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Katie Aselton and Mark Duplass turn to Kickstarter to fund thriller BLACK ROCK

Kate Erbland

by: Kate Erbland
May 11th, 2011

The concept of crowd-funding is just starting to emerge as a viable option for independent films, thanks to the uptick in websites that make it possible and the ability of filmmakers to personally call for help using social media. That doesn't mean that it's a tool just for super-indie films - it can also be utilized by some of the industry's darlings. Such is the case with Katie Aselton and Mark Duplass, independent power couple that kind of do it all - write, direct, act, produce, for films and television. The duo are now turning to crowd-funding website Kickstarter to get funding for their next film, a thriller called BLACK ROCK, written by Duplass and set to be helmed by Aselton, who will also star in the film. The film has Lake Bell and Kate Bosworth attached to co-star with Aselton.

The film "chronicles three childhood friends who embark on a weekend getaway to the isolated island of Black Rock, only to discover that they are not alone." Aselton conceived of the idea, with Duplass taking it to paper, and the two are quite excited to bring a "girl-based thriller" with some real stakes to the screen. Aselton hinted at the thriller back in January, calling it “something bloody and gory and beautiful."

I'm a longtime fan of the Duplass brothers, and Aselton made one of my favorite movies of last year, the wonderful THE FREEBIE with Dax Shepard, so this is a project I would really love to see come to fruition. If you want more Aselton, check out my SXSW interview with her from back in 2010. You can find out more about the project, including how to fund it, at the official Kickstarter page HERE. For even more details, check out the full press release after the break.

All-Girl Thriller to Co-Star Lake Bell and Kate Bosworth
Submarine to Handle Domestic U.S. and International Sales Including Pre-Sales at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival
Producers Launch KickStarter Campaign for Crowd-Sourced Funding

May 11, 2011 - Katie Aselton (THE FREEBIE) is set to direct and star in the thriller BLACK ROCK, with Lake Bell and Kate Bosworth signing on to co-star.  The film chronicles three childhood friends who embark on a weekend getaway to the isolated island of Black Rock, only to discover that they are not alone.  The story was conceived by Aselton and written by Mark Duplass (CYRUS), both of whom will executive produce, with Adele Romanski (THE FREEBIE, THE MYTH OF THE AMERICAN SLEEPOVER) reuniting with Aselton to produce the film.

Josh Braun from Submarine will be handling international domestic and international sales, including pre-sales at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.   In addition, the producers of BLACK ROCK are excited to announce a Kickstarter campaign to crowd-source a portion of the film’s funding.    For more information about the Kickstarter campaign please visit:  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1756210031/black-rock-written-by-mark-duplass-directed-by-kat

Aselton, who starred in and co-produced THE PUFFY CHAIR, is also currently a regular on the hit FX comedy THE LEAGUE, which was recently renewed for a third season.  Aselton will also be seen in the upcoming comedies OUR IDIOT BROTHER, directed by Jesse Peretz and to be released this summer by The Weinstein Company, and Paramount’s JEFF WHO LIVES AT HOME, written, directed and produced by Mark and Jay Duplass.  Her debut film as a writer and director, THE FREEBIE, in which she co-starred opposite Dax Shepard, premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and was released theatrically by Phase Four Films to critical acclaim.

“I grew up watching classic suspense films and have long had the idea of making a girl-based thriller where the threat to the characters is very real, and the audience is left with the terrifying thought ‘this could happen to me,’” said Aselton.  “Exploring that kind of movie excites me as a filmmaker, and I am elated to have Lake Bell and Kate Bosworth alongside me on the journey.”

Bell will next be seen in A GOOD OLD FASHIONED ORGY which made its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival and will be released this August. On the small screen, Bell will next be seen in the third season of the Adult Swim series "CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL," created by Rob Corddry. The show will return on June 2nd, 2011 and run for 14 episodes. Bell is currently shooting  the second season of HBO's "HOW TO MAKE IT IN AMERICA" in New York opposite Bryan Greenberg and Victor Rasuk. It will return this summer. At the Sundance Film Festival this year, Bell was proud to have her first short film accepted. She wrote and directed the film, "WORST ENEMY," which is a comedy about a female misanthrope (Michaela Watkins) who gets herself stuck in a full body girdle.

Bosworth was most recently seen in ANOTHER HAPPY DAY starring opposite Demi Moore and Ellen Barkin as well as the independent film LITTLE BIRDS, both of which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. She will next be seen in the remake of STRAW DOGS and also just completed the comedy L!FE HAPPENS with Krysten Ritter. Bosworth is well known for her role as the iconic ‘Lois Lane’ in SUPERMAN RETURNS for Bryan Singer and for her strong-willed performance in John Stockwell’s hugely successful BLUE CRUSH. Her additional credits include Kevin Spacey’s BEYOND THE SEA, where she portrayed screen icon ‘Sandra Dee’ and Robert Luketic’s 21 among others.

Source Press Release


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