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2020-21 Film (Applause for a Cause)

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Project ended on December 02, at 03:00 AM EST
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2020-21 Film (Applause for a Cause)

About Us:

Founded in 2010, Applause for a Cause is Northwestern University’s only student-run film organization that writes, produces, directs, edits, and premieres a feature-length film each year, and the only student film organization that raises money for a philanthropic cause. The only student group of its kind nationwide, 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 successfully raised thousands of dollars for local and national causes, including the 2018-19 production, Charge, which helped raise $3,000 for Storycatchers Theatre, a Chicago-based organization focused on rehabilitating court-involved youth through the performing arts. 


This Year's Project:

For our 11th production, we have chosen to produce Bindings, written by Northwestern student Cole Greenberg. Bindings follows three high school students from various socioeconomic backgrounds, as they discover a locked journal that belongs to a secret shadow organization. Through the process of solving the journal’s mysteries, the three form lasting friendships and discover hidden strengths, as well as information that changes the way that they view the world and those around them. 


How You Can Help:

To produce Bindings, we need all the help we can get! Simple tasks such as purchasing costumes, and upgrading our 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 any size go a long way toward the production of our film.


By giving 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! No matter your ability to contribute financially, 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!


Contingency plan:

If we cannot move forward with the original project outlined above, we will move the production from the Winter to Spring 2021, edit the movie in Summer/Early Fall 2021, and premiere in Fall 2021.


Choose a giving level



Production Assistant: Help purchase basic set supplies with a $10 gift!



Production Designer: A $25 gift will go toward the buying of props and costumes needed to make our film come to life!



Your $50 gift can help contribute toward post-production costs and making the film look great at the premiere!



Associate Producer: Help pay for location fees and transportation expenses with a gift of $75!



Cinematographer: A $100 gift can go toward purchasing camera equipment to make our film look beautiful!



$250 – Star: With your $250 gift, you can contribute toward a fair wage for an actor’s hard work!



$500 – Director: A $500 gift will go toward buying new sound equipment and help future Applause films!



$1,000 – Producer: Upgrade our filming equipment with a $1,000 gift and support Applause for years to come!

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