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Monday, January 31, 2011

Almost Ready To Launch The Official Site!

Hello Everyone!

I have to start off by saying that when I started off on this journey, I would've never expected that so many people would rally around me and offer help and support this project. But I guess it goes to show you how many of us nerds are out there :) The past few months have all been gathering momentum and finally we're going to start to see more come out of it.

Within the next week we'll be launching the official site for this project (thanks to our awesome webmster/ editor for the doc, Mike Boas!), and within the next few weeks I will be posting the link to the Kickstarter fund to help us raise the remaining money we need to make the documentary as well as finance our portion of making the dvd re-release happen. We'll be looking to raise roughly $16,000 to finance all of this. Like I said before, I'm not looking to make a dime off of this, I simply want to make this dvd re-release happen, and that requires a hell of a lot more money than I have haha.

Over the last few months I have also managed to get in contact with cast members, including LANYARD GATES! Seriously! That one I can attribute to the wonderful Malcolm Danare, who played Bud in Popcorn. Malcolm is so supportive of the doc and the re-release in general, and I can't begin to thank him enough! Thanks also go out to Elliott Hurst, Mat Falls, Kelly Jo Minter, Jill Schoelen and Dee Wallace who have also agreed to take part!

I know this doesn't seem like much of an update, but this is a slow process. Our hope is to have this dvd out by March of 2012 at the latest. But, I definitely want you to feel like you are a part of the ongoing process, because you are. And I would love to get your ongoing feedback and/or questions. Feel free to contact me anytime through email: Popcornthedoc@gmail.com or on our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/popcornmovie?ref=ts.

In the meantime, here are a couple of behind the scenes photos Malcolm shared with me, and I think you'll get a kick out of them!

Thanks again for all of the support!


Monday, December 27, 2010

Popcorn Wishes and Kickstarter Dreams!

Hello Everyone!

It's been almost a month since the last update. Let's just say that the Holidays are the perfect excuse for things getting lost in the shuffle. I didn't lose sight of Popcorn, but it was definitely hard to make plans with anyone or get anything set in stone during this past month!

A couple of days after that last post I got some extremely great news; our Popcorn dvd project/Popcorn doc was approved for fund raising by Kickstarter! Unfamiliar with Kickstarter? Let me give you a little background! I will be cheap and pull this directly from their site (no miscommunication wanted haha):

Kickstarter is a new way to fund creative ideas and ambitious endeavors.
We believe that...
• A good idea, communicated well, can spread fast and wide.
• A large group of people can be a tremendous source of money and encouragement.

Kickstarter is powered by a unique all-or-nothing funding method where projects must be fully-funded or no money changes hands. 

Mainly what this means is, if you have a creative idea, Kickstarter will allow you to host a fund raising page on their site, which opens you up to literally millions of potential investors. People who have never met you or even heard of you or your project can donate to your cause to help make it happen. Kickstarter operates on an all or nothing system, this means if you don't raise all of the money you don't get any of it. It's a risk I am willing to take, I believe in this project, and I believe there are a ton of fans who will help spread the word and who want to see this dvd and retrospective doc happen as badly as I do!

As soon as we finish the final layout and design of our Kickstarter page I will spread it like wildfire, and ask you to do the same. The sooner we raise the rest of the funding we need, the sooner we start making things happen! This project couldn't have made it this far without you and it won't continue on with you!

Can't wait to give you the next update! Stay tuned!


Monday, November 29, 2010

I'm Seeing Popcorn Everywhere I Go....

It's been a hectic few weeks in my head, getting ready to start fundraising to get this doc made and to get the dvd re-release underway, but it'll all be worth it in the end! I can't begin to thank all of you for the support you've given so far. At the end of this journey we'll have a sparkling new dvd/blu ray with all of the bells and whistles!

I was just using Google image to search for something and out of nowhere this image popped up:

The search I was doing had nothing at all to do with popcorn or Popcorn or even Horror movies. Everywhere I go, everything I do, little references to the movie keep popping up. I like to, in my own nerdy way take it as a sign that I am on the right path. But in reality, it's probably another hint at why I need to get more sleep....

More updates soon! Spread the word!



Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Joanie, How Would You Know ? Your Favorite Film Is Escape From Witch Mountain!

Believe it or not, of all the lines in Popcorn, that is my favorite! A smarmy joke from Leon turns into a jab at Joanie, and it couldn't be more perfect.

I have much good news to tell you about! First off, I had the pleasure of meeting Jill Schoelen in person this past weekend at HorrorHound Convention in Cincinatti, OH! She was most definitely one of the nicest celebrities I have ever met! News travels fast because when I introduced myself she sweetly exclaimed, "You're the girl making the Popcorn documentary!" She was very excited to be hearing from me personally and not just through her manager who I had spoken to previously. Until that weekend, Jill really had no idea how many fans there were out there of Popcorn, and I can't wait to show her how many more of us there are out there!

Proof that I met Jill...

Originally when I was going to write this blog I only had a couple bits of good news to tell you about, but as of today I have even more good news to tell you about! Now on board for the doc are Malcolm Danare who played Bud, and Elliott Hurst who played Leon. I couldn't be happier about their participation!

Tomorrow I have a meeting with a member of my crew; Mike Boas. We're going to be going over some preliminary details. Next up will be fundraising and rounding up the last of the interviewees we'd like to have. I will tell you, I won't be revealing all of the people we have involved, I want to leave some surprises for you!

Thank you once again for all of your support! Please spread the word!



Monday, November 8, 2010

Our cause gets some love!

I have a lot of friends in the blogging community, one of my absolute best has to be John Squires who runs my favorite Horror blog of all time; Freddy In Space. John's blog is what got me so interested in the blogging community in the first place and we can take a step further back and say if it weren't for him I wouldn't find myself such a presence in online writing circles...even if that's stretching it a bit ;) In any event, when I media blasted my circle of friends to ask for support with this, I didn't demand anyone help me. Let's be real it's hard to get everyone on the same bandwagon. One thing I learned a long time ago is that you have to be your own biggest supporter; no one will ever believe anything should be done unless you show them it should. It meant a lot to me that even though John has never even seen the film he has created a blog post explaining my fight to have this release happen and for that I am extremely grateful.

Check it out : http://www.freddyinspace.com/2010/11/kristy-jett-loves-popcorn.html

Sunday, November 7, 2010

A journey a long time in the making....

Greetings Fellow Horror Nerds!

My name is Kristy Jett and I am a Horror Journalist. I'm a cinephile and have been watching Horror films since I was about 4 years old. I've always been fascinated by them and the older I get the more I find myself obsessed with them, seeking out any and all information I can.

I can't remember how old I was the first time I saw the film Popcorn, but I was around 12 and I was addicted from that moment on. I rented it at least once a week at my local video store, I could quote it the way most kids could quote Saturday morning cartoons. When I was 26 years old I had my first idea for making a documentary about this film I found myself enamored of from such a young age. Popcorn has never been the greatest film ever made, nor will it ever be, but it has had a hold on me and many more people I have come across over the last 2 years that I  have been actively seeking out fans of this film.

Over the past year I have started the process of pushing for a re-release of the film on Dvd that has been out of print since 2001's Elite Entertainment production. Along with the Dvd release we are also pushing for a Blu Ray release.

We have just begun the pre-production process for the documentary by putting together a crew. Aside from myself we have Mike Dobrzelecki, an independent filmmaker who is currently wrapping production on a documentary in the vein of American Scary about Tennessee horror hosts called "The Tennessee Horror Show!" Next we have Mike Boas, a veritable Renaissance man who has worked in all aspects of filmmaking including animation, writing, directing, acting and editing. He has most recently worked on American Grindhouse, Night of The Living Dead: Reanimated, 3.14 and Mind Rip. Lastly we have Eddie Inman, co-writer and director of Seclusion and The Dead. As we continue on I will have more crew members to speak of, but for right now, these three are confirmed and I'm so happy to have them on board!

The next step of our pre-production will be raising money for the on location aspect of the documentary. I will go into more detail as soon as I have confirmed the last few locations to make this as complete as possible. Details to come! The thing I want to make very clear, and maybe this proves how candid I am willing to be throughout this process; I don't have any designs on making a profit from this project. My main concern is making a retrospective documentary for the fans of this film and introducing a whole new crop of fans to the film that has brought me to this journey. It's a documentary that will be made by fans for fans.

I hope to have a new update within the next month, but for now join the fight and sign the petition and join our Facebook group as well as follow this blog! Thank you for all the support so far, the fight has just begun!