By Brian Brooks | Indiewire September 8, 2010 at 11:39AM
Harmony Korine is literally and figuratively seeking coins online to fund and release a new film. The director will produce and premiere his next film as part of the International Film Festival Rotterdam's Cinema Reloaded program. Launched earlier this year, The Cinema Reloaded platform allows filmmakers to connect directly with film fans worldwide for financing and distributing their new films online.
Korine ("Gummo," "Trash Humpers") who is introducing the project today with a video message on the Cinema Reloaded website, will raise financing for his new film entirely through the Cinema Reloaded crowd funding initiative. "It's gonna be some really messed up stuff, I hope you're prepared and excited about it," Korine said in the video message, "I think were going to do some serious damage."
The director joins previously announced participants in the program Ho Yuhang ("15Malyasia") and Alexis Dos Santos ("Unmade Beds"). Dos Santos and Yuhang have received more than 500 co-financiers to date and have begun production on their new projects. Each are aiming to raise 15,000 Euros for their film. As part of the program, the filmmakers will track the progress of their production through a new blog hosted by indieWIRE, which is partnering with IFFR on Cinema Reloaded by hosting part of the online home for the initiative.
Cinema Reloaded was developed as a crowd funding system fueled donations. For 5 Euros, fans and followers can become a funder of one of the films. Those who donate to the initiative will get their name in the credits (for 25 Euro) and be able to view the film via VOD online. There will also be an opportunity to see the films at their Rotterdam festival premiere. The filmmakers ca receive funding through December 31, 2010 and will post updates on their projects through the blogs and video posts along the way.
IFFR has initiated similar programs in the past, such as the Hubert Bals Fund, a program that provides grants to cinema projects in developing countries, and CineMart, a platform that offers filmmakers the opportunity to connect their projects to international film industry leaders in pursuit of finding financing.
Harmony Korine gained awareness 1995 as the screenwriter of Larry Clark's film "Kids." Korine made his directorial debut in 1997 with "Gummo." His provocative "Trash Humpers" (2009) screened at festivals in Toronto last year and last winter in Rotterdam.
"At a time when the international marketplace for truly independent films is rapidly changing, and many films and filmmakers are having difficulty getting exposure, IFFR has created new and exciting opportunities for a wide range of films to find funding and reach an audience," commented IFFR Director Rutger Wolfson in a statement. "Our innovative 'Cinema Reloaded' program, which we began earlier this year, will help realize films by three fantastic filmmakers, and help build a global online community of passionate film enthusiasts with the opportunity to be involved with film projects from inception through release."