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If you visit this site regularly, then you’ll know about “A Year Without Rent,” filmmaker Lucas McNelly’s Kickstarter-funded twelve-month experiment in community-minded film production and online journalism. At the beginning of this year McNelly staged a dramatic Kickstarter campaign for what seemed like a crazy goal: he’d spend twelve months crisscrossing the U.S., working for free on independent films. Then, he’d document them on his site and at places like Filmmaker, Film Courage, Film Threat and Mubi. The Kickstarter raise was successful, and McNelly has been hard at work since then — rigging lights, manning craft service, holding a boom, and honing an increasingly compelling form of personal reportage.

Now, with four months left to go, McNelly is running out of money. He’s worked on 32 films and clocked more miles on the road than he originally planned. So, some of the filmmakers he’s crewed for, led by Victoria Westcott and Marty Lang, have started a new Kickstarter to raise the $5,000 needed to cover the final months.

Check out the video below and, if you’ve enjoyed McNelly’s work at Filmmaker and elsewhere, consider donating in these final innings.

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