Indiegogo Campaign – Press Release

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FilmAcres launches Indiegogo campaign to help finance Oscar-nominated director’s latest film

They’ve defied the way Hollywood believes movies should be made. In the process, they’ve rallied a community together. Now, Oscar-nominated director John Hancock (“Bang the Drum Slowly,” “Prancer”) and award-winning actress/screenwriter Dorothy Tristan are taking that grass-roots approach global through Indiegogo. They’ve chosen the online “crowdfunding” option to help finance their new movie because anyone can contribute, with donations starting as low as $15 and reaching as high as $10,000.

It’s another example, according to Co-Producer Kelly Daisy, of how Hancock and Tristan embody the David-and-Goliath approach to moviemaking.

“This film and its content are not what you find in typical Hollywood blockbusters, but without question it has an audience,” Daisy said. “It’s the kind of story we desperately seek to add meaning to our lives, to connect us to what’s real and important.”

With shooting set to begin June 21 in La Porte County, South Bend and Southwest Michigan, the untitled movie written by Tristan centers on the relationship between a 13-year-old girl and her grandmother, a once-famous actress living in rural Indiana who may suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. The two bitterly clash, until the grandmother discovers her granddaughter has a magnificent singing voice, one that helps her score the lead role in a stage production of “Alice in Wonderland.” That triumph bonds grandmother and granddaughter together in ways they never imagined.

Tristan will play the grandmother and Grace Tarnow, a 13-year-old Kesling Middle School student from La Porte, will play the granddaughter. Hancock will direct.

Daisy chose Indiegogo over Kickstarter because Indiegogo projects, regardless if they reach their goal, take home whatever is raised, with Indiegogo retaining a small percentage to cover its costs. Kickstarter, by comparison, is riskier because projects must reach their goal to use any money raised.

Daisy said the Indiegogo campaign for the movie, which is through Hancock’s independent company FilmAcres, is set at a realistic goal of $25,000; however, she added, surpassing that amount is the intention. All money raised funds the movie’s production costs.

Here’s how it works. Visit Once there, you’ll not only read more about the film, but watch interviews with Hancock, Tristan and Tarnow as they discuss what the movie and its story mean to them. Just visiting the page and leaving comments, by the way, boosts the film’s chance of being highlighted on the Indiegogo homepage.

Each Indiegogo contribution comes with a special thank you gift. A $25 donation, for example, offers a digital download of the film. A $75 contribution includes a T-shirt and signed poster. A $250 contribution features a prop from the film, of which only five are available. For $5,000, contributors attend the movie’s premiere.

The options represent a broad spectrum, leaving the door open for anyone to help finance the movie. And in doing so, Daisy said, people can send a message to Hollywood studios.

“This can pave the way for how films are made. We want to see films we can relate to, that move us, that change how we think and challenge our points of view. That’s why we see movies.”

Additional information about the film also is available at, on facebook and twitter @filmacres.