Fil-Am filmmaker raises $50,000 for ‘Lumpia’ sequel

Fil-Am filmmaker raises $50,000 for ‘Lumpia’ sequel

LOS ANGELES—Fans of the movie Lumpia, will get a second helping from Fil-Am filmmaker Patricio Ginelsa.

Ginelsa and his team at Kid Heroes Production and Xylophone Films earlier in the week raised their goal of $50,000 on Kickstarter to fund a sequel of his 2003 low budget film, Lumpia.

Kickstarter is a website that helps raise funds for creative projects through crowdsourcing.

Ginelsa said he felt “ecstatic and sheer ecstasy” after the movie reached its goal on Kickstarter. According to the Kickstarter Lumpia page, the movie raised $52,238 in donations from 712 people.

“They’re believers not only in this movie, but in us as filmmakers and in what we’re trying to accomplish,” Ginelsa said of his supporters. “They understand that these kinds of movies can only be funded and made by us. They rallied behind us and reignited my passion for this community and for my filmmaking craft when I needed them the most.”

Ginelsa is a well-known filmmaker in the Filipino-American community. He’s directed music videos for the Black Eyed Peas, and was instrumental in working and promoting The Debut.

Ginelsa said the Lumpia sequel would be an action comedy film about a group of heroes trying to stop a Filipino gang syndicate in Fogtown, which is in the Bay area.

The first film was shot in 1996 using hand held camcorders and on a budget of $1,000. Despite the low quality, the movie received a positive film review from Variety.

There were some nervous tensions from Ginelsa and his team leading up to the end of the Lumpia sequel 30-day Kickstarter campaign.

With less than 24 hours remaining, the film had only raised 60 percent of its $50,000 goal.

“But something magical happened that I’ll never forget or ever fully process,” Ginelsa said. “Pledges kept pouring in every hour; first in small amounts like $5, $10, $20, followed by a big donation. It was a rollercoaster ride because it would suddenly stop and then pick up again.  It literally went down to the wire.”

Ginelsa said the movie reached its goal with 20 minutes left in the campaign.

Within that last 24 hour time span, 340 fans donated more than $21,000 for the film, according to Ginelsa.

“I honestly believed we saw the force of the community rallying behind us and it was the most beautiful thing ever to be a part of,” Ginelsa said.

Ginelsa said he’s already completed an outline and rough draft of the script. He plans to meet with his writing team in the coming weeks to form a shooting draft.

He plans to shoot the film this winter, but gave no deadline to the completion of the project.

(LA Weekend September 14-17, 2013 Sec B pg.10)

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