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CrowdFunding promotion A Better Place

posted Mar 25, 2015, 1:13 AM by J Shaw   [ updated Mar 25, 2015, 1:13 AM ]

2 boys from two different worlds struggle to find themselves, overcome hatred and abuse through betrayal, heartbreaks and hardships.

About this project

The latest from Howling Moon Productions:

This will hopefully be a movie about the book "A Better Place" by Mark Roeder.  I think this is an inspiring book that many should read... and watch.  When raised, the funding will go towards securing the film rights to the book as well as music used in the movie, equipment, sets, pay for the cast and crew, etc.  More details on that will be bellow.

A Better Place, the movie, will hopefully be the first of several films in the series showing some of the pain, betrayals, hardships, heartbreaks, and friendships that many in the gay community have to go through in one form or another.  And hopefully, a movie that will also lift the spirits of those out their, showing them that their is a better place.

A Better Place is a gay love story about two boys that are from two different worlds who struggle to find themselves in a whirlwind of confusion. Can the strength that they find in each other be enough for them to overcome the hatred and abuse from others as they struggle through betrayals and hardships, friendships and heartbreaks, to find the deepest desire of their hearts.

Casper is the "invisible" and poorest boy in high school.  He is bullied by those around him, his father is distant, and his older brother makes his life a living hell.  Brendan is the varsity football team captain who has it all, fame, muscles, popularity, and money.  Brendan begins to take an interest in Casper, sending their friendship in a whole new direction.  Casper and Brendan share nothing in common in the surface, but under each of their reputation's is a yearning to be free and to find a better place.

What has been said about the book???

Out of 73 Customer reviews on Amazon, it has gotten 3.9 out of 5 stars!

87% of people on Goodreads liked the book.

Readers on selected the book as the 50th all time best gay book.


We hope to start production on the film this summer or fall as much of it takes place during those seasons and we have the winter months to contend with in South Dakota, with a summer 2016 completion and release of the film.

Your Donations:

So, what will my donation go towards you might be wondering.  Well, here it is:

Your donations will help us to cover the costs of Pre-Production, shooting, visual FX, props and costumes, studio and sets, equipment, talent (both actors and crew), post-productions, insurance, and any unforeseen costs that might come up during the making of this film.

What do you get in return:

You might be asking yourself, what do I get in return.  Take a look at the right and you will see what you can get in return depending on the amount of your donation!  The goals are also based on if full funding is meet.  So make sure to spread the word so that we can get to full funding or this film can not be made either.  How about those goals that include travel like a set visit, etc.  Those also are based on if funding is meet, the dates are subject to scheduling, and travel and accommodations are not included.

Every single dollar counts and every new contributor adds to our success!  It helps to add more shooting days, better talent (actors and crew) etc. to this project to make sure that we turn out the best project that we can for you!  So please, fund this project today, then ask 10 of your friends to also fund this project and help us get to our goal!

Risks and challenges

What are some of the challenges and risks we might have to overcome? Well, their can be many. But everything we do in life has risks. Some challenges or risks that might come up include collaborator mishaps, permits, production delays, not getting the film rights, and weather are just a few. We hope we do not run into any of these, but their is always the slight chance we might and if we do, we will meet the challenge or risk head on to get through it for you so you have a quality product to watch in the end!