Brampton director launches film with Kickstarter

minorBrampton native and film director Sam Catalfamo is looking to Kickstarter to help fund his first feature film.

Minor is the story of two teenage girls who decide to escape their boring lives, and embark on a countrywide music tour. They’re only ambitions are to see the Pacific Ocean and play one great show.

Catalfamo, who had success with his directorial debut in 2010 with the film Teen Getaway, had always planned on using Kickstarter to fund his project. But, when he learned that the world’s most successful crowd funding site would be coming to Canada, he held off on starting the campaign in L.A.

He will be looking for assistance from the Ontario, and Canadian Arts Councils as well, which have always been supportive of local artists.

His goal is to raise $10,000— a rather modest sum for filmmaking these days— which needs to be reached by Oct. 12. The campaign began Sept. 9, and has already seen several donations, totaling close to $4,000.

Catalfamo thinks it’s an incredible thing, that people are interested in his work and willing to make donations.

“It’s very humbling,” he said. “I feel like I owe it to the audience to create great and interesting films.”

In 2010, Catalfamo burst onto the scene by winning a Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) Student Showcase for his short film, Teen Getaway. He has since continued to develop as an up-and-coming, young director.

The producers of Minor feel that Kickstarter gives greater and faster funding opportunities to small projects. It also makes the process interactive for the public, who is interested in seeing projects take off from the ground up.

“This is a reflection of the community content of the film,” said producer Christian Hamilton.

So many great musicians have contributed, including Elissa Mielke, who stars in the film and is a major influence on the Canadian fashion scene. She was given the lead role in the film, while Tess Parks, another musical talent, plays the supporting role.

Catalfamo sees Kickstarter as a democratic way to make films, because the box office is so expensive now, and people seem to be interested in the whole process.

“If people are interactive in production from the beginning, it makes it easier to build an audience,” said Catalfamo. “People are used to seeing the same formula over and over.”

The industry is shifting though— anybody can open a Youtube channel a make a movie, allowing the audience to truly decide what content they want.

Donors to the campaign to fund Minor receive various perks, from a digital download of the film, to a private screening, to being named an executive producer on the film. If the goal of $10,000 is reached, filming will begin Oct. 24 and Minor will be playing at various film festivals in 2014.

If the goal isn’t reached, contributors will be refunded their money.

Source: Paulo Serpe – Brampton Guardian


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