Watch the trailer for Gray State and you might think this film came straight out of Hollywood. But it didn't. Gray State is an independent film and they need donations to complete the work. It's a great depiction of what many of us know is really happening in America. Here's a brief synopsis from the website, http://graystatemovie.com/pages/white.html:
FREEDOM. STRENGTH. UNITY.
This film is an extremely ambitious independent project being shot in the Twin Cities, Minnesota. Following the many models of success film has for projects made outside of the Hollywood system, Gray State is seeking the funding it needs before plunging into production.
Gray State was conceived in November of 2010 by David Crowley and Danny Mason. The scale and nature of the material indicated that not only did they have an obligation to craft a human story out of the morass, but they had an obligation to tell it properly, far from the typical financial hangups that have become the convention for independent film. They began the process by first developing the narrative through months of slow revisions, and then in the summer of 2011, forged ahead with shooting a concept trailer.
...Thousands of films, even the ones that reach production, never see the light of day through various failings of the filmmakers to market, promote, and distribute the films. Thousands more filmmakers sit on projects that are never even made, having no marketable tools to show that A) their film is a good idea, and B) that they can pull it off. The Gray State team fully intends to harness the amazing capabilities of the MN film community and prove that they can beat Hollywood at its own game - first, through showing a concept trailer.
During our first IndieGoGo Crowdfunding Campaign , which ran from 8 August 2012 to 8 October 2012, the team traveled the country, did a few dozen radio shows, and got the word out internationally with the help of a growing fanbase. As a result, over $61,000 was raised for the project.
This funding will be used to assemble a professional investor proposal and business plan to secure additional funding, purchase a script breakdown, and push the project into the preproduction stages.