With 16 days left to campaign, The Kickstarter bid to raise $40,000 in support of the US theatrical release of ALTAR, the new supernatural horror film written an directed by Nick Willing (Syfy’s miniseries Tin Man, Neverland), starring Matthew Modine (Full Metal Jacket, The Dark Knight Rises) and Olivia Williams (Rushmore, The 6th Sense) has already secured more than $24,000 in backing!
ALTAR is scheduled for its home video and electronic debut next year, but the Kickstarter campaign furnishes an opportunity to seed a theatrical release of the film in exclusive movie houses, coast-to-coast.
ALTAR follows one family as they move into a timeworn, dilapidated country mansion in order to restore it to its former splendor. But, in the process, they awaken the ghosts of the house’s original inhabitants along with eldritch occult forces whose curse still looms darkly over the haunted estate. What follows is a hair-raising ordeal of spectral apparitions and demonic possession that threatens to destroy the lives of ALTAR’s desperate protagonists in this earthly realm and beyond.
Filmed on location in the brooding moors of Yorkshire, England in early 2014, ALTAR stars Matthew Modine and Olivia Williams with fresh young talents Rebecca Calder and Adam Thomas Wright.
A labor of love for writer-director Willing since its first conception, ALTAR has surpassed the filmmakers’ expectations with its relentlessly menacing tale of madness and supernatural possession. Willing explains, “I set out to make a movie that was terrifying. I used all the psychological cinematic tricks that I’ve learned over the years to bring one of the most horrific, but, psychologically-based films to the screen. ALTAR is shot as a huge, cinematic experience. Its dark magic and gripping suspense are tailor-made for the uniquely dreamlike experience of theatrical cinema.”
Launched September 2 with a goal of $40,000, Kickstarter’s 30-day campaign for ALTAR’s theatrical release has achieved an impressive pledge level of more than $26,000 in less than two weeks.
The campaign’s executive manager, Jeffrey Scott Simmons, is cautiously optimistic about fully funding the campaign. “This is a great position to be in – more than 50% in the till. It means that people are responding to our cool rewards and/or to the fun of taking a hand in bringing a super scary movie to the big screen. Our challenge now is to keep that ball rolling. With still a significant amount of pledges to secure in just 16 days, there’s really no time to rest.”
Kickstarter is a global crowdfunding platform based in the United States with the stated mission to help bring creative projects to life. Kickstarter has facilitated the funding of 135,000 projects, including films, music, stage shows, comics and more. People who back Kickstarter projects are offered tangible rewards and special experiences in exchange for their pledges.
Backers of ALTAR’s campaign choose from a wide variety of rewards. Advance copies of the film on Bluray-Disc , T-shirts and posters, memorabilia signed by the cast including Matthew Modine, the chance to visit a movie set or even to have Nick Willing or producer Michele Camarda review and critique the spec scripts or independent films of aspiring filmmakers are just a few of the offered enticements. Backing levels range from $1 to $1,500.
Those interested in checking out ALTAR’s campaign can find it at Kickstarter and search “ALTAR,” or simply enter it’s shortened URL, http://goo.gl/bsaiEc , in any internet search engine.