S. African director’s funding scheme

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Filmmaker Tim Greene has come up with an innovative financing scheme to get his first feature, “Twist,” off the ground.

Greene is looking for 1,000 private investors willing to cough up 1,000 rand ($125) each to provide a budget of $125,000 for the movie, which tells the story of a Cape Town street child and is loosely based on Charles Dickens’ “Oliver Twist.”

A public company will be set up to manage the investment, which will be audited to provide investors with access to records of expenses.

Greene’s previous director credits include short films “Corner Caffie” and “Kap’an Driver” and a new TV drama series, “Tsha Tsha,” which started airing Fri-day on pubcaster SABC 1.

“I am half-way to my goal,” Greene said. “I just need 500 more people who have an interest in seeing indie film in South Africa take off and succeed.”

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