Comedian Louis C.K. has a genius idea that kind of follows what indie filmmaker Kevin Smith did with his last film Red State. Instead of going through distributors to try and get a script green lit and a project underway Louis C.K. has decided that he wants to make a movie if he raises enough money from his stand-up specials. You can stream or download his new stand-up special Live at Beacon Theater for $5 by clicking here to head over to his site.
By purchasing his hilarious stand-up for a very affordable price you are not only getting one hell of a show, but you are also contributing to his dream of writing, directing and distributing his own film. His goal is 8 million bucks and I don’t see how that can’t be reached in good time, especially if he puts up a few more stand-up specials for purchase.
For those of you that didn’t know (me included), Louis C.K.‘s last full length film was Pootie Tang. He wrote and directed the film and wasn’t happy with the final cut. The studios screwed him over, like they’ve done to so many other people.
/Film has a portion of a Reddit AmA (ask me anything) with Louis C.K. Check it out below.
I have a dream, though. You want to hear it? Yeah? Well, okay.
I thought about what if I make another special like this one and i put it up for 5 bucks again and it goes gangbusters. It makes, say, 8 million bucks. I don’t know that that is even possible. I’m trying to find out what the potential is with this one. But so if I make 8 million, which all goes through paypal right into Pig Newton, my company that makes my show and made the special. Well I would leave the money in there and make a fucking movie.
This special, if it explosed, cause really it’s only been up for 2 days, more like a pre-sale. If it really tears an asshole into the money monster who then shits dollars into my mouth (oh my god what’s wrong with me) then I will use that money to buy a home and get some security which i NEVER have had in my life and have certainly not gotten from my low budget show.
So it would have to be special number 2 that would keep the money in the company and make a movie. I have always put cash back into the work. The profit I made on last years season of louie went to buying a new RED EPIC camera which now sits here next to me and a modest but impressive collection of lenses from germany and england, which now belong to Pig Newton and will be used to shoot said 8 million dollar movie.
I wrote way too much here that I should keep to myself but fuck it i’m pressing send.
So there you have it. Louis C.K. could be making another film the way he wants it! Are you going to support him and buy his stand-up special? Click here if you haven’t already. Support a hilarious comedian and help him achieve a goal that would not only help Louis C.K. continue his career but it would also benefit us as moviegoers. Support self-distribution and support artists trying to get their creations to the silver screen!