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Help filmmaker Kevin Otterness raise awareness on youth and gun violence through his film.
Kevin Otterness
Yorkville, Illinois
United States
1 Team Member

Help filmmaker Kevin Otterness raise awareness on youth and gun violence through his film.

Short Summary

My name is Kevin Otterness. I’m a filmmaker in Chicago, and I am deeply disturbed by the growing acts of senseless violence taking place here and across our nation. Even more disturbing is that many of these acts are committed by young people whose victims (whether intended or innocent bystanders) aren’t any older than they are. When I see stories on the news of young lives taken before they’ve even had a chance to be lived, I feel helpless. I think, “What could I possibly do to help these kids?” And then, I realize… I can use my skills.

I’m making a short film that will bring to life the hold violence can have on kids who are surrounded by it every day. The film is called “With One Eye Open,” and it tells the fictional story of a young boy caught in the vicious circle of urban violence. Through his eyes we see and feel the desperation that drives him to emulate behaviors learned on the streets and that will eventually control the course of his life.

But the only way I can make this short film is with your help.


What I Need & What You Get

I’ve set a goal to raise $25,000, all of which will go toward the production and post-production of “With One Eye Open.” That includes, but is not limited to:

  • Equipment rentals
  • Lighting and sound
  • Locations
  • Set production/props
  • Music
  • Craft services (food!)
  • Insurance
  • Legal

Your contribution will help fund a film that aims to bring awareness to this ongoing epidemic of violence in our country, and your generosity will not go unrecognized. I’m offering some great rewards based on what you can give. I hope that one or more of the “perks” you see at the right of the page appeals to you. Whatever you’re able to contribute, I truly appreciate it. Every dollar donated is a statement that says, “Stop the violence.”


Other Ways You Can Support With One Eye Open

Helping me spread the word about this campaign and “With One Eye Open” is another great way you can support the film.

  • Share this page with your family and friends
  • Promote the campaign with your friends on Facebook
  • Tweet about it with your followers on Twitter
  • Share the video on your YouTube channel
  • Post an update on LinkedIn
  • “Like” the “With One Eye Open” Facebook page
  • Follow me on Twitter (@KevinOtterness)


Anything you can do to help me promote this project will go a long way and is greatly appreciated.

Thank you for reading! Thank you for helping! Please check back often for updates on the campaign. I look forward to delivering a moving, thought-provoking short film in the end.






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  • $10USD
    Your name in the end credits!

    A special Thank You in the film credits.

    8 claimed
  • $25USD
    HD Digital Download

    HD digital download of the finished film!

    7 claimed
  • $50USD
    Go Behind the Scenes

    ALL THE ABOVE, plus you now have access to our behind the scenes video's.

    1 claimed
  • $100USD
    Cast and Crew Signed Photo!

    ALL THE ABOVE, plus a signed picture of the cast and crew.

    3 claimed
  • $250USD

    ALL THE ABOVE, plus a mini movie poster AND - we'll let you be a part of our "With One Eye Open" review group. You'll get a first look of the nearly finished film, and give us your feedback.

    0 claimed
  • $500USD

    ALL THE ABOVE, plus 2 tickets to the premiere. (travel and lodging not included).

    0 claimed
  • $1,000USD

    ALL THE ABOVE, plus a sneak peek at the finished movie before its released.

    0 claimed
  • $5,000USD
    Executive Producer

    ALL THE ABOVE, plus an Executive Producer credit, set visit during the production, and an invitation too all film festival events (travel and lodging not included for either).

    0 claimed
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