by Aaron Krach
Rookie directors will try anything to find funding for their projects. Joe Murphy, writer/director/producer of the upcoming "Shadow of Death, A Comedy", is one of those people. Beginning last fall, Murphy has been raising money by selling ten dollar raffle tickets. The winner will receive a part in the forthcoming film.
indieWIRE contacted Murphy in New York, where he relocated from Washington D.C. to work on "Shadow of Death". "We screened five minutes as a work-in-progress at last fall's IFFM," said Murphy. It was there where he came up with the idea for the raffle. Murphy thought it would be a "unique way to raise funds for the production and to generate interest in the film."
The New York-set "Shadow" is a black comedy that follows an actor who sells his soul to the devil. "Since there are so many parts, we can have some flexibility in matching a particular role to the winner. If they're old, young man or woman, and quite frankly, if they can act -- that will determine exactly where in the film they will appear and for how long. But even if they have the acting ability of a potato, we'll find a spot for them."
While the total number of tickets sold is a "state secret." Murphy told indieWIRE he is pleased with the money he's raised, explaining that it is definitely, "four figures." The winning ticket will be drawn on Friday, January 30, in Manhattan.