In the SPotlight is a 1-hour passion project I started in 2006 while taking an emerging documentary course at the National Film Board. I met
Earla and pitched the project but it was not chosen to be produced at that time. However I knew this was a story that needed to be told (especially after developing a friendship with Earla, Paul, and others in the film) so I decided to self-finance and continue to shoot up until 2009. Earla’s story is very inspiring and it is my goal to raise awareness for Social Anxiety to gain acceptance in society and encourage those struggling to get help and improve their lives.
I am currently working with a great editor, Jordan Fisher, and we are hoping to have the film completed in the near future to submit to film festivals. The dream is to get into Hot Docs
From 2006 to present the film has been 100% self-financed. I have used my own equipment, voluntary crew, and unsuccessfully applied to multiple funding avenues. I originally set out to work with a voluntary Film Editor, but after four failed attempts I bit the bullet and hired an Editor.
Since this summer of 2012 I have been working with a great editor, Jordan Fisher, who is a full time student at Humber College. He is very supportive of the film’s message and has been a fantastic partner-in-crime both creatively and story-wise and is responsible for the great trailer above.
At this point, I have reached the reality that I have to ask for financial help to complete the edit and finish the film in a timely manner. I hate to ask for money from anyone so please do not feel obligated to donate if you do not want to and/or are not able to.
Please be advised that all donated funds are going directly to the documentary post budget. Absolutely no money is going into my pocket either for past expenses or for any of my past/future time working on the film. At the moment the goal is to raise funds to cover the remaining costs of my Editor, Sound Editor, Mastering to HD Cam, duplicating tapes to submit to film festivals, film festival submission fees & shipping costs.
Any amount helps and I will leave it up to you to decide. No amount is too small and everything helps. I will happily accept as low as $5 Since we are entering the Christmas season, for total donations given in December and January I will donate 25% of funds to Earla’s Social Phobia Support Group of Toronto.