Writer/director Cathy Beasley had the idea of shooting her next film, The Scapegoat, in Venice, Italy. The idea for the film, about jewel thieves hiding out after a heist gone wrong, had been written, but Cathy needed financial support to get the project started.
She decided to try crowdfunding the film, turning to her Twitter followers and online supporters. She posted her project on Kickstarter, a site that helps creative projects find funding. Within about 5 weeks, Cathy had met her goal of raising $10,000. “I’m actually so surprised and just truly touched at the kindness of people, and most of them are strangers (though I like to think of them as friends now),” she says. “I [came] to realize that people wanted to back a person even more than just the project. It helped to have video updates I think… I just tried to be really honest. I am so beyond grateful though. Thanks to these people’s kindness, I am one step closer to my dream. It’s very generous of them.”
In a statement on the film’s Kickstarter page, Cathy says, “Independent film has come so far in these last couple years. Now we all are given the chance to live out our dreams. And mostly because of people like you.”
Cathy attended the New York Film Academy during a program in London in 2007. “I have to say it was some of the best times of my life,” she says. “I was lucky enough to meet some amazingly talented people who I still keep in touch with. Actually my director of photography for The Scapegoat I met while there. I’m so glad I went there. It was great. And I love that on our second day we were given cameras to experiment with. It’s all very hands on, which in my opinion is the best way to learn.”
She says she chose Venice because it “is one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world. I find jewel thieves to be quite romantic themselves…. I also like that the whole city is surrounded by water. My characters are very much trapped themselves, so the idea of an island is fitting.”
Production on The Scapegoat begins in Venice this summer. After production wraps, Cathy hopes to take the film to festivals and get distribution. She explains, “I hope the talent that I hire will be able to be seen by the world. If this film does well, I would love to put whatever I make from it right into another film. I hope to be
making films for the rest of my life. I love telling stories. And hopefully I will be able to continue to do so.”