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Chuck Ramirez Documentary Needs Funding




Update: September 15, 2014, 5:12 p.m.

Walley Films have announced that they have extended their Hatchfund campaign to Thursday, September 25. The original story continues below.

A documentary on Chuck Ramirez, the beloved San Antonio artist who passed away when he fell off his bicycle in 2010, is currently in production, and it's using the crowdsourcing website Hatchfund to raise money for the film. But with just one day left until its deadline, it still has a ways to go to meet its fundraising goal.

The film, Tía Chuck, is from Wally Films, a collaboration from local husband and wife filmmaking team Mark and Angela Walley whose portfolio features a mix of short films, music videos and artist documentaries. The Walleys began developing their latest project in the days after Ramirez's untimely death when they started documenting a community reeling from the loss of a visionary talent who many felt was the beating heart of the local arts community.

Ramirez was a San Antonio native who began his artistic career in his thirties. He was renowned for his highly-detailed, large-scale photography of everyday objects like piñatas, candy and brooms that served as metaphors on ethnicity, gender, sexuality and religion. He was also a tireless advocate and fundraiser contemporary art in San Antonio.

The filmmakers hope to raise at least $17,900 in individual contributions by Monday, September 15 to support the films production costs. At the time of this post, the Hatchfund campaign has raised $10,935 toward that goal. During development and pre-production, the Tía Chuck project was supported by grants from The Idea Fund and the The Artist Foundation of San Antonio. According to the Walleys, production of the film will cost $37,250 overall.

Information on the project and details on its fundraising campaign are available on its Hatchfund page. The Walleys expect to complete production of the film by the end of this year.

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