Hey. Remember Fundraisers?
You remember, right? Back in the day, before Kickstarter and IndieGoGo. We’d all go to a place and there’d be all this entertainment and it was all for a good cause? Well my friends, lets all go back to the halcyon days of 2011. This Sunday local artist Rik van Dyke is throwing a ‘Rockstarter’ with the hopes of raising money to fund his film making. There will be food, 8 bands in both theatres and an art auction. I spoke to Rik earlier this week to tell me what he has planned for the proceeds.
Tell me a bit about the movie you’re hoping to help fund with this event.
I am trying to raise the funds to shoot a pair of pro-level movie shorts each being approximately 2.5 minutes long. a double-feature if you will, one historical, the other urban, both combined to be five minutes of screen time. The first movie is called “Black Mantis”, a Kung Fu period piece highlighting the art of Praying Mantis Kung Fu. The second film is called “Bad Blood” and it’s a contemporary Rock and Roll Revenge film.
You’re putting on an old fashion fundraiser. Will you think about starting an online campaign in the future with IndieGoGo or a similar site?
Depending on how the fundraiser goes, I may very well continue onto IndieGoGo to complete my financial goal of $5000.
What about Calgary will benefit you in filming?
The local talent and locations in the Calgary area will be highlighted in both films which have been written with both in mind.
Rik is hoping to make these films as a way to take himself to the next level as a film maker. The evening kicks off at 7 p.m. on Sunday (May 19th) at the Globe Theatre downtown. The line-up is impressive with local favourites like the Cripple Creek Fairies, epic video game rock from THWOMP and the Outlaws of Ravenhurst to name a few. Tickets for the Rockstarter are $15 and you can get them online or at the door. Click here for more details.