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Crowdfunding Campaign Launched To Create Film That Highlights Paying It Forward

“Ray of Hope” creators hope to complete film for summer film festival circuit

<p style="margin: 0px 0px 24px; color: #3d596d; font-family: Merriweather, Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 25.5px;"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-6965" style="max-width: 100%; height: auto;" src="https://ateeq909.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/emperorjones2-11.jpg" alt="emperorjones2-11" width="314" height="235" /></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 24px; color: #3d596d; font-family: Merriweather, Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 25.5px;">Philadelphia, PA - Writer James Papa and his production team have launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to allow them to create &ldquo;Ray of Hope,&rdquo; a short film about generosity and encouraging people to pay it forward.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 24px; color: #3d596d; font-family: Merriweather, Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 25.5px;">The team is seeking to raise $20,000 by March 14. They plan to shoot the film during the spring and have it ready for releases at film festivals during summer 2016.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 24px; color: #3d596d; font-family: Merriweather, Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 25.5px;">&ldquo;&rsquo;Ray Of Hope&rsquo; is about change and helping others,&rdquo; Papa said. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re asking for help with our crowdfunding campaign, so that we may share our vision with others and they, too, will pay it forward.&rdquo;</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 24px; color: #3d596d; font-family: Merriweather, Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 25.5px;">Papa was inspired to write the film after seeing his mother cry after she saw an image of a New York City police officer give his boots to a homeless man.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 24px; color: #3d596d; font-family: Merriweather, Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 25.5px;">&ldquo;I started to think about paying it forward and random acts of kindness,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;It was then I decided to write this short film to inspire others to pay it forward.&rdquo;</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 24px; color: #3d596d; font-family: Merriweather, Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 25.5px;">The film already has a cast set, including Brian Anthony Williams, who is best known for playing Detective Vernon Holley on the HBO series &ldquo;The Wire.&rdquo; Williams has appeared in dozens of TV shows and movies, including &ldquo;Law and Order: Special Victims Unit,&rdquo; &ldquo;Do No Harm,&rdquo; &ldquo;Broad City,&rdquo; and &ldquo;Silver Linings Playbook.&rdquo; Williams will play Ray, the lead character.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 24px; color: #3d596d; font-family: Merriweather, Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 25.5px;">Also cast are Carol Anne Raffa, who has appeared in &ldquo;Do No Harm,&rdquo; &ldquo;Political Animals&rdquo; and &ldquo;House of Cards&rdquo; among others, as Hope; Nakia Dillard, who has played roles in &ldquo;The Underground Kings&rdquo; and &ldquo;Atlantic City Chronicles,&rdquo; among others, as Ray&rsquo;s boss; and newcomer Kyler St. Phard as Monica.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 24px; color: #3d596d; font-family: Merriweather, Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 25.5px;">Papa said he and his team, which includes co-producer Tatiana Bacchus and co-director Nic Justice, want to inspire their audience to be more generous.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 24px; color: #3d596d; font-family: Merriweather, Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 25.5px;">&ldquo;It can be as simple as letting someone in front of them at the checkout or helping someone by carrying their groceries,&rdquo; Papa said. &ldquo;The main point is that helping others means the people helped will help someone else, and it will spread.&rdquo;</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 24px; color: #3d596d; font-family: Merriweather, Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 25.5px;">The campaign is offering rewards for backers at levels ranging from $5 to $3,500. There are rewards for a limited number of backers at higher donations, including a writing evaluation, a script polishing, a one-on-one tutoring session and a one-on-one session with a producer.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 24px; color: #3d596d; font-family: Merriweather, Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 25.5px;">For backers who pledge $1,500, there are five associate producer credits. At the $1,750 level backers can be an extra in the film, and at the $2,000 level, backers have the opportunity to spend a day behind the scenes with the cast and crew. A dinner with the cast and crew is the reward at the $2,500 level, and at the $3,500 level, backers have the chance to attend the wrap party and premiere.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 24px; color: #3d596d; font-family: Merriweather, Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 25.5px;">More information about the Kickstarter campaign is available at&nbsp;&nbsp;<strong><a style="color: #00aadc;" href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1755560788/ray-of-hope-film">www.kickstarter.com/projects/1755560788/ray-of-hope-film</a></strong>&nbsp;. More information about the film is available at&nbsp;<strong>http://rayofhopeshortfilm.com</strong>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<strong><a style="color: #00aadc;" href="http://www.facebook.com/Ray-of-Hope-1468799746679768">www.facebook.com/Ray-of-Hope-1468799746679768</a></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0px; color: #3d596d; font-family: Merriweather, Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 25.5px;">Contact:<br />James Papa<br />Address: 623 Wiltshire LN, Newtown SQ, PA 19073<br />Phone: 610.662.6205<br />Email: raypfhope18@gmail.com</p>

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