Many of you know that Penn Jillette, funnyman, illusionist, and atheist, is making a movie and is crowdsourcing some of its funding. Andrea Hogan is a local skeptic who has met Penn, and I asked her to write a post about the project.
Penn Jillette has been too good for too long. He just raised over $600,000 for Opportunity Village (a Las Vegas based charity that helps people with intellectual disabilities). He doesn't drink or do drugs, ever. He's happily married with two kids. He was even a God damn Boy Scout (before the recent homophobic unpleasantness, of course). He's bought me bacon and eggs. He's just a nice guy
Now, however, you have the chance to change that. Yes, you. Penn has written a movie called Director's Cut. It's a mystery movie within a mystery movie, it's going to be very suspenseful, scary, sexy and smart. It's going to make you think, in other words: the kind of movie Hollywood has no interest in paying for. So, along with director Adam Rifkin, Penn has launched a FundAnything campaign for the film (http://fundanything.com/penn). How does that translate into you making Penn bad? Penn won't be playing the hero in this movie, or even the big goofy sidekick. He'll be playing the bad guy.
The campaign is already well underway, with almost two-thirds of the $999,999 goal raised and only two weeks left to contribute. But, there's still a chance for a smart and groovy person like yourself to get in on the action. The rewards for contributing are just nutty. For as little as $10 you can get full access to the script and various updates, interviews, pictures, and videos of the movie being made. If you happen to have $25,000 lying around, you could own Penn and Adam's ponytails. You could be a corpse or a cop in the movie, you could go on a tour of Penn's house, Adam could teach you how to make a movie, or Penn could teach you a magic trick.
Whatever your budget, you can make Penn bad.
* You can follow Andrea on Twitter @Andiiya