I’ve talked with filmmakers and other movie critics about how sometimes crowd-funding campaigns have changed a lot. It used to be a filmmaker that didn’t have money, could go on Kickstarter or some site like that, and people would donate to help them finance their film. Somewhere along the line, big name actors that have money, used the site. That upset a lot of people. It seems if a studio isn’t going to finance your film, and you have millions (as well as rich friends), you shouldn’t ask the public for money.
Yet it does create a lot of great opportunities for autograph collectors. Often times if you donate, you’ll get autographed items. Here’s the latest one.
Ed O’Neill, who rose to fame with “Married With Children” (one of my least favorite TV shows of all-time); I like him a lot more on the hysterical “Modern Family.” Well, he narrates a documentary about a colorful congressman in his native north-east Ohio. He’s helping filmmaker Eric Murphy, raise $17,500 to finish and change the ending, to “Traficant: Congressman of Crimetown.”
It’s about Rep. James Traficant, who died recently at the age of 73, after a tractor accident on his farm.
If you donate $2,500, you get to have lunch with O’Neill.
Now, I think a better investment, but it’s twice the price – is what you can get for $5,000. It’s the new coffee-table book called “The Rolling Stones.” It has lots of photos, some of which haven’t been seen before. It’s going to be released in December, and will be the perfect gift for the collector on your holiday shopping list. You see, publisher Taschen announced that band members Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, and Ron Wood would…sign each of the 1,150 copies. Now, if you don’t want to spend 5k, you can buy the unsigned, slightly smaller book. That’s $150. I seem to recall that was about the price you could pay for a Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin) book that, at “autograph signings” he merely stamps.
I always wonder if the fans get upset at these huge prices. For example, The Who released an album called “The Who Sell Out” and they often talking about bands “selling out.” Yet you have to pay big prices for the meet-and-greet with Roger Daltrey. The Rolling Stones had expensive concert tickets the last time they toured, and there have been times they had banners behind them advertising products.
The book is 500 pages, so…if you average the $150 for what it costs per page, maybe that’s not a bad price, I don’t know. Keith Richards said the book captures all their magical moments and that it’s a roller coaster through their 50 year history.
The Rolling Stones are currently finishing shows in Australia, on dates that were rescheduled after Jagger’s partner, fashion designer L’Wren Scott killed herself earlier this year.