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
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.
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.
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
STRAY's filmmaking team comprises award-winning talent both in
front of and behind the camera, including
Feneley, producer Desray Armstrong and cinematographer
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
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!
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
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
These leading film industry practitioners support
STRAY; Sam Neill, Jan Chapman, Bruce Beresford, Alison Maclean, Bridget Ikin, Robert Connolly, Trevor
STRAY is expected for release in 2017.
13 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.
14 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.
14 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!
THAT'S A WRAP!
20 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.
21 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!
PRE-PRODUCTION OFFICIALLY KICKS OFF!
23 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!
TOGETHER, WE DID IT!
25 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.
25 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.
25 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.
WE'RE HALFWAY THERE!
25 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.
DUSTIN FENELEY – WRITER/DIRECTOR
26 MONTHS AGO
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.
DESRAY ARMSTRONG – PRODUCER
26 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),
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.
KIERAN CHARNOCK - LEAD ACTOR
26 MONTHS AGO
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
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).
ARTA DOBROSHI – LEAD ACTOR
26 MONTHS AGO
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.
ARI WEGNER – CINEMATOGRAPHER
26 MONTHS AGO
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
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
STRAY will be the third collaboration between Ari and director
Dustin Feneley, having previously worked together on short films Hawker and Eskimo Kiss.
ALIX WHITTAKER – ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
26 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
SEZ NIEDERER – ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
26 MONTHS AGO
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.
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