New gay musical needs help

Hi all, just wanted to share with you a Kickstarter event for FACING EAST, a new LGBT musical trying to put on a concert in London. The show is described as “a dramatic new musical, follows an upstanding Mormon couple facing the suicide of their gay son. Help us bring it to London!”

Crowd-funding makes big news when Hollywood actors ask for hundreds of thousands of bucks, but it’s most powerful when a few people help out needy artists. Check out the Kickstarter page here.


On Inkshares Horror Novel

Have you guys heard about this? I recently heard about a crowdfunding site called Inkshares. It’s basically Kickstarter or Indiegogo crossbred with Createspace or Lulu. It looks like a site where you can crowdfund a novel that will have an ebook and physical presence in bookstores. Unlike Kikstarter or Indiegogo where you give them thousands of dollars and then the writer keeps a percentage and has to then hire editors and distributors, Inkshares does all of that. So if a project is successfully funded at Inshares, it includes a professional manuscript editor and distributor.

I had no idea how any of this works, so I figured I’d dive in and take a look see with my current manuscript. I’m working on a 90 thousand word novel about three strangers entering the witness protection program when they accidentally thwart a serial killer. They’re relocated to a new state, but their new home brings them into contact with horrors beyond imagination.

You can find the Inkshares page, along with fun FAQs and whatnot, and back this project here are:

Thanks so much for your support!

This is Elliot Arthur Cross eternally grateful for your support. For any questions about the project, please email me at Thank you and happy reading.

On Indiegogo movies

How great is crowdsourcing? I know I sound like a cheerleader for everything, but this is such a cool concept. Pay now for a DVD of a movie you want to see to help get it made in the first place. So simple. There’s been a lot of buzz since Veronica Mars raised millions for the upcoming movie (which I’m stoked about and I chipped in for) on Kickstarter, and since then all you hear about is Hollywood people trying to get their side projects funded (like Zach Braff, although that movie sounds pretty good). I’ve been thinking about starting a crowdsourcing project, but I haven’t landed on the best idea yet.

I also tried to chip in with the Leslie Vernon sequel, but it didn’t meet its goal so they didn’t get the money. That’s where Indiegogo beats Kickstarter, because they can set up flexible accounts so they get the money regardless of meeting the goal, meaning they’re closer to getting the project funded.

Anyway, I just wanted to share an indie film project I stumbled upon the other day. The Games We Play is the senior thesis of an Amherst College film student. So many young filmmakers make shorts or films with kids playing adults. Here’s a feature length drama about college kids played by college kids. It’s apparently been filmed, but they’re trying to raise a few thousand bucks for color correction and post-production audio work. How many times have you started a movie on Netflix and been surprised at the lack of production value? I’m so glad that someone’s trying to put out a polished student film; hopefully it will encourage others. Check out the Indiegogo page here for a trailer, a fun update about color/sound, and to see if the project’s anything you’d be interested in.

This is Elliot Arthur Cross wishing you happing funding.