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$500 buys a PA spot on Wayne/Lauren Film Company’s next production

Jackson Rathbone

By Kim Palacios

hollywoodnews.com: It’s an untraditional—but creative—way to raise funds for an indie film needing wider distribution. Yet, the Wayne/Lauren Film Company, the production house for “Girlfriend”, is now taking donations. Its goal is to raise $110,000 in order to make the film available to a wider audience. The film did well at the Toronto International Film Festival, but has few current prospects for wider screening. A $500 donation buys a PA spot on the production company’s next film.

Its fundraising technique isn’t the only characteristic that makes this film unique. “Girlfriend” is the first American film to cast an actor with Down’s Syndrome in a leading role. The part is played by Evan Sneider, as Evan, a man who seeks the affection of Candy (Shannon Woodward), a single mother who has fallen upon hard times. In addition to financial woes, Candy finds complications in her relationship with ex-boyfriend Russ (played by The Twilight Saga’s Jackson Rathbone). The film explores the way perception of a single relationship manifests differently for each party.

To date, the film has raised just north of $17,000, nearly 16% of its $110,000 goal. There are perks for every dollar value of contribution: a $5 contribution earns a “special thanks” mention on the film’s official web site; a $5,000 donation wins dinner with the star. And, if you have $15,000, consider making a donation and be billed as an Executive Producer. Fundraising is scheduled to end on March 31st.

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About Kim Palacios

Kim Palacios is a San Francisco Bay Area transplant whose epicurean tendencies are matched only by her wanderlust. While not covering food, wine, and luxury travel for her column on Examiner.com, she guest writes for Travel Writers Exchange and a number of other varied-topic blogs. She is quadrilingual and holds an M.B.A. in Finance (neither of which she uses much these days). While not mourning the death of free markets and grumbling about the tax treatment of Californians, she enjoys film, and all things Twilight.

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  • February 14, 2011 | Permalink |

    Just an FYI: The star’s name is Evan Sneider. His character is also named Evan. 🙂

  • February 15, 2011 | Permalink |

    Thank you! I saw it cited as two different names in two different places and figured the double “Evan” must have been a mistake. Thanks for the correction!!

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