Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Three Women and a Lighthouse

By day, Jaccii Farris and Amy Unger work as reporter-producers with WFMZ-TV in Allentown, Pennsylvania. By night, weekends and whenever else they can squeeze in the time, they make shorts and documentaries under the banner Julian Farris Films.

This weekend, three of their productions are in competition locally at the Greater Lehigh Valley Filmmaker Festival. Along with the rom-com Mayo Girl (November 8th) and the doc Aftershocks: Earthquake in Haiti (November 7th), there is also Lighthouse Lady (screening November 6th).

The title of that last one refers to Sheila Consaul, who bought a dilapidated lighthouse on the shores of Lake Erie a few years ago and has been working since to renovate it as a summer home.

The timing of the screening is apt. On Friday, Consaul's Kickstarter campaign to raise $22,000 to de-rust and repaint the Fairport Harbor West Breakwater Lighthouse will come to an end. Right now, it's not looking too good, but perhaps the film festival screening will boost the campaign's fortunes.

In addition to the short film, this lighthouse also has its own website, where Consaul regularly blogs to keep everyone up to date on how her efforts are progressing. She's a marketing executive based in Weston, Virginia, and the focus of the short is her willingness to tackle this project despite a complete lack of lighthouse renovation expertise.

Farris and Unger more successfully (and modestly) used Kickstarter to fund Mayo Girl. A reminder that whether it's a Hellmann's-inspired romp or a lighthouse reno, the crowd-funding site is being used by one and all.

[Greater Lehigh Valley Filmmaker Festival]

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