Posts Tagged ‘indie’

Made My Goal

I’m so happy to announce that I made my GoFundMe goal! I have to admit, before I began the campaign, I was hesitant to do it and tried really hard to figure out a way for me to fund the festival circuit myself. However, after doing all the calculations, I realized it would put me into some serious financial hardship and I had already spent a lot of money during production. I just really didn’t think anyone would donate to me. Fortunately, some friends encouraged me to try to set up a campaign anyway and see what happens.

Lo and behold, I got my first donation less than 5 minutes after posting it! I was floored by the amazing love & support I received from everyone, some who barely even knew me were rooting for me! I couldn’t believe it. I guess I should have had more faith in my community. It has been such a wonderful journey, meeting such talented & generous people who cared about my dreams.

In addition, I’d like to add that I finally received permission from my very favorite band, Finish Ticket, to put their music in my short film!! It took over a year to get the music and the release but it finally happened and I’m so excited to have them in my film! Brendan Hoye, the lead singer, wrote a song especially for my film and I have to say, it is absolutely beautiful. I couldn’t have asked for a better song for this film and I’m SOOOOO excited to start submitting it to film festivals! If you listen to my 30 second trailer, you’ll hear a little bit of another song of theirs called, “Pockets.” You can check out their music on their website. Or, you can check them out at LIVE 105’s BFD concert or Outside Lands!!! So crazy that they are performing at these events. They are going to blow up, I guarantee it. I’ve thought this since the first time I saw them perform back in 2011 when they opened for Jackson Rathbone’s now defunct band, 100 Monkeys. Ugh! I love their music so much, it’s insane.

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My First Short Film – Accident

“Don’t wait around for someone else to tell your story. Do it yourself by whatever means necessary.” – Lena Dunham

Everyone has a story but not everyone is willing to tell it. When I finally decided to tell my story, I outlined it, wrote the script, storyboarded it, and cast it all in the same day. This is what I call my Passion project. Passion with a capital “P.” After fixing the script, gathering my crew, filming the story, and making the edits, it is now it’s time to share the story.

When I first thought of it, my mindset was that there was nothing I could do about it. It’s just a dream and doesn’t exist. However, I felt that this dream was worth it so I turned it into a goal, which comes with a plan of action. I would like to submit this short film into as many film festivals around the world as possible. Unfortunately, I’m discovering it is quite costly to share your Passion. Therefore, I am asking if you are willing to help me share.

Each festival ranges from $0 – $80+ and I’m afraid I cannot afford all the submission fees, DVD costs, and press kit printouts it requires. I am hoping with your help, that this short film will act as a catalyst that will launch me into the right direction. If by some miracle, I am able to raise more than my goal, then I can enter even more festivals! Someday, I’d like to tell a bigger story, more stories. There aren’t very many women in filmmaking and I would like to change the game. And who knows? Maybe one day, I’ll end up telling YOUR story. Thank you for your time.

Here is a 30 second teaser: