Crowdfunding Update: 'Big Doc The Movie' Seeks $2 Million

The cover of Arkansas native Mary Medearis' novel, "Big Doc’s Girl."

Note: Since exploring the world of crowdfunding with this cover story in May, we've decided to periodically check in with projects in progress on sites including Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Today, we look at film project with a interesting connection to Arkansas.

Venture: "Big Doc The Movie" - Kickstarter film project based in Little Rock

Progress: $4,000 of $2 million with 16 days remaining

Backers so far: 24

Venture synopsis: Beth Brickell is crowdfunding a film adaption of Arkansas native Mary Medearis' "Big Doc’s Girl." Brickell used an Arkansas Humanities Council grant to obtain film rights to the New York Times best-selling book in 1987 and has renewed the claim every year since with her own money. She describes the story as a " 'To Kill a Mockingbird' kind of family story with an Atticus Finch father figure," a role that Brickell says would be offered to actor Jeff Bridges.  

According to the project’s Kickstarter page, CBS Films and Sony Classics have showed interest in the adaption, and the screenplay won an award at the Moondance International Film Festival in Hollywood. A detailed synopsis of the screenplay is available on the project page. 

If the funding goal is met, Brickell says the movie will be filmed in Little Rock by a Hollywood production team in spring 2014 and released in theaters in fall 2014. 

Sample incentives: PDF of the script and behind-the-scenes updates ($10-$24); two passes for a film festival where the "Big Doc" is screened, an opportunity to meet the film’s director and cast, and lower incentives ($500-$749); and a private lunch with one of the film’s cast members in Los Angeles, two tickets to the film’s premiere, an invitation to an exclusive afterparty and lower incentives ($5,000-$7499). 

Credentials: Brickell is the founder of Luminous Films Inc., a film production company. According to the Luminous website, Brickell graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. Brickell wrote, produced and directed "Summer’s End," a TV movie for PBS, in Arkansas in the 1980s. She received an Arkansas Humanities Council grant to secure film rights to "Big Doc’s Girl." 

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