18th Jan2014

Back This! – January 2014

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to the fourth edition of a new monthly feature here on Nerdly – Back This! – where we take a look at some of the cool content taking the crowdfunding route on sites such as Indiegogo, Sponsume and Kickstarter. This month we’re spotlighting the Kickstarter campaign for Heir, a new horror short.

If you’d like us to consider your project to feature in a future edition of Back This!, make sure to drop us a line.



Heir is a new practical FX driven horror short film starring Bill Oberst Jr. and Robert Nolan. The project comes from Fatal Pictures, the Canadian film production company consisting of writer/director Richard Powell and producer Zach Green, who were responsible for the the critically acclaimed, award winning shorts Consumption, Worm and Familiar.

From the campaign page:

With three successful shorts under our belts the obvious next step is feature films, but there is still one last short film that wants, needs, demands to be made. This is that film…

After connecting with a stranger of similar interests online, Gordon and his young son Paul, embark on an ill-fated road trip in which Gordon aims to indulge a secret passion.  Before the day ends a horrible truth will be uncovered and a harsh lesson will be learned. HEIR is a monster movie unlike any other, it is a bleak and fantastical examination of one of societies darkest taboos that aims to stimulate the mind and wrench the gut with equal power.

Our goal is not only to create a chillingly memorable short film but to demonstrate what can be done after a film is funded. Our supporters will see the film they helped make in festivals around the world, in print and in distribution. That is our commitment, to produce one of the most successful crowd funded film projects to date, but in order for that to happen we need the assistance of film lovers and filmmakers just like you.

The Heir Kickstarter campaign, which aims to raise $17000, still has plenty of time still left to go – 51 days as of writing this – and there are plenty of perks still available. Perks which include the usual social media shout-outs, copies of the film: both digitally and on DVD, the complete “Box Cutter” trilogy boxset: including Worm, Familiar and Heir (once finished), special thanks in the credits, phone calls/skype sessions with the Fatal Pictures crew, and/or stars Bill Oberst Jr. and Robert Nolan. There are also the usual associate/executive producer perks, sponsorship opportunities, as well as a cool sounding “Ambassador” perk that could see you attend local film festival screenings of Heir.

Check out what actor Bill Oberst has to say about the project in the video below and for full details on Heir and its crowdfunding campaign, visit the official kickstarter page.


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