The Catoosa County News - - COMMENTARY -

Gra­ham said. “She meant so much to so many peo­ple.”

Gra­ham and his busi­ness part­ner, Joshua Sims, are cur­rently in the process of rais­ing funds for the “Kind Katie” movie, which al­lows for in­vest­ment rather than straight dona­tions as is the case with a lot of crowd­fund­ing ef­forts.

“We are the first faith-based film us­ing eq­uity crowd­fund­ing,” Gra­ham said. “Typ­i­cally, you make a do­na­tion and you get some sort of recog­ni­tion. With eq­uity it’s an SECreg­u­lated in­vest­ment op­por­tu­nity.”

Gra­ham says be­fore the eq­uity launch, the “Kind Katie” team had raised nearly $85,000 since Oc­to­ber of last year to­ward its $1 mil­lion goal.

“Our pro­duc­tion bud­get is about a mil­lion dol­lars,” Gra­ham said. “We’ve raised $70,000 on the por­tal and an ad­di­tional $15,000 to go with it.”

Gra­ham said he plans to film in the com­mu­ni­ties where Katie Beth grew and flour­ished as a per­son.

“We went to Nicaragua in Fe­bru­ary and filmed a lit­tle doc­u­men­tary about the school that was named af­ter her, and we plan to film in Ca­toosa County when we’re funded, so that it’ll bring money back into the com­mu­nity,” Gra­ham ex­plained.

The 18-minute doc­u­men­tary, which can be found on KindKatie. com, fea­tures footage from Katie Beth’s child­hood, as well as in­ter­views with friends, fam­ily, teach­ers, and res­i­dents of Nicaragua.

Gra­ham added that his team will hold a re­cep­tion for in­vestors later this month in Ring­gold.

“We are go­ing to be hav­ing a re­cep­tion for in­vestors on April 24th at Pa­triot Hall,” Gra­ham said. “We’re look­ing for folks who are re­ally in­ter­est­ing in pos­si­ble big­ger in­vest­ments; prod­uct place­ment, lo­cal hang­out, restau­rants, things like that to high­light those op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Gra­ham says that shooting won’t be­gin un­til the film is com­pletely funded. When it’s done, he hopes peo­ple will sup­port the movie like the have the Carter fam­ily.

“It needs na­tional at­ten­tion and I hope its as suc­cess­ful a film as I can imag­ine,” Gra­ham said. “We have 250 in­vestors from 34 states so far, so it’s nice to see a na­tion­wide sup­port. When we have a film to dis­trib­ute, that’s when we’ll need peo­ple to tell all their friends and get them to a theatre...we’ll have a lit­tle army.”

Up­dates and in­for­ma­tion about the film’s progress can be found on their Face­book page.

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