A RocketHub crowdsourcing effort launched today to raise money for final sound and editing for Paradise, FL, a feature length film shot in Southwest Florida by a Sarasota-based filmmaking team. The news comes after Fractured Atlas, a nonprofit artist service organization, agreed to sponsor Paradise, FL. The team set a goal of raising $12,500 in 28 days through the RocketHub campaign.
Producer Tony Stopperan said the movie will be ready to roll out through Vimeo On-Demand upon completion of final post-sound design. The final push comes after a successful run on the film festival circuit, which started last year with a world premiere at the Sarasota Film Festival. “2015 was a very successful and eventful year for our film,” he said.
Stopperan says the fiscal sponsorship by Fractured Atlas allows the film to solicit donations for this final “discrete” portion of the production process. Supporters will get tax benefits for donating through the campaign, thanks to a partnership between Fractured Atlas and RocketHub.
The story is based on drug addiction crises affecting island communities in Southwest Florida. While set in the fictional town of Paradise, locals will recognize the community of Cortez as the real-world backdrop. It was made by filmmakers with strong connections to Ringling College of Art and Design and to the Asolo Conservatory.
The film has earned some of the broadest acclaim of any independent film shot and made in Sarasota. “We made probably as big a deal over Paradise, FL as we have over any local film,” said Sarasota Film Festival Programming Director Michael Dunaway. “That was in part because we wanted to support Ringling College, but also because we just thought it was a great movie.”
The movie would go on to screen at the Gasparilla, Skyway, Iphias and Virginia Film Festivals. (Read SRQ Backlot’s review of the film here.)