Wednesday, March 27, 2013

La Crosse Tribune Article Featuring Evangelist Kickstarter Campaign

Hello everyone.

Below is an excellent feature article written about Evangelist producer Ken Miyamoto and the Evangelist Kickstarter campaign, which has now raised $6,395 with 29 more days to go as we try to raise our dream budget goal of $8,000 and beyond.

The below article was written by La Crosse Tribune writer Geri Parlin.  Please CLICK HERE if you'd like to read the article through the La Crosse Tribune website, which has some additional information as well.

As always, please check us out and make a pledge at Evangelist Kickstarter Campaign.

If you want to raise funds, Kickstarter seems to be the answer — for just about anything.

Ever since the creators of “Veronica Mars” announced they were financing their movie with Kickstarter funds, everybody’s jumping into the game.

Ken Miyamoto, formerly of La Crosse, is one of them.

A few years ago, Miyamoto wrote a miniseries called “Blackout,” starring Anne Heche, Sean Patrick Flanery and Billy Zane. The series has played in Europe and on the SyFy channel in South America but not in the United States. He got paid, Miyamoto said, but didn’t get the satisfaction of seeing his work available for viewing at home.

So Miyamoto has moved onto his next project. He is producing a short film, “Evangelist,” which he’s developed with director Ren Patterson and writer Tom Dunn.

“Evangelist” is a dark and powerful satirical drama about a televangelist’s fall from grace as he confronts his inner demons during one last broadcast.

Sound like your kind of movie? Then Miyamoto wants you to open your wallet. He and his partners are asking fans to help finance it through Kickstarter, an online crowd-funding site.

“We’ve shot some footage but are set to shoot the bulk of it May 10, 11 and 12 in Madison. Location is set. We’re crewing up.”

But all that takes money.

They’ve already got some of it via Kickstarter.

“We are the mini-me of ‘Veronica Mars.’ We started our Kickstarter campaign 12 days ago. In two days, we raised our initial Kickstarter goal of $4,000,” Miyamoto said. “In 12 days, we’ve raised $6,090, meaning we’re 152 percent funded, headed toward our dream goal budget of $8,000. The $4,000 goal was our make it or break it budget ... the least we could make it for. Now we have 33 days to nab our dream budget.”

Already, he said, Central High School alumni have been a huge part of the campaign. Some, he hasn’t seen in 20 years.

“I’m amazed and touched by the support I’ve seen from the La Crosse community, and especially by my fellow Central alumni.”

The more money they raise, Miyamoto said, the more money he and his partners will be able to put into post production, which could lead to submitting the film in more major film festivals.

Miyamoto said managing Kickstarter has turned into his full-time job for this production, as he keeps finding other ways to get his message out to potential investors.

“It’s overwhelming and amazing,” said Miyamoto, who likes the idea that friends and family are helping fund his dream. “I can get money anywhere, but I’d rather get it from the La Crosse community and maybe get their names in the credits.”