Grammy-Winning SAE Miami Faculty Member Creates Crowdfunding Campaign for Independent Film

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Grammy-winning audio engineer/mixer and SAE Miami Audio Technology Program faculty member Charles Dye is leading a crowdfunding campaign for “Two Secrets”, an independent film project that he’s written and will be directing. The film is the true story of Ali Dolan, a champion triathlete, motivational speaker, and media executive who was abandoned at birth in 1987 and didn’t discover her “secret” until she was 12 years-old.

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Grammy-winning audio engineer/mixer and SAE Miami faculty member Charles Dye is leading a crowdfunding campaign for “Two Secrets”, an independent film project that he’s written and will be directing.

Once my students graduate, having this crowdfunding knowledge could help them to finance the production of their own video game, album, tour, film, software, equipment, or whatever they devise that represents their creative dream.

Grammy-winning audio engineer/mixer and SAE Miami Audio Technology Program faculty member Charles Dye is leading a crowdfunding campaign for “Two Secrets”, an independent film project that he’s written and will be directing. The film is the true story of Ali Dolan, a champion triathlete, motivational speaker, and media executive who was abandoned at birth in 1987 and didn’t discover her “secret” until she was 12 years-old.

“’Two Secrets’ is a powerful coming-of-age story with a shocking ending that challenges each of us to become the person we keep hidden inside,” says Dye, who has worked on top hits for Jon Bon Jovi, Shakira, and Aerosmith. “The project has attracted some jaw-dropping talent who normally work on much bigger projects to join our team. How far the film goes is beyond our control, but our goal is to make it Oscar-worthy.”

After looking at 2,000 actresses for the lead role, Cassidy Mack was cast as Janey. Cassidy has been in the films “Zoey to the Max”, “Chilly Christmas”, and “Zombeo & Juliecula”. Her non-profit foundation, Love Gives Chances, focuses on empowering foster youth. Katie Burgess, whose credits include roles in the films “Self-Delusion and Other Obstacles”, “The Lamp”, and “This Christmas”, plays Janey’s best friend, Stephanie.

The film’s producers are Jay Riggs, the executive director of the foundation Will Play For Food, and whose former clients include Jay Leno, the Gin Blossoms, and Brian Vander Ark; and Merem Ersoz, a feature filmmaker who has worked with Jessica Alba, Luke Wilson, and Malcolm McDowell.

“From Michel F. April, our composer, to Alexx Calise, a singer/songwriter who will be featured on the soundtrack, everyone who’s involved with ‘Two Secrets’ has a special connection to the story,” says Dye, who recently mixed the track “Perdón, Perdón” by HA*ASH (Sony Music), which debuted at #1 on iTunes two weeks after its release. “The script seems to touch everyone who reads it.”

Dye met Dolan five years ago when they were both working at The Kitchen, a video production facility in Miami. A former screenwriting student at UCLA, Dye asked Dolan – whose story has been featured on “Anderson Cooper Live”, “Good Morning America”, ABC News, NPR, The New York Daily News, and in Glamour Magazine - if she’d agree to having the details of her life serve as the basis of a screenplay, and Dolan agreed.

“‘Two Secrets’ is a non-Hollywood story, so traditional film investors aren't an option for us,” says Dye, whose crowdfunding campaign is being offered on FundRazr and will continue until the needed financing is raised. “We’re asking the public to help us make this beautiful film that we believe could truly impact the world.”

Dye is sharing the details of his efforts to fund “Two Secrets” with his Audio Technology Program students at SAE Miami, because he feels it’s important to teach them valuable entrepreneurial options that can help their careers.

“Once my students graduate, having this crowdfunding knowledge could help them to finance the production of their own video game, album, tour, film, software, equipment, or whatever they devise that represents their creative dream,” says Dye.

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