This qualifies as an extremely smart organic move. Sophia Savage, a staff writer for Anne Thompson‘s TOH! Indiewire blog, is readying her directorial debut with a little help from Kickstarter. Her dramatic short will be filmed this coming January at a gorgeous Topanga Canyon location, and currently gets tipped on the fundraising site with an impressive eight-minute video.

Inspired by real events, Empyrean will tell the story of a daughter who returns home to help care for her terminally cancer-stricken father. Dual resident Chayse Irvin, a Vancouver native, will handle the cinematography chores, while the paternal role of Jimmy will be played by veteran actor Sonny King.

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