Film Farms Crowdfunding Site
Some Perks are still available below
Our fundraising campaign brought in $85,865 and you all did stellar work to get us there. We have gone over the numbers and we believe we can make things happen with the $85,865 .
Thanks to everyone who made individual sacrifices to see that our mission succeeds. We have begun the work and we will post updates both on the Darren Burrows and Film Farms Facebook pages, as well as the "Updates" area of this website.
Everyone deserves a "Second Chance".
We had a lot of folks tell us that the campaign's conclusion time did not line up well with their cash flow this week. To that end, we will keep some of the perks up and click-able and you can still get T-Shirts and some of the autographed items. The Sound Off! perk will no longer be available and will no longer be included with the other perks because it is time-sensitive and the information gathered will be shared with the writing team sooner than later. Everyone who participated in the actual campaign will receive their login credentials within one week.
Look around and see what perks are still available. Since we came up a "little short", we will use the Second Chance Open Campaign as a safety net should coming up short hurt us later.
Thanks again to the best fans and friends a television show ever had!
The original idea behind our campaign...
How about now? Or at least, very soon.
I had the joy and the privilege of playing Ed Chigliak for six seasons.
This past summer I was invited to participate in Moosefest, a gathering of Northern Exposure fans whose purpose is to come together and celebrate all that was Cicely Alaska. As I talked with many of them, one thing came up that has come up thousands of times since Northern Exposure ended. The question is always the same:
"When will we ever get to see new Northern Exposure?"
But who would do this?
If you read my book Northern Exposed you learned that there were some dynamics that led the creators of the show to leave Northern Exposure at the end of Season Three. Those same dynamics cost Universal Studios $11 million. You won't see the show's creators or Universal standing in line to make this happen.
Who would make this happen?
Itís not unusual for a cast member to take up the task of revisiting a favorite series. I have a film company. My company can hire actors, writers, directors and producers. I know all the people that were involved in the show in the first place. People who were responsible for making it great.
They're all friends of mine.
Our working title is Northern Exposure: Home Again.
What is meant by Development Project?
We gather agreements from the individual cast members, the writer(s) and the director. The writer is paid to write a story/treatment/outline. The episode is fully budgeted based on the agreements and the story/treatment/outline. This becomes a "package" that is then taken into Universal Television (the copyright holder). Universal Television would begin to find a suitable venue for the show, be it network, pay cable or streaming.
We'll Celebrate Northern Exposure
So-called reunion shows can be hit and miss. While designed to please fans, they rarely tell a good story. You and I know a good story with complex characters sits at the heart of every favorite Northern Exposure episode. Thereís a fine line between celebrating and ruining a television show.
Our mission is to set the new standard for a "revisit" such as this. We will return that magical place and its collection of interesting citizens. Weíll have your favorite characters. Maybe we'll even meet some new folks. Our goals are both epic and reachable.
This I can promise:
We will be authentic. We will remain true to the spirit and values of the show. This is a project to be embraced and driven by the people who both made and loved the show for what it was, and now, for what it will be. We can't announce any deals yet, but we will be hiring writers and a director whose name you will recognize from the credits of some of your favorite Northern Exposure episodes.
Development is expensive
Development of a television show costs money. There
are writers, producers and cast. Deal memos and option agreements and all of
it begins and ends by writing checks. The travel cost alone for gathering
the package elements and creating the story is astonishing.
Many opportunities to participate
If you look over the perks youíll see you have every opportunity to participate and there are a great variety of things you can take away from the project. Spend some time looking at the possibilities and decide how you want to help us make this happen.
Nothing is Certain
Now this part is important. I believe with all my heart I can make this happen but we all need to consider the possibility that something gets in the way. Be aware we can all put in a Herculean effort and come up empty. Should that happen, you will find a description of alternate perks that you will participate in.
Let's put the band back together!
With great risk comes great reward. Help us gather the best writers, producers, director, cast and crew to make this project a reality.
Pick your perk and let's make this dream come true!