Video: Vampire Comedy Needs Your Help to Screen in the States


A pair of actor-filmmakers from New Zealand with Indigenous heritage have made What We Do in the Shadows, a hilarious movie about a group of vampires who share an apartment in modern-day New Zealand. But it might not show in the United States without help from bloodthirsty viewers.

About that pair of creative dudes—ICTMN readers may know one or both of them from their previous work. One is Jemaine Clement, a comedic actor who charmed American audiences on the series Flight of the Conchords and has gone on to appear in Dinner for Schmucks, Rio, and Muppets Most Wanted. But really—if you know Jemaine Clement, it's most likely as his Flight of the Conchords character—who happens to be named Jemaine Clement. Clement's co-director, co-writer and co-star in What We Do in the Shadows is Taika Waititi, whose 2010 feature film Boy was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Boy also set the record in New Zealand as the highest-grossing New Zealand-made film.

So Jemaine and Taika, both of whom have a Maori parent, they've made this vampire film that's earned praise from Vanity Fair, The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, etc. It's screening this Friday—Friday the 13th—in New York City and Los Angeles. But they'd like to take it all over Turtle Island to, as the saying goes, a theater near you. They've been seeking funding through Kickstarter (, and their deadline is fast approaching. We'll let them do the rest of the talking, in the video below—remember, that Kickstarter page is

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ps Sorry... some folks at "K_Pro[movies]" are, slightly, dyslexic [aka: superior intelligence] (... either that, or they like your movie... a lot. thanks. PEACE).