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Prolific writer-director will sit down for lunch as prize for potential backers

On the heels of his seventh Golden Globes nomination, this time around for directing Paramount’s “Nebraska,” Alexander Payne has signed on to exec produce writer-director Anna Musso’s short film “Run Fast.”

Musso, the long-time assistant to Payne at his production shingle Ad Hominem, launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the project, with a goal of $12,000. Payne has agreed to have lunch as a perk for donors of $5,000 or more. Other backers receive prizes ranging from a credit on the film to a signed DVD of one of Payne’s feature films.

“Run Fast” — the follow-up to Musso’s 2011 award-winning short “L Train,” for which Payne was also an exec producer — tells the story of a Kenyan runner who travels to Los Angeles to compete in her first professional marathon.

Adam Wagner and Peter Sestina are producing the film.

“Anna Musso displayed such control, elegance and compassion with ‘L Train’ that I am chomping at the bit to see her next film,” Payne said.  “‘Run Fast’ will be another original and exquisite piece of short cinema — and another step in Anna’s path to a career in features.”

“Run Fast” is slated to begin lensing in March in L.A. Musso is repped by Peter Dealbert at Principato-Young.

“Nebraska,” which to date has grossed $2.4 million in limited release, received five Golden Globes nominations, including picture (comedy/musical), director, actor, supporting actress and screenplay.

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