PARIAH filmmaker starts donation campaign

Dee Rees, Director or PARIAH

You might think a young filmmaker talented enough to have her first feature film selected to make its worldwide debut at the Sundance Film Festival would have it made in the shade. But, for Dee Rees, whose PARIAH, a coming-of-age story about a Brooklyn teenager juggling disparate identities in a heartrending search for sexual expression, is set to screen next month at Sundance, there’s still one small thing that might be standing between her and her promising future in film: money.

Rees needs to raise the funds to finish her film, pay for music rights and a sound mix, pay for travel to and from Sundance and lodging while at the festival for her cast and crew. To make that happen, she’s started a Kickstarter page to solicit donations. (She explains the importance of her film in the video below.)

“I know it sounds corny, but the power really is in your hands, and you can make a huge difference in the life and success of this film no matter what your contribution level,” Rees writes in a note to supporters. “Your voice counts and your support of this film matters.”

Rees and her collaborators have to raise $10,000 by Wednesday, January 19, at 5 p.m. EST, or they won’t be able to collect any of the money they’ve already raised — $3,401, from 44 backers – with 19 days still to go.

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