By MATTHEW WHITNEY
Filmmaker, Squatchagawea Films
HUNTINGTON — A recent graduate of Huntington University, Matthew Whitney, decided to leave the comforts of post-college life to chase the Hollywood dream. This Constantine, Mich., native plans to begin filming his debut feature film in northeast Indiana this June.
The film, “4.0 or How I Killed My Roommate for Better Grades,” is a dark comedy about Calvin, a desperate college freshman who kills his roommate and makes it look like a suicide.
Those around Calvin give him much sympathy, which only serves to remind him of what he has done. Throughout the movie, Calvin has to face his demons and keep them from tearing apart his life and the lives of others.
During Whitney’s junior year at Huntington, this feature film began as a student project that has now evolved into an independent, feature-length film. Nearly every element of making this film has been borrowed, made or negotiated for. It is true local film in which all of the cast and crew grew up in the surrounding area, with the exception of Logan Bush, who is from Hollywood.
Creating a feature film has many costs, including equipment, food and transportation. In order to garner support, Whitney has launched a Kickstarter campaign. Kickstarter is an online crowdfunding site where backers can pledge to different projects in exchange for rewards in order to see these projects come alive. The campaign ends March 13.