by David Koon
Joe Aaron, a Searcy native and co-creator of the Disney Channel show "Doug," is hoping public donations at crowdfunding site kickstarter.com will bankroll a new family-friendly feature film about homelessness and autism to be shot in Arkansas.
A press release says the film, called "Guttersnipes," is about the relationship between a homeless teenager and an autistic girl who has been abandoned by her parents as they both try to find their mothers. The film will be shot in Arkansas, with director Shuchi Talati at the helm. Aaron's daughter is autistic, and the release says he "wrote the family-friendly film to address autism, homelessness and race relations."
The film will begin seeking funding through Kickstarter on July 12, with sponsorship beginning at $5 and up and a funding goal of $150,000. If the goal isn't reached before the donation period ends on Aug. 26, the donors will be reimbursed.
“When I started out, the only way to work in the entertainment industry was to ‘play ball’ with the Hollywood power brokers,” Aaron said. “That’s why Kickstarter and the independent film movement is so important. This time, I’m the producer, and there will be no Hollywood interference. By using Kickstarter, and with the help of the community, my film will remain mine – family-friendly and shot in my home state.”
Visit the film's webpage at www.guttersnipesfilm.com