Angry Video Game Nerd reaching out to fans for film funding

James Rolfe should be immediately recognizable to anyone who's hung around the video game scene for a decent length of time. Since 2004, the indie filmmaker and founder of Cinemassacre Productions has been chugging Rolling Rock beer and reviewing the worst games on the planet as his dorky alter-ego, the Angry Video Game Nerd (AVGN for cool people). Now, after seven years of subjecting himself to the horrors of gaming for his audience's amusement, he's turning to fans to help fund a feature length AVGN movie, and he's starting with this video plea.

Rolfe has been tinkering around with an AVGN movie for years. The goal of his latest fundraising push is to raise $75,000 in production cash through IndieGoGo.To date, fans have donated over $25,000 toward the cause.

As hinted in the video, If an AVGN movie becomes a reality, it will likely be akin to the series' story-driven episodes like the ROB the Robot. IndieGoGo lists the plot as something to do with: “A disgruntled gamer/ internet celebrity has to overcome his phobia of the worst video game in the world to save his fans.” According to his website FAQ, that game is none other than E.T. for the Atari, of which Rolfe writes: “This is my #1 most requested game. It is going to be the subject in the AVGN Movie. My co-writer Kevin Finn and I spent three years (2006, 2007 and 2008) writing the script and we are very happy with the story. Once you see the movie, you’ll know what the wait was for.”

The IndieGoGo pledge drive go-goes until next February, so if you want to see the Angry Video Game Nerd reach his dreams, make sure you drop him a few bucks over the coming months.

Oct 18, 2011




  • Severian126 - October 18, 2011 11:53 p.m.

    Thanks for pointing this out GR. I haven't checked out the AVGN site in awhile, but I try to now and then to catch his new episodes. Always loved the guy and his wonderful crappy games review. Just donated $100. It ain't much, but I hope it helps him out. And for those doubters, making a movie isn't cheap. If he commits to this, he essentially has to stop working and do this full-time. Hiring publishers, a composer, and probably some further special effect help costs a ton of money. $75k for a full length movie - indie or not - is relatively cheap. Help him out!
  • Tyrlanae - October 18, 2011 11:43 p.m.

    Really glad to see James getting publicity on sites like GR. He's been talking about this movie for so long, and I'd really like to see him finally get it into production. Frankly, my girlfriend and I watch his videos almost every day for kicks, he's given us so many laughs that donating is the least we can do to repay him.
  • Craza - October 18, 2011 9:27 p.m.

    Now, AVGN is one of my favorite people of all time, (Of all time!) but $75,000? I'd really like to see how he puts all of that money to use. Is he hiring a full-scale acting crew and/or an effects team? Just seems like quite the amount of money when he already makes pretty good films and episodes on a nearly nonexistent budget. But he's a great guy, not only as a film maker, but also as an enthusiast in a variety of areas. I'm sure he'll put the money to good use and make a really kick-ass movie.
  • Craza - October 18, 2011 9:28 p.m.

    Though I suppose publishing costs would be quite a bit, since he's actually putting it on DVD and requesting it be shown in movie theaters. I didn't think of that.
  • Boonehams - October 19, 2011 10:16 a.m.

    You also have to factor in that he's traveling and shooting across the U.S., so you have to pay for flying/driving the crew, actors and equipment to different locations and securing the rights to shoot in certain locations. That alone would take up a huge chunk of his proposed $75,000 budget. Sure, his internet videos are on almost no budget at all, but this is a whole different beast. And I know about him filming across the U.S. because he had an open casting call for actors in Chicago. I applied but didn't get accepted. Oh well. At least I can still help through donations.
  • Craza - October 19, 2011 8:50 p.m.

    Oh, okay. I didn't know he had plans to shoot across the states. That would definitely drive costs up. I hope the movie turns out well. If you know anything about That Guy With the Glasses/Nostalgia Critic, his whole team have made some pretty funny collab movies. I'm sure Rolfe will do a damned good job too, especially since he makes short films for a living pretty much.
  • ultimatepunchrod - October 18, 2011 1:37 p.m.

    i like AVGN. havent watched him in a while though. i think ill do that now
  • space_cakes - October 18, 2011 1:04 p.m.

    Looks like I'm in the minority, but cannot stand that guy at all. AT ALL. He's like the poster boy of nerd-dom if you only understood video games by hanging out by the display cases at Wal-mart.
  • PimplesInYourAsstista - October 18, 2011 4:16 p.m.

    Its called a character. Look it up.
  • Bobbety - October 18, 2011 4:29 p.m.

    I can see where you're coming from. I used to hate the AVGN character for the same reasons as you, but the videos are actually quite funny, and as Mr. Pimples said, it's all just meant to be funny.
  • Yaro - October 18, 2011 12:52 p.m.

    My favorite website covers my favorite internet figure. Butterflies in my tummy.
  • Crypto140 - October 18, 2011 12:22 p.m.

    God I love the AVGN and cant wait for this to come out, I will donate whatever I can to make sure this movie will be the best. movie. ever.
  • BishopofHippo93 - October 18, 2011 12:19 p.m.

    The Nerd! Very happy to see some publicity on a place like Gamesdradar!

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