Minnesota filmmaker turns to Kickstarter for HIV-themed project

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A Worthington-born filmmaker based in Los Angeles is utilizing a popular crowdfunding website to help make his film project a reality, the Worthington Daily Globe reports.

Branden Lee Roth, who moved to California five years ago to become an actor, is in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign to solicit funds for "Logan (+)." It's a short film written and starring Roth about a young man about an 18-year-old closeted gay male who contracts HIV and is faced with the dilemma of keeping his lifestyle a secret or turning to others for help.

Roth says the point of the film isn't necessarily about HIV or about being gay.

"We really strove to make this story not about HIV or about being gay, but a universal message for everyone to learn from," Roth told the Daily Globe.

The filmmaker's campaign runs through June 6, and he is aiming to raise $16,000 to pay for everything from the crew, actors and lightening, to equipment, sound, location, camera fees and other related expenses.

Roth told the Daily Globe that started writing the film six months ago, and the goal is to get cameras rolling by July. After that, he wants to get the "Logan (+)" into film festivals to build an audience.

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