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NEW TARGET! We are now aiming for a new goal of $125,000. Amazingly, we reached our initial target of $75,000 in 13 days. As Boosted is an all-or-nothing platform, we didn't want to run the risk of losing it all, so we set a target we felt we could realistically achieve in 30 days. We couldn't have anticipated the incredible amount of contributions we've received from so many generous donors and arts patrons so early in the campaign. Please consider donating to help us reach our new target! Thank you.


THE NEW TARGET

Reaching our initial target means we can shoot the film this August. Exceeding the target would provide us with significant additional resources for the production. On our lean budget, these funds equate to a lot. It would allow us to engage additional crew for the tough conditions of a winter shoot in remote locations, which will make the shoot run more efficiently, meaning we can focus on executing the creative vision for the film. It would allow us to hire specialist equipment that would increase the overall technical craft and production value of the film. It would also contribute towards our post-production expenses, particularly in the area of sound design which is an integral part of the final film.  

THE FILM

STRAY is the highly anticipated debut feature film from award-winning filmmaker Dustin Feneley. In a cold and remote landscape, two strangers, a young man and a woman, find solace in each other as they struggle to repair their broken pasts. Commencing principal photography in August 2016 and set in the stunning Southern Alps, STRAY will be a bold and visionary work of cinema.

BACKGROUND

The project has already garnered significant international accolades, marking it as a quality film of auteur distinction and global reach. In 2011, STRAY was one of nine projects worldwide shortlisted for the Cannes Film Festival's esteemed screenwriting Résidence in Paris. In 2012, it was one of eight projects selected internationally for the prestigious Directors Lab of the Binger Filmlab in Amsterdam and in 2013, STRAY was selected for CineMart, the longest-running co-production market in the world, held as part of the Rotterdam International Film Festival.

THE TEAM

STRAY's filmmaking team comprises award-winning talent both in front of and behind the camera, including writer/director/producer Dustin Feneley, producer Desray Armstrong and cinematographer Ari Wegner. Attached in the lead roles are rising star Kieran Charnock and Kosovar actress Arta Dobroshi who came to international prominence in the Dardenne brothers' film 'Lorna's Silence' in which she played the title role to great acclaim. Full biographies of the STRAY team can be found in the UPDATES section below.

WHAT WE'VE ACHIEVED SO FAR

We are producing STRAY as an independent film i.e. without government agency funding. We have secured the bulk of the film's budget through private investment from arts patrons. We have also secured fantastic in-kind sponsorship on our technical equipment and post-production services, thanks to our generous film industry partners Queenstown Camera Company and Park Road Post. We have also begun to attract a number of corporate sponsors to off-set some of the production's hard costs.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

We invite your participation in bringing this special film to life. We are now running a 30-day donation-based crowdfunding campaign to raise $75,000 to go towards the film's final budget. This will ensure that we commence principal photography in Central Otago in August. Your generous donation will go towards production expenses for the film, such as art department, costumes, locations and travel / accommodation / catering for our cast and crew.

Please help us reach our target by making a tax-deductible donation to our campaign. Our generous Match Donors will match your combined donations dollar for dollar until the first $16,000 is reached. This means we need to raise $59,000 in donations to reach our target of $75,000.

Boosted is an all-or-nothing platform, meaning that if we don't reach our target in 30 days, we won't receive a single dollar. 

To help us even further - please share this page with your networks. People can only give their support if they know about our film. Please help us spread the word!

THANK YOU

In recognition of your valuable contribution, you will receive our eternal gratitude and be kept informed of our progress throughout the making of the film and its release. All donors will be offered a credit of thanks on the film's official website. Donors of $100 or more will be offered a credit of thanks in the film's end credits. Donors of $1000 or more will be offered a key supporters credit in the film's end credits and will be invited to a special screening of the film prior to its public release.

Thank you for taking the time to check out our campaign. This project has been a huge labour of love for our entire team to get it to this point. We are humbled and grateful for your support in making STRAY a reality! Kia ora!

Dame Jenny Gibbs and an anonymous arts patron are match donors for STRAY. They will match your contributions up to the value of $16,000.

Donations qualify for a tax credit: NZ income earners qualify for a 33% tax credit on their donations from the IRD with a receipt automatically provided by The Arts Foundation (as The Arts Foundation is a registered charity) for any donation made.

Watch our crowdfunding video for STRAY here

Watch the showreel of the filming locations for STRAY here.

These leading film industry practitioners support STRAY; Sam Neill, Jan Chapman, Bruce Beresford, Alison Maclean, Bridget Ikin, Robert Connolly, Trevor Haysom

STRAY is expected for release in 2017.

 

UPDATES

  • COMPLETE!

    5 MONTHS AGO

    We're very happy to announce that we have completed postproduction on STRAY! Huge thanks to the excellent team at Park Road Post Production for their amazing work on the film, and sincere thanks to all of our Boosted donors for your generous support - we couldn’t have made this film without you. We'll keep you posted with details of film festival screenings and cinema release dates in due course.

    STRAY’s director Dustin Feneley in the final sound mix with sound designer Dick Reade and re-recording mixer Michael Hedges.

    COMPLETE!
  • GRADING TIME!

    6 MONTHS AGO

    Today is the first day of two weeks of colour grading on STRAY. We are very fortunate to have the talented Clare Burlinson as our colourist on the film. Massive thanks to the wonderful team at Park Road Post Production in Wellington who are supporting our independent film in a big way.

    GRADING TIME!
  • PICTURE LOCK!

    6 MONTHS AGO

    We are pleased to announce that we have reached the final cut on STRAY. After 14 weeks of editing, we have locked picture on the film. Work continues on the sound design, visual effects and titles for the film. Thank you to all of our generous donors who have got us this far, we're in the final stretch now!

    PICTURE LOCK!
  • THAT'S A WRAP!

    12 MONTHS AGO

    We have officially wrapped the shoot of STRAY! It's been an epic journey taking us up and down the country, filming for over 30 days. Our sincere thanks to all of our donors and to every single person who has helped us along the way and contributed towards the making of the film. The rushes look stunning and we're very excited to begin post-production.

    THAT'S A WRAP!
  • WINTER FILMING!

    13 MONTHS AGO

    We are now in our fifth and final week of filming in Otago before the production moves north. The region has offered up stunning scenery, perfect winter weather and spades of good old South Island hospitality. Thanks to the talent and commitment of our incredible cast and crew, the shoot has been a great success. This film simply wouldn't be possible without the backing of our wonderful sponsors, suppliers, investors and of course, our generous Boosted donors. So thank you for your support of STRAY. We're very excited about the material we've captured and we look forward to sharing the film with you in 2017!

    WINTER FILMING!
  • PRE-PRODUCTION OFFICIALLY KICKS OFF!

    15 MONTHS AGO

    It's day one of official pre-production on STRAY! We start shooting the film in just 5 weeks. We're incredibly excited to be on the ground at our base in Queenstown starting to bring the film to life. We are busy with the nuts and bolts of production - casting, crewing, scheduling, logistics and location recces. Thank you to all of our generous donors and supporters for getting us here and making this film a reality!

    PRE-PRODUCTION OFFICIALLY KICKS OFF!
  • TOGETHER, WE DID IT!

    17 MONTHS AGO

    Last night, we reached our target of $125,000! We are still stunned that we have achieved such a fantastic and huge result in this campaign. We are truly humbled by the support of our 470 generous donors. Our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to each and every donor that has contributed to STRAY.

    We will give our all as filmmakers throughout the making of this film to honour your generosity and good faith in us. Thank you for playing a vital role in bringing STRAY to life.

    TOGETHER, WE DID IT!
  • BREAKING RECORDS!

    17 MONTHS AGO

    STRAY has broken another record on Boosted! 347 generous people have now made donations to STRAY - this is the most donors ever to support a project on Boosted. Having already broken the record for the largest amount ever raised for an artistic project on the platform, we are so grateful for the continued support. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this campaign, we are humbled by your generosity and enthusiasm for STRAY.

    BREAKING RECORDS!
  • THANK YOU!

    17 MONTHS AGO

    Unbelievable! In just 13 days we have reached 100% of our target! This is the most money ever raised for an artistic project on Boosted. After years of development, we will be shooting STRAY in August 2016. We are so humbled by the generosity of our wonderful donors. Your vital contributions towards this independent film are deeply appreciated. Thank you so much for making STRAY a reality.

    THANK YOU!
  • WE'RE HALFWAY THERE!

    18 MONTHS AGO

    WOW! Thanks to the generosity of you, our amazing donors, last night we reached 50% of our target in just 5 days of the campaign! We really appreciate your generous donations, your sharing of the campaign amongst your networks and your words of encouragement. Thank you so much for your support.

    WE'RE HALFWAY THERE!
  • DUSTIN FENELEY – WRITER/DIRECTOR

    18 MONTHS AGO

    Dustin Feneley is a Masters graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts Film School. His short films as writer and director (Night, Snow, Hawker, Eskimo Kiss) have won numerous awards and screened at over one hundred film festivals, including official selections at Cannes, London, Melbourne and Sydney. In 2006, his short film Snow premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in the Cinéfondation selection. In 2007, he was the recipient of the Qantas Spirit of Youth Award for Moving Image. In 2011, he was awarded the Filmmaker Grand Prix at the Sapporo International Short Film Festival in Japan for his body of work in short films. His debut feature project STRAY was selected for the 2012 Directors Lab of the Binger Filmlab in Amsterdam and for Rotterdam International Film Festival's co-production market CineMart in 2013.

    DUSTIN FENELEY – WRITER/DIRECTOR
  • DESRAY ARMSTRONG – PRODUCER

    18 MONTHS AGO

    Desray Armstrong has a diverse slate of credits and was recently awarded Woman to Watch at the Women in Film & Television Awards. From 2007-2011, Desray and producer/director Chelsea Winstanley ran NZ production company StanStrong Ltd with a focus on creating compelling, conscious and informative content with a Maori worldview. In recent years, Desray has built up a mass of physical production experience, predominantly in feature film. Credits include: Hunt for the Wilderpeople, The Rehearsal, The Light Between Oceans, Z For Zachariah, Slow West, What We Do in the Shadows, Tracker, Home By Christmas and Show of Hands.

    Desray has produced three award-winning short films - Meathead by Sam Holst (Cannes Film Festival 2011, Berlin Film Festival 2012 Crystal Bear Winner), Ellen Is Leaving by Michelle Savill (Clermont Ferrand Film Festival 2013, SXSW Film Festival 2013 Best Narrative Short Winner) and Snowmen by Jonathan Brough (Show Me Shorts 2014, Interfilm Berlin 2015). Desray has a number of projects in development and is excited to begin production on Dustin Feneley's highly anticipated debut feature STRAY.

    DESRAY ARMSTRONG – PRODUCER
  • KIERAN CHARNOCK - LEAD ACTOR

    18 MONTHS AGO

    Kieran Charnock is attached to play the lead role of Jack. Born in 1992, Kieran grew up in Masterton, New Zealand, and first got into performing whilst a student at Rathkeale College. After finishing high school, Kieran trained in the UK at the Young Actors Studio at the esteemed Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Upon graduating, Kieran performed with numerous professional theatre companies in Wales including the Sherman Theatre Company and the Black Rat Theatre Company.

    In 2011, Kieran returned to New Zealand to act with renowned Wellington theatre company Long Cloud Youth Theatre, where he worked with respected directors Willem Wassenaar and Aaron Cortesi. The next year, Kieran performed in national tours of Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet with the Ugly Shakespeare Company. In 2013, Kieran starred in his first screen role - as the lead actor in the New Zealand Film Commission funded short film Cub, which went on to screen and win awards at numerous film festivals around the world.

    Since then, Kieran has quickly started to rise through the ranks of New Zealand screen actors. His feature film credits include Slow West starring Michael Fassbender (Shame, 12 Years A Slave) and his television credits include the high-profile New Zealand mini-series When We Go To War.

    2016 will see the release of Kieran's most notable feature film role to date - as William in The Rehearsal, the highly anticipated adaptation of Eleanor Catton's award-winning novel, directed by Alison Maclean (Crush, Jesus' Son). Kieran's co-stars in The Rehearsal include James Rolleston (Boy, The Dark Horse) and Kerry Fox (An Angel At My Table, Intimacy).

    KIERAN CHARNOCK - LEAD ACTOR
  • ARTA DOBROSHI – LEAD ACTOR

    18 MONTHS AGO

    Arta Dobroshi is attached to play the lead role of Grace. Dobroshi is a Kosovar actress, often cited for her striking presence and ability to breathe authentic life into the roles she plays. She is the first Kosovar actress in history to have starred in films that have screened at the Cannes Film Festival, the Berlin Film Festival, the Sundance Film Festival and be nominated for a European Film Award.

    Dobroshi came to international prominence in the Dardenne brothers' film Lorna's Silence in which she played the title role to great acclaim and received international media attention. The film was awarded Best Screenplay at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival and Dobroshi received unanimously high praise from international press: "The radiant Dobroshi illuminates her physical and moral struggles with grit, conviction and a grace that shines all the more brightly amid the gloomy world from which it springs. Lorna may be lost, but here is an actress who, at every turn, knows exactly what she's doing." (Variety)

    Her performance in Catherine Corsini's Three Worlds won her the Barbara Tipple Best Actress Award at the 2012 Women's International Film and Television Showcase in Los Angeles and a second nomination in the Best Actress category at the European Film Awards. The jury commented: "In Three Worlds, this actress displays a wealth of warmth and humanity. Her sensitivity and smartness literally take over the big screen the minute she appears. An overwhelming performance." (Variety)

    In 2008, Dobroshi was appointed by the United Nations Development Programme as a MDG Champion / Goodwill Ambassador for Kosovo. The UNDP were impressed by her previous charity work and believed that her high profile would help raise awareness on issues in the region. Dobroshi served on the Jury of the 2009 Berlin Film Festival and was the winner of the Shooting Stars Award at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival.

    ARTA DOBROSHI – LEAD ACTOR
  • ARI WEGNER – CINEMATOGRAPHER

    18 MONTHS AGO

    Ari Wegner is one of the finest emerging cinematographers in Australasia. Her work, spanning from long-form drama to short films and documentaries, has screened at numerous international festivals including Cannes, Venice, Berlin and Sundance. Her debut feature as cinematographer, Grey Matter, directed by Kivu Ruhorahoza, premiered at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. Grey Matter was the first feature film shot in Rwanda directed by a Rwandan filmmaker. Ari's second feature drama as cinematographer, Ruin, directed by Amiel Courtin-Wilson and Michael Cody, premiered at the 2013 Venice Film Festival where it won the Orizzonti Special Jury Prize.

    2014 marked her first foray into the world of television, shooting Porchlight Film's The Kettering Incident on location in Tasmania. Directed by seasoned filmmakers Rowan Woods and Tony Krawitz, this eight-hour miniseries will premiere on Foxtel and cable networks internationally in 2016. Ari's most recent long-form credit, UK feature film Lady Macbeth, is currently in post-production.

    STRAY will be the third collaboration between Ari and director Dustin Feneley, having previously worked together on short films Hawker and Eskimo Kiss.

    ARI WEGNER – CINEMATOGRAPHER
  • ALIX WHITTAKER – ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

    18 MONTHS AGO

    Alix Whittaker founded independent production company Candlelit Pictures in 2010. Under the Candlelit umbrella she has produced over 50 short films and music videos, many of which have played at festivals in the US, Canada and New Zealand, with some winning Vimeo Staff Picks and festival awards, including Show Me Shorts 'Best Music Video' in 2014 and 2015. Last year, she completed a producer's internship, funded by the New Zealand Film Commission, on Taika Waititi's latest film Hunt For The Wilderpeople from pre-production to post. Alix is a 2015 Art Venture Award winner and currently has a handful of feature films in development.

    ALIX WHITTAKER – ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
  • SEZ NIEDERER – ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

    18 MONTHS AGO

    Sez Niederer has a background in production and acting. She trained for four years in acting and directing at Drama Centre London in the UK. She was Script Supervisor on the Oscar-winning short film The Confession. Sez works as a First Assistant Director on commercials, short films and music videos and has worked in the Assistant Director's department on TV dramas Step Dave and 800 Words and on feature films Emperor, Older, Ghost Bride, and Deviation. Sez works as an actor in feature films, television, theatre, commercials and voice over.

    SEZ NIEDERER – ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
  • THANKS TO OUR INDUSTRY PARTNERS

    18 MONTHS AGO

    THANKS TO OUR INDUSTRY PARTNERS