Fans Make Movie Happen
The Hebrew Hammer sequel is happening because of a global fan-base.
Movie creator Jonathan Kesselman has said that the sequel to his cult-status movie The Hebrew Hammer will be made next year because of the unfailing support of its millions of fans across the world. A funding campaign for The Hebrew Hammer VS Hitler is currently underway and fans of the original movie are contributing to fund the sequel.
“The fans are making this happen,” said Hebrew Hammer Creator, Writer and Director, Jonathan Kesselman. “The cult status of the first movie attracted millions of fans around the world making crowd funding a viable option. Although a decade ago the first movie was funded by an independent financier, the current state of the independent film business has changed. Funding is now in the hands of fans who can help make the movies they want to see,” he said.
Since the recession, independent movie financing has changed dramatically. Where once independent films were financed by wealthy entrepreneurs and the specialty divisions of studios, these finance avenues have now mostly all closed. Entrepreneurs no longer fund independent movies since the recession because they are more risky investments and nearly all the specialty divisions of big studios have now closed.
“The money’s dried up, there is no money for independent film any more,” Kesselman said. “Distribution is outdated too, theatrical release is is a waste of money at this point, and it doesn’t help the film in any way. What happened with digital music is also happening with movies. No-one knows how to monetize independent movies anymore because of digital piracy. Nobody is making independent movies anymore and that has had an impact on the quality of Hollywood and on that of independent films. Look at the quality of movies out there, the only bright spot right now is in cable television, with shows like Breaking Bad, Homeland, Game of Thrones, etc.”
The original Hebrew Hammer movie was listed by Vanity Fair and the Boston Globe as one of the all-time top holiday movies and Time magazine cited it’s villain as one of the all-time top ten “bad Santas”.
The Jewish magazine, Moment, polled Jewish movie critics from across the country and included it as one of the “hundred most influential films in the history of Jewish cinema”.