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Santa Clarita Filmmakers Complete Trilogy of Short Films, Seek Fundraising to Complete Feature Film

Young independent filmmakers in Southern California recently completed a short film trilogy and are currently raising funds to turn it into a feature. The series is about a rebel faction on the brink of destroying itself from within as it fights to prevent an oppressive militaristic government from using fear and violence to conquer everything in its path. Through an online crowd-funding campaign on IndieGoGo, the filmmakers hope to raise $18,000 by the end of the year.

Santa Clarita, CA, December 04, 2011 --( Santa Clarita-based writer and filmmaker, Daniel Levitch, already has the talent, cast, and crew to turn three short films into a feature-length adventure; all he needs now are the funds to continue.

In 2009, Levitch, called upon his close friends to help bring his newest screenplay, SWINE, to life. Having worked on numerous short films together ten years ago, the group of filmmakers enjoyed reuniting in a creative capacity. With day-jobs in the industry, they pooled their resources and called in favors to get the project off the ground. Countless hours were dedicated to increasing the production value of the low-budget films, from scouting incredible locations to creating custom weapons and costumes.

A post-apocalyptic war story about a rebel faction on the brink of destroying themselves from within; the 45-minute trilogy focuses on the perspectives of three main characters, one film for each.

The project originally began as a 15-minute short film primarily shot in Santa Clarita over two weekends with actors that have worked with the filmmakers in previous productions. Upon completion of the first film, the drive and passion for their new pet-project compelled the crew to commit to two more films. The additional films were shot in 2010 with new locations, new costumes, new hand-crafted weapons, and fresh talent. The SWINE trilogy was a huge success, costing less than $5000 per film in cash and in-kind donations.

But this team isn’t finished. They are hoping that with the premiere of the first three films, they will be able to attract fundraising to facilitate an additional two films, making SWINE a feature-length production. An IndieGoGo page has been set up by Executive Producer, Koren Young, in hopes of raising $18,000 by the end of the year. Through a 5-week campaign, the team will be working to raise the funds to pay for equipment rentals, props, costumes, etc. For the remainder of the budget, this group of filmmakers is dependent on the support of family, friends, and other generous contributors.

To schedule an interview or request a screener of the trilogy on DVD, please contact:

Koren Young, Executive Producer
Santa Clarita, CA
Ph: 661-772-7229

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