Local documentary on sexual abuse raises over $150,000

“Rewind to Fast Forward,” an autobiographical feature-length documentary created by MSU Film school alumni Sasha Joseph Neulinger, has surpassed Kickstarter fundraising goals in a rapid and successful online campaign. As of press time, “Rewind to Fast Forward” has raised  $160,775 from 4,142 backers since the campaign’s launch on March 30.

The documentary, created from over 200 hours of home video footage, modern interviews and extensive reflection, “uncovers the dark shadows … to tell [Neulinger’s] heartbreaking and inspiring story of surviving multi-generational sexual abuse.” In the film, Neulinger addresses the sexual abuse experienced by his father and him and the consequent decade-long trial.

Kickstarter, a crowdfunding websites, provides a platform for creative projects in need of funding to connect with donors or backers to raise money outside of traditional investment avenues.

The funds raised by the Kickstarter campaign will be used to fund three more weeks of field production as well as post-production, according to “Rewind to Fast Forward’s” budget breakdown on Kickstarter.com.

The film received the majority of its pledges on April 1, when 1401 donors pledged $56,299 in just over 12 hours, a feat the film’s Facebook page and Twitter account celebrated. “Today, we’re simply blown away. Thank you,” one grateful message from the “Rewind to Fast Forward” crew said.

The huge spike in pledges corresponded with the project’s expanded media presence; “Rewind to Fast Forward” has been featured on various crowdfunding aggregator websites and on Perez Hilton’s blog. Most notably, the movie’s teaser appeared on the front page of Upworthy.com, a popular viral media sharing website, on April 1. Upworthy called the project “horrifying and enlightening and beautifully healing, all at the same time.”

“Rewind to Fast Forward” is being produced by Neulinger’s production company, Step 1 Films, and Grizzly Creek Films, a company owned and operated by Thomas Winston, an MSU graduate. The crew also includes two current MSU film students, Patrick Larson and Robert Schneeweis, one graduate film student, Samantha Bates, and five MSU alumnus, including Neulinger.

Since surpassing their fundraising goal with little sign of slowing down, “Rewind to Fast Forward” has expanded their goal to $200,000 by April 30, to fund an additional ten days of filming. “WE ARE FUNDED and it feels so good!!! This crew isn’t going to stop smiling for the next week. OUR APPRECIATION is impossible to put into words. The sky is the limit.” exclaimed a post on the film’s Facebook page.

For more information about the film, visit rewindtofastforward.com.