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Applause for a Cause (Applause for a Cause)

Raised toward our $5,000 Goal
53 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on November 28, at 07:00 AM EST
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Applause for a Cause (Applause for a Cause)

About us

Founded in 2010, Applause for a Cause is Northwestern University’s only student-run philanthropic film organization that writes, produces, directs, edits, and premieres a feature-length film each year. One of the only student groups of its kind, Applause donates the proceeds from our film’s screening to that year’s selected charity. It is our mission to use our love of filmmaking to make a difference in our local community. Past films have been a huge success, including last year's production, Vanishing Act, which helped raise more than $500 for our chosen charity.


This Year's Project

This year, we have chosen to produce Charge, written by Northwestern student Caleb Blais. Charge follows a pair of detectives unraveling the truth in the aftermath of a robbery gone horribly awry. In connection with the film’s themes on civil liberties, criminal justice, and incarceration, our chosen beneficiary this year is Storycatchers Theatre, a Chicago-based organization focused on rehabilitating court-involved youths through the performing arts.


How you can help

To produce Charge, we need all the help we can get! Simple tasks such as acquiring costumes, paying actors a fair wage, and upgrading our old and broken equipment are difficult to achieve without the necessary resources. We invite you to become a part of our film by supporting our project.

If you would like to contribute to our project, you can make a gift here to help make our film a reality. Gifts of all sizes go a long way towards the production of our film.

By contributing to our campaign, you will provide a wonderful creative opportunity for students and directly impact the local community. Together, we can make a great film for a great cause!

You can also help us by sharing our project via email and social media with others! We will keep you updated throughout the campaign on our progress—the more people you tell about Applause, the faster we’ll reach our goal!


Choose a giving level



Buy two rolls of gaffer tape necessary for our set



Buy makeup and the necessary tools to create realistic effects



Make your senior class gift to Applause for a Cause



Allow us to rent a location to film out in the world



Provide us the resources to design a realistic set



Provide a fair wage for one actor’s work


Box Office Smash

Upgrade our sound equipment to improve our future films



Upgrade our lighting equipment to improve our future films

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