As they ramp up pre-production on their next feature project Congratulations!, Mike Brune stars in a number of fake news reports, all in the service of soliciting a cash donation for the film. (Let's face it, this beats the crap out of most tired ass Kickstarter campaigns.)
Brune's over-modulated newsman voice is spot on. The technical gaffes and decidedly DIY aesthetic add to the campaign's anarchic feel. I especially enjoy the Python-esque sensibility most notably the ridiculous micro-faux-nes.
I also like their official pitch.
Make an investment in the arts. Donate at congratsmovie.com
All contributions are 100% tax deductible thanks to Fractured Atlas.
We won't stop making videos until you've donated.
Elsewhere, they write: "If you would like to donate more than $50,000, send us an email at email@example.com with the phrase “I am Mr. Money-bags” in the subject line."
To see all of the fake news pieces, go here: http://vimeo.com/tag:fakewoodwallpaper
To Donate, go here: http://congratsmovie.com/donate.html
If the fundraising campaign doesn't inspire the confidence that your money will be well spent, maybe this will.
(Nod to Samantha's Facebook post for the tip!)
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