SOURCE: Screen Artists Collective

March 05, 2012 10:00 ET

Filmmaker Screen Artists Collective Attracts Strong Response on but Needs More to Reach Fundraising Goal

Online Campaign Attracts More Than $7,000 but Needs Additional Pledges With Only 11 Days Remaining

ROYAL OAK, MI--(Marketwire - Mar 5, 2012) - Independent filmmaker Brian Lawrence and his production company, Screen Artists Collective, are most grateful for pledges through to help finish their newest feature films, Rabid and Sleeping with Women, but are hoping others will rally to help them achieve their fundraising goal of $12,000.

The site at has secured more than $7,000 in the first 19 days of the 30-day campaign, but the $12,000 goal must be reached or the pledges are not processed and none of the funds is made available for the film projects.

According to Lawrence, Rabid is about a decorated soldier returning to his hometown to find it in desperate economic straits, and Sleeping with Women is "a film about love and other addictions." Both are "provocative and timely" and feature "amazing actors" that should help both films succeed when released, according to Lawrence. "They both will be world-class feature films that will do very well critically and commercially, and this is a fun way for movie lovers to get involved in a film project," he said. is a crowdraising method that has helped fund thousands of creative projects since it began in 2009. Artists pitch projects on the website and set a fund-raising goal to meet by a specific deadline. Contributors then donate funds and receive a "thank-you" gift in return as public broadcasting has done in its fundraising for years. If the project reaches or surpasses its goal, the artist receives the funds -- minus a 5-percent commission.

The Screen Artists Collective video on opens with a tongue-in-cheek scene in which actors stop in mid-sentence stating that they cannot finish until they acquire needed funding. It is narrated by producer Aida Munoz; actor/singer Jeff Caponigro, who has prominent acting and singing roles in both films; associate producer Leah Ruff; producer and Director of Photography Howard Levine; and features actors Jen Masty and Joseph Catalano.

Lawrence is considered one of the United States' top independent filmmakers, writers, directors and acting coaches. His feature films include Corrupted Minds, Politics of Street Crime and She Kills. He also is the founder and artistic director of The Actor's Workshop in Royal Oak, Mich.

For more information on the Screen Artists Collective, please visit its Facebook page. For more information on The Actor's Workshop, please visit