Friends, Romans, Countrymen, there is a rare opportunity in this life to do the right thing. Whether it’s sheltering those kittens that were going to be euthanized or volunteering to be the one to tell that co-worker about their offensive body odor, the call to greatness doesn’t come around just every day. And when it does, you have to be ready for it.

Time are tough. I can tell because everything at Jack in the Box is now accurately priced. However, maybe you can squeeze out the cost of what you would have spent on that Extra Large Two Taco Meal and, instead, give it to a bright young filmmaker.

Some of you already know Emily Hagins because you’ve either seen Pathogen – the zombie film she made when she was 5 or 6 years old or you’ve seen Zombie Girl – the documentary about a 2 or 3 year old girl making a zombie movie. Some of you are hearing about her for the first time, but she – at the impossible age of 18 months old – made her first movie and continued on with a second (The Retelling) while she was in high school. That’s two films under her belt as a director (no matter what Josh Olson says), and you’re sitting there only halfway through your first taco.

Her new movie concept for My Sucky Teen Romance features a group of nerds at a sci-fi convention who meet some real vampires (cleverly disguised as normal vampire cosplayers) and hell breaks loose. I imagine they have to save the rec center at some point, and it promises to be a lot of geeky fun.

Here’s Emily pitching it herself:

And here’s where you go to donate. She only needs $8,000, but every dollar counts. Plus, you get stuff!

You keep talking about how there’s no innovation in Hollywood. Well, here’s your chance to help a young filmmaker cut her teeth on some genre material so that we ensure the future of creativity in the business. Look at it as an investment in the great movies of 2020.

Now put down that taco and get to it.

Special thanks to Harry at Ain’t it Cool for sending this our way.


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