The current total is about 15 percent of $120,000, the amount that creators Tina Cesa Ward and Susan Miller believe they need to produce a full ten-episode season and still pay their cast and crew. The first two seasons of the show were funded by a private investor.
379 people so far have donated to the cause, either through Paypal donations or by participating in eBay auctions of Anyone But Me memorabilia (including signed cast photos, a autographed copy of the script for the second season finale and a “Nobody Knows I’m A Lezbian” t-shirt the show prominently featured).
“A lot of people contributed $20, some people contributed $5, someone contributed a thousand,” Miller said in an in-person interview. “And the messages we’ve received from contributors have been so touching.”
According to Miller, she and Ward are encouraged by the steady build of donations — since 12:00 AM ET today, for example, they received contributions from nine more donors, and will be making an additional push for donations today, including the launch of a fundraising page that will be updated with the most up-to-date totals.
“If you want to nourish the arts, if you think that LGBT representation in mainstream media is off the mark, or if you want original voices to render realistic young people dealing with identity and relationships, then you’ve got to keep Anyone But Me alive,” Miller said.
Ward and Miller have set a series of milestones for fundraising: When they reach the $30,000 mark, a special video of series stars Rachael Hip-Flores and Alexis Slade singing will be released. And at $55,000, Miller and Ward have committed to doing at least five new episodes of the show. “We wouldn’t just leave things where we left them [in the season two finale],” Miller said.
Miller also feels that if they raise $40-50,000, they may be able to get someone to match that amount or at the very least smooth the process of getting sponsorship.
The show is still receiving ad revenue from its Blip.tv distribution, and “Blip loves us and we love them. We’ve received about a five-figure sum for the first two seasons,” Miller said. Those funds have gone towards production costs and other promotional content.
Miller hopes that ABM will be able to begin shooting at the end of October or the beginning of November, though they haven’t begun writing the new episodes yet. “We’re waiting to write because we want to sit down with confidence,” Miller said.
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