Occupy Cannes: A documentary about Independents at the Cannes Film Festival

A provocative and entertaining documentary to be filmed at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival about how independent art must fight giant conglomerates to stay alive.
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Troma Entertainment
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New York, New York
United States
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AN URGENT MESSAGE FROM SUPER TROMETTE SMURF AND THE TOXIC AVENGER!

UPDATE!

Greetings from Tromaville!

With only one day left to donate to Occupy Cannes, the Troma Team is proud to announce that the next person to donate $1,500 or more, in addition to all other perks, will receive James Gunn and Lloyd Kaufman's original strip board from Tromeo & Juliet. This board, the case for which dates back to 1969's "The Battle of Love's Return," as well as "Rocky" and Saturday Night Fever," was used to plan out shots and work out the schedule on the film, and is one of a kind! It will even come signed by Lloyd Kaufman himself! Since there are only a few short hours left in the campaign, you MUST act fast to grab this highly collectable item!

 

UPDATE!

Greetings from Tromaville!
 
The Troma Team is proud to announce that for a $1,000 donation, in addition to receiving all other perks, Lloyd Kaufman will act in your film! That's right! Lloyd Kaufman, the President of Troma Entertainment and creator of The Toxic Avenger will appear in YOUR movie for one day only!
 
There's only a few days left for us to change the world of independent art! Donate today and help the Troma Team #Occupy #Cannes!

UPDATE!

Greetings from Tromaville! Troma Entertainment is pleased to announce that the deadline OCCUPY CANNES has been extended by one week in response to the many messages from fans who requested more time to share the campaign with additional friends and family. "It is because of our fans that we have raised over half of our goal thus far," said Lloyd Kaufman, president of Troma Entertainment and creator of the Toxic Avenger. "So when our fans asked for more time to share the campaign with their friends and family in order to help Troma get closer to our goal, we naturally granted their request. Another reason for the extension is that OCCUPY CANNES, a non-profit driven, idealistic project that 325 people have contributed to so far because they want to see it, is so uniquely important not only to Troma, but to supporters of independent art and commerce."

This announcement comes just as OCCUPY CANNES was the subject of a feature in TIME magazine, titled, "The Toxic Investor: A Legendary Indie-Film Company Turns to Crowdfunding."

Occupy Cannes also received great coverage from DigBoston.com, with a feature titled "Crowdfunding Provides Option for Independent Film Company Troma."

Remember, everyone: together, we can change the world of independent art!

UPDATE!

The wonderful French filmmaker Praz Nicolas has contributed a fantastic video explaining, en Françaiswhy YOU should donate to Occupy Cannes! 

Check it out and donate today! Remember, together we can change the world of independent art!

 

Better Than an Academy Award!!!

Greetings from Tromaville!

It’s Oscar time! However, you fans have given the Troma Team something much better than an Academy Award. As of now, over 275 of you have contributed to “Occupy Cannes.” Michael Herz and I are deeply moved. We still have a way to go to reach our goal, but we wanted to thank you NOW for what the Troma Team considers 277 “better-than-Academy-Awards.”

Please spread the word and help us continue fighting for independent art everywhere, especially at the elitist Cannes Film Festival.

Thank you and, remember: Toxie loves you!

Lloyd Kaufman

 

ATTENTION SUPPORTERS, WE NEED YOUR HELP!

We have a few designs for protest signs, and we want YOUR help in determining which signs we will use. Drop us a comment and tell us which is your favorite and let your voice be heard! Together, we will change the world of independent art!

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UPDATE!

Have a look at this video by Marc Gras, the director of Troma is Spanish for Troma. Here, he tells you why you should support Occupy Cannes en espanol!

UPDATE!

The offer for the Toxic Crusader cels expired at noon, and though we said that we would only send them out if 10 or more people donated, we're going to send them out anyway! Everyone who has donated $250 or more since February 4th will receive a beautifully hand-matted animation cel from the Toxic Crusaders cartoon show, signed by Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz. 

Enjoy, and keep spreading the word about Occupy Cannes! Together, we'll change the world of art forever!

UPDATE!

The Angry Video Game Nerd speaks out for Occupy Cannes!

Click on the image below to see James "Angry Video Game Nerd" Rolfe's video response to Troma's Occupy Cannes.

The Project!

   Troma’s 39th year is the perfect time for Lloyd Kaufman and the Troma Team to film a follow-up to their acclaimed 2002 documentary, All the Love You Cannes. This new film, Occupy Cannes, will strike a blow for independent artists the world over, and will be released during Troma’s 40th year at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. This is a story bigger than life itself, but personal and intimate enough to touch each and every one of us. Occupy Cannes will not only be an important document for students and lovers of cinema all over the world, but also an irreverent, rebellious, and entertaining motion picture that, like All the Love You Cannes, will have wide appeal.

Lloyd Kaufman and the lovely Tromettes in front of the beautiful Carlton Hotel

   Established in 1974, Troma Entertainment is arguably the longest running truly independent idealistic film studio at the Cannes Film Festival. We want to continue bringing visionary politically and socially relevant cinema to a worldwide audience. With your help, we hope to return to the Cannes Film Festival and use our latest movie, Return to Nuke ‘Em High, as the centerpiece for our documentary supporting the democratization of art and media.

Return to Nuke 'Em High

The Story!

   Occupy Cannes will tell the story of how the Troma Team, economically blacklisted independent filmmakers, fight to survive in a world dominated by the mega media conglomerates; mega media conglomerates who spend more on a party at the Cannes than Troma spends on an entire production. Our documentary will depict the struggle that occurs when we try to present a truly independent film at the Cannes Film Festival. Occupy Cannes will be not only entertaining but uniquely informative. It will be a true David versus Goliath story. You can help Troma hurl a stone right into the forehead of the mainstream movie monopoly on behalf of independent art and commerce

Lloyd Kaufman and the Troma Team take to the streets in All the Love You Cannes

   One of the key questions that independent artists ask is: “How can I attract attention without the millions in marketing dollars of the majors and without making a sex tape for the internet?” Our film will provide an answer by revealing the Troma Team’s trade secrets in getting media attention on a very little budget. In our original 2001 film, All the Love You Cannes,we showed off Troma’s famous guerilla marketing practices. In Occupy Cannes, we will show how the Troma Team has further developed these techniques. Practices like Troma’s controversial street theater, the Troma parade and the appearance of Troma’s world famous Tromettes, The Toxic Avenger and Sgt. Kabukiman, NYPD will all make appearances. This new film will show how the Troma Team has further developed these secrets over the past ten years and perfected them; secrets that can be applied not only to filmmaking and distribution, but to all walks of life

The Importance!

   Occupy Cannes will turn one of the world’s longest running and most important film festival inside out for the viewer. From meetings with buyers, to soirees on the Riviera (to which Lloyd Kaufman the Troma Team are never invited), to the premiere of Return to Nuke ‘Em High on the “green” carpet, viewers will join us as we continue our valiant crusade: giving independent art back to the people! We’ll have the opportunity to film everyone and everything at the Festival, from luminaries like Harvey Weinstein and Quentin Tarantino to the independent filmmaker trying to sell a tender, heartfelt documentary about his pet hamster. This approach will give viewers an insight they’ve never had into the inner workings of the Cannes Film Festival at every level.

Quentin Tarantino enjoys some Troma swag at Cannes

   Occupy Cannes will prove to be an invaluable tool not only for independent filmmakers, but for all artists, scholars, and anyone that values the idea of artistic independence. More important, the issue of artistic independence is bigger than Cannes, Troma, Return to Nuke ‘Em High, and the film industry itself; it’s about showing the world that independent art must be actively fought for. All we need is you. Help us to bring the true spirit of independence back to Cannes and this big blue marble we call Earth.

The People!

   Established in 1974 by Yale friends Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz, Troma Entertainment is one of the longest-running independent movie studios in United States history, and one of the best-known names in the industry. World famous for movie classics like Kaufman's The Toxic Avenger, Sgt. Kabukiman, NYPD,  Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead, as well as Class of Nuke 'Em High and Tromeo & Juliet, Troma's seminal films, such as Mother’s Day and The Toxic Avenger are now being remade as big budget mainstream productions by the likes of Brett Ratner, Richard Saperstein, Akiva Goldsman, and Steven Pink. Among today's luminaries whose early work can be found in Troma's 800+ film library are Samuel L. Jackson, Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Jenna Fischer, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Kevin Costner, Fergie, Vincent D'Onofrio, James Gunn and Eli Roth. Visit Troma at www.troma.com.

Lloyd Kaufman informs students about the harrowing world of independent filmmaking

   Lloyd Kaufman is the President of Troma Entertainment and creator of The Toxic Avenger. Since founding Troma in 1974 with his partner Michael Herz, he’s directed such Troma classics as The Toxic Avenger, Terror Firmer, and Troma’s War. In addition to directing, Kaufman founded the annual TromaDance Film Festival, an independent film festival that charges filmmakers no entry fee. He has also written six best-selling books, including All I Need To Know About Filmmaking I Learned From The Toxic Avenger, Make Your Own Damn Movie, and Sell Your Own Damn Movie. You can find his website at www.lloydkaufman.com and follow his twitter at www.twitter.com/lloydkaufman.

The Tension!

   Will Troma make international sales on Return to Nuke ‘Em High? Will Lloyd Kaufman and the Troma Team be able to compete with the mega-conglomerates and their vassals? Can idealistic, independent thought survive in a world dominated by Burger King action figures? The only way to find out is to donate today in order to show the big movie world and the mainstream movie industry that the true independent spirit is still alive!

 

The Breakdown!

Here's a quick breakdown of how we'll use your donations in order to fund Occupy Cannes:

$12,500 - Travel expenses

$10,000 - Apartment for the Troma Team

$10,000 - Occupy Cannes booth space

$5,000 - Street Team, leaflets, picket signs, etc.

$5,000 - Equipment shipping, rental, and purchases

$2,500 - Communication with our Occupy Cannes supporters

 

The Original!

 To view the original All the Love You Cannes documentary, please visit this link to watch the entire film for FREE on YouTube.

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An exclusive airbrushed trucker hat designed by artist Mark Quinette. This could be yours if you donate to Occupy Cannes today and support independent art and commerce!

 

International (Non-US) backers of $10-$50 -- Please add $10.

International (Non-US) backers of $100-$150 -- Please add $25.

International (Non-US) backers of $500-$750 -- Please add $35.

International (Non-US) backers of $1,000 -$10,000 -- Please add $75.

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    A Huge Thank You!

    A big thank you and a curtsy for supporting independent art and commerce! This documentary would not be possible without you, the fans!

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    Mini-Poster

    “Return to Nuke ‘Em High” official mini-poster signed by Lloyd Kaufman!

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    Strut around town wearing your new “I Made the Troma Team” pin, exclusive to this campaign! Of course, you’ll also receive a “Return to Nuke ‘Em High” mini-poster signed by Lloyd Kaufman! + all the above

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    Get out your autograph pen because your name will be in the “special thanks” section of the “Occupy Cannes” on screen credits! You will also take home a limited edition “Return to Nuke ‘Em High” Cannes Film FestivalPoster! It’s completely exclusive to this Indiegogo project! If that’s not enough you’ll have this very special poster signed by Lloyd Kaufman and the cast of “Return to Nuke ‘Em High”! + all the above

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    You'll be the envy of your friends when you get a DVD/Blu-Ray triple pack of Occupy Cannes, All the Love You Cannes, and Return to Nuke 'Em High! All three will be signed by Lloyd Kaufman and Return to Nuke 'Em High will have limited edition packaging that will be exclusive to this campaign! + all above

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    You will receive your very own one-of-a-kind, screen-used prop from “Return to Nuke ‘Em High”, signed by Lloyd Kaufman. Lloyd Kaufman will also follow you on Twitter! Now would be the time to get on the computer and make a Twitter account! + all the above

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    You will make your very own appearance in “Occupy Cannes!” All you need to do is make use of your amazing glamour and film yourself(for no more than thirty seconds) talking about what art and independent cinema means to you and you’ll be on screen in the documentary. Your name will also be on the limited edition “Return to Nuke ‘Em High” Cannes Film Festival poster! + all the above

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    Lloyd Kaufman will fly to meet you in any major hub in the world and host you for a lunch you’ll never forget! You will also get a private, hosted screening of Troma Entertainment’s “Return to Nuke ‘Em High”! Bring along with you 10 of your movie loving friends and family! + all the above

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    Don your tuxedo because you’re going to Cannes! Wait, there’s more! You will have a producer’s on-screen credit on Occupy Cannes! You will be flown to Cannes and have the amazing opportunity to live in the Troma Team apartment, be a part of the Troma Team and, just when you thought that was it, you’ll be featured in the film itself! You’ll be famous! You'll also get to hang out with Lloyd Kaufman on the Riviera! + all above (except lunch at $5,000 level)

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