Mutt is a locally produced independent film. It follows the story of a young half-Finnish, half-Native American woman named Meda Paavola. When she falls in love with a member of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, she finds herself torn between two worlds. The movie's message is an anti-racism one but focuses on the specific racial tensions in the Upper Peninsula. My name is Molly Linn and I grew up in Hancock, Mich., the same town as Meda. I also come from a strong Finnish linneage and saw these racial tensions as a child and now as an adult. From a young age, I knew that this was wrong. I got involved with this film because of its message. When the film is finished, we plan on going on a premier tour across the Upper Peninsula, spreading the word of cultural diversity and acceptance. Following the premier tour, we plan to take our film to an international level by entering it into film festivals across the Midwest and Canada.
What We Need & What You Get
Our IndieGoGo campaign has a goal of $1,000. The money raised will be going entirely to post-production costs. This is mainly the video and sound editing, sound engineering and studio time. After that, any money we have will go toward application fees for film festivals, marketing costs and paying the cast and crew. We thoroughly believe in the message of this film and the potential impact it could make on our community. And we believe that when people see the film, they will too. So, when you donate to our movie, we will give you a pair of tickets to one of the screenings on our premier tour across the Upper Peninsula. When you donate $100 or more, we'll also invite you to the cast and crew celebratory dinner following the premier, and list you as a co-producer.
This movie focuses on the racial tensions in the Upper Peninsula. It's an important message to spread because, even in an age of acceptance and heightened cultural awareness, racism is seen all too much. But unlike many anti-racism messages, this film doesn't scold negative behavior, but teaches the value of setting aside differences, working together and accepting the cultures and ideals of others. We will be bringing this message straight to the people it impacts, and then further by entering it into film festivals across the Midwest, United States and Canada. This is Early Spring Productions' first feature film, but we have confidence in it. We believe that, with your help, this film will pave the way for many more significant films.
Other Ways You Can Help
If you can't donate, we understand! But we still need all the help we can get, so help us spread the word. Use the share tools on this page to let your friends and family know about our film. Also,follow us on Twitter @muttmovie and like us on Facebook at facebook.com/muttmovie. We will keep you updated on the film's progress. Plus, look for news about our premeir tour. If you're in the Upper Peninsula, we will try our best to get to a town near you. Thank you for your support, in any form! :)