Katherine Heigl is about to hit movie screens as a lesbian on her way down the aisle in the indie file Jenny’s Wedding — but first producers have another $150,000 to raise.
The actress plays the title character in the movie; a woman who shocks her traditional parents by announcing that she’s marrying a woman. The movie was written and directed by Mary Agnes Donoghue, a veteran of other female-driven dramas like the 1988 movie Beaches and White Oleander in 2002.
The movie was shot in November, but in order to complete it, producers are looking to raise $150,000 by the end of March. They turned to the crowdfunding site Indiegogo, hoping that fans can be enticed by some perks. With a $10 donation, they have access to post on the film’s Facebook page, and $40 gets them a Jenny’s Wedding coffee mug.
Those who are feeling particularly generous can get the actual wedding dress that Katherine Heigl wore in the movie, though it will cost them a $15,000 donation.
There are other perks as well, the site notes:
“Once the film is finally done, we want you to come celebrate with us! We will be having special screenings in various cities (listed below) that will include Q&A sessions with writer/director Mary Agnes Donoghue, producers Michelle Manning and Gail Levin, and actress Katherine Heigl (subject to availability).”
In the film’s pitch, it tells potential donors that Jenny’s Wedding will be a throwback to independent movies of old.
“Made independently, this film is the kind of movie the studios used to make all the time. It is about real people, the problems they face, and the personal courage it takes to resolve them. It is also about transformation and love. Both moving and funny, it has an important message to send, and our goal is to ensure it reaches a wide audience.”
Katherine Heigl herself has been active in promoting both the film and the Indiegogo campaign, posting messages about it on Twitter.