Filmmaker looking for some helping hands

A Princess Margaret grad, now an aspiring indie filmmaker, is looking for some help with a short film she is creating and she is turning to social media to help raise the money she needs to cover costs.

A Princess Margaret grad, now an aspiring indie filmmaker, is looking for some help with a short film she is creating and she is turning to social media to help raise the money she needs to cover costs.

Elizabeth Beyer, a recent graduate of the Vancouver Film School, is currently living in Vancouver, where she works in an animation studio. But she is also writing, directing and co-producing an independent film, Quiet Waves, the story of a young, carefree girl who has grown up in an upper middle class family and experiences domestic violence firsthand by her stressed and underworked father.

The film project, Beyer explained, deals with a case of child abuse and how it is viewed from the child’s perspective and how children cope with the stress and gravity of a situation that deals with violence in their own family.

But in order to gather money to complete the project, Beyer and her partners have set up a contribution campaign on IndieGogo (www.indiegogo.com/Quiet-Waves), which bills itself as “The world’s leading international funding platform.” And if you can’t donate cash, they’re looking for a donation of your social media contacts.

“It would also be wonderful if you could support our project by posting links on blogs, social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) or other websites and spreading the word,” their plea reads. “The film will be going into production even if we do not meet our financial goal, due to the fact that the subject matter is very personal and has a deep impact on our team, but we would appreciate all the help we can get.”

Money raised through the campaign goes to pay for equipment rentals, transportation costs, catering and the cost of submitting the finished work to film festivals.

“Once the film is complete, we’ll be submitting it to as many festivals as our budget allows.  The more funds we can raise, the more people get to see the film.”