NYTimes Bestselling Author Ellen Hopkins Seeks Funding via Indiegogo for the Making of 'Crank: The Movie'


Carson City, NV -- (SBWIRE) -- 08/19/2014 -- Every year, tens of thousands of foster-care children exit the system at age 18 without a net. Ellen Hopkins is the New York Times bestselling author of the Young Adult novel Crank. This novel is based on the true story of her older daughter’s addiction to crystal methamphetamine and its effects on her family. Hopkins has worked tirelessly to help youth at risk through her non-profit Ventana Sierra. Her Indiegogo campaign is an effort to produce a movie of a theatrical performance of Crank. The film will have cinematic production values and will be used as a fundraising tool to benefit Ventana Sierra.

In 2012, Ellen Hopkins (herself adopted) and her younger daughter Kelly Foutz founded Ventana Sierra as a way to help highly motivated youth in need attend college or participate in apprenticeship programs by providing safe housing, tuition, medical care and life skills classes.

Craig Lew, writer-producer-director, and Hopkins collaborated on this project. The filmed play ‘Crank: The Movie’ will be made available to Hopkins’ fans and supporters as a way to raise much needed funds for Ventana Sierra and the at risk youth it was founded to help.

Currently, Ventana Sierra has two group homes in the Carson City area serving motivated and dedicated young people from a variety of backgrounds. It provides not only concrete financial support but also structure and guidance to help these kids create the positive futures they deserve. The group home residents have faced sometimes life-long adversity and Ventana Sierra is committed to helping them find their way.

The team on this project has raised $10,000 already for the filming of the play. Now it’s time for post production. Another $30,000 must be raised to complete ‘Crank: The Movie.’ If this fundraising goal is met, fans of the novel Crank can directly support Ellen Hopkins and Ventana Sierra in their efforts to help at risk youth.

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About ‘Crank: The Movie’
‘Crank: The Movie’ is a sponsored project of Ventana Sierra, a non-profit organization founded in 2012 by Ellen Hopkins to help at risk youth. Contributions for the purposes of Ventana Sierra are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.