UMass Amherst Faculty, Students Successfully Fund Kickstarter Campaign for Production of Feature Film

Running Embers

AMHERST, Mass. – Kevin Anderson, a lecturer in the University of Massachusetts Amherst communication department, has successfully completed the crowd-funding of what will be his first feature film production, “Running Embers.” The film’s cast and crew will predominantly consist of UMass Amherst students, alumni, faculty and staff.

The film’s month-long Kickstarter campaign, which concluded on Jan. 21, received over $20,000 from 119 backers, exceeding its initial goal of $15,000. Anderson, an ethnographic filmmaker who teaches in the communication department at UMass, will produce the film, which has been written and will be directed by recent UMass Amherst graduate Alex Kamb.

Scheduled to begin shooting this summer, “Running Embers” will tell the story of recent high school graduates and best friends who, after being exposed to an extremely emotional situation, learn that despite their apparent similarities they are perhaps not so alike, and that they may find themselves on very different sides based on the situation’s outcome. “This is a story that raises various questions concerning human suffering,” the project’s Kickstarter page describes the film’s theme. “How does it change us? Does it determine our destiny?”

The film’s lead actors, Alexander Hagani and Cillian Clinton, are both current UMass Amherst students, as are the film’s director of photography, assistant director and production manager. Sound designer Amy Altadonna is a lecturer of sound design and technology in the UMass Amherst theater department.

The financing raised by the Kickstarter campaign will allow the crew to secure equipment such as cameras, a dolly track, boom microphones and external recorders. It will also fund food for the cast and crew and possibly compensation for the crew’s time and work.

More details about “Running Embers,” including the film’s proof-of-concept trailer and a making-of video can be found here.