Tarps Drive to Bring Support for Crowd-Funded Feature Film

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Filmmaker, Michael Stein, holds nationwide tarp drives across the country in order to bring awareness for his film about a homeless man.

The "Guitar Player" movie is a feature film scheduled for release in 2012. However, its goal to become the world's largest crowd-funded movie depends on the level of financial support it receives from global peers. If $150,000 can be raised by Saturday, October 22, 2011, production of this movie can proceed.

This project is being spearheaded by filmmaker, Michael Stein. He is a writer, actor, and director who is based in Los Angeles, California. Stein prefers to make movies which explore the reasons behind people's actions. He has made dramas, comedies, and off-beat movies.

The "Guitar Player" is a drama which examines the harsh daily realities faced by those who are homeless. It revolves around a street-performing guitarist. He has been homeless for two decades, but has been given an opportunity to turn his life around and come to terms with his painful past.

In order to bring awareness to the project, tarp drives will be help by the leading U.S. tarps supplier, Tarps Plus. Over one thousand tarps will be handed out to people living on the streets. The tarp drives are being held in several major cities around the country. Stein stated, “The tarps are a small gesture but they are essential in cold climate cities when homeless shelters get filled in the winter.” According to Stein, the "Guitar Player" is intended to inspire and entertain audiences, as well as raise funding for an important mission, the end of homelessness. Half of all the profits which are generated will be donated to various homeless charities. Funds will be dispersed to homeless shelters across the United States.

This project is dependent on crowd funding. That involves contributions from individuals, groups, and businesses from across the globe. Kickstarter is the funding platform that is being utilized to achieve this goal. The process involves setting a funding goal and deadline. If the financial goal is not met by the deadline, no money changes hands. It's an all-or-nothing approach.

There are several incentives to encourage participation in the project. They include opportunities to have names listed in the credits, gain special access to behind-the-scenes footage, visit the set, and attend the Hollywood, New York or Austin premier and parties. In addition, there are options to join cast and crew screenings, share a meal with the filmmakers, receive a guitar signed by the main cast members, engage in Skype sessions with Stein, and receive a DVD of the movie, as well as logo hats and t-shirts. Businesses have the option to gain promotion on the movie's website as well as through tents set up at all three premieres.

The incentives are only distributed if the funding goal of $150K is met before October 22nd. Pledge levels begin at ten dollars, and continue incrementally through the ten thousand dollar or more category. The goal can be exceeded. Any excess funding which is contributed before the deadline will also be granted to the project. Stein says any extra funds that are raised will help to make the movie better and bigger. Its distribution and recognition can be more extensive, and more homeless organizations can be supported.

This feature film has an appealing and important goal. The "Guitar Player" movie will be funded by the public and educate audiences and support homeless charities. More details are available on the movie's official website, as well as on Kickstarter.

More info please visit http://www.theguitarplayermovie.com

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