Kickstarter campaign successful; local filmmaker headed to LAWritten by Sarah Ottney | Managing Editor | firstname.lastname@example.org
Local filmmaker Steven Boatman will travel to Los Angeles this winter to work on a feature-length independent film following a recent successful Kickstarter campaign.
Boatman and Los Angeles-based actor/writer/director Russ Russo recently reached their $20,000 goal for the project, raising $20,880 via the online crowd-sourced fundraising website.
Boatman, 23, will serve as director of photography for the project, which will film cross country from LA to New Jersey starting in January. For more information, visit www.HeatWaveFilm.com.
Boatman’s skills grabbed the attention of Russo in July at the Northwest Ohio Independent Film Festival in Lima, where Boatman’s five-minute narrative film “Mowing Through Misery,” a dark comedy about the frustrations of a man trying to mow his lawn, was screened.
Boatman — who lost his hearing when he was 1 and hears with a cochlear implant — writes, directs, films, edits and acts in his films. He built most of his own equipment, including a dolly platform with metal pipe tracks, an 8-foot aluminum crane and a computer for video-editing.
“It’s as if one sense gave way to another sense, which was his eye. The camera was always moving, always presenting something and coming into the next scene. What he was doing was something on a studio level. It’s presented in a way that feels very much like a big Hollywood feel film,” Russo said.
“Heat Wave” is a dark comedy that addresses modern day society, Generation Y friendship, moral decay, narcissism, self-discovery and more as two friends take a cross-country road trip.
The film will include some up-and-coming actors, including Kiowa Gordon and Bronson Pelletier, who portray werewolves Embry and Jared in “The Twilight Saga”; Natasha Alam of “True Blood” and “Entourage”; Amanda Clayton from “John Carter”; Jessica Andres of “Liberator” and “Gossip Girl”; and more.
Kristina Michelle, host of The Reel Show on the Reel TV Network, interviewed Boatman at The International Indie Gathering Film Festival in Hudson, Ohio where he earned his first award for “Mowing Through Misery.”
The interview will air online for two weeks at www.ReelTVNetwork.com, beginning on Sept. 4 at 4 a.m., 10 a.m., 4 p.m., and 10 p.m.
Between now and “Heat Wave,” Boatman plans to stay busy with other projects, including freelance videography and as a cinematographer for “Huntsmen,” a local web series project of director and writer Gerald Hill. The “Huntsmen” team is seeking to raise $1,500 before Sept. 22 to cover expenses. Production will begin in early September.
To learn more, visit www.stevenboatman.com.