2010-08-26 / Front Page

‘Pushin’ Up Daisies’ film is using unique fund-raiser

In an effort to gain distribution of a film made in Washington and Crawfordville, filmmaker Patrick Franklin has announced a novel way to raise funds to get the film on DVD.

“We are pleased to announce that we have just launched a fund-raising campaign to get ‘Pushin’ Up Daisies’ on DVD,” Franklin said. “This film has been a DIY adventure from the start, so why stop now?”

Using Kickstarter.com, the Athens filmmaker is raising funds via private contributions. “At the most basic level, this will reward the backers of our project with a DVD copy of the film, and there are lots crazier rewards at lots crazier donation levels. People who support this cause will not go empty-handed.”

Kickstarter.com is a web site that allows filmmakers and other artists to raise support for their projects by soliciting donations from the public.

Franklin said that there is no risk to backing the project. “Donations will only be transacted if and when we achieve our goal. We have only until October 10, so act fast.”

Their Kickstarter page is at www. kickstarter.com/projects/PushinUDaisies/ pushin-up-daisies-on-dvdfamily flowers-and-zombie-0.

The Kickstarter page is also accessible from the film’s web site www. iamnotazombie.com/www.

The film has been a hit at film festivals including the 2010 Atlanta Film Festival, the 2010 Athfest Film Festival in Athens, and the Modern Film Festival in Kannapolis, N.C.

The film has also been chosen for screening at Dragon*Con Independent Film Festival in Atlanta September 3-6. Dragon*Con is one of the best-known sci-fi/fantasy conventions in the U.S.

The film is a comedy, Franklin has said, “about an amateur documentary filmmaker attempting to capture reality in spite of a sudden unrealistic occurrence – zombies taking over the world. This is not a zombie movie. Okay, yes, there are zombies in it. But that’s not our fault. We tried to make a simple documentary about flowers, but the zombies just kept getting in the way.”

Although the majority of the film was made in Crawfordville, Franklin said, people in Washington had a hand in the first-time filmmaker’s efforts.

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