Film Courage: Are many of these filmmakers that come to you through Film Threat where their films have been crowdfunded?
Chris Gore, Founder/Owner of FilmThreat/Author/Filmmaker: I think crowdfunding has changed the game certainly. I’ve used crowdfunding for projects. My track record is about 50/50. I’ve failed as much as I’ve succeeded but crowdfunding has changed the game tremendously, certainly putting more power in the hands of indie filmmakers. I’d like to see that expand into bigger projects not just movies made for a couple hundred grand but in the millions. It has put the power in the hands of indie filmmakers. Money is as much an auteur on a film as the director itself. That’s just the reality, right? It’s an influence. Money or the pursuit of that. Crowdfunding has helped. The thing I look at is how are independents going to compete with the corporate filmmaking that has kind of taken over? What if we say they won’t but those who are driven by very special stories know where to find their films and we just accept that we may never be watching Carrie in a theater again unless it’s…well I hope that’s not the case. I would look on it as Robert Rodriguez with El Mariachi which he made famously for…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).
Chris Gore is a writer, comedian, author and television personality who has built a solid reputation as a hilariously outspoken voice in the entertainment world. As a teenager, Chris founded the brutally honest magazine Film Threat, which began as a fanzine while he was a college student in Detroit. As Film Threat evolved into a respected national magazine, he relocated to Los Angeles. The print magazine was retired in 1997 when it was re-launched as a web site. FilmThreat.com found a huge audience online and was named one of the top five movie web sites by the Wall Street Journal. Chris has appeared as a film expert on MSNBC, E!, CNN, Travel Channel, and Reelz Channel. Chis has also hosted shows on FX, Starz, IFC and G4TV’s Attack of the Show as the show’s film expert. His weekly movie review segment DVDuesday was among the most popular on G4. Chris is also an author, having written The 50 Greatest Movies Never Made and The Complete DVD Book. His book The Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide is considered the bible of the industry and is required reading at film school.
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