We're so glad you asked! In a nutshell, here's the deal: $35,000 may seem like a lot of money, but in fact, on an 8 day shoot with a cast and crew this big, it's actually a bare minimum for what we need to make this film, that leaves us relying on more volunteer work than we would like. We are hoping to raise much more - which is why now have in place a stretch goal of 50k - but wanted to be realistic about how much we thought we could achieve through crowdfunding alone, especially since Kickstarter works on an all-or-nothing fundraising principle. (So far, we have raised more money more quickly than we ever expected, so a HUGE thank you to everyone who has contributed!) We have a cast of 13 speaking roles, a crew of about 15 people, and at least twenty extras we need for our group scenes. Add to that locations, which can run as high as $1000 a day, truck rentals for our equipment, catering, production design, wardrobe and a ton of indispensable hair and makeup expenses, and there's really not that much to go around. Trust us, every single dollar that you contribute will go towards vital expenses needed to make this the best film it can be!