Indie monster documentary soars to record heights on Kickstarter
Last week independent production company, Small Town Monsters, launched a crowdfunding campaign through Kickstarter.com to fund the production of their Mothman documentary. In less than two hours the film, titled The Mothman of Point Pleasant, had reached 107% of its asking goal of ninety five hundred dollars. In the days since, the project has gone on to garner thousands of dollars more, ballooning to over 160% of its goal. Small Town Monsters has turned to Kickstarter twice before, and while both campaigns were successful, this campaign has outdistanced anything before it..
The crew that works on the films is a varied mix of young, and old cryptid enthusiasts from around the country. The team has been toiling away on “Mothman” since last September, driving back and forth between their headquarters in Ohio and filming locations in West Virginia.
The Kickstarter campaign is offering a Mothman statue (designed and sculpted by Jean St Jean and produced by CreatuReplica) as one of its primary rewards. Other rewards include getting your name in the credits of both films, a Mothman t-shirt created by Sam Shearon, an exclusive cryptid poster by Matt Harris, DVD copies of the films and much more. The campaign also offers the opportunity for backers to watch a pre-release copy of “Mothman” ahead of its official release this June.
The Mothman of Point Pleasant will tell the truly bizarre story of thirteen months that changed the town of Point Pleasant forever. It promises the first in-depth, chronological look at not just the Mothman-creature encounters but all of the unusual activity which took place around the town and seemed to culminate with the collapse of the Silver Bridge. The Silver Bridge incident claimed the lives of 46 people in 1967, an event which still affects the community to this day.
Invasion on Chestnut Ridge, the second film slated for release from Small Town Monsters in 2017, is the first STM documentary to focus on UFOs. The documentary tells the strange tale of the Chestnut Ridge, a one hundred mile stretch of land where eerie events have been transpiring for decades. The town at the heart of this story is the rural community of Kecksburg, Pennsylvania where, in December of 1965, many local residents claimed to see a UFO crash in a nearby forest. Since 1965, events have transpired on “the ridge” that truly stretch the boundaries of our reality.
Previous Small Town Monsters films include Beast of Whitehall and Boggy Creek Monster. Both films recently took honors at the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards. The entire series is available on DVD through their online storefront (http://shop.smalltownmonsters.com) as well as streaming through Vimeo OnDemand, Amazon Instant Video and soon, iTunes and Google Play.
To learn more about the Kickstarter visit the page at The Mothman of Point Pleasant and Invasion on Chestnut Ridge or watch the trailer The Mothman of Point Pleasant (2017 documentary) Teaser