It’s a mad, madd documentary: Kickstarter campaign for Madd Frank project reaches goal
BEMIDJI -- Old school fright night fans are one step closer to reliving their nocturnal nostalgia. A Kickstarter campaign to help fund completion of a documentary about a Midwest horror host successfully reached its goal Monday.
Televisions in the Red River Valley were tuned in to “Madd Frank Presents” on Friday and Saturday nights in the 1980s and 1990s. Almost 30 years later, fans have shown the host he has not been forgotten by contributing to the documentary project.
UpStream TV executive producer Mike Bredon has been working on the two-hour documentary with the man himself, Del “Madd Frank” Dvoracek. Bredon’s company, Arcadian Productions, and Madd Frank Presents will be producing the documentary. Dvoracek was in Bemidji signing autographs and mingling with fans in June.
“When we started, I thought if we just hit $6,000 that would be great,” Dvoracek said. “It’s fantastic, we actually hit our goal early.”
The campaign closing date was Aug. 4. Three days prior to the cut off, the campaign was only at the halfway point, producer Lara Gerhardson said. Social media, radio and internet contributed to the Kickstarter success, Bredon added.
The $12,000 campaign was backed by 163 people who pushed the total to $12,280. One benefactor pledged $1,000, earning a dinner in Fargo with Madd Frank and the documentary crew, a DVD, voicemail, t-shirt and name in film credits. The majority of backers, 82 people, promised $25 to the campaign which comes with a completed film DVD and a digital signed thank you card from Madd Frank.
The film, titled “Madd Frank Presents Madd Frank,” is planned to debut at the Fargo Film Festival in March. While at the film festival, Madd Frank fans will have the opportunity to meet Dvoracek and his former cast members. Fittingly, Dvoracek lives in Fargo with his wife Verlene.
Now the funds have come through, Bredon will be editing the footage for submission to the film festival staff this autumn. The team also needs to secure music rights and receive clearance to show clips of some of the movies Madd Frank showed while on air.
Dvoracek said he’s heard a Madd Frank film has high potential for acceptance into the film festival line-up.
“Madd Frank Presents” aired from 1985 to 1995 on KVRR-TV Channel 15 in Fargo. Madd Frank showcased and critiqued horror movies such as “Gremlins” and “Christine.” The program was syndicated on American Independent Network, which broadcast to 40 states in the nation. Madd Frank was also picked up by satellite signals broadening exposure of the show.
The Madd Frank character was created by Dvoracek and past Fargo-based KVRR-TV producer Kent Lien in 1985.