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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By Kim Palacios
HollywoodNews.com: Singer- Songwriter, Alexa Ray Joel is mending her broken heart with a new love interest. Joel, 24, has met Cass Dillon a fellow musician in the business.
According to People Magazine, Joel was hospitalized last December, apparently, from a broken-hearted suicide attempt over a serious boyfriend. She was reported stating that she was not obviously thinking clearly and that she takes full responsibility for her actions.
Now on the mend, Joel met Dillion, 24, when he was hired to play guitar on Joel’s latest album. Her first single titled “Notice Me” was released May 24, 2010 and has been a success for the promising young artist.
It seems things are looking up from the sorrow of the past winter. Some even speculate that Joel’s famous father, Billy Joel, may approve of the new beau. And Miss Alexa Ray Joel may not be the only one feeling frisky summer lovin’.
According to People Magazine Billy split last June from wife Katie Lee, was spotted “having a late lunch with an unknown blonde at Sant Ambroeus in Southampton, N.Y.”
The magazine noted that it seemed the two enjoyed the afternoon, each carrying motorcycle helmets (hers was pink), and picking up magazines from local shops before leaving.
Image by PR Photos.
Hollywoodnews.com: Following on success of Maasai Marathon campaign, new platform uses cutting edge crowd-sourcing ideas to promote micro-giving Will Ferrell, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen among celebrities who will be using Crowdrise to promote their causes Oceana, Malaria No More, Alzheimer’s Association, Art of Elysium, City Year on board to use Crowdrise for online fund-raising campaigns.
Actor and activist Edward Norton today unveiled Crowdrise, an innovative new web platform that brings the power of crowd-sourcing and the fun of social networking to fundraising and volunteerism.
To create Crowdrise, Norton partnered with the same team of viral marketing and emerging technology experts who helped him turn his Maasai Marathon website into one of the top fundraising successes of last year’s New York City Marathon: online retailers Robert and Jeffrey Wolfe.
“With Crowdrise, we’ve tried to create a fun and easy way for people to raise money for the causes they care about and for organizations to convert their base of grassroots supporters into grassroots fundraisers,” says Norton. “Everyone on our team had been looking for better online tools to promote grassroots activism and each of us had ideas that grew out of our different experiences. The Wolfe Brothers had the impulse to say ‘Let’s just build something from scratch’ and we all started tossing it around together and then sort of did a dry run with the Maasai Marathon campaign. That went so well that we all wanted to keep working together.”
The Maasai Marathon campaign which benefited one of Norton’s long-time causes, The Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust (MWCT), raised $1.2 million in less than 8 weeks, much of it from small donors who gave more than once.
Norton notes “For the marathon campaign and now with Crowdrise, we tried to blend a combination of creativity and substance that would not only engage people and be fun but actually get things done.”
Crowdrise is utilizing cutting edge ideas about crowd-sourcing to create a community-based, participation-driven platform. Both individuals and organizations can build highly compelling, personalized, online fundraising campaigns which will spur their friends, supporters and members of the Crowdrise community into action.
Much more interactive than other online fundraising platforms, Crowdrise offers a point system and prizes to incentivize participation and a signature sense of humor and irreverence. Crowdrise also introduces the concept of sponsored volunteerism.
“A lot of people in this country volunteer their time and their energies to good causes,” says […]