For over a year we've been developing You Should Be Famous as a potential television series. After shooting a test pilot, we have decided to turn it into a full length feature film and we need your help to make that happen.
About the project
You Should Be Famous is a satirical documentary that follows the story of six individuals as they vie for a fictional talent show, much like America's Got Talent. The film offers a glimpse into the lives of "ordinary" people, all played by one character actress and explores the desire for fame.
In a quest for instant celebrity they stumble on much more, all through a comedic lens. And through their own personal struggles and quests to be seen, they find out how they want to see themselves. Most mockumentaries are a parody of genre, but this film pushes past the punchline to find the humanity.
Watch the 16 minute movie teaser here:
Jet Eveleth has improvised with the comedy troupe The Reckoning at iO Theater since 2001. She tours the shows Jet and Paul with Paul Brittain and Adsit and Eveleth with 30 Rock's Scott Adsit. She has performed at the Andy Kaufman Awards and was included in “Best Of Chicago's Stand-Up” at The Lincoln Lodge. She was listed as New City magazine’s "Top 50 Players" in Chicago for 2010 and 2012. She is the former artistic director of the Chicago Improv Festival and studied with Philippe Gaulier (mentor of Sacha Baron Cohen). She taught for the Comedy Studies Program at Columbia College and developed the television pilots Ditch Mitchem Writer/Detective and Jet Across America with MTV. Her film works include the comedies, American Legacy, One-Small Hitch and Close Quarters.
Chris Cummings performed with the group 1,2,3 Improv at The Brave New Workshop in Minneapolis. He was the co-creator of the sketch comedy shows Driving While Flux Capacitated and Fun Anyone? He is also the co-founder of the production company Marty Doogin Arts. Cummings has written and produced a number of films including, Rough Tender, winner of Best Film at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival and the Big Water Film Festival. He can be seen in the upcoming web series Semper Fidelis later this year.
Joe Dressel is a filmmaker and director from Minneapolis, MN. After graduating, Joe began working in advertising and has directed commercial spots for such companies as Jim Beam, Victory Motorcycles, Polaris,Target and Nickelodeon. He also co-founded the production company Marty Doogin Arts and has directed a number of award winning independent films. His first feature film Rough Tender won Best Film at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival and the Big Water Film Festival. .
Why should you donate?
Honestly, we really can’t do it without your help. This is an opportunity to be part of something truly unique from the ground up. This project could not get made by the traditional routes because it isn't traditional. This film needs the generosity of those who trust and believe in something that hasn't quite existed before.
Where is my money going?
Every dollar that you donate will go to the production. This is a feature length film that will be shot on a micro-budget.
Here are some of the major costs that the funds will cover:
Equipment & Crew- This is our largest cost. We will be working with a group of skilled professionals to give the film the highest quality production value.
Locations - The second largest cost is securing the necessary locations for the film.
Hair & Makeup Artist - To transform each unique character in a believable way.
Wardrobe - Costumes to capture the right look for each distinct character.
Craft Service - To feed our crew and cast.
Original Music- Specifically composed for the film.
Post-production costs - Including editing, sound design and color correction.
What’s in it for me?
We’re offering some great perks for each of the donation levels. In addition we’ll be offering special giveaways throughout the entire filmmaking process.
You’ll also get to say, I helped fund the film You Should Be Famous.
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I really want to help… but I’m broke.
That’s okay! If you don’t have $5 you should really focus on finding dinner tonight. And you can still help by sharing this page with your friends. We appreciate any support that we can get. Thank you!
Team on This Campaign:
Writer, Producer, Director