Sept. 16 2015 01:48 PM

A guide to Lansing-area online fundraising campaigns

Highlights local crowdsourcing campaigns.

To find the events, go to the designated website and search by title.

Two new films by filmmaker Michael McCallum

Over the last sixteen years, filmmaker and Lansing resident Michael McCallum has written, produced, and filmed eight short films and four feature length films. McCallum is looking to Kickstarter to help fund his two latest film projects, “Two For the Show” and “Confidence Of a Tall Man.” “Two For the Show” centers around the fallout from a one night stand at a high school reunion, while “Confidence Of a Tall Man” focuses on protagonist Tommy’s struggles with the impending failure of his father’s business and his lackluster attempts to sell it. Both projects have completed filming and are in postproduction. McCallum hopes to crowd source $10,500 by Oct. 2 in order to finance postproduction costs, film festival entries and DVD manufacturing. Donations range from $10 to $10,000, and awards for contributors range from a DVD copy of “Two For the Show” on DVD to executive producer credit on the films and a chance to appear in Mc- Callum’s next project.

Insane Inseam

In a world where not all clothes are made to fit each body type, two local entrepreneurs are offering an easy and affordable alternative to digging through clothing racks to find the right fit. Insane Inseam, created by Lansing residents Melissa Meschke and Amy Simon, is an online marketplace focused on buying and selling clothing for tall people. The pair is also collaborating with Kellie’s Consignments out of Okemos to have a brickand-mortar outlet for their products. The duo hopes to raise $5,000 in funding by Sept.

24th, which would go towards stocking their inventory, advertising and the purchase of a dress form to display the clothing in photographs. Donation levels range from $5 to $500, with awards like a mention on the Insane Inseam Facebook and Twitter pages or a 25 percent off coupon which is good for a full year.

Inside Ben

Have you ever wondered what it might be like to live your life completely indoors?

What if the very thought of going outside sent you into a panic attack? “Inside Ben,” the new thriller by screenwriters Jeremiah Jett and Amaru Lewis, focuses on a character with this affliction. “Inside Ben” is the story of Ben, a man who must come to terms with his severe case of Agoraphobia before it ruins his life. Principal filming has been completed, and the filmmakers are shooting for a fall premiere in Lansing. Lewis and Jett are hoping to crowd source $25,000 by Oct. 2 to cover post-production costs, film festival fees and advertising. Donation levels range from $5 to $5,000 and come with rewards ranging from social media shout-outs to executive producer credits and autographed copies of the film.


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