The official fundraising page for Martha Stephens's PILGRIM SONG, shooting Summer 2011.
Pilgrim Song
Ashland, Kentucky
United States
5 Team Members



We are raising the FINAL PRODUCTION FUNDS for Martha Stephens's new film Pilgrim Song!

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Pilgrim Song is the story of James, a pink-slipped middle school teacher who sets off to trek through Kentucky's Sheltowee Trace Trail. Unhappy with his relationship and place in the world, he hopes to find what is missing in the hills of Appalachia. Along the way, James crosses paths with Lyman and Bo, a father and son who take him in and help him rediscover what he has lost.


The film will be shot in Kentucky next month! Our first day of shooting is July 6th!


We already have 75% of our budget, but need this final amount to make sure we can complete production. 


How about that? Another auction!? You could be the lucky owner of one of these beautiful paintings from renowned artist Sandy Nelson!


This time, we have 100 chances. Prices for tickets remain the same:

$40 for 1 ticket.

$75 for 2 tickets.

$100 for 3 tickets.


These paintings are worth thousands!

"Atlantic Moon" CLAIMED!

"Sea Field"

"Azalea Springs"

The auction for the paintings below is now CLOSED. Congratulations to winners Gina Clark, Leslie McCullough Casse, and Jane Funk!!!


"Poppy Hill II" Closed

"Marsh Clouds" Closed

"Come Morning" Closed

View more works at Sandy Nelson's website.

Congratulations to the winner of our first auction, Sarah Francke! She now owns this gem.




ART DEPARTMENT- There are many smaller, detailed elements required to tell this story and make its aesthetics rich.


FOOD- We need healthy, nutrient-dense food to keep our hard-working crew fueled. We can't survive on fast food alone! (Although sometimes, that's all we can afford.) With the proper meals, we can make our days faster and potentially save more money for post-production costs.


FUEL- We all know this is putting a hurt on wallets everywhere, but its a necessary evil. We're carpooling as much as possible!




MARTHA STEPHENS (writer/director) was born and raised in the hills of Appalachian Kentucky, and she grew up wanting to create films with the same quiet intensity of Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska. A graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts, School of Filmmaking, Martha's short student films include Ant Hills, the story of a small town taken over by imminent domain. Martha's previous film, Passenger Pigeons, continues its festival run. It premiered at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival and won the "We Believe In You" Award.

NICK CASE (producer) produced Cam Archer's Wild Tigers I Have Known, which premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. Gus Van Sant was the executive producer and Tigers was distributed by IFC Films. Nick also produced Archer's second feature Shit Year starring Ellen Barkin, which premiered at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival in the prestigious Director's Fortnight section. His other previous work includes Leonardo DiCaprio's environmental documentary 11th Hour, which premiered at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. Nick graduated from Ole Miss with a degree in Marketing.


RYAN WATT (producer) is the executive producer of Daylight Fades, the latest feature film by Old School Pictures, releasing internationally this Fall. He also serves as the Director of Marketing at New School Media Group, specializing in marketing solutions that utilize video and audio production. Securas Consulting Group acquired his technology firm Metro Backup in 2006, where he served as Director of Marketing until late 2008. Ryan graduated from the University of Tennesee-Knoxville with a degree in Marketing.


ADAM TATE (producer) is a North Carolina School of the Arts graduate and just finished his Master's degree at the University of Texas at Austin. He has worked for Austin Film Society and Troublemaker Studios.


ALEXANDER SABLOW (director of photography) is a fellow graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts. He is currently based out of Atlanta and works as a camera assistant on feature films and commercials. Some credits include: Passenger Pigeons, Get Low, Take Shelter, and The Wettest County in the World.


NATHAN WHITESIDE (editor) is a native of Wilmington, NC. His resume includes Stephens's Passenger Pigeons, Aaron Katz's Cold Weather, and the NBC program "Poker After Dark." He is a fellow graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts and is currently based in Pittsburgh.


JONATHAN WOOD and ANDREW IAFRATE will compose the score. Iafrate scored Stephens's Passenger Pigeons.




KARRIE CROUSE (writer/"Joan") completed her M.F.A. in the Film Program at Columbia University in New York.  She has acted in Stephens's Passenger Pigeons and Aaron Katz's Quiet City.  Karrie recently wrote and co-directed the short film BE STILL, which Columbia University awarded with "Faculty Selects" and the "David Jones Memorial Best Director Award."


TIMOTHY MORTON ("James") is a filmmaker based in Louisville, KY. His acting credits include Kentucker Audley's Team Picture and Holy Land and Stephens's Passenger Pigeons.


BRYAN MARSHALL ("Lyman") previously worked with Stephens as Moses in Passenger Pigeons. His other credits include Paul Schattel's Alison and Sinkhole. He is based in Asheville, NC.






Passenger Pigeons has been an official selection of the following:



Appalachian Film Festival- Winner: 2nd Place (Feature Film Category)

Indiegrits Film Festival- Winner: The People's Grit Award

Little Rock Film Festival

Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival

Indie Memphis Film Festival

International Premiere: American Film Festival (Poland)

River's Edge International Film Festival- Winner- Best Narrative Feature

Oxford Film Festival

Macon Film Festival

Riverrun International Film Festival

Flyover Film Festival


The film will be released on DVD soon.


PAPER MOON FILMS is a Memphis-based film production company, co-founded by Nick Case and Ryan Watt, to increase the visibility of talented southern artists.  Paper Moon Films produced Kentucker Audley's OPEN FIVE and HOLY LAND and just finished production on Sarah Ledbetter & Matteo Servente's feature debut THE ROMANCE OF LONELINESS and have several other projects in development.




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This campaign ended on July 5, 2011
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  • $25USD
    Nashville Garry

    Special Thanks in the film's credits.

    29 claimed
  • $50USD
    Ginger Patti

    A special "Kentucky Grab Bag" PLUS Special Thanks in the film's credits

    13 claimed
  • $100USD
    Mighty Max

    a copy of PASSENGER PIGEONS on DVD PLUS Special Thanks in the film's credits

    13 claimed
  • $200USD
    Big Man Clarence

    a copy of PASSENGER PIGEONS on DVD PLUS A special "Kentucky Grab Bag" PLUS Special Thanks in the film's credits

    3 claimed
  • $500USD
    Little Steven

    a theatrical poster for PASSENGER PIGEONS PLUS a copy of PASSENGER PIGEONS on DVD PLUS A special "Kentucky Grab Bag" PLUS Special Thanks in the film's credits

    2 claimed
  • $1,000USD
    The Boss

    a theatrical poster for PASSENGER PIGEONS PLUS an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER credit in the film PLUS a copy of PASSENGER PIGEONS on DVD PLUS A special "Kentucky Grab Bag"

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