By Irving Oala
Published: 01:06 EDT, 12 June 2013 | Updated: 13:11 EDT, 12 June 2013>
The backlash against celebrities using Kickstarter appears to be growing.
Or maybe Zosia and Clara Mamet just didn't write a very good song.
The 25-year-old Girls star and her 17-year-old sister, who stars in the ABC comedy series The Neighbors, recently attempted to raise $32,000 to fund a music video for a song they wrote and failed, only managing to raise $2,783, less than ten percent of their total goal.
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Kickstopper: Girls star Zosia Mamet, 25, and actress sister Clara Mamet, 17, who stars in the neighbors, failed to reach their Kickstarter music video goal of $32,000 on Sunday
On the page, the sisters Mamet, as they apparently refer to themselves, posted a video that gave a little background to their duo dubbed The Cabin Sisters, stating that they 'started a band as an excuse to spend more time together' and that the writing of the song 'happened in a matter of hours so to make a music video to the song would be kind of a full circle thing.'
Pledges began at $25, which earned a full digital download of The Cabin Sister's first album that has yet to be completed, to $8,000 or more, which would earn 'Zosia Mamet's (director styled) set chair, from season 2, signed by the GIRLS! with Shoshanna embroidered in its back,' among other items.
'We love making music so much, we would love to share that joy with you,' Zosia says in the video pitch. 'It's also sort of a way for us to get to know you better.'
Disappointment: Mamet, whose family has been incredibly successful in the entertainment industry for years, will probably not be making her music video with crowd-sourced money
The song, which visitors to the Kickstarter page only hear a repetitive fraction of throughout the pitch video, is described by sisters Mamet as a 'unique brand of folk via body percussion, banjo and harmonies.'
The actresses are daughters of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Academy Award-nominated writer David Mamet, who created the hit CBS series The Unit and has written blockbuster films over the past three decades, like The Untouchables and Hannibal.
This is just the latest celebrity-driven Kickstarter project that has fallen flat after the highly-publicized success of a few other celebrity campaigns.
Melissa Joan Hart, whose series Sabrina The Teenaged Witch ran seven seasons, shut down a Kickstarter in mid-May for an independent feature project called Darci's Walk of Shame, which raised only $51,000 of it's 2 million dollar goal.
Kickstarter controversy: Actor Zac Braff raised 2 million dollars through Kickstarter despite much controversy, to make a sequel to his hit Indie film Garden State
Name celebrities using Kickstarter gained traction recently when Veronica Mars, a popular show on The CW that prematurely ended at three seasons, reached its goal of two million dollars to fund a feature starring actress Kristin Bell in just 10 hours.
This success was followed by the much more highly-publicised Kickstarter from Zach Braff who was attempting to raise two million for a follow-up to his hit Indie film Garden State, called Wish I Was Here.
Bitter critics claimed it was unreasonable for someone like Braff, who has deep connections in the entertainment business and has steady income from his work on Scrubs and major studio films, to ask fans to fund his project, when they would see no return on their investment if this sequel became a financial success.
However, Veronica Mars and the Scrubs star have built-in fan bases and clearly state what the return on investment for the donors would be, allowing people to proceed with donating money at their own volition.
Since reaching his Kickstarter goal, Braff has attached actress Kate Hudson, actor Jim Parsons and Homeland star Mandy Patinkin to appear in the film and has promised fans would be well-rewarded for their contributions, like special early screenings of the film and numerous after-party celebrations.
Kickstarter success: The feature adaptation of the hit Kristin Bell-starring CW series Veronica Mars raised 2 million in 10 hours earlier this year
While there are points to be made on both sides of the celebrity crowd-funding debate, some have taken a more humorous approach to the whole situation.
Comedian John Lajoie, known best for his role in the hit FX comedy series The League, has begun his own Kickstarter, asking fans to fun his goal of becoming 'really, really rich' and help him reach his goal of 500 million dollars.
'After I saw how 'Veronica Mars' and Zach Braff fans responded to their projects in a mind-blowing way, I couldn't help but think: What if instead of relying on traditional methods of wealth acquisition, I tried something different?' Lajoie asked in his Kickstarter page video.
'By you simply handing over your hard-earned money to me, I could become super rich, without all the added pressure of actually doing something.'
Making a joke out of it: Comedian John Lajoie, of FX's hit series The League, has mocked star efforts to crowd fund their projects by creating his own Kickstarter, asking fans to donate so he can get 'really, really rich'
Source : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2339996/Girls-star-Zosia-Mamet-raises-just-2783-32k-goal-Kickstarter-fund-music-video.html