The Ghost of Hank Williams

Hi, I'm Ari Selinger and I'm a filmmaker. I wrote a short film called The Ghost of Hank Williams that I'm really excited to share with you all... but before I do... I need your help!

The Ghost of Hank Williams is a slice of life story of a down and out ghost hunting couple who find themselves at The American Hotel, a strange historic landmark where country legend Hank Williams died at 29 under mysterious circumstances on New Years Eve, 1953.

This is my first film since my NYU thesis Moondog Airwaves, and like Moondog, it’s a genre blender of comedy, drama, horror and romance. The story first and foremost is about music, Hank’s music, whose forlorn lyrics of heartbreak and sorrow the couple, Tara and Toby, seem to be living out. More importantly, the hotel serves as a meeting ground for the past and present -- a major theme explored in this story, the lyrical link between yesterday and today.

We're hoping to shoot this at the end of February, but we need some help covering some looming production and post-production costs to get this film off the ground. It would mean so much to me if you could donate a little bit OR share this on social media!

I’ll be directing, editing and composing the score. Our cast is led by the one and only David Rysdahl (Bull, Moondog Airwaves). We also have a great team consisting of our producer Lexi Tannenholtz (Comedy Central, SNL), our cinematographer Conor Murphy (Mickey and The Bear, Moondog Airwaves), our production designer Danny Koenig Porter (Deuce and a Quarter, Moondog Airwaves) and original artwork by Alexandra Shaver (My Girlfriend).

By supporting The Ghost of Hank Williams you are making a dream come true. One is my own, I love this story and I can’t wait to tell it, the second is my ambition to support local small-town filmmaking. We are shooting the film in Sag Harbor at the actual American Hotel, and local businesses, restaurants, and residents are pitching in to get this story told.

I hope you’ll consider pitching in with a donation, it means the world to me and I hope I can entertain you when all is said and done.

Any little bit helps!

That's all, thanks for reading....see you at the movies!

This magnificent artwork was painted by Ali Shaver.  :)

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Fundraising team (2)

Ari Selinger 
Raised $1,799 from 23 donations
Sag Harbor, NY
Lexi Tannenholtz 
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Raised $583 from 8 donations
This team raised $1,950 from 21 other donations.
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