TORONTO – A major motion picture about the Klondike gold rush may not pay the rent, but Kurt Breede of Watts, Griffis and McOuat
certainly has a passion for it. He has completed a screenplay based on “The Shooting of Dan McGrew” by Robert Service, and he believes it could be the basis of a landmark multi-million-dollar, wide-release film.
“I want to rally some support for the mining industry,” Breede told CMJ
. “The Klondike gold rush is a period in Canada’s mining history that has intrigued me since I first worked in the Yukon 20 years ago. My goal is to have this epic period of history brought to life on the world stage.”
And if readers think this is an old fashioned theme, Breede’s method of raising funds for the movie is anything but. He has a Kickstarter campaign (https://www.Kickstarter.com/projects/1088990997/klondike-the-movie-trailer/description
) under way to raise the money to make a two or three minute trailer that can be shopped to studios and independent film makers.
He intends to raise $100,000 by September 2016, 70% of which will go toward production of the trailer. Supporters are urged to pledge as little as $10, or if a reader wishes to see his/her name listed as executive producer, a contribution of $3,000 or more is welcome. In between these extremes are many levels of support that will be rewarded with a poster, t-shirt, screen credits, an invitation to the screening of the trailer and more.
Take a minute to explore the Kickstarter website above, and be part of the new Klondike gold rush to the box office.
Kurt Breede can be contacted at [email protected]