Bloomington-based film distribution company Hoosier Films is seeking to raise $36,000 to convert a box truck into a traveling theater. The company says the mobile cinema will visit fairs, festivals, and other venues throughout the state, screening short films made by Hoosier filmmakers.
Hoosier Films says the campaign, which is being hosted through Indiegogo, includes opportunities for supporters to have their name added to seats, lighting sconces, and ceiling tiles, among other perks.
“In 2019, just before the pandemic, we piloted the Mobile Cinema right here in our hometown of Bloomington, and people loved it,” said Hoosier Films Chief Executive Officer Meredith McGriff. “We borrowed The Concert Car, a tiny home and mobile concert venue on wheels, and we turned it into a theater.”
The company, which was founded in 2018, also provides a streaming service dedicated to Indiana’s independent films.
“Our goal is to build relationships between regional audiences and local filmmakers,” said co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer Thomas DeCarlo. “Our streaming platform is perfect for discovering and watching what’s out there, but the place to really experience local film isn’t on your computer, or your phone, or even on your big screen TV at home. It’s out in your community.”
The crowdfunding campaign ends July 3. Hoosier Films says the Mobile Cinema will go on its first tour in 2023.