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Charlie Kaufman breaks crowd funding record with over $400k raised via Kickstarter

Charlie Kaufman's production partners said: “We want to make Anomalisa without the interference of the typical big studio process.”

Charlie Kaufman has raised a $406,237 in 60 days on the community funding platform website Kickstarter for his stop motion adaptation of play Anomalisa, a record for community fund raising for production costs on a film.

The 53 year-old Kaufman – whose credits include Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Being John Malkovich - and his producing partners Dan Harmon and Dino Stamatopoulos raised more than double the money they were asking from 5,770 Kickstarter members.

Harmon and Stamatopoulos, via their company Starburns Industries, said on the film’s project page: “We want to make Anomalisa without the interference of the typical big studio process.”

Kickstarter is a social media platform that allows content producers to connect with audiences who want to contribute small amounts towards financing their projects.

Pledge levels ranged from $50 to $10,000 for members of the site to become part of Anomalisa funding team. A $50 pledge provides a funder with a special DVD of the film, while a $10,000 pledged earns five people executive producer credits.

Launched on July 10, Anomalisa beat the second most funded Kickstarter project; Ben Dobyns and Matt Vancil’s zombie film The Gamers: Hands of Fate.

The New York Times reports today that nearly 3 million people have helped 30,000 projects meet their fund-raising goals on Kickstarter, with almost $300 million given away in pledges, despite the financing platform being treated with suspicion by elements in the film industry.

Anomalisa director Duke Johnson told Deadline: “Right now there’s a little bit of hesitancy from people in the industry of using crowdfunding. Because I know some people don’t like being seen asking for money in public.

“But as it gains momentum, and people see what it’s worth, and that they can do it on their own, that hesitancy is going to disappear.”

Production on the 50-minute film, which based on the 2005 play of the same name written by Kaufman, is expected to start in November.


One Response to Charlie Kaufman breaks crowd funding record with over $400k raised via Kickstarter

  1. Carli Rebibo Reply

    February 8, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    I read your coverage on Charlie Kaufman’s crowdfunding campaign on, I wanted to reach out to you with another story in the same area. I am working on an Indiegogo campaign for Total Frat Movie and we created an Argo parody trailer in support of our project. is a top comedy destination among college undergrads. The website provides the blunt and hilarious “frat” comedy that everyone came to love in college and never quite outgrew. In January, the book Total Frat Movie was released and within a week reached #7 on the New York Times Best Seller list. The film is the next step in the evolution of the Total Frat Move brand. You can find more information on the Indiegogo campaign here –

    Bob Sanitsky and Brian K. Ross, the producers of Total Frat Movie, are available for interviews about the film, the Indiegogo campaign, and the Argo parody. Madison Wickham and Ryan Young, the creators of the website, are also available for interviews.

    If you are interested in interviewing any of them or covering this project, just shoot me an email. Even if you aren’t, I’d love to know what you think of the Argo video.

    Thank you,

    Carli Rebibo

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