'Hot Air' rises: Filmmakers reach $65K, push on to Nolte
For 45 days, Derek Sieg and Jeremy Goldstein did everything they could think of to raise money to make a movie. They sold t-shirts on the Downtown Mall. They buttonholed every connection they had. And they smoked a 300-pound pig.
"That was pretty extreme," says Goldstein of the pig. "Neither one of us had ever done anything like that before."
That was phase one of their efforts to get their script, Hot Air, made into a movie. And to do so, they're convinced they need Nick Nolte to star as the personal injury lawyer and hard-partying restauranteur whose misdeeds have pushed him to the point that he decides that faking his own death is his only recourse.
A name like Nolte is essential for attracting money to the movie, say the filmmakers, so they brazenly launched their "Let's get Nick" campaign.
Using a funding-by-the masses system called Kickstarter, the filmmakers set a goal of $65,000–- the minimum required by the Screen Actors Guild to get Nick Nolte to sign on as the Hot Air lead.
With 258 different backers, Sieg (Swedish Auto) and Goldstein (Skid Row) raised $65,527 during their 45-day campaign.
"We thought 45 days was a bit long," says Goldstein, "but it took 44 days and 20 hours to go past $65,000. It was a nail-biter with the last $500."
The filmmakers plan to shoot Hot Air in Austin in October and November.
"We are putting together a budget and schedule for shooting with the line producer," says Goldstein. "Once that's ready, we're going after Nick Nolte and money for production."
He adds, "We can't wait to walk into Nick Nolte's agent's office with 258 Cville folks behind us!"
Will Nick Nolte say yes to Hot Air? To be continued...