Can Ron Maxwell Kickstart His Movie Career?

Update: As of 06/03 the campaign has passed $9,300.

Ron Maxwell's Civil War ClassicsI had a feeling we were talking about a Kickstarter campaign. Five days into his campaign and Ron Maxwell has raised roughly $9,000 of the $250,000 that needs by July 7. It’s no secret that I am not a fan of Maxwell’s movies. There are a couple of problems with this campaign.

First and foremost, there is no video. How about an interview with Maxwell and/or short preview of one of the stories that he plans to bring to the big screen. I actually like the idea of turning some of these more obscure stories into short movies, but why such a long list. Pick a few and describe in some detail what makes them special and how their filming might add to our understanding of the Civil War. I am surprised by how little information accompanies the individual stories.

This production should have been launched at the beginning of the sesquicentennial and not at the tail end. As you might guess, I don’t believe we are ever going to see the first episode of the series, at least not through crowdfunding.

In fact, I am willing to go out on a limb and predict that I don’t believe this campaign will raise more than $15,000. Do you agree/disagree? How much money do you think Ron Maxwell will raise. Let’s see who gets closest.

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6 comments… add one

  • Will Hickox Jun 2, 2014

    $100,000 — in 1865 Confederate dollars.

  • M.D. Blough Jun 2, 2014

    Some of the fundraising for “Gods and Generals” left a sour taste in people’s mouths. He got a lot of support from local officials in Washington County, MD, the location of the battle, and nothing on the battle appeared in the original film. It finally made it to the director’s cut version.

    • Kevin Levin Jun 2, 2014

      The write-up for this campaign was poorly done with important aspects of the project only sketched.

  • Brendan Bossard Jun 3, 2014

    He’ll raise $250,000–barely–because some people with a few bucks will want the project to be done. They will wait until the very end, though.

    • Kevin Levin Jun 3, 2014

      I am sticking with my $15,000 ceiling but he is creeping up close to the $10,000. I am still surprised by how much the campaign has already generated given how little information is provided.

  • Jonathan Mahaffey Jun 5, 2014

    I was just looking at the project’s Kickstarter page and there is a message up now that it was cancelled by its creator only an hour ago.

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