Faces in the crowd: WNC crowdfunding initiatives

Paul Schattel's upcoming project American Breakdown explores topics of identity, maturity and nationality, according to the WNC filmmaker. Photo from paulschattel.com

Crowdfunding platforms make it possible for individuals and organizations of any size to harness social networks and raise startup capital for projects that might otherwise fail due to lack of funding. Each week, Xpress highlights notable Western North Carolina crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd.


American Breakdown is “a film about country bands, diminished expectations and one raging identity crisis,” according to writer and director Paul Schattel. “And a pig.” Elliot, the film’s exasperated protagonist, must “come to terms with his own screwed-up headspace” after his van breaks down, stranding him in a nondescript town for several days. The bootstrapping film crew hopes to draw from their network of WNC connections to keep a tight budget, but Schattel still aims to raise $30,000 by Wednesday, Dec. 3, to cover the unavoidable costs of making his dark comedy.


“A great story can change a life,” according to PW Gopal, an Asheville songwriter who has been questing for such a tale throughout 11 years, 1,600 shows, and 500,000 miles. “Big Blue Life is an album of stories worth retelling,” he says, referring to each song as a “chapter in this greater story of redemption.” Gopal aims to raise $25,000 by Friday, Nov. 28, to pay for production, engineering, mixing, mastering, design, promotion and publicity of his upcoming record.

Send your crowdsourcing campaign news to kmcreynolds@mountainx.com. A limited number of campaigns will be highlighted each week, at Xpress‘ discretion. Campaigns must be locally based and should represent a current project with an achievable goal. Conditions are subject to change.

Read about more WNC campaigns here.

About Kat McReynolds
Kat studied entrepreneurship and music business at the University of Miami and earned her MBA at Appalachian State University. Follow me @katmAVL

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