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Friday, 26 February 2016

Fleamarket Friday: Cats And Dogs Living Together... Mass Hysteria!


As I have mentioned in previous weeks there are two complementary Ghostbusters' documenaries seeking Kickstarter support at the moment - Cleanin' Up The Town and Ghostheads.

Unfortunately, as they both head towards their final week of crowdfunding, according to Kicktraq, both are unlikely to hit their initial goal unless there is a radical upswing in donations.

I fear some of this could be down to the fact that they are both looking for support, at the same time, from the same pool of fandom.

And, I understand, there's also some degree of confusion that these are competing documentaries - when, in fact, Cleanin' Up The Town is a 'making of' film about Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II, and Ghostheads is about Ghostbusters' fandom.

Brendan Mertens, director of Ghostheads, recently stated:
"I have noticed a lot of comments online trying to decide what side to take on the Ghostbuster documentary front, and I wanted to be the one to say there are no sides but only one big team.

"I have known Anthony Bueno, director of Cleanin' Up the Town, for many years and even had him one my Ghostbusters-themed podcasts a few times. Anthony even helped me when I first wanted to make the movie we will be releasing this summer. Anthony ... will be making an appearance in Ghostheads.

"We are making two totally different movies. They are making a movie about Ghostbusters, which I personally cannot wait to see (as well as back via their Kickstarter), and we are making a movie about the fans.

"This is not an Armageddon and Deep Impact issue. What made the Ghostbusters so good is they were a team that came together, our movie is about the love of the movie and how fans are a big family. There is no need to pick sides, we are all in this together.
"
Anthony Bueno, of Cleanin' Up The Town, subsequently took to Facebook, echoing Brendan's comments, saying:
"Both Brendan and I want to give the Ghostbusters fans documentaries for all to cherish as they are both very different films.

"Cleanin’ Up the Town
is an extensive 'making of', giving the fans an in-depth look into how these films were made from the actors, writers, filmmakers and effects crews own words.

"Ghostheads is a love letter to all of the fans out there that have kept these films alive for over 30 years, and what it means to them and what the fans mean the the filmmakers.


"Should just one, or neither, of these films reach the goal then the fandom will lose out on something wonderful."
Anthony, and his sister Claire, the producer of Cleanin' Up The Town: Remembering Ghostbusters, can be heard discussing their documentary and the Kickstarter campaign on the latest special episode of the Ghostbusters Interdimensional Crossrip podcast.

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