We have three very different film projects vying for your crowdfunding dollars this week. One is a Star Trek film and possible pilot starring lots of familiar Trek faces. We've also got a science fiction film about the effects of global warming in the Arctic made from documentary footage. There's also a short film in which a man's future selves stop by on his wedding day—all 11 of them.
Star Trek: Renegades: We mentioned a few weeks back that Tim Russ (who played Commander Tuvok on Voyager is directing a Star Trek pilot, titled Renegades, featuring none other than Chekov himself, Walter Koenig. Now they've launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the film. The hope is that CBS will pick it up as a series, but the team, which also produced Star Trek: Of Gods and Men, will try to release it as a non-profit fan film if it doesn't receive licensing. For a $25 pledge, you'll receive a digital download of the film, plus access to exclusive web content.
There Will Be Some Who Will Not Fear Even That Void, an experimental, ecological documentary: Saeed Taji Farouky bills his current film as a "surreal, semi-fictional, sci-fi ecological documentary." For two weeks, Farouky shot footage while sailing on a tall ship around Norway's Svalbard Archipelago. Using that footage, he plans to tell a narrative story highlighting the emotional impact of climate change:
While the footage I shot is real, the plot - inspired by the other-worldliness of the location and recent events in my own life - is fictional. I imagine the artists as a team of specialists sent on a mission in the future to rebuild the Arctic environment after it has been decimated by global warming. With no master plan, maps or blueprints, each artist recreates the Arctic of his or her own memories, fears, desires and (flawed) expectations.
Farouky plans to return to the Norwegian Arctic with his team to finish the film, and is looking to defray the costs of its completion. For a $25 pledge, you'll receive a digital download of the film when it's completed, plus access to additional online content and a "Thank You" in the credits.
Present Tense, a short time travel comedy: It's your wedding day and you feel a little nervous. Wouldn't it be great if your future self could tell you if you're marrying the right woman? That's the premise behind Skinny Bones Productions' latest short, Present Tense, although it doesn't go quite so smoothly:
In our short, Present Tense, Alex becomes the victim of such confusion on his wedding day. Alex is at the altar, nerves and performance anxiety shaving years off his lifespan, when, BOOM! A brilliant flash of light! Alex 2.0 (not trying to be 2005 trendy here, it's just easier to tag the multiple Alex's that way) appears from the future to stop the wedding. Soon, there's a bunch of Alex's - including Alex 11.0 - all with their opinion of the nuptials. Then, the people sitting in the pews start revealing their true nature and affiliations, and, of course, a laser battle ensues.
To get a taste of the Skinny Bones style, you can watch their earlier shorts Bad Time to Sell and BLAMBLAMBLAM, ClickClickClick. For a $20 pledge, you'll receive streaming access to the completed short and for $25, you'll receive a DVD, but if you act fast, you can snag one of the remaining $10 DVD rewards.