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Help Bring What We Do in the Shadows to ‘Merica!

Last year, I saw one of the funniest movies ever.

I’m often full of hyperboles, but I’m not shitting you here.

It’s called What We Do in the Shadows and stars the film’s writers and directors, New Zealanders Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement.

I watched the film at SXSW 2014 (it initially premiered at Sundance 2014), and I nearly crapped myself. From laughter. Not the free SXSW tacos.

Imagine This is Spinal Tap but with lovable vampires from New Zealand.

Are you imagining it?

Now imagine yourself riding a horse bareback with Fabio.

For the past 11 months, I’ve anxiously awaited the US release of What We Do in the Shadows. I even tweeted at the film’s official Twitter account, @deliciousnecks, hoping for some answers. I was told that a release would come very soon.

So, that brings me today.I was tooling around Kickstarter and was surprised to discover a campaign posted by Jemaine Clement asking for funds to do a US release for What We Do in the Shadows.

I had two feelings when I saw this:

1.) I felt sad. Mad. A little bit gassy (I think it was all that cheese I ate yesterday). Why is it so hard for filmmakers to make a living? I have no idea why they’re distributing the film themselves, but I’m assuming they weren’t offered a solid US distribution deal. Even when you’re a popular indie filmmaker- Waititi’s films all premiered at Sundance- and a popular actor, you still having trouble getting your work seen. It ain’t right, I tell you. I’m glad they’re taking it into their own hands to get this movie seen.

2.) I felt very happy. What We Do in the Shadows was finally coming out of the shadows, and now everyone can see this film. PLUS, the campaign has some really sweet perks, like DVDS, t-shirts, premiere tickets and set visits.

Two additional feelings:

3.) Waititi and Clement are way better-looking than Zach Braff, so feel confident in donating to their Kickstarter campaign.

4.) I need to cut down on eating cheese.

So, please consider donating to this campaign because you want to see this film. AND I WANT TO SEE THIS FILM AGAIN, DAMMIT. I guarantee you will love it. If you don’t, I will paint a personal portrait of you riding Fabio bareback.

P.S. One of my favorite movies EVER (no hyperbole) is Waititi’s BOY. Check it.


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