'Courage' filming to start in January

I love inspiring stories, so I was interested in the article you ran on the film "Courage of Two" about the two local boys who supported each other in the hospital. The father of one of the boys was raising funds to support the project. Did he get enough to go forward?

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For those who missed it, Marc Wells was featured in a Sept. 2 story about his plans to make a 90-minute movie about his son, Denver, who was hospitalized with Type I diabetes, and Patrick Cozad of Grants Pass, who was being treated for cancer. Both boys were 6 years old when they met in the hospital.

At the time of the article, the project had raised $1,440 of its $25,000 goal on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter. Wells had until Sept. 21 to meet his fundraising goal.

We checked with Wells to see how his project was faring, and he had good news. Wells surpassed his goal with one day to spare, raising $25,552 as of Friday afternoon.

"We were successful on it," said Wells, adding the funds will go toward a camera, lens and other miscellaneous equipment rentals, along with compensation for actors and expenses.

"This is going to be a put-together movie," he said. "We have a full script ready to go."

Wells said he plans to start filming in January, aside from a few snow scenes in November.

"We're going to be filming at Rogue Regional Medical Center," Wells said. "It's mostly going to be all in Grants Pass and Medford."

He hopes to finish the project in time to submit it to the next Kickstarter Film Festival.

Shoots may be local, but Wells will make use of international connections he made through the site for the film editing.

"It looks like we'll be editing the film in Budapest," Wells said.

A European film company reached out to Wells and offered its services for editing and international distribution.

"Although we're using the $25,000 to shoot the film, that wouldn't have left much to edit the film," Wells said. "They're hoping they can get this for a worldwide release."

Wells plans to release the film in the spring and hopes proceeds from the project can generate funds for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

"We're very happy with the international attention this brought," Wells said. "We have supporters from many different countries around the world."

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