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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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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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Shalimar
Shalimar
6 years ago

“You people are suckers with way too much cash
Maybe you’ll share with me some of your stash?”

Arthur Meyer
6 years ago

If you’re creating movies that lose more money than make them, then why are you making movies in the first place?

But the Dunning and Kruger as producers is truly what wins the comments section.

numerobis
numerobis
6 years ago

He’s going to have a crew of three travel and stay three nights for $2k? Good luck! I’m a cheap bastard, but I can’t do a business trip much below that, alone, unless I can get housed by a friend. Of course, I don’t see why he’d need to travel ten times.

The lawyer budget seems slight — especially after given his track record at managing a team.

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

You know what? On deeper reflection, I would like to come out in favour of this project. Well done, Jordan Owen. This is a project I’m happy to support morally, if not financially.

The problem with the last project Owen worked on wasn’t that he was a terrible filmmaker. He was that, don’t get me wrong, but that wasn’t the moral problem with it. The moral problem was that he made the film as one giant piece of harassment aimed at Anita Sarkeesian. This project, on the other hand, sounds like it’s about something pretty innocent: a love letter to some favourite video games. Provided it’s just that, and doesn’t veer off into hating women for ruining them, that’s not morally bankrupt. It might be poorly made, but that’s not in itself a moral failing.

Other people may mock you for this, Owen, but not me. I hope it succeeds and I hope it’s excellent, and I hope that in the process of making it you remind yourself of so many happy moments. I genuinely hope it’s worth every penny.

Leda Atomica
Leda Atomica
6 years ago

i think I found his numbers guy:
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bvh
bvh
6 years ago

Hmmmm… now recent events have made Cassie whats-herface irrelevant, I suppose the MRA crowd needed a new toy.

60 000? I’m on the wrong side. Bye feminists, I’m becoming a manosphere conman.

Ever since that pizza parlour became the darlings of the rightwing spin machine to the tune of $800,000.00, I’ve been trying to figure out a legal and passably ethical way of cashing in on a reactionary con.

Still working on it.

autosoma
6 years ago

ummm! this personal loan he’s taking from the funds he’s raising. Who is it repayable to, exactly. will it be to every investor? will he set his own interest rate on the loan?

there are just so many errors in his funding request statement. He should set a negative interest rate for it. That will surprise his backers. I wonder if he’ll gear the loan repayments as ratios of the capital invested per backer or create a bias by offering different rates of return based on a preferential criteria. He could also build in a default swap based upon his negative interest rates ofset by the actual maturity date release.

Blimey, I think I’m close to creating an entirely new class of financial vehicle

autosoma
6 years ago

I’ve come up with a name for this investment package

returned interest preferential offset

or
r.i.p-off for short

Crip Dyke
Crip Dyke
6 years ago

@Tabby Lavalamp:

You beat me to it. Nicely done.

ColeYote
ColeYote
6 years ago

Clerks was made for less than half of that. Even with inflation, it was $22k cheaper. Just thought I’d mention.

Paradoxical Intention
6 years ago

Tabby Lavalamp | November 25, 2015 at 9:58 am

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.

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autosoma
6 years ago

he follows Hollywood rules though when it comes to his bank balance

ultimateprotagonistnerd
ultimateprotagonistnerd
6 years ago

You know, I actually do hope The Sarkeesian Effect gets a sequel, the first one’s production was a comedy goldmine and I’d love to have something along those lines happen again. Laughing is good for my lifespan.

raysa
raysa
6 years ago

“DodoHunter on November 25, 2015 at 5:56 am

I wonder what his favorite video games are anyway.”

I think he will tell you for the bargain price of 60k.

Arianna Higgins
6 years ago

OMG Thank you for this. I’ve been laughing fr a few hours now.

HeinzD
HeinzD
6 years ago

I’m an instructor at a film school in Canada. If one of my students came to me with that breakdown, they would would be failing the assignment. The pay rate for his day players are wayyyyyy too low. He pays at the completion of the film? Which completion? Primary photography? First assembly? Final cut?

Where’s his gear rental line item? Is he paying for equipment outright? How does that affect the budget? Are his ‘techs’ (whatever the fuck they are) expected to bring their own gear? If so, what’s their rental rate on that? What’s his cost of consumables?

Does his crew get a per diem? Or are they expected to pay out of pocket and be reimbursed later? If the interview has to be done again, do they get an extra day of pay? Are they getting paid from their door? Or do they have to eat the travel time themselves?

Where’s his budget for post sound? I assume he has some because docs are made in post and that dialogue has to be clean.

That brings up his overruns. What’s his percentage of holdback in case of emergencies? If he has none (which is likely), does the overrun come out of his pay?

Speaking of his pay, when does he collect? I assume at the end if he’s asking for the same from crew. If not, why does he get paid first?

These are just question of the top of my head. Going deeper would require the patience of Job and I don’t have that.

Suffice to say that budget will be gone in three days and not one of his crew will ever see a dime.

Catalpa
Catalpa
6 years ago

Honestly I do hope that Owen gets funded. Not because he particularly deserves to have 60K, but because he seems like one of the least harmful options for misogynists and bigots to give their money to. He makes shoddy, long-winded videos that have hilarious productions and are so rambling that practically no one watches the finished product. So even if he does advocate for harassment and shit, it reaches all of 9 people who already had their minds made up on that point.

Compared to Elam, Heartiste, Roosh, et al., I’d far rather have Owen be given money than any of them. Basically, the manosphere is chucking its money down a garbage disposal, but that’s better than using the cash to feed a wildfire that’s causing actual damage.

theladyzombie
6 years ago

[Gravely Russian woman’s voice]I see that you have learned no’zing from me. My heroes are not parasites with their hands out, as you are doing…[sound of a long drag on a cigarette and an even longer exhale]Where are your principals?! I hereby excommunicate you from my philozophy. You are not worthy. I alzo request that you remove my corpse from your closet shrine to me and return it to my grave. It’s creepy, even by my standards. [another long drag and exhale]

Pandapool -- The Species that Endangers YOU (aka Jackie; currently using they/their, he/his pronouns)
Pandapool -- The Species that Endangers YOU (aka Jackie; currently using they/their, he/his pronouns)
6 years ago

@Catalpa

Yeah. And also, if there’s one prominent manosphere person I dislike the least, it’s Owen. He’s still an asshole and motherfucker but he’s a fucking angel compared to the others. I rather have twenty Owens around than the Elams and the JBs and whoever that there are now.

And I’m still pissed at what Shitrini pulled on him. No one deserves that, no one.

Jenora Feuer
Jenora Feuer
6 years ago

@theladyzombie:
*snickers* Nice Rand.

Virtually Out of Touch
Virtually Out of Touch
6 years ago

Is the “Owen Effect” that hot-blooded heterosexual females with healthy libidos loose all interest in the opposite sex by viewing Jordan Owen’s photo?

Snow Leopard
Snow Leopard
6 years ago

Does that guy shower? He looks so gross and dirty in that picture.

Also, $300 food budget for three days?! He has it at $100 a day and that’s assuming he’s going to pay for the meal of his “interviewees,” unless he makes them pay out of pocket themselves, which I have no doubt in my mind this sleeze would do.

What a crock. His whole budget looks like shit. I doubt it costs that much to license and distribute to those venues. Probably pulling the highest maximum numbers out of his ass. His budget sucks. His followers and donators suck. This project sucks, and most of all, this guy sucks.

Nequam
Nequam
6 years ago

Weird– what the heck happened to all the comments?

Nequam
Nequam
6 years ago

Just to clarify: when I loaded this page the tab said COMMENTS 0 even though there was a “71 Comments” link (and clicking on it didn’t change things). When I posted my query the tab now says COMMENTS 1 *and* shows an Older Comments link that goes to all the previous comments– so something very odd is happening.

Jenora Feuer
Jenora Feuer
6 years ago

@Nequam: I was noticing that earlier as well; it looks like the ‘COMMENTS: N’ tab now only shows the number of comments on that page for pages after the first. Weird, as that’s not how it used to work.

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