Utah crowd-funding: A Christmas rush order

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This week's Utah Crowd-Funding Project is seeking a Christmas miracle — and fast.

Utah filmmaker Tyler Ford has a big dream: To make a movie version of Henry Van Dyke's 1911 book "The Mansion."

The book is a Christian parable, along the lines of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," in which businessman John Weightman has a dream in which he goes to heaven. A guide in heaven shows Weightman the mansions built for those in heaven. People who were poor on earth have fine mansions in heaven, but Weightman — who gives to his church and charities as a way to advance his own reputation — has nothing but a shabby hovel in heaven. "We did what we could, but you just didn't send us much material to work with," the guide tells him.

Ford — who directed and co-wrote the 2007 LDS-themed romance "Piccadilly Cowboy" — aims to film "The Mansion" next year, and have a movie around 30 to 45 minutes in length.

Ford's trying to raise money for the film, and he's seeking to get $100,000 through a crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter.

So far, the campaign has raised $2,055 of the goal. The deadline is on Christmas Eve, just before midnight.

Benefits for backers range from a downloadable PDF of the movie's poster (for $5) to an "executive producer" credit and a limited-edition canvas signed by artist Liz Lemon Swindle (for $10,000).

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