UPTOWN — Uptown resident and film maker Kevin Hanna is raising money through Kickstarter to fund "Rose's Colored Glasses," a comedy about an unemployed woman who escapes to a world of music and magic when she dons a mysterious pair of glasses.
As of Friday morning, 21 people had contributed to the crowdfunding campaign and pledged about $2,100 of the $15,000 target set by Hanna, the screenplay's director and co-writer. The campaign has 15 more days to raise the rest of the goal.
Hanna described his vision for Rose's Colored Glasses:
"Newly unemployed, [Rose] isn't quite ready to face questions about her life, so she avoids making decisions by putting on pairs of colored sunglasses that turn her world into a musical number," Hanna explained, sounding excited about the script but hesitant to give too much away.
"The glasses appear when she least expects it but most needs them. But through using the glasses as a form of escapism, unbeknownst to her, they actually make her confront life," Hanna said.
All of the musical numbers are stylistically different, and inspired by everything from Bollywood, to swing music, to R&B, Hanna said. He expects to cast in the late spring and early summer, assuming the money is raised.
Hanna submitted the idea for the musical comedy to a competition last year that he said turned out to be a sham. Hanna thought he won a $5,000 grant to make Rose's Colored Glasses into a film and submit it to indie festivals, but he and other prizewinners discovered the prize money was "fictitious," he said.
Despite the financial setback, Hanna is still doing the film and wants it to be even bigger and better than the crew could muster on a $5,000 budget. The Kickstarter campaign is to raise funds to buy high quality cameras and lenses, and pay the crew "the fairest compensation for the work put in."
Hanna praised the Kickstarter model.
"It's really shaking up traditional financial models of how to get a film done," Hanna said. "I really believe in this model, and I think that people who are fans of movies are going to start flocking to it now that they know they can have a more direct hand in getting a project made."