Film producer crowdfunds documentary about PCH’s ‘Blood Alley’

Film producer crowdfunds documentary about PCH’s ‘Blood Alley’

from: Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times

His daughter was killed there in 2010

It’s been three years since film producer Michel Shane’s 13-year-old daughter Emily Shane was killed by a speeding driver while she was walking along the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu.

Now Shane, 57, an executive producer for “Catch Me If You Can” and “I, Robot,” is in a last-ditch push to raise money for a documentary film about the part of PHC that has been called “Blood Alley.”

Like many filmmakers before him, he is using the website Kickstarter to ask for donations to fund the movie, which he says will advocate for changes to improve safety along the highway, plus dangerous roads in other communities.

As Shane notes on the page for the film, titled “PCH: Probably. Cause. Harm,” the scenic stretch through the city of about 13,000 is notorious for traffic accidents.

“Since I started the campaign, I’ve counted about 15 accidents,” said Shane, whose Kickstarter page went up last month. “That’s about one every other day. People read about it, say, ‘That’s horrible,’ and move on to the next thing. Because of what’s happened in my life, I can’t move on.”

The driver of the car that killed Shane’s daughter, whose erratic driving prompted several 911 calls in the moments before the crash, was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to a minimum of 15 years in prison. Shane sued the state of California and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, but later dropped the litigation.

A section of Heathercliff Road, in the Point Dume area of Malibu, was renamed Emily Shane Way.

The film’s goal is within sight. With about 128 backers, Shane has amassed nearly $33,500 of his $35,000 goal as of Monday morning, two days from its deadline of Wednesday.

Projects that fail to reach their pledged funding goals do not receive any money, according to Kickstarter’s rules.

Shane said that if the project does not get funded by Kickstarter, he may give up on the documentary altogether. “If one person’s screaming against the wind and no one’s listening, when is it time to give up and go home?”

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