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Local filmmaker smashes fundraising record

Adam Scorgie, the Kelowna-based, independent film producer, has raised $240,022 on Kickstarter.com for his upcoming venture “The Culture High”. In 45 days, Scorgie surpassed his original fundraising goal of $190,000 by $50,000 and has become Kickstarter.com’s most successful Canadian film/movie (not just documentary) funding initiative.

Kickstarter is the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects. Every week, tens of thousands of amazing people pledge millions of dollars to projects from the worlds of music, film, art, technology, design, food, publishing and other creative fields. This new funding concept, known as crowd funding, brings the collective effort of individuals who network and pool their resources, usually via the Internet, to support efforts initiated by other people or organizations. Nearly 3,500 people donated anywhere from $5 to $10,000 to Scorgie’s upcoming documentary film, in exchange for a pre-bought DVD and acknowledgement in the film’s credits.

“I am blown away by the support we received throughout the entire Kickstarter campaign,” said Scorgie. “Crowd funding has become such an important resource to generate funds for a variety of projects that require financial backing. So often, creative projects don’t see the light of day because it is hard to secure the necessary funding, but platforms like Kickstarter are direct portal to our audience. We cannot wait to showcase “The Culture High” to all our supporters and the rest of the world!”

“The Culture High” is the highly-anticipated sequel to Scorgie’s original cult classic film, “The Union – The Business Behind Getting High”. Over the last 18 months, Adam and the BKS-Crew have been working tirelessly on this very ambitious project and believe this film is even better than the original. Because of Kickstarter, “The Culture High” will be screened in over 100 theatres in the US, Canada, Australia and the UK.

“We really want to thank Kickstarter for approving our project for funding and especially all who donated and made this such a success,” continues Scorgie. “This has been an incredible adventure and we cannot wait to see just how far our film will go.”



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