Axel Braun Sets Up Indiegogo Account to Crowdfund The Empire Strikes Back XXX
For the first time ever, an adult film director is seeking donors to crowdfund a porn film. It may sound like an off-the-wall idea, but what if it catches on?
Axel Braun, who has been producing and directing adult films for 25+ years, has set up an Indiegogo page to raise $500,000 to produce a parody film, The Empire Strikes Back XXX.
Braun has made dozens of porn parodies, many in the superhero genre, including spoofs on Batman, Superman and Spiderman, and he has dozens of AVN, XRCO, XBIZ, and Nightmoves awards for these hardcore comedies.
Braun’s 2011 film, Stars Wars XXX, still stands as the highest grossing porn film of all time.
Now Braun wants to return to the Star Wars theme with The Empire Strikes Back XXX, and have it funded by his fans.
He explains on his Indiegogo page that piracy has taken the money out of porn. Apparently there is no longer enough profit in porn for Braun to continue making the kinds of films he was making, which for porn are very high-budget films. Half a million bucks would be laughable money to try and make a film in mainstream Hollywood. But porn film makers have to compete with a million amateurs who are posting their own porn online for nothing, as well as stealing professionally made and copyrighted porn.
So, Braun is going to produce The Empire Strikes Back XXX entirely with donations from fans, and once produced the film will be available online free for anybody.
Donors Get Cool Perks
There’s a whole list of perks available for those who donate. My favorites:
Donate $25 and you’ll receive “an invitation to the exclusive movie premiere party so you can meet the cast and get plastered with Vader and Leia.” If you can get to L.A., this could be a fun party and you can’t beat the price.
Donate $1000 and you get to visit the set when the film is being made: “Wanna hang around the stars of our movie and learn how porno magic is made? Can you deal with impossibly hot chicks walking around the set naked? Do you possess a freakishly high level of self-control?”
Donate $2000 and you’ll get a walk-on role in the movie. “Have you been suppressing your inner exhibitionist? This one is for you! It will be short and sweet, but you’ll definitely make an unforgettable appearance.”
Donate $2500 and you’ll get to be Princess Leia’s date (actually adult star Allie Haze, who plays Leia in the film) at the film premier party, which is to say, “. . . you’ll walk the red carpet and take pictures with a gorgeous porn star, and you’ll sit with her and the cast at their table in the VIP section.”
Donate $50,000 and you’ll be listed as the sole Executive Producer of The Empire Strikes Back XXX. ” . . . you’ll get to sit in on all the meetings, you’ll see drafts and notes, and you’ll be on set every day if you so wish.”
There are lots of other perks available for donations varying from $5 and up. But what most interests me is the one for 50K where I could be the exec producer of a half-million-dollar porn film that could become one of the best known porn films of all time.
As a professional gambler, that sounds like a pretty good bet to me. It might be a risk worth taking. I’ll let you know when I start my indiegogo page to raise $50K so I can become a big time film producer.