Bright Ideas: Scary film "Innervation" and Cincy band The Happy Maladies seek crowdfunding support

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> "Innervation" – Short Film

  • Platform:
  • Started: February 24, 2014
  • Goal: $1,500
  • Project By: Justin Ampon

"Innervation," a short horror film by Justin Ampon, is about a young woman named Jill who is forced to drink blood to satiate the thirst of small wormlike aliens who were placed in her brain by a patient she is caring for. As Jill searches for more humans to feed on, the aliens continue to drink the blood from her brain, causing severe hallucinations.

Ampon said he was inspired by a song he wrote a couple years ago of the same name, which in turn was inspired by the movie, "Brain Damage". He added that the initial inspiration was paired with his love affair with horror films as well as classic Stanley Kubrick and David Lynch films.

  • Where will the money go? Money raised will go toward securing locations, props, special effects, post-production sound, camera equipment and lighting equipment. Some of the funding will also go to cast actors for the film.

Ampon said that he’s always had a desire to make movies and hopes that this film will serve as a stepping stone to even bigger projects. He describes the film as an experiment of sorts; one that will allow him to explore several different styles and tones of film making. He added that he hopes this film will provide inspiration to other film makers in the area, serving as proof that achieving a dream is possible.

Why should people support "Innervation?"

Justin Ampon says: “I imagine there are three possible reasons:"

  1. You like horror movies, specifically bloody horror movies similar to what was made in the mid 80s.
  2. You enjoy supporting local talent and want to help out as many individuals in the arts that are struggling in Cincinnati.
  3. You enjoy or understand the troubles of indie filmmaking, especially when starting out, and want to help ease the burden.

WATCH (CAUTION: may not be suitable for all viewers): "Innervation" video on

Days until this project closes: 6

Project> The Happy Maladies: The Year of Horses & Cats

  • Platform:
  • Started: March 17, 2014
  • Goal: $10,000
  • Project By: The Happy Maladies

The Happy Maladies have been making music together for six years. The members actually met at the UC College Conservatory of Music their freshman year and instantly clicked over the shared desire to write and record original music.

Although the Maladies did release an album in 2012 titled, "New Again," the say that their latest creation of songs has allowed them to reach out to composers around the globe to write pieces specifically for their instrumentation and voices.

The band believes their newest release, "Must Love Cats," will help them to bridge the gap between themselves as a band and composers who are trying to premier new pieces.

  • Where will the money go? Money raised will fund the recording, duplication, and release of the band’s original LP and the "Must Love Cats LP," the hiring of a professional publicist, and a U.S. tour that will follow the release of both records.

The band members hope the release of their albums will have a positive effect that will be two-fold:

  1. They are hopeful that it will contribute to the success of the band,
  2. They believe that success will help to add to the rich culture of the Cincinnati arts scene.

Why should people support The Happy Maladies: The Year of Horses & Cats?

Benjamin Thomas of The Happy Maladies says: “We'd love for someone to support our project because they want to take part in the future and sustainability of the band. The four of us are best friends who adore writing original music together, but we especially love playing and trying to let the music connect with anyone who gives us an ear to listen.”

WATCH: The Happy Maladies: The Year of Horses & Cats video on Kickstarter

Days until this project closes: 26

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