Gary Huggins needed to raise $70,000 by 1:59 a.m. to make his first full-length feature film - and he did it.
Last week, I wrote about Huggins' Kickstarter campaign to make a film starring Kansas City, Kansas, cop Santiago Vasquez called Kick Me. More than 360 backers pledged $70,302. Congrats to Huggins and everyone involved.
Huggins is planning to start filming in May or June with a goal of debuting the film at the Sundance Film Festival in January.
Huggins' first short, First Date, screened at Sundance in 2006. Vasquez starred in the short as an ex-con obsessed with a 16-year-old boy he'd met in an online chat room.
What's Kick Me?
"It's a nightmare action comedy about the violent indignities that befall a mild-mannered high school guidance counselor who has reached out to a troubled kid and ends up running for his life," Huggins explains.
Read more in last week's Pitch feature: "Kickstart my movie."
UPDATE: Vasquez and the Kick Me crowd say thank you.