Duluth Movie Narrowly Reaches Kickstarter Goal
Posted at: 10/10/2013 10:41 PM
| Updated at: 10/10/2013 11:32 PM
By: Zach Hammer
A Duluth movie project took one step closer to becoming a reality Thursday night, as 'Strange Nature' reached its fundraising goal with only minutes to spare.
Duluth-native Jim Ojala has a history in horror films and special effects, and now he's creating his own movie, calling it an "eco-horror" film. It's based on frog deformities found in Minnesota nearly 20 years ago.
To fund the project, Ojala completely relied on the crowd-sourcing website, Kickstarter.com, to raise the $45,000 needed for the project. On Kickstarter, if the goal is not reached, all the money pledged goes back to the donors.
Ojala says it was tense as a little more than $1,000 was needed to reach that goal with less than an hour to go.
"It's complete heartbreak if you lose $43,000-$44,000," he said. "Not to mention it's 10 years worth of work. To see that slip through your fingers would be a crime."
But, with a big push on Facebook, including some last-minute online love from Duluth Mayor Don Ness, Ojala did reach the goal.
And Ojala says that is an example of a changing film industry.
"Classically, when you're trying to get a movie made, you're basically banking on getting that one set of eyes that really loves your project and makes it happen. That's just not the world we're living in anymore," said Ojala. "So what it turns out to get Strange Nature made was 308 sets of eyes."
For more on Strange Nature, click here.