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Fund This Film: ‘No Pay, Nudity’ Features an All-Star Cast of Non-Stars (Like Brent Spiner)

By  · Published on September 28th, 2013

I’m not exactly sure what I’m selling here. At first I thought No Pay, Nudity was a documentary about actors. I thought Laurie Metcalf, Nathan Lane, Ted Levine and others were appearing to talk about the positives and negatives of their profession. Then I thought maybe they were at least playing themselves in the movie. After watching the Kickstarter campaign video I don’t know what the finished result will be. It has a scrip by Ethan Sandler (Whitney… wait, don’t go away yet), so it’s fictional. And in addition to the actors already mentioned, the huge ensemble on board includes Lewis Black, Brent Spiner, Jessica Hecht, Austin Pendleton, Boyd Gaines, Mark Blum, Peter Jacobsen and many more whose face you’d recognize before their name. It’s basically a movie full of “that guy” non-stars.

But not Curtis Armstrong, apparently, though he does show up in the campaign video. I guess having someone in your Kickstarter video who isn’t in your movie is like today’s equivalent of having a ton of people in the “Ghostbusters” music video who aren’t in Ghostbusters. Too bad, I like Curtis Armstrong. I had wished Teri Garr was in Ghostbusters, too. Anyway, I’m just typing filler here because there’s not a whole lot to say about No Pay, Nudity except that it will have music by Loudon Wainwright III and it has a pretty funny video hosted by director Lee Wilkof (another character actor himself) and it has some pretty neat incentives, including voice mail greetings from various members of the cast (including Spiner for the Trekkie dollars), and dinner with Lane – the latter of which provides some good Kickstarter humor in the campaign video, too.

Okay, so the video. We should just get to it. But I want to point out that at the end I thought it could just as well have been a parody of Kickstarter campaign videos. Of course it can’t be. But there’s an interesting thing going on with crowdfunding right now where my weekly browsing amounts to seeing a number of campaigns that seem like parodies of Kickstarter campaigns. There’s the worst Kickstarter ever one. And the seemingly ironic (but not) one for Atlas Shrugged Part 3. The campaign for No Pay, Nudity, though, is different. If not parody, then it’s at least having a lot of fun with the crowdfunding idea while also doing it rather well. Not necessarily successfully – more than halfway through the campaign it’s found less than 30% of its $450k goal – but well in that it knows what it’s doing.

I don’t understand what No Pay, Nudity is really about or what it will look like or much else as far as what you’ll be paying for. But the campaign has already entertained me and I’m now curious. I want to see whatever it turns out to be. Here’s that video, finally:

Do you want to see this film? Enough to help fund it?

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Christopher Campbell began writing film criticism and covering film festivals for a zine called Read, back when a zine could actually get you Sundance press credentials. He's now a Senior Editor at FSR and the founding editor of our sister site Nonfics. He also regularly contributes to Fandango and Rotten Tomatoes and is the President of the Critics Choice Association's Documentary Branch.