Ready, Set, Fund: Hipsters, Huey Long and Small-Town Texas


Loves Her Gun still photo

Ready, Set, Fund is a column about crowdfunding and related fundraising endeavors for Austin and Texas independent film projects.

Local director Geoff Marslett (Mars) has wrapped filming in Austin and New York City for his first live-action feature film, Loves Her Gun (pictured at top), which stars several familiar Austin actors including Chris Doubek, John Merriman, Ashley Rae Spillers (Saturday Morning Massacre), and Heather Kafka (Lovers of Hate). It's about a Brooklyn hipster who flees to Austin after she's been attacked. Funding for post-production work is still needed, so the filmmakers are running an Indiegogo campaign through Wednesday, December 5. Currently the only way to get DVDs of Marslett's film Mars is as a perk at the $25 backer level or higher. Marslett says that if the campaign meets its fundraising goal then Loves Her Gun is expected to screen in early 2013.

61 Bullets is a historical documentary project that centers around a famous assassination in 1935. U.S. Senator Huey P. Long, Louisiana's most powerful and influential governor, was shot by Dr. Carl Weiss in the Louisiana State Capitol. Director David Modigliani's previous documentary, Crawford, debuted at SXSW in 2008 and won the Austin Film Critics Association award for Best Austin Film that year. The production is a Texas Filmmakers' Production Fund recipient; however, the filmmakers still need money to finish production and meet post-production costs. They're wrapping up a Kickstarter campaign that is close to meeting its goal by this Friday, November 16.

University of Texas at Austin student film Paper Bag, which is set in rural Texas, recently wrapped principal photography and is currently funding on Indiegogo through Wednesday, December 19 for post-production costs. Teenager Marley discovers that she is pregnant shortly after losing her boyfriend, and struggles for control of her life with her mother as well as her boyfriend’s Christian mother. Writer and director Crystal Zea describes Paper Bag as "if Juno grew up in the middle of west Texas with a kick-ass mom and some pretty questionable morals to keep her company."

Other film projects currently funding this month:

  • Montopolis 'Man with a Movie Camera' -- Composer and musical director Josh Sherburn is seeking funds for his band Montopolis to record the score created for the silent film Man with a Movie Camera. Montopolis will create a live recording in the acoustic space of producer David Boyle's Church House Studios. (Kickstarter, ends Thursday, November 29)
  • The Package -- Director Peter Hackmann's first narrative short follows a mysterious woman in London as she copes with the loss of a loved one. Funding is needed for post-production and festival entry fees. (Kickstarter, ends Friday, November 30)
  • A Relative Stranger -- Adaptation of an award-winning short film into a feature length western drama about a war veteran who returns home to rural Texas from the Civil War in 1865 only to find more violence at home. (Kickstarter, ends Friday, November 30)
  • Second Impression -- Dan McPherson (Donny Boaz) has only 30 days to win back the love of his life or lose her forever -- only they've never met, in an alternate reality a la It's a Wonderful Life. This film, which was shot in Austin locations including Zilker Park and at the Hole in the Wall, is seeking funds for post-production. A portion of the proceeds from soundtrack sales will benefit Planned Parenthood as well as an AIDS charity. (Indiegogo, ends Thursday, November 15)
  • The Walk With Darkness -- Filmmaker Tony LaMarr is remaking his low-budget film The Walk with Darkness about a zombie outbreak in a small town, with a focus on editing, set design and audio improvements. (Kickstarter, ends Saturday, December 15)
  • X = A Generation Evolved -- This documentary highlights historical and cultural events that have shaped the politics of Generation X. Filmmaker Rakeda L. Ervin spent 5 years researching and interviewing Gen X-ers and others across the nation about the politics of their generation. The film will be broadcast on The Documentary Channel, with distribution expected for early 2013. the filmmakers are raising funds to cover license fees for music, photos and footage. (Kickstarter, ends Thursday, December 13)

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