I’ve already seen a fair number of the films that will be eligible for 2015’s major awards, and so far, none of them is better or funnier than the absolutely brilliant What We Do in the Shadows. (It had a U.K. release in 2014, which is how I saw it.) The film is currently slated for a very tiny U.S. release next month — just one screen in New York and another in Los Angeles — which is being organized by the stars and filmmakers, Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi.
Now, they’re trying to raise money on Kickstarter to bring the film to many more audiences in the U.S.:
Frankly, I’m astonished that they need to resort to this sort of campaign. The film is hardly a tough sell — it’s not at all “arthouse” or “foreign” — and I can’t believe that no American studio or distributor has picked this up. And while the film is already available on an imported DVD from Down Under (and will be on Region 2 DVD in April), all movies deserve to be seen on a big screen.
In case you need more convincing, here’s the first six minutes of the film. Watch it at your own peril: I guarantee you will want more.
Check out the Kickstarter for more info.
Something is seriously fucked up when a really great movie like this one gets no support from the industry.