February is Heart Month for the Heart & Stroke Foundation and I am canvassing online for the first time through the Crowdfunding site www.causevox.com
Heart disease and strokes are the biggest causes of death in my family and after another heart disease-related death in my family this past holiday season I wanted to give back.
Principal photography of the film Pitter Patter Goes Her Heart ended in October of 2014. The film was shot on a very low budget, but myself and Producer Christina Steele-Nash (of Skeet Shoot Films) insisted on using money we raised to pay the cast and crew. Post production began and we are close to locking our edit, but our funds are running out. A lot more work needs to be done to bring this film to life. All artists working on this film deserve to be paid for their work.
We began brainstorming ways to raise the money we need and a crowdfunding campaign is an obvious choice. But asking for money is always hard to do. The idea for this campaign formed and we thought to ourselves, “We can support the artists on this film AND give back to a disease the film touches upon: heart disease.”
In the film, Melody lives with a heart condition and it is this same diseased heart that fails her. Her closest companion is her dog Alto. He seeks help from a Good Samaritan to rescue his best friend and her failing heart. This story of losing and restoring hope through an inseparable bond and unconditional love comes to life through rich animation seen through Alto’s point of view. Alto sees the world in wonderful colour and elements in his vision come to life through flash animation. This contrasts the bleak world Melody lives in.
My hope is that donators to our campaign wish to support the artists bringing their incredible creativity and talents to the Newfoundland & Labrador film industry and to support the research, treatments and resources the Heart & Stroke Foundation provides. Together we can create more survivors and support artists!
Any profits we make from this film will go directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Profits can come from raising more money than needed to complete the film, winning awards from various film festivals or selling the film’s rights to broadcast or stream online.