Rapid Eye Productions Revolutionary Film Financing Plan Clicks With People Worldwide

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New feature film to be funded by private donations via the Internet; also raises awareness about Down Syndrome.

Newly formed production company Rapid Eye Productions (http://www.rapideyeproductions.com/oneday.html) is taking innovative new steps into the future of film financing, it was announced by Rapid Eye Productions principal Katrina Daily. The revolutionary plan will allow people worldwide to contribute any denomination of monies from one dollar to one million dollars to help support the production of One Day, the company's first feature film.

Rapid Eye Productions has set a goal to raise approximately $2.5 million dollars over the next 18 months. They plan to do this by not only targeting people who want to support what has otherwise become a somewhat faded concept of independent filmmaking, but by also reaching out to the more than seven million people worldwide affected by Down Syndrome, one of the film's pivotal storylines.

The cutting-edge fundraising campaign will kick off in October which is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month. Funds raised will cover production, development and a portion of the distribution expenses. If Rapid Eye Productions does not raise enough funds to make the film within 18 months, all of the proceeds, less expenses, will go to charity.

"The audience deserves a voice and with this project, that's what we intend to give them," said Daily, who also wrote and will direct the project. "People are tired of having mundane blockbusters and remakes thrown in their faces. All they want is good stories with characters they can care about. They crave original entertainment and I believe they're willing to pay for it. That's what we hope to prove with One Day."

One Day is an edgy comedy about a young man, challenged with Down Syndrome, who is unusually determined to find the perfect husband for his mother. The story, which does not focus on the disabilities of this main character but on his living his normal life, follows the chaos that ensures when he brings his latest victim, an arrogant businessman with a Mercedes and a host of prejudices, home to meet his unsuspecting mother.

Rapid Eye Productions plans to cast an actor with Down Syndrome for this part. "There are really two heroes in the story and one of them just happens to have Down Syndrome," added Daily. "The public's perception of people with disabilities has got to change. They're amazing people, capable of much more than Hollywood gives them credit for. But Hollywood fears what it doesn't understand, just like you and I do. I want to show the world that there's nothing to be afraid of."

Donors will also to track the film's financing progress by viewing bank statements from an escrow account that will be posted on the company website.

Further information can be found online at http://www.rapideyeproductions.com/oneday.html where potential donors can share their opinions in a research survey, review the company's plan, and read the first ten pages of the script.

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