buying Steve Harvey's book, spending money on dinner and a movie for Think Like a Man, then why not invest in this.
Exploiting the feelings and emotions of woman looking for love is a billion dollar business…

bohemian princess

I don't consider the VM kickstarter campaign in the same league as Zach Braff, MJH & now Shemar Moore. Kristen and Rob Thomas did not own the VM intellectual property and even though they did want to fund the movie themselves WB would not sign off on it since they did not believe there was enough fan interest and after 6 years of trying this was the only way the film was getting made. VM is not a vanity project as is the case with Braff and Moore. I didn't hear anything new or even remotely interesting about Shemar's project and then he tops it off with the lamest kickstarter video I think I've ever seen. Sell me on your project with your words not your fall back position of taking your shirt off. Seriously?

That being said I gained a huge amount of respect for Kevin Smith when discussing not utilizing crowd funding to fund Clerks III which he could have easily done.

"But now I'm feeling like that's not fair to real indie filmmakers who need the help. Unlike back when I made CLERKS in '91, I've GOT access to money now – so I should use that money and not suck any loot out of the crowd-funding marketplace that might otherwise go to some first-timer who can really use it. So if I can get away with it, I'm gonna try to pay for CLERKS III myself. As much as I love the crowd-funding model (and almost did it myself in early 2009 with, that's an advancement in indie film that belongs to the next generation of artists. I started on my own dime, and if I'm allowed, I should finish on my own dime."

Adam Scott Thompson

Another black rom-com? Is that the only way we want to see ourselves? Jeez…


Um, no. I WILL not support you, Shemar. But good luck!
And I agree, damn you, Zach Braff and Kristen Bell. Look what you've started!!! Ugh!!!

Oh, and Shemar, if you'd cast a black actress instead of a Latino actress you might
have a better chance at getting your female fanbase to support you.


Lol, no. You can't have my money for your pet project.


Damn you Zach Braff and Kirsten Bell for starting this shit! lol And damn you Steve Harvey, Rob Hardy and Will Packer for making a successful book and movie that will be copied repeatedly by EVERYBODY! lol


I couldn't even finish that it was so bad. But good luck anyhow.


It will be a cold day in h%ll before I send one red cent on this fool and his non-acting self. Seriously? If studios don't want to cast you in a romantic comedy, that is on you. Please have a seat Shemar.


He's definitely working his facebook and twitter following and getting celebrity friends to drive their followers to his kickstarter page. I don't know if he'll reach $1.5 mm, but he'll get a lot of pledges.

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