Who are we?
We are a group of independent filmmakers from the Unites States and Canada that have been helped by Lucas McNelly's A Year Without Rent project. Some of us have met in person, but most of us haven't. We did the above video with the help of editor Joe Shapiro.
What is this Year Without Rent?
A Year Without Rent is a project that Lucas started in February 2010. Lucas volunteers on independent film sets helping others get their films made and then writes about them on Film Threat, Filmmaker Magazine, Film Courage and Mubi Garage. He has worked on 32 films in just 8 months so far, and we are just a small handful of the filmmakers that he has helped.
Lucas helps by being a competent and FREE member of our crews. He rigs lights when we ask him to. He cooks when we need a cook. He deals with the nitty-gritty details of filmmaking, that every film set needs & most of us can't afford to have.
He travels by car or plane to film sets wherever he's needed - and he's been needed all over the place. Lucas ran a successful Kickstarter campaign for A Year Without Rent, but he's traveled to 4 times as many sets as he expected to, as well as traveling four times as much. He's running out of money. He needs our help.
Does Lucas Know We're Doing This?
Yes. Victoria Westcott and Marty Lang met up in Los Angeles and came up with the idea of running a campaign for Lucas with a group of the filmmakers he's helped. We asked Lucas if he was okay with the idea, and of course he said yes! Who wouldn't love a group of filmmakers rallying together to help them finish their project that helps us all in the long run anyway?
Why $5000? What will the money be used for?
We calculate that $5000 is the bare minimum needed to finish the final 4 months of A Year Without Rent. The money will cover gas, food and the rare accommodation (when Lucas can't find a free couch to crash on).
What happens if we don't raise enough?
Kickstarter is an "all or nothing" platform. If we don't raise the amount we asked for, then no money changes hands, and Lucas probably won't finish the year.
What happens if we raise more than $5000?
Now you're talking! Every dollar raised over $5000 will help Lucas survive the rest of his year more comfortably. It will allow him to eat meals that are a little bigger, drive distances that are a little farther, and finish what will undoubtebly be the most difficult journey of Lucas' life.
What is the Ringtone from LOCKED IN A GARAGE BAND?
Good question. It's the sound of this short beatbox teaser from the movie:
What is the Golden High Five?
Sean traces his hand onto gold paper & sends it to you as a postcard in the mail. It's awesome and was a big hit on his last kickstarter campaign.
Where can I hear Wonder Russell's Music?
Wonder is a talented actor & musician and has graciously offered her music CD as a reward for $15 pledges. Check her music out here:
Where can I find out more about you guys?
Lucas McNelly - A Year Without Rent @lmcnelly
Marty Lang - RISING STAR @marty_lang
Victoria Westcott & Jen Westcott - LOCKED IN A GARAGE BAND @VWestcott @JenWestcott
Brendon Fogle - SYNC @Bfogle75
Sean Gillane - CXL - @sgillane
Sean Hackett - Homecoming @shackett
Joe Shapiro - our editor @joesh
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