Movie Maniac

New website uses crowdfunding-like campaigns for showing films

Art punk band Peelander-Z is the subject of the documentary “Mad Tiger.”
Art punk band Peelander-Z is the subject of the documentary “Mad Tiger.” Courtesy of Film Movement

Crowdfunding is nothing new for independent filmmakers trying to get their films made.

But it is a new avenue to try to get independent films seen. is a website that lets people set up screenings of films they want to be shown in their city, but with a crowdfunding slant: A certain number of tickets must be pre-sold for that screening to happen.

Wichita filmmaker Naythan Smith is promoting a screening of Mad Tiger,” a documentary chronicling two best friends who have spent 15 years touring in their performance art punk band, Peelander-Z. But when one of them decides to quit, they both face deeper challenges than expected.

The band – which has been described as the Power Rangers meet GWAR – recently played in Wichita at Barleycorn’s, and though Smith missed that performance, he was intrigued by the band and the film.

Smith said that “not only is the band interesting from an artistic perspective, but I was intrigued by the struggle to retain the elements and members necessary to create something so unique. Particularly in the face of real life and having to choose between continuing your art or making a living.”

The screening in Wichita is set for 9:30 p.m. June 13 at the east Warren Theatre, 11611 E. 13th St. But 81 more tickets need to be purchased by June 6 to make that happen. Tickets are $12 and can be reserved by going to If not enough tickets get sold, the campaign is canceled and no one’s credit card gets charged, just like in crowdfunding situations.

For more information on the film, go to

Deals around town – Don’t forget about these movie-going deals in Wichita:

▪  This is the last weekend for the $13 per carload admission price at the Starlite Drive-in. See the GO! movie guide for titles and showtimes.

▪  Every Tuesday, tickets to movies at the Palace Theatre are $1.50. (They’re normally $3.50.) All purchases are cash only.

▪  Every Wednesday, tickets to movies showing at the Warren Old Town (except Sony Pictures films) are still $5 (excludes movies showing in the Director’s Suite). Tickets to 3-D movies are $8. After 8 p.m., it’s 21 and over to get in.