Bright Ideas: DAAP student aims to rock runway & filmmaker races clock to tell adoption stories

CINCINNATI - The Cincinnati area is rich in creativity and bright ideas. Many artists, community activists and entrepreneurs are ready to run with projects and programs, and they’re turning to crowdfunding sites to fuel their ideas.

Each week, we’ll highlight two projects that are underway and asking for your support.

Project > Moonlighting: Ali’s Senior Thesis Collection
Started: February 20, 2014
Goal: $1,200
Project By: Alexandra Weibel

Alexandra Weibel is a fashion design major at the University of Cincinnati and an aerial acrobat for the Cincinnati Circus Company. For her senior thesis, Weibel decided to combine her love of acrobatics and fashion, by designing a collection of body wear for acrobats, dancers, and gymnasts. She says she was inspired to create the line after realizing what little supply there was of fashionable body wear available in stores and online. She admits that her line will lean more toward high fashion, but could easily be worn as daily apparel by the bold at heart.

  • Where will the money go? Weibel will use the funds to cover fabric, notions, accessories, and shoes for her collection in time for an April 25 fashion show. She'll use some of the money to pay models as well.

Weibel says she plans to shake up this year’s UC DAAP Fashion Show by using an array of dancers and gymnasts to showcase her collection. The models will represent ballethip hop, and contemporary dance. There will also be a gymnast and an aerial acrobat. In lieu of the typical walk, models will actually be performing on the runway in an effort to show not only the beauty of the collection but its functionality as well. 

Why should people support Moonlighting?

Alexandra Weibel says: “While I do work at the circus as much as I can, my work time is limited because of how much time needs to be spent on school work and this collection. After paying for school tuition, other bills, gas, and food, I have very, very little money left to pay for the necessities to create the collection itself. If I am not funded, I won't be able to afford these things and I won't be able to complete the collection. I won't be in the show and I won't be graduating this April."

Days until this project closes: 28

Project: Wanted – A Short Film

Started: February 20, 2014
Goal: $10,000
Project By: Nathan Jacobson

The film “Wanted” takes an in-depth look at the important issues of adoption and foster care as well as the emotional tribulations of a child growing up in the system.

The film focuses on the story of 17-year-old Luke Farnsworth who, two days before his 18th birthday, finds himself in a new home. Throughout the film, Luke is forced to face the trauma of his past and challenged to face the possibility of love from a family.

Jacobson said the film is intended to inspire and send a message of hope that a life can eventually be changed by simply taking a chance. He hopes the film can lay a foundation for his company, Roundtable Productions, to move on to feature films.

  • Where will the money go? If funded, the money will be devoted entirely to shooting the film. If the stretch goal of $13,500 is met, those funds will help to take the film through post-production and submission to film festivals around the nation.

Why should people support "Wanted?" 

Nathan Jacobson says: “This endeavor is more than just any other average film. We intend to offer the finished product as a resource and a tool with which organizations and individuals can help others see the immense worth in investing into a child's life. Donating to this project is not about funding our dreams and ambitions; it's about enabling us to tell a well-crafted story, and positively impact the hearts of all who hear it.”

WATCH: "Wanted" video on Kickstarter

Days until this project closes: 3

Project Follow-up:

Back in January, we featured Garrett Ley and Kevin Florkiewicz’s “Only Human” project, a manga/anime styled product that included a collaborative art book.

The project had a lofty goal and a small 31-day window to raise funds. Not only did the project meet its goal of $4,000, it surpassed the goal by $419.

Ley said the team is now hard at work to create the book and proud to say that they are finally on their way to occupying a large-scale Artist Alley.

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