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“Sarkeesian Effect” auteur Jordan Owen hopes to con gullible internetters out of $60k to make his next film

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Your generous donation today will buy this man a shirt.

In what is fantastic news for all fans of cinematic ineptitude, Jordan Owen — the hirsuite, well-scrubbed film auteur partially responsible for this year’s smash hit documentary The Sarkeesian Effect — has announced that he is planning a second film, and by the way he would like people to give him $60,000 for it.

Oh, don’t worry, he’s got a detailed budget already and clearly every cent of this giant pile of undeserved cash will be spent wisely. Or at least spent.

While Owen initially forgot to tell his potential backers what the film would actually be about, he told one Twitterer who asked that the film would be kind of like the “My Favorite Video Games” Youtube videos he’s been making for some time, only much, much more expensive.

I’m not quite sure why a film about Jordan Owen’s favorite video games would require $20,000 for travel expenses and $5000 for lawyers, but, hey, I trust Owen’s judgement on this.

I mean, it’s not like he’s known for making poor decisions, like teaming up with an egomaniacal white supremacist skull-fetishist con man to make a film ostensibly dealing with ethics, or filming himself ranting about an anti-porn feminist for an hour while sitting naked in a bathtub.

Oh, wait. I guess those were poor examples, as he’s actually done both of those things.

But here’s the thing: it’s not like he’s going to do either of these things AGAIN, right?

I’ve saved the best news for last. Fans of the original Sarkeesian Effect will be thrilled to learn that he is contemplating a sequel:

Generally speaking, films that cannot draw more than nine people at their premiere do not get sequels.

But Owen, well, he doesn’t follow Hollywood’s rules. Not when it comes to white balance, and not when it comes to begging for more money from the people you’ve already embarrassed with what may well be the worst documentary ever made.

UPDATE: Owen has now posted a video in which he sort of explains a little more about his plans. It is 20 minutes long and very boring. But at least he remembered to put on a shirt this time.

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EJ (The Other One)
EJ (The Other One)
6 years ago

For $60k, wouldn’t it be easier to buy lots of copies of his favourite games and post them to his audience so they can play them, rather than just listen to him talk about them?

weirwoodtreehugger
6 years ago

Johanna Roberts,
I wonder the same thing. There’s an endless supply of YouTube videos discussing video games. Why would be people pay to see something they can so easily obtain for free? It’s the same reason the Sarkeesian Effect was never going to be profitable, even if it were higher quality. There’s already a million anti-Sarkeesian videos on YouTube.

weirwoodtreehugger
6 years ago

Oops. I meant reply to go to Kootiepatra. I guess it’s too early to read properly!

Shalimar
Shalimar
6 years ago

The movie Jordan Owen should make is a new Jem and the Holograms, starring cartoon versions of Anita Sarkeesian, Zoe Quinn and Brianna Wu. He couldn’t do much worse than the one they just put out, and his would be much cheaper and most likely more inadvertently entertaining.

idledillettante
6 years ago

I can’t believe Jordan Owen thinks the Sarkeesian Effect went well enough to try and do it again. And I can’t believe the backers (whom Jordan insulted during production) would contribute another cent.

Then again it’s hardly as if the well of money has dried up. Between Cassie Jaye and that #freedomoftweets fundraiser, there’s def. disposable income these guys can throw at bad causes.

Fools and their money, I guess.

Moggie
Moggie
6 years ago

“Attorney’s fee’s”? Attorney’s fee’s what?

Luzbelitx
6 years ago

@Alan

It’s about ethics in getting a truckload of money for no good reason!

Alan Robertshaw
6 years ago

@ Lux

Well, isn’t wealth redistribution something we should all encourage? And what better way to start than:

Gullible idiots > bloke I’d never heard of > lawyers

I think that’s a social justice movement we can all support.

sn0rkmaiden
6 years ago

Hey, let’s give him a chance. I’ll bet he’s figured out the white balance this time around.

What are the chances that this project is really just a pretext for him to go and interview all his favorite porn actors again?

A Hermit
6 years ago

I’m so happy. I’ve been going through withdrawal since the SE flick whimpered and faded into obscurity…

autosoma
6 years ago

shouldn’t it be the other way round 20k for lawyers and 5k for travel to see them

dhag85
6 years ago

I’m still waiting for Aurini’s version of the original Sarkeesian Effect. What’s going on with that?

Alan Robertshaw
6 years ago

@ autosoma

I like the way you think.

davidgerard
6 years ago

To be fair, Owen (unlike Aurini) has shown the slightest degree of responsibility and interest in finishing the thing he started. He may be demonstrably terrible at it, but he does care. If the gatorsphere is going to keep throwing money at him, he will deliver the paid-for product. In some form.

I mean, he’s a good guy compared to Aurini! That’s something, right?

EJ (The Other One)
EJ (The Other One)
6 years ago

@dhag85:
He didn’t know all the keyboard shortcuts after all.

kupo
kupo
6 years ago

He’s planning on doing ten 3-day trips, so that’s 30 days of work for each person on the film crew, who will earn $3000 total. That’s $100 per day. I’m guessing those days will be at least 10-hours long just based on how I hear things tend to go with filming (probably more like the day will go until everyone passes out), so that’s roughly $10 an hour for the crew, not counting their travel time. And where do you get $250 round trip plane tickets to anywhere? And why does Owen make twice as much as the crew plus gets a personal loan?

Felix Ray
6 years ago

“My favorite video games”?

There’s a site somewhere where you can get a completely random youtube link, and what you learn very quickly is that youtube is overwhelmingly gaming videos.

Miss Andry
6 years ago

I can’t wait.

sunnysombrera
sunnysombrera
6 years ago

In another installment of the saga that is Men Trying To Police Women’s Bodies, a woman was commissioned by the BBC to write about her decision to stay child free, and was then immediately bullied off of Twitter by (mostly male, apparently) trolls who didn’t like her choice.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-34916433?ocid=socialflow_facebook&ns_mchannel=social&ns_campaign=bbcnews&ns_source=facebook

Tabby Lavalamp
Tabby Lavalamp
6 years ago

But Owen, well, he doesn’t follow Hollywood’s rules. Not when it comes to white balance…

I don’t know about that. Based on the general pallor of everyone in the… film?… he pretty much follows Hollywood’s rules on white balance.

Ha.

Moggie
Moggie
6 years ago

kupo:

And why does Owen make twice as much as the crew plus gets a personal loan?

What I want to know is: will he transport the bath to each location, or will he require a bath that’s already there? Either way, that’s going to cost extra.

Holytape
Holytape
6 years ago

I was really hoping that his next film would be about a shirt.

Miss A
Miss A
6 years ago

Well, fools and their money, apparently. Although as @Frootloopsie said upthread a bit, I kinda have to wonder how many men’s shelters, services, and otherwise could have been secured for the cheddar these guys throw at people like Owen. Instead, we get this disappointing dreck.

bekabot
bekabot
6 years ago

will be doing an announcement soon. Think of it as ‘My Favorite Games: The Movie.’

“It’s not as though I can just dis-close their names
but these are a few of my favorite games.”

{sung to the tune of My Favorite Things}

kiki
kiki
6 years ago

He says in his latest YT video that he’s taken out a personal loan of $1500 “which I will pay back, with interest”. The tweet at the top of this post lists $1875 “for personal loan”.

So, yeah. “Which you will pay back for me, with interest” would be more appropriate.

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