Crowdfunding Optimism to Celebrate Christchurch
Christchurch – A short film to be set in Christchurch and Canterbury will be a creative expression of optimism, helping to shift the local conversation from earthquakes and tension to a celebration of Christchurch and the Canterbury landscapes. The Road Home will headline in a local short film festival in March and October 2016. Organisers seek to crowdfund a portion of the funds needed to realise this ambitious goal.
The Road Home’s Producer/Screenwriter and Festival Organiser, Brindi Joy, says, “Having moved to New Zealand following hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, I know how important it is to share really positive stories with neighbours, friends and relatives. I love Canterbury and I look forward to showcasing the region through positive story telling that builds on the upswing and momentum of community engagement in the arts in Christchurch. Most of all I look forward to gifting this short film to the community upon completion.”
Brindi has won $645 in seed funding from Gap Filler and Ministry of Awesome’s CHCH Soup, a 'friendly dragon’s den'. She seeks to raise $2,400 through a Pledge Me campaign that has already received support locally, nationally and internationally.
Reaching this goal will mean the team of local creatives and collaborators can produce and deliver a high quality short film that highlights our personal connections to Christchurch with Canterbury landscapes at the heart.
Cinematographer, David Jensen, is excited to contribute to this project. He says, “The Road Home offers an opportunity to really showcase Canterbury’s own beautiful scenery, in a truly loving way. It’s a poignant story about the search for a father — a photographer — and finding him through the stunning landscapes, giving us — the audience — the opportunity to really look at them, gaze at them, from the photographer (and his son’s) perspective.”
The Road Home will premiere at a local Christchurch-focused short film festival — a curated collection of short films by Cantabrians, about Canterbury that are spirited, uplifting, unexpected and engaging. The festival will be free to public and held at The Commons with support from Gap Filler. Details to be confirmed.
The Road Home has already attracted supporters including: Gap Filler, Ministry of Awesome, Phantom Billstickers, Ken’s Camera, TimeZoneOne, PG Gallery192, YHA Arthur's Pass, Highlux Photography, Daniel Murray Photography, New Worlds Ilam and South City and others.