Fundraising Goal for Phase II (production): 175K USD Campaign End Date: 7/1/2018 Fiscal Sponsor: Independent Filmmaker Project This campaign is to raise production funds for the narrative feature film Medea, South Carolina – a modern reworking of the classic Greek Medea play by Euripides. This Phase II campaign is a followup to our successful Phase I development campaign here we raised 15K on Indiegogo – you can find that campaign link here. Medea will be directed by award-winning filmmaker Daniel Wyland and produced by award-winning producer Don Thompson and Diana Takata of nextPix Productions. The production funding will enable us to accomplish the following:
Seek out 1-3 well-known actors to play the lead roles
Produce the film under the Screen Actor's Guild (SAG) Ultra Low Budget agreement
Begin Principal Photography in the late spring, early summer, 2018.
You can find a top sheet for the complete production and post-production budget (for both Phase II and III combined) here.This campaign seeks 175K funding to take the film into the Phase II production phase as described in the budget. The Phase III post-production fundraising campaign will cap the total cost for the film.
To give a taste of the story, Daniel Wyland has put together the following sizzle reel/teaser for Medea, South Carolina.
Sizzle Reel/Teaser for 'Medea, South Carolina'
The script for Medea, South Carolina has already received many accolades and positive coverage.
Script Arsenal ranked the script in the top 5% of scripts they receive, with the following comments:
"MEDEA, SOUTH CAROLINA calls to mind movies like HELL OR HIGH WATER and RAMBO, but filters them through a uniquely female story in the case of Mary Jo, a mother who is ultimately rebelling against the absent father of her young child... impressive and engaging for its determined, straight-ahead narrative approach... this is a unique drama/thriller, with rich meaty roles for actors, a reasonable budget, and even a nice piece of source material to reference (the title page notes the project is based on the MEDEA play by Euripides)... this is a memorable, ballsy, effective script... a hard script to put down."
Some accolades for 'Medea' include:
Winner, Emerging Screenwriter's Top 100
International Screenwriters' Association (ISA) 'Fast Track' Top 50
Logline: A troubled young mother seeks an impossible justice against her former lover who has betrayed her and now seeks political office. Inspired by the play MEDEA by Euripides.
Synopsis: Mary Jo Sanders, holding tight to her young baby Kyle, watches a 4th of July parade in her hometown of Medea, South Carolina. During the festivities, her former lover, Jason Mitchell (an Afghan war hero) announces his candidacy for the State's recently vacated Senate seat. Later, Jason’s handler approaches Mary Jo in an attempt to bribe her into continued silence about her pregnancy by Jason (who is Kyle's father) – details of which would prove embarrassing to Jason’s campaign. Direct and passionate, Mary Jo tells the handler that she wants Jason to confront her face-to-face. After a bitter exchange with Jason, Mary Jo still refuses the bribe.
Jason, newly married to socialite Ashley Miner (daughter of wealthy businessman Cree Miner), relays the news to his entourage. This results in some (apparent) coercion against Mary Jo by the powerful Miner dynasty as they try to pressure her to sign an agreement that she will stay silent. Enter a New York journalist who promises to reveal both Jason’s and Cree Miner’s injustices toward Mary Jo. The attempt to go public fails as Miner apparently has wide influence – including in the media – and the story is killed. Backed into a corner, Mary Jo agrees to a deal with Miner, but in reality plots to use her own form of justice against him, as she judges him criminal in his actions and intent. Trained by her father as a hunter, Mary Jo knows well how to use a rifle. Nonetheless, her attempt at revenge and justice go awry, with unintended consequences that harm the innocent. As a result, Mary Jo becomes a fugitive from the law. A suspenseful chase ensues. Sheriff Hector Namos and team pursue Mary Jo – who still has her infant child with her – into the back country of South Carolina. After some jurisdictional competition, and the apparent influence of Cree Miner via his 'connections in Washington,' Mary Jo is designated as an ‘enemy combatant.' As the film proceeds to its shocking conclusion, we're kept on the edge of our seats, wondering if Mary Jo's fate is sealed.
We're excited that Erica Arvold and Arvold Casting is on board with the project to assist with our talent search. Erica and team have been involved in some of the most prestigious productions in the Metro Washington DC area, and worked with some of the most well-known talent in the country. Erica and team have reviewed the script and are ready assist with casting as required. Erica's imdb can be found here. A sampling of her projects is shown below.
Medea, South Carolina is a sponsored project of the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), a nonprofit arts service organization. Contributions for Medea, South Carolina may be made payable to IFP and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Please use the 'Back this Project' buttons to contribute.
The producers can provide a credit on the film to those donors who are interested in receiving the credit and who consider and donate at the producer level. The producer level donations are as follows:
Individual Donors 20K or above: Executive Producer on the front credits of the film 15K or above: Co-Executive Producer on the front credits of the flm 10K or above: Co-Producer on the end credits of the film 5K or above: Associate Producer on the end credits of the film 1K or above: Special Thanks on the end credits of the film
Business and Institutional Donors and Sponsors over 30K For those donors who have a production company, or institutions who would like to associate their name with this production, additional rewards will apply if requested. These could include: logo of production company or institution on front or end credits of the film; company or institution logo on the film's poster and other collateral, including the film's on-line presence. To discuss further, please reach out to Don Thompson by using the Contact Us form below.
Fiscal Sponsor Agreement A copy of the Fiscal Sponsor Agreement that nextPix has signed with the IFP is available and can be reviewed by donors on request.
Risks Donors need to understand that contributing to the campaign does not guarantee that Medea, South Carolina will get produced or, once completed, gain wide distribution. Note that the producers will make best efforts to complete the film and take the film to market with a reputable Sales Agent. As a fall back, the producers may self-distribute the film with a reasonable advertising budget in place.
Questions If you have any questions regarding this campaign, including total funds raised to date, please contact Don Thompson by using the Contact Us form below.