Ponoka moviemakers go to Kickstarter to fund movie idea

Two local filmmakers are hoping to fund a movie idea through the crowd funding website Kickstarter.

Two local filmmakers are hoping to fund a movie idea through the crowd funding website Kickstarter.

Grady Wygiera and Austin Lutz have the creativity and the gusto to put together a movie idea that pits two protagonists against an organized crime group in a rural setting. Called Bleed Dixie, the movie is still in the script-writing phase and the two have 20 days to go with their funding campaign on Kickstarter.

Wygiera came up with the idea of a small town or county entirely run by a mafia organization. The two friends in the movie see how the organization is failing and they deal with the aftermath.

“It’s based off of the Dixie Mafia down in the (United) States,” said Wygiera.

However, the story, plot and characters are all fictional.

Lutz bought into the idea as he has grown up in a rural area all of his life. He is eager to delve further into his rural roots with this movie. “It would give me a chance to identify with really the area I came out of.”

Wygiera has also lived in small towns his whole life and he liked the idea of a creating a story that has town stakeholders in the pockets of organized crime. Originally the movie was called To Kill a King but that will now be part of a back story for the movie.

They went to Kickstarter to help fund the movie and its making. The duo is asking for $15,000 on their Kickstarter page to buy new camera equipment, camera rigs and pay for permits to film the movie around central Alberta. Clive was one location the two felt would be an ideal location.

For movie projects the two have done work in high school and have been improving their skills each year.

“We really do put our heart and soul into them,” said Wygiera.

“I’m really excited about it because I know it could be something amazing,” he added.

Lutz added that the pair intends to create an original music score including work from local artists. “We hope for all the support we can get.”

For more information search Bleed Dixie on the Kickstarter website.


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