The Girlfriend Needs a Boost: Auctions Include an Autographed Poster of the Trio

MTV’s Hollywood Crush has a great story up in how it is that the movie The Girlfriend, co-starring Jackson Rathbone, is looking for further funding. Indie films go to festivals like Sundance, Toronto, Tribecca etc. in the hopes of two things: critical acclaim and distribution funding.

Sometimes films are wildly lucky. For example, Charlie Bewley’s indie film “Like Crazy” won the top prize at Sundance and had three studios in a bidding war wanting to distribute it. There is even some OSCAR talk surrounding the film starting. Most films are not near as fortunate.  Peter Facinelli even recently made a YouTube video to bring awareness to a friend’s project.

Director Justin Lerner and the production team Jerad Anderson, Kristina Lauren Anderson and Shaun O’Banion explained to MTV’s Hollywood Crush what the situation with The Girlfriend is:

“As many people know, the costs of finishing a film, making prints, submitting to festivals, as well as publicity and marketing (the big one) are, as Kevin Smith pointed out at Sundance this year, sometimes more costly than an indie film’s entire budget. Therein lies the dilemma for a complex, artistic, intelligent film like ours,” they wrote.

“So far, there has been a strong outpouring of support, and donations have been varied—as large as $100 and as small as $5 or $10… every little bit helps and allows us the chance of getting the film out to a wider audience, and to ensure that those who have supported the film may have an opportunity to see it in a theater near them. We also hope to donate a portion of the final amount to the NDSS (National Down Syndrome Society).”

See more on Hollywood Crush

The production team has set up a Indie Gogo site to try to raise funds for your contribution there are a variety of perks ranging from having your name listed to meals with the cast.

There’s also a new item, on EBAY. It’s an 100% authentic,  8 X 10 glossy New Moon photo autographed by Kristen Stewart. Taylor Lautner, and Robert Pattinson. Also the signatures look pretty good because it wasn’t signed in a rush, great collector’s item! You can bid on it on EBAY here.

If you can donate please do The film has a positive message about people with Down’s Syndrome, and actor Evan Schneider does a wonderful job!

The Girlfriend Movie Reaches Out For Help

The movie, The Girlfriend, co-starring Jackson Rathbone is reaching out for help. The other day we mentioned how most indie films struggle for funding and hope for a distributor to pick them up. Recently, Peter Facinelli made a pitch for a friend’s film. Here is what the creative team behind The Girlfriend is doing according to their indiegogo site:

“Our Story:

Girlfriend recently premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and garnered audience and critical acclaim.  This groundbreaking film was directed by talented first timer Justin Lerner and stars Amanda Plummer (Pulp Fiction), Shannon Woodward (“Raising Hope”), Jackson Rathbone (The Twilight Saga, Last Airbender), and newcomer Evan Sneider, who delivers an unforgettable  powerful performance.

We want to deliver Girlfriend to you as soon as possible.  Our goal is to get it out in as many theatres as we can.

What we need:

We are looking to raise funds to pay for the marketing and promotion of the film. If we are able to raise enough, we will  be able to bring the film to more cities than in our initial release.

*Once Girlfriend is released a percentage of the profits will be donated to the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS).”

After this initial pitch there are a variety of ways you can donate and different levels of donation can get you everything from autographs to costumes the actors wore.

To donate or to learn more, click here.

Twilight Actors Go Indie

A number of Twilight actors are involved in, or about to be involved in, what you could term lower budget indie films. They are the type of thing you see at film festivals. If an indie film is really lucky and garners enough attention it’s possible for it to reach Blair Witch Project or Napoleon Dynamite recognition.

Mike Welch is currently shooting Unrequited in Kentucky.  A recent set visit by the Lexington Herald Leader resulted in some fabulous behind the scenes images.

Get all the images here.  What’s also great about indie films is, that unlike major studio productions, they have grasped the power of  social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. The Unrequited crew Tweets daily with updates from the silly to the mundane.

In fact, their most recent Tweet was really good news: “Contacted today by our first distributor inquery. Pretty exciting that word about this film is getting around.”

Check them out on Twitter here.

Jackson Rathbone is involved in more ways than one in the upcoming flick called Girlfriend. We first heard about the project when we interviewed 100 Monkeys in Allentown, PA. 100 Monkeys will be doing the soundtrack. Jackson is  starring as well as producing. 100 Monkeys bandmate Jerad Anderson is also wearing the producer hat.

Jackson tells MTV’s Hollywood Crush(click here), “I’m actually producing my first film this year called ‘Girlfriend,’” he says. “New director Justin Lerner kind of made a splash at a couple festivals last year with a short film he did…It’s an exciting time,” he said. “I get to play a part in it and have a little bit more say behind the scenes, behind the camera, which is really interesting. It’s what I’ve always really wanted to get into. I love film. I love the art behind it.”

Now the good news is that the group has just set up a Twitter and is about to launch a facebook page (we’ll let you know when that happens.) Directors, producers, actors, etc will all be doing the on set tweets. One of the latest was teasing about info regarding who the co-star, AKA the girlfriend, is going to be:

“We’ve finally decided what actress will play Jackson Rathbone’s “Girlfriend” in our film. The lucky mystery girl will be announced soon!”

You really want to be following this group on Twitter because you never know when they might give out something special to a follower. Right now they have 489 followers. With Jackson Rathebone promised as one of the Tweeters surely that number will go up. So, sign up here to follow along!