A new documentary on the student loan debt crisis. What's your part of the $1.1 trillion debt?
Chicago/Springfield, Illinois
United States
6 Team Members
This campaign is raising funds on behalf of Chicago Filmmakers, a verified nonprofit. The campaign does not necessarily reflect the views of the nonprofit or have any formal association with it. All contributions are considered unrestricted gifts and can't be specified for any particular purpose.

This issue impacts everyone

We now owe more on student loans than we do on credit cards. $1.1 trillion as a nation. Chances are, you have a pile of debt -- most of us have about $30k to pay back.

Think about it. $30,000 per person. More than $1 trillion. TRILLION! That's 12 zeroes. 1,000,000,000,000.

A trillion dollars that should be in our economy. We should be buying houses, and getting married, and having kids, and following our dreams. But we can't. We're tied down to debt. 

How can we stay competitive in the global marketplace if we no longer have access to affordable higher education? 

$76 billion is now past due, as deferrals rise and rise. That burden gets passed on to the tax payer... but if deferrals climb higher--and they are--this could be the next crisis to topple our economy.

We've assembled the right team to bring forth this issue in a high-quality, documentary film. Help us shine a light on this issue that is threatening our future as a nation by funding our initial short film. 

This campaign for $15,000 will find a short version of the documentary, but we plan to return to expand that to a feature-length doc in the coming 12-18 months.

The team

We're a small but passionate team dedicated to pouring our resources into this film. We come from network television, feature film production, journalism, photography, and graphic design. We've produced award-winning films, cranked out some in-depth print articles, and have even been nominated for an Emmy.

But here's the greatest part -- we want YOU as a part of our team. Deferred is designed to be transparent. We're not just crowdfunding--we're crowd-filming--asking for your input, your stories, and your voice. We can not tell this important story without your help!

We're not confined to our physical location but can partner with filmmakers around the nation and the world to shoot with us and create a truly collaborative documentary. 

Check out our website here.

What we need

Chicago Filmmakers is our Fiscal Sponsor. This means every donation is tax deductible.

We are asking for $15,000 to fund a short film while we continue to research and collect stories for a feature. Best of all, your contributions will not only help us complete a short film... the funds will also allow us to start shooting video that will end up in the full-length version. We see Deferred as a high-quality, marketable, festival and broadcast-bound piece.

We need the money to tell the most compelling stories and seek out expert interviews from financial advisers, students, university officials, politicians, and movement leaders. 

Check out our perks from online shout outs, to digital downloads, to the chance to ask an interview question or invite us to shoot a segment of the feature doc at your campus.

While we will do more fundraising kicks, this first chunk will get us more than started. And if the full amount doesn't come in, we plan to proceed with whatever we do raise.

The Impact

We are looking to examine this complicated issue and present real-life answers. We've produced TV shows, documentaries, and narrative films. We can do this-- but we need your help.

Other Ways You Can Help

Share the teaser we've produced with your friends and family. Please use the Indiegogo share tools to help us spread the word. Facebook, Twitter, whatever. Every little bit helps. Send people here, and visit to sign up for our newsletter. Just think, if everyone with a student loan donated the equivalent of just one monthly loan payment, we'd be set to band together and change the country.
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  • $10USD
    Yearbook Signature

    We'll tell the online world how great you are with a thank you on our official Facebook and Twitter feeds.

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  • $20USD

    The above perk, plus we'll follow you on Twitter. My, aren't you popular?

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  • $40USD
    (Il)legal Download

    No need to get your IP banned for digital piracy - we'll send you all the above perks plus a digital download of the final film upon completion

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  • $50USD
    Don't Haze me, Bro

    Welcome to our unrecognized frat. You get a welcome kit that includes all of the above perks, plus a download of the teaser and a special behind the scenes video segment.

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  • $75USD
    Thanks, Really

    All the above perks plus a personal thank you email from the director or a producer

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  • $100USD
    The Dean's List (ScreenThanks)

    All the above perks, and we'll list you on the Special Thanks section of the credits for the final film (short and feature versions) as well as a donors section of our official website.

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  • $250USD
    Raise Your Hand/Ask a Question

    All the above perks plus the chance to ask a question of your choice for our next scheduled interview for the film. Your question must be deemed appropriate by our producers. You email us the question, we ask the interview subject, and send you the text, video, or audio response as production considerations allow.

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  • $500USD
    Office Hours

    All of the above perks except Ask a Question, and we'll email you the rough-cut edit of the trailer before we make any changes to it so you can give us your input.

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  • $750USD
    Student Loans 101

    The entire crew will Skype in to your campus or company (or other) meeting to host a discussion on student loan debt.

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  • $1,000USD
    Intro to Communications

    We'll interview you for the trailer/film and post the interview on our blog. Will you make the final film? No guarantees, but if your story is compelling, then we certainly hope so!

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  • $2,500USD
    Help Us Help You

    All of the above perks except Ask a Question, Student Loans 101, and Intro to Communications, plus we will arrange for you a 60 min phone session with a financial counselor who specializes in student loan issues.

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  • $4,000USD
    Party at Your Place

    We'll shoot a segment for our film on your campus or in your city, and we'll arrange a special presentation on student loan debt.

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  • $5,000USD
    Film Class (screening)

    We'll host a screening of the final film for you in your city along with a panel discussion on student loan debt.

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