‘The Acolyte’ doomsday comedy rewards Kickstarter backers in toilet paper

The Acolyte Movie

Is there hope for the modern world? Or are we beyond the point of no return? 

Sammy James, founding member of The Mooney Suzuki with credits on School of Rock, Tropic Thunder, and Kinky Boots just announced this Kickstarter for his apocalyptic comedy for the end of the world ‘The Acolyte’.

Griffin Newman (BLANK CHECK podcast, Amazon’s THE TICK, Netflix’s Kevin Smith-produced MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE reboot) and Tony-winner John Cullum star in the story of an apocalyptic cult whose new recruit gets cold feet on doomsday…

The visual language of the short film is an homage to classic black and white teleplays and is reminiscent of The Twilight Zone, 12 Angry Men, and Ingmar Berman’s classic work on both small and silver screens. 

An added bonus for those willing to donate $25 or more before the end of March: deluxe level perks and a priceless roll of toilet paperNow you can support independent artists and save a trip to the store. 

The 15-minute short ‘The Acolyte’ argues these questions out as Griffin Newman clashes with a clan of pretentious occultists intent on invoking the apocalypse. A Kickstarter campaign to fund the film’s completion is live now and offers early backers a reward package that includes THE must-have accessory of 2020 – a roll of toilet paper.

The Acolyte still photo
Credit: Dennis Cahlo

“I did consider whether it was in poor taste to solicit cash when people are losing work and cancelling tours, and whether I should postpone the whole thing. On the other hand, unlike a concert promoter who might insist ‘the show must go on,’ doing so here puts no one at risk, yet still pushes art out into the world. There’s so many things we need to stop doing right now, trying to get your art made from home shouldn’t be one of them!” – writer/director Sammy James, Jr.

A brand new trailer exhibiting the film’s absurdist, Dr. Strangelove-inspired take on the end of the world is now viewable only on the project’s Kickstarter page: kickstarter.com/projects/sjj/the-acolyte.