AVGN Movie Q&A – Colonial Theater, Phoenixville PA

Mike Matei / September 17th, 2014

The introduction and Q&A at the first East Coast USA screening of Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie, in Phoenixville PA, at the historic Colonial Theater where the classic monster movie The Blob was filmed. Introduced by Mike Matei and Kyle Justin.


  • The Kaleidoscopic God

    September 17, 2014 at 11:23 am


    • punkbikerdude

      September 17, 2014 at 2:26 pm



    • assjack

      September 18, 2014 at 7:55 am

      REAL LAST!
      hey wait a minute…

    • Ilja Markov

      September 19, 2014 at 7:45 am

      First! Iยดm the first to say the word ‘first’. So suck it!

      • assjack

        September 19, 2014 at 6:20 pm

        REAL FIRST!

  • Rick

    September 17, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Well played, sir

  • taykel

    September 17, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    I’ve always wondered how you made the alien move. Pretty awesome. I was impressed with the movie. I’m so proud of you James.

  • colt

    September 17, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    How about do a no-charge online screening for all of the AVGN movie donators? Or would the AVGN movie INVESTORS not be happy about that?

    • JayRam

      September 18, 2014 at 12:03 am

      Colt, you can leave messages under these videos all you want (I really doubt it will make a difference). You’re not getting the chance to watch the movie for nothing. Let it go, and move on.

      • colt

        September 18, 2014 at 4:01 am

        You keep misunderstanding. I’m not wanting to watch anything for free. I want to watch under the conditions I was given when I donated. The conditions were that all of James videos were ad based. And the ad support and donations kept it that way. But that he was wanting to make a long video called the “AVGN Movie” and thus needed donations. So I donated to help out as it made sense to me since James had just got done saying all his videos are ad based.

        Here years later, James changed and decided his movie won’t be ad based anymore, but will be pay-per-view even for his donators.

        It’s called bait and switch.

        Also James has investors in this movie. Guess either the donations were used to pay them off, or the investors weren’t happy with the idea of the donators watching the movie they paid for at no charge, as it would eat into their investment.

        I think James is trying to protect his investors. And again the investors are only there to see their return come back and make a profit. The donations were pretty much free money given by the fans to help support his ad based movie.

      • FinallyGAF

        September 20, 2014 at 3:39 am

        – LET – IT – GO –

      • colt

        September 20, 2014 at 5:22 am

        – LET โ€“ IT โ€“ SHOW –
        – LET – IT – SHOW –
        – FOR – THE – DONATORS –

    • Don Skiver

      September 20, 2014 at 6:57 pm

      So which are you? A “donator?” Or an “investor?” Because the way I understand it, when you “donate” something, you aren’t looking to make any kind of return on it…whether it’s a monetary return, or a screening of a movie.
      Besides, you already had your “quid pro quo” if you donated during the indiegogo campaign. You got a free mini episode that nobody else (other than people who donated) got to see. You are no more entitled to skip the price of admission than anyone else.

      Fucking kids these days…

      • colt

        September 22, 2014 at 7:55 pm

        Don Skiver,

        I’m a donator. And I DIDN’T donate during the Indiegogo Campaign. I have to keep explaining this BUT I DONATED BEFORE INDIEGOGO WAS EVEN MENTIONED.

        I donated early through this website. James made videos here requesting donations for his movie. That is when I donated. James stated that ALL of his videos were free viewing supported by advertisements, and then James asked for movie donations. So I took James to mean he was needing donations to make his movie because his movie would be shown at no charge supported by advertisements like ALL of his other videos. I can’t read James mind, but can only make conclusions on what he had stated.

        The other issue is James is the only person I know of to charge his donators to watch a movie that they funded to get made. I mean what is the point in donating to get a movie made just so I can pay to watch it? James can let his donators watch the movie at no charge, but the fact is James wants people to not only pay to get the movie made, but also those same people to pay just to watch it.

        Here’s the movie donation request video that I watched and then donated. Notice that James stated that ALL of his videos are free to watch and supported by advertisements right before he asked for donations to make his movie. I donated because I thought James “movie” would be put up for free viewing supported by advertisements.

        The part I’m talking about is after the 3 minute mark:


  • cammcal

    September 17, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Great stuff guys. Can’t wait for the DVD/Blu Ray release!!

  • Todd Skelley

    September 17, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    Yeah cuz im sure the 5 dollars you donated made a hell of a difference.You might have paid for James’s sandwich for lunch break..Fuck off dickhead ! Buy the damn movie and quit fucking whining on every post about it

    • cammcal

      September 18, 2014 at 1:30 am

      He’s trolling. Best to ignore him.

      • colt

        September 18, 2014 at 3:55 am

        No, if anyone is trolling it is you and you could possibly be an investor trying to protect your investment. I’m standing up for the people who donated. James pulled a bait and switch. You can’t say you need people to send you free money to make a movie because all of your videos are ad based. And then have investors involved and then to decide the video will no longer be ad based, but will be pay-per-view for the donators.

        The only ones who win are the people who invested as James probably used the donators to pay off the investors. That or the investors are saying the donators will have to be charged to watch in order to protect their investment into the movie.

        And there are several other members here who have taken the same position I have.

        Guess what, if James entirely funds his 2nd movie himself, then none of these issues will be there. These issues are here because James decided to ask people to give him free money to make a long ad based video called the “AVGN Movie.” Then he decided along with his “investors” that it wouldn’t be ad based anymore put pay-per-view for the donators.

    • colt

      September 18, 2014 at 3:45 am

      It was a lot more than $5. But James pulled a bait and switch and at first said the movie would pretty much be ad based, so he needed help, then after he got all of the money changed it to a pay-per-view for the donators. Okay, not my fault if James pulls a bait and switch.

      Are you one of the investors of the movie here trying to profit off of the donators and protect your investment in the movie?

    • colt

      September 18, 2014 at 3:45 am

      It was a lot more than $5. But James pulled a bait and switch and at first said the movie would pretty much be advertisement based, so he needed help, then after he got all of the money changed it to a pay-per-view for the donators. Okay, not my fault if James pulls a bait and switch.

      Are you one of the investors of the movie here trying to profit off of the donators and protect your investment in the movie?

      • tabu

        September 18, 2014 at 8:48 am

        Investors ? What will be next ? Illuminati ? Ufo ? Dude, send your complains to James, we just dont care.

      • John Russell

        September 18, 2014 at 9:03 pm

        I love this colt guy. really sticks to his guns. unfortuantely i dont agree with him at all. Your the only one complaining about this. Seems like everyone understands what the word DONATION means except you colt. Stop talking about the impressions you got from it and how the investors must be 100% behind this plot to make honest hardworking people pay 5 more bux to watch it. He never said the movie would be ad based. He said he would like to keep all his videos free. That was 2011. Watch the movie and leave a valid comment or just get outta here. we are all trying to enjoy the movie and all the nerdiness around it.

      • colt

        September 19, 2014 at 10:39 am

        I’m not paying again to watch the movie. I don’t think it looks any good based on the trailers anyways. And Yes, James made a video about accepting Paypal donations for the movie. And in it he said all of his videos were free to watch because they were ad based and that he likes to KEEP IT THAT WAY. And then stated he needed donations to get the movie made. It’s isn’t too hard to put two and two together that the movie was supposed to have been an ad based video at the time of the donations request.

        In the next video we learned of the investors. And yes investors get their money back plus profit. So I’m sure they had a say in whether or not the donators had to pay to watch the AVGN movie. Since an investor is only interested in protecting their money they have invested. It’s real simple to understand.

        To help prove this is since James changed to a per-per-view of his movie. James is the only one on the planet to be charging is donators to watch the movie. The only one ever. Sounds like to me the investors probably had some say in this.

      • FinallyGAF

        September 20, 2014 at 3:40 am

        You won’t let it go… wil you?

      • colt

        September 20, 2014 at 5:30 am


        James mentioned “Investors” in one of his videos regarding the AVGN movie. No need for “Illuminati?” or “Ufo?”.

      • colt

        September 20, 2014 at 5:41 am


        Since James got a ton of free money, more than triple of what he was asking to make this film. Then what is stopping James from setting the video up on the website as an ad based video like he originally said ALL of his videos were?

        It’s the best case scenario, you have a free video sitting in your hands. Makes it ever easier to upload it with advertisements like all of the rest of the Cinemassacre videos. There is NO excuse NOT to do it because it’s a video fully paid for by someone else.

        Though charging donators to watch this movie only tells me something is not right going on behind the scenes. i.e. money grab, investors, etc. I see no reason and no point to donate to James ever again.

        Why buy the cow if you also have to pay for the milk?

      • FinallyGAF

        September 20, 2014 at 4:57 pm

        I still don’t fully get it..
        Who should see the video for free.. the donators or the investors?

      • September 21, 2014 at 2:40 pm

        I’ve been thinking about your comments for a while. Ultimately, you’re mad for no reason. Here’s why:

        I don’t know when Mr. Rolfe made that ad-based (if he even did), but I’m going to assume that it was very early in the pre-production phase. Since then, it turned into a multimedia event, screening in theaters. A lot of hands had their part in putting all this together. I may not know too much about the business end of making a full-length feature such as this, but I’m assuming a lot of lawyers got involved. Even with my limited business knowledge, I’m quite aware that lawyers don’t do anything from the kindness of their hearts. They’re money grubbing assholes. Also, I’ve never heard of anything regarding investors until you brought them up, so a source would be great.

        Also, who the fuck are you? You are literally the only person here throwing a tantrum over $10. All over a movie you don’t even want to see! To copy paste what you said: ” I donโ€™t think it looks any good based on the trailers anyways”. If that’s true, why are you here? Do you usually go to websites that advertise things you don’t like to complain? If so, that’s just sad.

        Remember: NO ONE IS ENTITLED TO ANYTHING. Entitlement is one of the most horrible traits a human can have. Entitlement is the reason why certain guys kill women for not having sex with them. It’s selfish, greedy and asinine. Again, NO ONE IS ENTITLED TO ANYTHING, not even health, which is why a 3 year old can get cancer.

      • colt

        September 22, 2014 at 8:04 pm


        My position is I don’t think the donators should have to pay to watch this movie. James is the only person I know of to be charging his movie donators to watch the movie they funded. I know of no other person to do this which makes it very strange. James still hasn’t made a statement explaining on why he is charging his donators to watch the movie they paid to get made.

        To put the above statement in context:

        I donated early on through this website. And at the time, James made some misleading statements talking about how ALL of his videos were supported by advertisements thus making them free to watch. i.e. you pay for the video by watching an advertisement.

        So after James stated that, he asked for movie donations. Which made it seem like James needed donations because the movie would be supported by advertisements and free to watch. That is why I donated to fund a movie that would be shown for free supported by advertisements.

        Not my fault James made misleading statements that lead to me making a donation.

      • colt

        September 24, 2014 at 4:26 am

        Wig Fitzpatrick,

        It’s very very simple to understand this. When someone asks people to give them free money to go and do something, then that person opens themselves up to criticism from the “donators”. If you don’t want that kind of criticism, then simple don’t ask people to give you stuff like free money.

        James asked people to give him free money to go make a movie. Why do you find it a problem with people who gave “free money” to James to make a movie to ask James to let them watch that same movie at no cost?

        Here it is simpler:

        James = Free movie and keeps all profits and merch.
        Donators = Watch movie at no cost.

        And when I donated from watching a video made by James. He stated all his videos were ad based, but that he needed donations to make a movie. So I donated to watch an ad based movie. I didn’t donate to make a movie so I could pay to watch it. Not my fault that James made misleading statements in order to get donations.

        Either one of two things: James knew it would be a pay-per-view movie all along and kept it secret to maximize donations coming in. Or James at first planned on the movie to be ad based, but then later changed it to a pay-per-view and didn’t tell anyone. Either way it’s crappy. Maybe James has investors telling him to charge the donators so they can maximize their investment?

        Talking about “entitlements”. That reminds me of people who get free money for food. i.e. foodstampers. Again they get free money to go buy food. And then those people instead make a cash withdrawal. And then those foodstampers complain if anyone questions whey they are making cash withdrawals with their foodstamp card. Sound familiar? James asks for free money to make a movie. And then people complain if anyone asks questions about what was being done with that free money that they gave James, i.e. being charged to watch the movie they paid to get made.

        Oh and on the “investor” thing. Here’s the mention of James planning on having “investors” for this movie. This is just showing having “investors” involved were in the plans:

        It’s after the 1:10 mark:


      • tabu

        September 24, 2014 at 9:54 am

        Yes, he mentioned about investors, but he said that he wont need them anymore, its really clear. Maybe he is not telling the truth, who knows, but dont talk like you know that.
        And yes, it would be nice if he could give donators at least free rent, lets say, after t.screenings and dvd release, but he did not do that, deal with it.

      • September 25, 2014 at 4:18 pm

        Okay, let me correct one of your points: you cannot withdraw money from a food stamp card. It is 100% impossible. By impossible, I don’t mean it’s really hard to do (like winning a Medal of Honor). No, I mean it’s impossible, like drinking an ocean. Whoever told you that was a thing was either wrong or lying, plain and simple.

        Instead, I’ll use this comparison to show your anger: imagine if a parent caught their kid doing something wrong. The parent then scolds the kid by saying they did wrong because they love doing wrong, or they did wrong simply to spite the parent, never once considering it could have simply been an accident. You are that parent. If the movie was considered to be ad-based initially (which I still never heard until you said it), maybe lawyers being involved changed all that beyond his control. Again, many hands stirred this pot. The plans of this movie changed between inception and a year ago, changing further at this point.

        Even further, Mr. Rolfe does not “keep all profits”. He has to pay actors, pay for locations, pay for equipment, pay for crew, pay taxes on everything, etc. This was an expensive endeavor. I have no clue why you choose to think he simply pocketed the entirety of the donation pool.

        Besides, why do you care? You don’t even want to see this movie! It makes absolutely no sense for you to cause a stink over a movie you don’t even want to see!

        But you really do sound entitled. Entitlement is a vicious thought that only does more harm than good. I donated to this movie as well, but not once did I claim I shouldn’t have to pay. Why? Because I was never promised I could see it for free! I was told I would get an autographed poster, which I got. I never added extra stipulations.

        Btw, that video mentioned nothing about actually having investors, just that he tried getting them. If I may add a source of my own, go to the IMDb page for the AVGN Movie. One of the trivia points states how there were no investors at all since fan donation amassed beyond the original aim.

      • colt

        September 27, 2014 at 4:01 am

        Wig Fitzpatrick,

        I said “profits”. i.e. the money you make after expenses. I assume James is keeping that as I’ve seen no announcement of the “profits” going to anyone other than possible investors that may or may not be in play as James mentioned at one point in having investors.

        And you mention James having to “pay actors, pay for locations, pay for equipment, pay for crew, pay taxes on everything, etc.”

        Uh, no. The DONATORS paid for all of that assuming there are no investors. So me being an AVGN donator helped pay for that.

        I don’t get my sources from “IMDb” as anyone can edit that with whatever info they want like Wikipedia.

        I don’t know why you keep referring to me as being “entitled.” I donated money. I mean go put your “entitled” attention to James begging people for free money. I believe the goal was first at $75K, then James KEPT RAISING THE LIMIT IN ORDER TO GET MORE AND MORE FREE MONEY. So point your “entitled” comment there as the only one who got FREE STUFF here is JAMES. Over $300K+ in FREE STUFF that James can then use to generate PROFIT for HIMSELF.

        Go ahead and tell me who here has gotten FREE stuff, you won’t because your only answer will be “James” which will make your “entitled” comments looks stupid.

        I do have to mention that I donated through this site BEFORE Indiegogo was even mentioned. I donated after James stated he needed other peoples money to go make a movie by referring to ALL of his videos being ad based free to watch. So that is why I donated because James made it seem like he was needing the free money from people to make an ad based movie. Which made sense to me.

        If James stated he wanted me to give him FREE MONEY to make a movie so he could use that to then charge me to watch it so he can earn profit off of me paying for his movie to get made and paying to watch it, then I wouldn’t have donated. Fact is I donated early on by watching a video of James asking for FREE MONEY to go make a movie under misleading statements trying to make it seem like he needed the money to support an ad based movie.

        And I’m not asking for anything for FREE. Even if I received a no-charge download of the movie, or take it to the next step a no-charge Blu-Ray copy of the movie, then I’d still be OUT MONEY compared to what I donated. As I donated more than it costs to own this movie. So no, quit saying I’m wanting something for free because either way I’m out money that went to James.

        And I really don’t understand why you have a problem with this unless you are responding as a fan-boy only. This sounds fair to me that James gets a FREE movie that was paid for by his donators that James can then use to generate a lot of PROFIT for himself. And so I think it is very fair for James to “DONATE” a no-charge viewing of the movie to his donators since they are the ones who paid to get it made and thus put James in a position to make a lot of FREE money off of a FREE movie.

        Like I said, I donated early on BEFORE Indiegogo. So I don’t really care what was said in there. But either way, I think it is crappy of James charging his donators to watch a movie they paid to get made.

        Most people here who seem to have a problem with that are people WHO DIDN’T DONATE. So I say they have a problem with that because they are afraid of their “subsidized” movie possibly being in jeopardy if all of a sudden the donators got a free viewing and thus the price of the movie could go up for the people who didn’t donate.

      • colt

        September 27, 2014 at 4:12 am


        Fact is James stated the plan was/is to have investors involved but that he MAY not need them based on the donations. James never said there are/were no investors involved, just that he MAY not need them.

        So, does James have investors or not? I don’t know, but I can only go by that James stated that it was in his plans to have investors and has never commented otherwise since.

        So based on James charging his “donators” to watch the movie they paid to get made, it lead me to suspect that he may be doing that because of “investors” wanting their money back.

        Because I’ve asked this and asked this and no one here is brave enough to answer it. Are you? Here’s the question:

        Explain what would the point be for James to be charging his “donators” to watch the AVGN movie? What is the point of that?

        One reason would be to get more money from the “donators” to help pay off investors. That’s just one reason I can see.

        Another reason I can see is that James is just a bad person using this as an opportunity to just get more money from his “donators” to put in his pocket. I bet he laughs at all of the donators every time he gets done filming one of those “Thank you donators” videos while he drives to the bank with all that sweet extra FREE cash from the AVGN movie donators.

      • tabu

        September 27, 2014 at 11:09 am

        Ow man, second reason of course, but i dont agree hes just a bad greedy person, life isnt black/white, you should know that as a grown person.
        Btw. Your parents never said to you “never trust a stranger”? ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • colt

        September 28, 2014 at 3:38 am


        But that was about the only donation thing I’ve done. Though, I did donate to the AVGN some time before the movie thing. But I won’t donate anymore to AVGN. Yes, I realized later on the whole AVGN movie donation thing was a bunch of crap. But at the time James made his donation request for the movie, I didn’t see anything suspicious at that time.

        Essentially, it comes down to people wanting others to pay for their projects instead of them paying for it themselves.

        Don’t know if you saw the recent brand new episode of South Park. But they did a funny episode about the “Kickstarter” thing.

      • tabu

        September 28, 2014 at 8:59 am

        Now youre talking with sense.
        So im happy that you opened your eyes, but i hope your not gonna be blind hater now. Next time try to see things as they really are, see positive and negative sides of everything, its my best advice for you.
        And as we are talking about donations, not every one is bad, if you like retro gaming check “AGDQ” on youtube, they are rising money for fighting with cancer by speedrunning games (live, twice in one year), mostly old classic ones(nes and snes are my favourite to watch), this is really good cause to support someone.

      • colt

        September 30, 2014 at 5:10 am


        I’m not a hater. Though I wouldn’t have had any problems if James had put his movie up for everyone to watch supported by advertisements, or if he sent out codes or links to the donators to allow them to stream the movie at no charge. Some here like to try and bust my balls about my position, but I’m not the one who got probably nearly half a million dollars in free money to go film a movie to then charge those same people again just to watch it.

        I also think if you get to make a movie for free and you can’t let the people who paid for it watch it at no charge, then you are probably in the wrong business or should be doing something else. Though my opinion is I just think it’s an easy money grab.

      • tabu

        September 30, 2014 at 6:58 am

        my reply is at the bottom, sorry ๐Ÿ™‚
        It was my last comment ever on this whole site, Good Luck Everyone !

  • September 19, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    I bought this movie the day it came out on Vimeo, and thanks to my daughter, I’ve seen it about a dozen times. My daughter’s four. So thanks, James. Thanks a lot. Oh, and she started preschool this week. That’s just great. No, seriously, this movie gets better the more I see it. Congratulations, man. I’m looking forward to anything else you put out there, Nerd related or otherwise. I’m watching it now as I write this, so highly entertaining. Keep it going!

  • CrashAndBurn99

    September 23, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    I once saw a pig take a shit up the side of a barn. It was cool

  • tabu

    September 30, 2014 at 6:54 am

    You just expected too much. Maybe you thought about this donation like supporting a friend, and you expected at least invitation for coffee, but, i say this again, hes not your friend. Hes not doing this for fun, he want to make movies and sell them, and im 100% sure that he dont want to live for the rest of his life from ad based movies, random paypal donations and selling avgn dvds.
    On the other hand, i know hes grateful to his fans, in his movies hes telling all the time thank you to us. Probably without fans he still would be a video editor.
    This case is closed for me now, make your own decision if you want to be a fan of James or not, youre adult after all. But if you are still angry for him, know that, you cant win anything now, you can only avoid similiar mistakes in future.

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