“The Humans Are Dead” is not just a Flight of the Conchords song. Really, the humans are actually dead…well, technically undead. New Zealand’s Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords, Eagle vs. Shark) and Taika Waititi (Eagle vs. Shark, Boy) have created a “vampire documentary” called What We Do In The Shadows and they believe “the truth about vampires must be told in America.”
This award-winning independent film, which we got to see a trailer for back in December, is now in New Zealand, but Clement and Waititi are raising funds on Kickstarter to bring it to 70 cities in the United States.
Here’s an excerpt of what the creators have to say about What We Do In The Shadows:
It’s a vampire documentary that’s been literally 8,000 years in the making. You can help bring it to America.
There’s a lot of misinformation going around about vampires. It’s time to set the record straight.
Perhaps Hollywood has convinced you that vampire life in the modern world is just one big teen romance fantasy. Where young love can blossom even in a cold and motionless heart and everyone just happens to have really great abs. The truth is, there IS no ending, happy or otherwise, when you’re forced to walk the earth for all eternity.
We are there as they confront the challenges of blending in with society, without being able to see their reflection in a mirror as they dress. We watch as, just like any hot or cold-blooded male, they try to get into a trendy nightclub “” which is tough enough, without needing to be invited first. We feel their pain as they try to get a typical Millennial-turned-vampire to actually commit to anything for a week, much less for eternity. Yes, immortality comes at a steep price – but not as steep as the price of releasing and distributing a film in America. If we are ever to combat the cruel and vicious rumors surrounding vampires, we must bring their story out of the darkness. It’s time Americans learn the truth about the vampire community – but we can’t do it without you.
As Clement and Waititi detail in their pitch video, there are rewards, such as: tickets to special screenings, signed posters, video messages and meet-and-greets with Clement and Waititi (“the actual vampires”), and my personal favorite, t-shirts. “T-shirts. Imagine having your own t-shirt. What would you do with it?,” Clement says in the video.
I have to agree with the creators of this mockumentary. We need to see this film in theaters across America. I’ve already pledged (can’t wait for my t-shirt) and you can help make this happen, too. For fans of these hilarious comedians, and anyone with a semblance of a sense of humor, What We Do In The Shadows is sure to be a treat.
There’s less than three weeks left for the project to get funded, so visit their Kickstarter page here to learn more today.