LA Indie Filmmaker Taps Kickstarter for Crowdsourced Capital

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Following the online fundraising efforts of some big names in Hollywood, a Los Angeles independent filmmaker has turned to Kickstarter to help raise funds for an edgy new project.


Two lost souls find each other in the film “ToY.” (Credit: Patrick Chapman)

As of Tuesday afternoon, director Patrick Chapman has raised $24,958 — about 55 percent of his goal — to produce his film, “ToY,” the story of two lost souls who find each other, according to the filmmaker.

The crowdfunding website made Hollywood headlines in March when writer Rob Thomas surpassed his Kickstarter goal of $2 million to resurrect the canceled series “Veronica Mars” into a movie. A month later, actor and director Zach Braff used the site to successfully finance his upcoming film, “Wish I Was Here.”

While those big names raised millions of dollars, Chapman has his sights set frugally lower, hoping to raise $45,000 by the project’s deadline of Nov. 11.

Watch: We’re airing our interview with Chapman on the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013.

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