Ready, Set, Fund: Producing for a Cause


Reel Change Film FrenzyReady, Set, Fund is a column about crowdfunding and related fundraising endeavors for Austin and Texas independent film projects.

Local nonprofit festival Lights. Camera. Help. is changing it up a bit for the 2014 Reel Change Film Frenzy through a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to support their ten filmmaking teams in sharing stories about local nonprofit organizations. Backers can become a producer of their very own cause-driven film by donating as little as $10. The goal is to raise $10,000 to be split between the teams to cover their costs.

At higher levels, backers are eligible to receive tickets to the Reel Change Film Frenzy screening at the Alamo Drafthouse, a cameo appearance in one of the films, or video coaching sessions by Lights. Camera. Help. educators. Even if the campaign does not reach its goal, the filmmakers have agreed to split evenly any funding received through January 4.

Stuntwoman Patty Dillon has taken on a new role in the film industry as a documentary filmmaker with There Will Be No Stay, the personally intimate story of the men faced with the unbearable act of taking another person's life on behalf of the criminal justice system. Austin-based Arcanum Pictures (Grow Up, Tony Phillips) producers Paul Gandersman and Peter Hall support this salient documentary, which was filmed across the nation from South Dakota to Texas and North Carolina.

The film, which provides a rare glimpse into a difficult profession, is currently funding through Wednesday, December 11 on Kickstarter, for funds to cover post-production including final film and sound editing as well as music licensing and film festival application fees.

Watch the thought-provoking preview of There Will Be No Stay after the jump.

The statement made by one executioner -- "I look at a serial killer every day when I look in the mirror" -- is quite jolting and compelling.

Other Austin and Texas film-related projects funding this month:

  • Folk Hero & Funny Guy -- Sometimes-Austinite actor/filmmaker Alex Karpovsky stars in this comical buddy road trip with a singer/songwriter and stand-up comedian. (Kickstarter, ends Wednesday, December 4)
  • Long Term Parking -- This film adaptation of Mike Kearby's comedic novel brings the characters of bounty hunter Boston Nightly along with Marlene, Tony Carlucci, Chel, Gallo and the whole mobster clan to the screen, with filming to begin at the end of November. (Indiegogo, ends Sunday, December 1)
  • New Soul-- This live-action and animated short centers around "a new human soul, before it's born, sitting for an exit interview with an advisor, charged with choosing his fate." Starring Larry Miller (Best in Show) as Advisor #51 and local actor John Merriman as the "new soul," the story was written by Matt Minson and Over the Hedge co-creator Michael Fry. Austin producer Bradley Jackson and director of photography Rick Diaz of The Man Who Never Cried also contributed to this film project that looks quite entertaining. (Kickstarter, ends Wednesday, November 20)
  • Rain -- Maya Glick wrote, produces, and stars in this tribute to the superhero who gave Glick a new perspective on life as an intelligent black female role model -- Storm of the X-Men. (Kickstarter, ends Saturday, November 30)
  • This One Last Time -- This short film is described as a "dystopian sci-fi futuristic thriller love story" of Milos and Cassandra, to be filmed in Austin and Bastrop State Park. (Indiegogo, ends Sunday, November 24)

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Austin-based writer/director Asad Kirmani's second short film is billed as the world's first "terrorist sex comedy." Shot in Austin with a great local crew, the film won an award at the Flatland Film Festival this year and we hope to have an extensive festival run in 2014.

Synopsis: A disillusioned young Pakistani-American man is fed up with the Immoral West and wants to become a suicide bomber. After accepting his mission from the local terror cell he explodes prematurely.

Check out our Indiegogo campaign to help raise marketing/distribution funds at Funding ends December 26th, 2013. Thanks!