A collective of Auckland independent filmmakers — made up of director Jordan Dodson, producer Alix Whittaker, and writer Oliver Page — have recently been handed the incredible complement of having their short film Runaways selected to screen at the prestigious AFI Festival in Los Angeles, where the likes of Lincoln and Hitchcock are having their worldwide premieres. This is obviously an impressive feat, but it comes with an insurmountable financial difficulty for the filmmakers: the 35mm film needs an expensive DCP conversion, so they are asking for help in raising the necessary funds to achieve this goal by the end of this week. You can check out the great-looking trailer below as well as find out where you can donate.
Runaways stars Donogh Rees (Crush, Shortland Street), Stephen Ure (Lord of the Rings, Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, Spartacus), and real-life brothers Mitchell and Thomas Hageman. Read the synopsis below:
An aging couple’s relational discord is catalyzed by the arrival of two young runaways – whose innocent presence in their rural life pushes the bickering couple to breaking point… in the heat of the moment a sudden act of extreme violence re-contextualizes their floundering relationship and gives them a chance to start over.
If you would like to donate to this worthy cause, head to the film’s Pledge Me page. For more information, head to the Runaways Facebook page, and be sure to check out the trailer, their Pledge Me video and some more stills below.