Guitar Player: the Largest Crowdfunded Film Ever?
Michael Stein got his start as a comedian in Los Angles appearing at the Comedy Store, Laugh factory and the Improv. His first acting role came when he was cast to play the lead role of Dirk Diggler in the short film The Dirk Diggler Story that later became the feature film Boogie Nights, which Stein appeared in as well.
Next, Michael Stein became a full time production assistant in order to learn how to become a filmmaker. He worked on commercials, music videos and films with directors such as Spike Jonez and many others.
After several years of production work, Michael Stein wrote, directed and produced a thirty minute dramatic film titled Rituals and Resolutions which won many festival awards and was eventually acquired and distributed by HBO films.
Due to the success of Rituals and Resolutions, Stein met with scores of film companies interested in producing one of his many other screenplays. But, after nearly two years of funding back-outs and the changing of film company presidents, he decided to make his own feature film. The only problem--lack of funding.
So Michael Stein started his own company selling the very pop up tents that he used to set-up as a production assistant. The company generated a seven figure income within six months and he used the funds to produce Love Hollywood Style, a film he wrote, directed, and starred along with Faye Dunaway, Andy Dick, Coolio and Stephen Tobolowsky.
His next project, the film Guitar Player, is a dramatic feature length movie about a homeless man. Production for Guitar Player begins October 21st in Los Angeles. The film has already received major contributions and services for the production, but more liquid funding is needed to reach the minimum financial goal of $150,000 to make the film. The $150,000 goes toward making this film and toward promoting the film’s message and cause which will benefit more people, since half of the film profits for Guitar Player will go to the homeless.
Funds have been raised but more are needed to produce Guitar Player, and Michale Stein is raising the rest of the funding needed in a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. Perks for those who kick-in funds include opportunities to be an extra in the film Guitar Player, chances to hang-out on the set during filming, and invitations to attend the Hollywood premier, or to even see your name in the film credits as a producer. After the film is made, there will be parties, and DVDs for donors.
All incentives, big and small, will only happen if the Kickstarter goal is met.