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Franco wants $500K to fund film trilogy

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NEW YORK -- Following crowd-funding campaigns from Veronica Mars and Zach Braff, James Franco is seeking to raise $500,000 to bankroll a trilogy of movies.

Franco on Monday night started a campaign on IndieGogo, a crowd-funding site that allows people to keep the money they raise even if the project doesn't come to fruition. Franco isn't trying to direct the films; he is raising money so that a collection of young filmmakers can adapt his 2011 short story collection, Palo Alto.

Franco pledges to donate any profits from the films to Art of Elysium, a non-profit that encourages entertainers to visit children with serious medical conditions.

Levels of contribution range from $10 for a copy of the screenplays to $10,000, which gets dinner with Franco and an executive producer credit.

 

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 19, 2013 C2

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