While not exactly an expert of film noir by any means, I am deeply interested in the genre. Film noir tends to be so nuanced in both style and substance, when a film actually captures what makes the genre so amazing, it’s like the film gods are smiling directly at me while I watch. Despite how you may feel about Kickstarter, I personally feel that it’s a suitable model for indie/DIY crews/teams/studios/etc. attempting to find success in an industry where money may sometimes speak louder than talent.
Hotel Noir is a film noir by writer/director Sebastian Guiterrez. While I’m unfamiliar with his films (beyond his screenwriter role for the awesome Snakes on a Plane), the cast for this film is way too talented to ignore. With a cast that includes Danny DeVito (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Carla Gugino (Watchmen), Malin Akerman (Watchmen), Mandy Moore (A Walk to Remember), Rosario Dawson (Sin City), Robert Forster (The Descendants), Rufus Sewell (The Illusionist), and Kevin Connolly (Entourage), it’s hard to ignore such a film.
Despite the film being completed and finding distribution for VOD, Gutierrez is raising money for a theatrical release, which would help promote and bring awareness for the film, as well as consideration for various awards and whatnot. At the time of writing, the film’s Kickstarter is just north of the halfway point of its $50,000 goal. With a bevy of reward tiers ranging from limited print DVDs to PDFs of the screenplay, there’s enough being offered to justify donating for fans of both film noir and film in general.
You can catch the trailer and more details for Hotel Noir on the film’s official website.[Thanks for the tip, Jared!]