Sunday, November 23, 2014

Runic Films and Little Empire Productions Announce ‘Hashtag’ Kickstarter

Runic Films and Little Empire Productions are delighted to announce that the Kickstarter for their next project, Hashtag, has been launched. Hashtag is a thought-provoking short science fiction drama that examines a future where social media dominates those who unknowingly push the limits of technology to achieve fame.

Ben Alpi, director and co-writer of Hashtag, says “We have a great team ready to make a great movie, and we are looking forward to having our Kickstarter Backers be a part of the journey.”

This is Alpi’s second Kickstarter venture. The first, Cowboy Creed, a short western film, was successfully funded through Kickstarter and went on to receive two award nominations.

Producing Hashtag is Jyotika Virmani along with Robert Alpi, who both helped produce Cowboy Creed. Joining them will be Gigi Edgley, Producer of Nobody Knows.

Edgley, most widely known for her role as “Chiana” on the critically-acclaimed sci-fi television series, Farscape, and more recently the host of Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge, will also be starring in Hashtag. She will play “X”, the ultimate social media maven, a charismatic woman attracting the attention of tens of millions of online followers. "X" has everything she's ever thought she wanted. She's #famous and she's #watched, but is her life #real?

Gigi Edgley says “X is one of the most intriguing characters I’ve ever met and I can’t wait to introduce you all to her.”

The script for Hashtag was co-written by Ben Alpi and Kevin Rubio (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Ben 10, Green Lantern: The Animated Series, TROOPS). The production includes other Cowboy Creed alumni: Director of Photography, David Berry (Judas Kiss, Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II); Production Designer, Meg Savage (The Skeptic); Composer, Joe Terrana (Cuban Sandwich Crisis, The Gita); Film Editor, Jeff Handy; Line Producer, Erik Goodrich (Beyond Scared Straight, Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II); and Sound Editor, Ralph Miller (Star Trek: Renegades, Judas Kiss). Joining this team is visual effects supervisor, Deke Kincaid (The Chronicles of Riddick, The Water Horse, Pirates of the Caribbean series, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, Deja Vu).

“I’m proud of the team we have assembled and we are ready to go into production. We are happy to be using Kickstarter, as it is one of the most respected community crowd-funding platforms and anyone can go to our page to become a backer,” says Jyotika Virmani.

There are many Kickstarter rewards, including autographed posters, copies of the film, exclusive signed photos, and opportunities to interview or meet the cast and crew. You can also be a part of the film and even have your name in the credits.

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Runic Films is a Los Angeles-based film production and entertainment company developing original properties for film and television. Runic was founded in 2001 and is dedicated to upholding the traditions of mythic storytelling. Runic Films harnesses cutting-edge technology and visual effects to create amazing worlds for dramatic tales grounded in humanity.


Gigi and Jake Edgley are the cofounders of Little Empire Productions. They have been certain every step of the way to create music, comic books and films that enlighten, intrigue and rock your world. They are internationally based as Jake is currently located in Australia and Gigi resides in Los Angeles. Little Empire Productions mission is to devise creations straight from the heart and soul.

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