We have talked about your movieSilent Retreat
quite a bit
before [click here] - but do
bring us up to speed: What is it about?
is Tricia Lee's second genre feature film. In December 2011,
she attended a 10-day silent meditation retreat. Her writing partner
Corey Brown told her "think of a thriller while you're there".
And when the kernel from Tricia's experience was fertilized with the
creative juices from Corey's mind, so Silent Retreat
this quiet horror film, Janey is sent to a silent meditation retreat in
the middle of the woods for rehabilitation, only to discover that the men
who run it are brainwashing women to be quiet and submissive, and if she
breaks the rules, she'll discover what lurks beyond the trees ...
You have only recently launched an IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign -
so what can you tell us about your campaign, and what will the money you
raise go into?
raised just enough money to finish shooting the movie. It was a bare
bones budget and everyone came out and worked (crazy long hours, over
night, in the cold) for free. We are looking to raise $30,000 to
complete post production.
contributions will help us share the theme of this movie with audiences
around the world. This isn't just a bloody, scary creature
feature. It's about women letting their voices be heard
and standing up because they matter in this world.
are our steps to completion and what we will be using the money for...
Hire sound designer
Sound Design, Edit and Mix (including ADR and Foley Recording)
Compose Music Score and add soundtrack songs
Package, output and deliver
Production of extended multi-media engagement
love perks - so what are some of the perks you are giving away with the
You can pre-order your digital download copy of
the movie, receive a signed collector's edition DVD or your name in the
credits and an invitation to a private screening of the movie with the
cast and crew. For larger contributions, we are offering special
props from the movie and the opportunity to sit in on our sound design
sessions and colour correct sessions with a catered lunch! There is
also a chance to be named an executive producer on our movie.
Crowdfunding has become quite popular in the
indie community of late - so why did you turn to crowdfunding and where do
you see the advantages (and maybe also disadvantages) in raising your
funds that way?
We want to get our movie out there and get
people excited about it before it's even done. We want to get to
know our audience and share the journey with them. The advantages
about using a site like IndieGoGo is that we can keep the funds we raise,
even if we don't raise our goal - I suppose the disadvantage is that we have
to get A LOT of contributions to raise our goal. If
everyone donated $50, we would need 600 to contribute to raise our $30,000
Incidently, you launched your
crowdfunding campaign the same day Zach Braff launched his - so what do
you think about big Hollywood names now starting to use the same routes to
fund their films as you indie filmmakers?
Silent Retreat’s crowdfunding campaign was launched on the same
day as Braff’s campaign, which has sparked a passionate debate on
social media sites such as Twitter. Fueled by anger about big
Hollywood names who have access and money that the average
independent artist doesn’t, crowdfunding proponents seem to feel
that Braff’s campaign goes against what crowdfunding was created
heart, crowdfunding was created to support big ideas and big visions from
companies who only have a little bit of money. It's about the global
community banding together to support projects that would never have the
chance to succeed without the help of an invested group of supporters.
Crowdfunded projects have given independent artists a chance to have
their voice heard in a world where the louder and popular voices seem to
always win. It's about putting the indie back into film to create
movies that stem from passion and inspiration, movies like Silent
related to the last question: What routes other than a crowdfunding
campaign do you as an indie filmmaker have to raise your funds? And what
keeps you going?
We are going to private investors to raise funds as well. They
want to see a track record and the crowfunding will help show them
that people are interested in the movie and they are putting their
money where their mouth is.
What keeps us going is the simple fact that we will finish this movie no
matter what. We will find a way to complete post production even
if we don't reach our $30,000 goal. It might take longer and we
might have to search harder, but we are excited about this
film and it will get out to the market sooner or later!
Any idea when and where the movie will
be released onto the general public yet?
We are aiming to
finish it by August and premiere it at the Toronto After Dark Film
Festival, a great genre festival in my hometown.
projects you'd like to share?
We are in development for One Drop, another creature feature.
Logline: A creature feature about a heroin addict who participates in a
drug study, only to wake up and find that she's nine months pregnant and
everyone in the medical facility is dead.
Your/your movie's website,
Facebook, IndieGoGo, whatever else?
Anything else you're
dying to mention and I've merely forgotten to ask?
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/ Director: Tricia Lee
Producer: Chris Luckhardt
of Photography: Christian Bielz
Designer: Jennifer Morden
Designer: Shaun Hunter
Chelsea Jenish, Sofia Banzhaf, Robert Nolan
a perk, keep up to date on the latest developments and join us on
the "Silent Retreat journey". It's been a fun
and creative one so far!
you can contribute financially or not, please share this project with your
friends, family, neighbours, colleagues and the baker down the street.
If we can get this film and our story out to as many people as
possible, that is the ultimate goal.
for the interview!