The Benson Bros. are creating a documentary about EarthBound fans in North America.
For a year now, Jeff Benson has been working with Fangamer.net to interview MOTHER fans, Starmen.Net users, and members of the EarthBound team in an attempt to document the space between a bunch of kids coming together on a message board and the reemergence of a cult classic—not to mention the formation of Fangamer, the business Starmen.Net played a major role in founding.
The documentary is called EarthBound USA, and it’s about how EB fans have struggled to popularize the Mother series in North America since the 1990’s.
Jeffrey Benson recently went to Japan to interview the creator of the MOTHER series, Shigesato Itoi, about his overseas fans. What transpired was strange, beautiful, and fascinating.
Just finished an interview with some American MOTHER 2 fans who came to see me. Some of them were in elementary school when they played it but are now married with children, and still have a love for the game to this day. I’ve had all sorts of projects in my time, but this game is definitely in a league of its own. - @Itoi_shigesato
From 1995 to 2008 Robbie and Jeff Benson made the YouTube series EB SAGA, which was inspired by EarthBound. The videos were popular on Starmen.net, and eventually led to Jeff’s work at Fangamer.
Robbie Benson heads the video game funk & soul band Super Soul Bros. Robbie will be composing the original soundtrack for the documentary.
Fangamer.net is launching a Kickstarter for the film later this year. We hope to release the documentary in 2015.
More info as this projects develops.