THE SHIFT Film Festivals Fund

$2,400 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 36 people in 1 month
Brock Heasley  FRESNO, CA
"A frustrated, ordinary man recieves sympathy--and a job offer--from the Devil himself."

THE SHIFT, a short film by Brock Heasley (that's me) is a true labor of love made by so very many talented people in the Fresno, CA area for peanuts (literally--I could only afford to feed them!), but that looks like it cost a million bucks! 

Now, it's time for the film to go out into the world. That means Film Festivals, where the Hollywood movers and shakers will get a look at it. Why do that? Well, first of all, this is art and art should be shared! But also... you'd be amazed at how many great films started out as short films (Napoleon Dynamite and the Oscar-winning Whiplash come to mind) and later got funding for a full feature. Film Festivals are where THE SHIFT could truly shine.

Every Film Festival is a business unto itself. On average, it costs about $50 to submit a film. With literally hundreds of Film Festivals out there to choose from, that's a cost that can add up fast! 

If you'd like to contribute and help get THE SHIFT out there, you can do that! Right here! In exchange, you'll get an extra special credit ON THE FILM ITSELF as a "Power Player." 

That's right. You get your very own movie credit. 

As I type this, we're just coming off our first screening for cast, crew, family, and friends. The response, quite frankly, was overwhelmingly, honestly positive. This film is about a lot more than "guy meets the Devil." It's about the struggle we all have against the darkness and the way--what I believe is the only Way--to combat it. I think that's a message worth getting out into the world. 

If you agree, thank you in advance for your donation. Have a fantastic day.
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Update 16
Posted by Brock Heasley
15 hours ago
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Hey, Shift Supporters! Brief update for you here... our trailer made it's debut last week and, as of this writing, has been viewed over 3,300 times across Facebook and Instagram! Responses have been overwhelmingly positive. Special thanks to those of you who shared it out!

In other news... the donations continue to roll in despite the lack of an active campaign. We're now up to $2,400 total! That's incredible.

Recent festivals submitted to since our last update: Oregon Independent (Portland, OR) and Kingdomwood (Tucker, GA). Kingdomwood marks our first entry into a primarily Christian festival. Very curious to potentially see how that audience responds to the film.

More to come!
The SHIFT Trailer
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Update 15
Posted by Brock Heasley
6 days ago
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Brief update and a bit of news today! First of all, even though we've stopped actively campaigning for donations, they keep rolling in anyway! (And I keep giving out that secret surprise... you know the one.) We're up to $2,250 in total contributions now and that's an amazing, amazing thing. I'm personally very touched by the support and belief in this film.

FESTIVALS UPDATE!
We've submitted to even more Festivals since my last update, including: BendFilm (Bend, Oregon), Santa Fe Independent (Santa Fe, New Mexico), Philadelphia (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), Savannah (Savannah, Georgia), Dam Short (Boulder City, Nevada), Berlin Independent (Berlin, Germany), Telluride (Telluride, CO), and Chain NYC (New York, New York)!

TRAILER!
In case you missed the news... the official trailer for THE SHIFT drops this Friday at 9pm PST on Instagram and Facebook. Please be sure and share it with your friends when you see it pop up on your feed. We want to spread the word and show the Festivals that THE SHIFT is a film people are excited about seeing.

That's all for now. More updates to come--thanks again!
Composers J. Mendoza & J. Rosander
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Update 14
Posted by Brock Heasley
13 days ago
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Hey everybody! Great news today--not only did we get some late contributions bringing our current total to $2,140, but THE SHIFT has now been entered into a BUNCH more festivals. Here's the rundown of the most recent ones:

Raindance (London, UK), Atlanta Underground (Atlanta, GA), St. Louis International (St. Louis, MN), Hollywood Dreamz (Las Vegas, NV), Flickers' Rhode Island International (Newport, RI), DC Shorts Film and Screenplay Competition (Washington DC), New York (NY), Calgary International (Canada), Edmonton International (Canada), Mill Valley (Mill Valley, CA), New Orleans (New Orleans, LA), Laughlin International (Laughlin, NV), and New Hampshire (Portsmouth, NH).

That brings our total festivals entered to 29. Still lots more to go. More updates coming!
Running around on the diner set.
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Update 13
Posted by Brock Heasley
16 days ago
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THANK YOU, everyone! We've concluded our campaign for THE SHIFT Film Festivals fund with OVER $2,000 IN DONATIONS--wow! All of us who worked on the film are stunned and blown away by your support and faith in this film--some of you who hadn't even seen it yet at the time of your donation! Thank you, thank you.

With our funding now in place, I've been working overtime to get our little film submitted. In addition to the Festivals I told you about the other day, THE SHIFT has now been submitted to: Red Rock Film Festival (St. George, Utah), Action on Film International Film Festival (Las Vegas, Nevada), Austin Film Festival (Austin, Texas), Catalina Film Festival (Catalina Island, California), Indy Film Fest (Indianapolis, Indiana), Fantasia Film Festival (Montreal, Quebec, Canada), Toronto Independent Film Festival (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), Tallgrass Film Festival (Wichita, Kansas), and the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival (Hollywood, California).

Now, just because we've submitted, does that mean we'll get in? No, but I like our odds. Check out this brief, unexpected email exchange I had this morning with Del Weston, the organizer of the Action On Film Festival in Las Vegas:

Del: Absolutely incredible.

Me. Wow, thanks for the early feedback! Definitely looking forward to the Fest.

Del: Great job brother. We will see you in August.

I don't count that as an OFFICIAL confirmation, but no doubt there are exciting things ahead!
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Lynn Peters Campbell
16 days ago

Awesome news, Brock. Very exciting things are coming your way!!

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$2,400 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 36 people in 1 month
Created March 23, 2017
RR
$100
Richard and Susan Rozier
15 hours ago (Offline Donation)
$50
Michelle Carter
6 days ago
CM
$60
Christopher Martin
7 days ago

Keep up the good work. I will contribute on a regular basis.

JW
$50
Jared West
13 days ago
GC
$50
Garrett Cluff
14 days ago

Teaser looks great, can't wait to see it.

$50
Michael Johas Teener
14 days ago

another festival!

DS
$200
Dennis & Jill Shelley
17 days ago
SF
$10
Sustaita Family
18 days ago

AD
$25
Amanda Daoud
18 days ago

Good luck! I believe in this film. :)

JC
$25
Jason Christopherson
19 days ago
Lynn Peters Campbell
16 days ago

Awesome news, Brock. Very exciting things are coming your way!!

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