In a whiz-bang and whirlwind lifestyle, Bonne´Barton, 28, emits star power. With a magnetic personality, enthusiasm to burn and a dashing smile, Bartron is compelling enough to snag the attention of her target of the moment.
Currently, it's the general public, specifically, potential donors for her first film, “Out There,” to be shot entirely in Colorado. By April 30 Bartron hopes to raise $200,000 in an online campaign via kickstarter.com.
“It's a way to fund a movie without a studio,” said Barton, who grew up in Woodland Park and lives in Los Angeles. “If your movie doesn't have any publicity it disappears.”
From $1 to $10,000, online donors are eligible for prizes as well as bit parts. “I want people to feel ownership in this movie,” she said. “As soon as the Kickstarter is funded, I'm flying back to Los Angeles to pick up our crew and the rest of our cast. We have one role specifically for a local person.”
Written and directed by Bartron, “Out There” stars Kimberly Brown and Doug Faerch; Alex Burke wrote the music.
The movie is a “bra-mance,” Barton's term for romance and intrigue. The main characters are two college girls who encounter mysteries, from cattle mutilations to people disappearing.
“What happens at the end is way more terrifying than any of the theories they've come up with,” she said. “It's a lot of fun until it's terrifying.”
Passionate about her work, Bartron pushed her way into the California industry at the age of 20. “Nobody would give me a chance,” she said.
In desperation, she took up begging, zeroing in on director Chris Moore and his latest project, “The Funeral Director.”
While Moore was less than enthusiastic about the call, or the caller, Bartron made her pitch. “You don't understand; I'm going to be the greatest director Hollywood has ever seen and I need your help to get there,” she said. “I told him I'd do anything to work on the set, clean up garbage, babysit, anything.”
It might have ended right there, with Bartron rejected along with millions of other Hollywood hopefuls. However, given three days to shine as an errand-runner, it was Moore's demand for four cartons of fake cigarettes that sealed her entry into the industry.
“You can't just get these `dummy' cigarettes anywhere,” she said. Starting with the Yellow Pages, Barton raced from the film site in Pasadena to Hollywood and returned victorious. “Chris became my mentor,” she said.
Over the years she learned every aspect of film production and today, while raising funds for her first movie, plans to write and direct, “Heaven May Hold it Against Us.”
The story springs from seven months in 2009 in Mosul, Iraq, where she served the troops as an activities director and morale booster. “The day I landed we started getting pelted,” she said. “It was an intense time but I got the feeling I was actually helping people.”
Emotional about the experience, Bartron today wears combat boots that complement her sense of panache and style. “I'm wearing combat boots until our soldiers come home,” she said.
Confident the campaign will be successful Barton is scheduled to start shooting the film at the beginning of June. “We're editing while we shoot so we'll be finished quicker. Five years ago this would be impossible,” she said.
After the world premier in October in Denver, “Out There” will be released on DVD.
As her career takes on oomph, Bartron credits Cindy Gannon at the Woodland Park High School for changing the direction of her life.
“I was going to be a lawyer,” she said.