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Kickstarter for local movie project "The Aftermath"

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - A Kickstarter fundraising campaign has begun for "The Aftermath" starring Sam Trammell that was shot in Alexandria in August 2013 to increase post-production value of the film. 

Usually you can find Michael Smith working as the maintenance supervisor for the Alexander Fulton Hotel, but this fall, you'll find him on the big screen.  

"It was a small role, but it was a fun role," said Smith. 

Smith is just one of many local actors and crew members that were involved in the film "The Aftermath" starring True Blood's Sam Trammell.  
"I got to work with a top actor," Smith said.  

Aftermath producer and co-writer Shaun Sanghani is an Alexandria native himself, but he's calling on film buffs all over to donate to the movie's recent Kickstarter campaign.  

"I am optimistic about the film in general," Sanghani said. "The only reason we got on Kickstarter is because it just turned out way better than we thought. The film is not in trouble, it's just about taking it to the next level and giving it the treatment we think it deserves."

Sanghani stresses that the film will be finished and released no matter what: the $50,000 they're trying to raise is just to get better post-production elements, better songs for the soundtrack and better promotion for the film.  

"The more exposure this film gets, the better it is for our crew, and the better it is for our actors," Sanghani said. 

All this to start a domino effect could bring more film business to Cenla.  

"You're supporting the arts," said "Aftermath" actor and hair designer Dan Forest. "You're supporting Louisiana film industry, and you're supporting specifically Alexandria."

"It's like polishing the diamond," Forest added. 

And Michael Smith says, it may even kick-start his own acting career.  

"It's going to feel real good, and then I'll get to give out autographs," said Smith. "That's going to be the fun part."

Shaun Sanghani says he is already working on another movie to be shot in Cenla this fall.  

So far the Kickstarter campaign has raised about $5,000 of the $50,000 goal. The campaign ends June 1. If you'd like to donate, click here.
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