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.