Bryce Renninger

miss cleo now

Remember your first 900 number? Anyone who grew up in the 80s and early 90s called at least one hotline, probably without a parent’s permission. If you got in trouble for padding the phone bill with each additional minute of listening to pre-recorded messages from the New Kids on the Block, Santa Claus, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the Coreys or whoever else your TV told you to dial up, then Hotline is something to spark your nostalgia. And if you ever actually paid to talk to a real person to get your fortune, love advice, sexual pleasure or simply some conversation in lonely times, Hotline should be of interest to you now. Just pledge your support for this film. $1 for the first incentive, $5,000 for each additional executive producer credit. Operators are standing by… Okay, not live operators. Really, it’s the robots or whatever handles transactions on Kickstarter, which is where you’ll find the crowdfunding campaign for this nearly finished documentary on premium-rate phone numbers. It’s a fascinating subject, and the film looks to capture both the familiar and the unknown sides of the industry by following stories of people on either end of the line. Yes, these services still exist, and in addition to finding a number of experts in the field and about the phenomenon, the doc is being made by a filmmaker (Student Academy Award nominee Tony Shaff) who once was employed as a psychic for none other than Miss Cleo‘s famous hotline. And speaking […]

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published: 01.25.2015
published: 01.25.2015
published: 01.25.2015

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