Funding Now! Gamers 4: Dorkness Falls

Contact: Matt Vancil,
Friday 31 May 2024


Funding Now! Gamers 4: Dorkness Falls

Tacoma, WA

DORKNESS FALLS, the conclusion to the feature-length film trilogy that started with Dorkness Rising (2008), and continued with Hands of Fate (2013), is seeking $500,000 on Kickstarter through June 29th. goes directly to the Kickstarter campaign.

The Gamers
movies have been featured on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and screened at festivals and conventions worldwide.

The Gamers is a story we began telling over twenty years ago,” writes Matt Vancil, writer/director of The Gamers films. “The series began with The Gamers, a 48-minute short that was made for $500 in 2002, and went on to go viral in the days before YouTube, selling tens of thousands of DVDs and leading directly to the production of the feature-length Dorkness Rising.” He concludes, “What began as a passion project has grown into an indie cult classic franchise.”

“We would not be here…” says Nathan Rice in the Kickstarter pitch video, “if not for the unflagging support of fans over the last 20 plus years.

Dorkness Falls will conclude the story line that began with Dorkness Rising (2008) and continued through Hands of Fate (2013). At the end of the last film, The Shadow—the nemesis of the players since the original Gamers —pulled the players into the game world itself. What have the gamers been up to since then? Who is The Shadow, and what are his plans? How have they managed to survive without powers or class levels? And will they ever find their way home? The answers, and so many familiar faces, will be found in Dorkness Falls.

The entire main cast of Dorkness Rising are reprising their roles (or taking on new ones) including Nathan Rice, Brian S. Lewis, Carol Roscoe, Scott C. Brown, Christian Doyle, and Jennifer Page.

Several cast and crew alum are back as well, including Matt Shimkus (The Shadow), Chris Mosio (Director of Photography), Kevin Inouye (Fight Choreographer) and Matt Vancil (Writer/Director).

The Kickstarter runs through June 29, 2024. Preproduction will begin in Fall 2024, with production planned for Spring 2025. It will then enter 18 months of postproduction with a planned for release in December 2026.

Cabin 9 Films, which is managing the production of Dorkness Falls, is part of Matt Vancil’s Bearfoot Media LLC.

The Gamers: Dorkness Rising was produced by Dead Gentlemen Productions and Epic Level Entertainment, filmed in 2005, with a Gen Con premiere in 2006. Distribution of the film began in 2008. 1,796 people backed a Kickstarter campaign in 2015 to produce a Definitive Edition Blu-Ray of the cult classic.

Its sequel, The Gamers: Hands of Fate was supported by 4,311 Kickstarter backers pledging more than $405,000. Production by Zombie Orpheus Entertainment began in 2012, and it was released in 2013.

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