James Franco Wants YOU to Fund His Movie (It's For Charity)
Prepare for the inevitable backlash to come your way, Franco. Stars who have been asking fans to fun their pet projects have come under scrutinty lately - especially since many of them could easily fund the projects with their own money.
However, there is a difference between Franco's Indiegogo campaign and Zach Braff's, or even the Veronica Mars Kickstarter: all of Franco's proceeds will go to the charity, Art of Elysium, an organization that "supports first-time feature-film directors that have been volunteering their time with children in need."
Franco's movie, entitled Palo Alto Stories, will cover three of the stories from his semi-autobiographical book, Palo Alto. Of course, it goes without saying that the $500,000 needed for filming could be paid out of Franco's pocket.
There are several valid arguments against actors using Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or similar sites to fund projects - especially when they have the means to fund their own movies. However, there's no denying the universal appeal of backing a project like this. Avid fans will be sure to enjoy any of the perks of contributing money.
And, really, I have no reason to mock or bash Franco's project. Because if Joshua Jackson had written his own book and needed my money to turn those stories into a movie, there's no question where my money would be going.
Click here to go to Franco's Indiegogo page, where you can pay to have Franco read you one of his stories, receive a personalized video from Franco, or even have a VIP dinner with him.