10th May2021

Back This! – Championship Wrestling League #1 & They Watch

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to the latest edition of our regular crowdfunding feature here on Nerdly – Back This! – where we take a look at some of the cool content taking the crowdfunding route on sites such as Indiegogo and Kickstarter. This time we’re taking a look at 2 different campaigns, one for a comic book based wrestling federation and the other a new horror movie from the people behind The Special.

Championship Wrestling League #1

Championship Wrestling League is a brand new wrestling promotion, except it’s not on your TV or on YouTube, it’s in a comic book. Pretty much combining two of our favourite things (besides movies) that we love here at Nerdly! The Kickstarter campaign, which ends this week, is for the first issue in a five issue arc that will showcase the CWL roster as well as follow the feud between CWL Champion KING Terrance King and Scotty Sundown that will culminate in issue #5 which will consist of one big match between the two for the championship!

Backing this campaign gets you some great rewards, from a digital copy of the comic and the original script, to physical copies, badges and more. For those willing to splash out a little more you can even appear in the book! The $100 tier will get you drawn in the book as a fan, whilst $500 gets you in issue 2 as one of the roster of wrestlers! For the real high-roller, backing the campaign at the largest tier, $1000 gets you an ongoing appearance as the CWL’s backstage interviewer from issue #2!

Check out all the details on the campaign right here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1543392864/championship-wrestling-league-1/

They Watch

They Watch is a feature length horror film project being produced by Everything’s Fire, the production company that brought you B. Harrison Smith’s The Special, and the soon to be released Where The Scary Things Are. The screenplay for They Watch was written by Peter Dukes who is best known as the writer of Portal (2019) and the writer/director of Escape Room (2017). Producing the film is the aforementioned B. Harrison Smith is well known for his work as a writer, director, and producer of films like Death House, Camp Dread, The Fields, and Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard. They Watch will be directed by Doug Henderson, who previously produced and acted in The Special, Where the Scary Things Are, and The Night Time World, and has won many awards for his commercial and short film projects over the last decade.

Appearing in the film is Ashlynn Yennie, famous for her roles in The Human Centipede, Variant, and the soon to be released Antidote is slated to portray the lead role of Paige Thorpe. Damian Maffei, best known for his roles in The Strangers: Prey and Night, Haunt, and Wrong Turn is slated to portray the lead role of Ben Thorpe. So far the supporting cast is made up of Hannah Fierman (V/H/S, St. Agatha, Siren, Creepshow), Kate Kiddo (On Location, Time’s Up, The Events Surrounding a Peeping Tom), Paul Cottman (The Special, Where the Scary Things Are) and Matt Lake (Butterfly Kisses, Ithaca).

The Indiegogo campaign for They Watch is STACKED with backer rewards, from signed DVDs, Blu-rays and scripts; to a private screening of the movie; to (for those with deep pockets) producer roles: $1000 gives you an Affiliate Producer credit , $4000 sees you in credited as an Associate Producer, whilst $10k sees you credited as an Executive Producer!

Check out the campaign video below and you can find out more about the They Watch campaign on Indiegogo here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/they-watch-horror-feature-film

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