Animation & Titles are Complete!

We’re proud to announce that after much work, the visual animation and all titles were completed for The Hoax this week!

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The original musical score is well under way, and we’ll post some preview clips soon.

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Production Update

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Hello all. Hope you’re doing well.

Right now The HOAX is in its final stages of post production with a few minor edits and the addition of some graphics, animations and a potential music score. This film is also being thoroughly reviewed by an entertainment attorney which will include a few more meetings and paper work.

Sorry for all the delays with keeping everyone updated. This week I am headed back to Ogden, Utah from Dallas, TX for a temporary work assignment before my big move to Austin at the end of the year.

Additional updates will follow shortly.

FYI: I see our good buddy, John Carona, CEO of homeowners’ association (HOA) management company Associations, Inc. (Associa), the largest HOA management company in the USA, was just voted out of the Texas State Senate after serving 24 years in the legislature:

Huffines narrowly wins nailbiter and ends Carona’s long Legislative career

http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2014/03/carona-huffines-race-seen-as-indicator-of-texas-gops-leanings.html/

Best,

Rodney Gray

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THE HOAX Director Rodney Gray Appears “On the Commons” Radio Show

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Hosted and produced by Shu Bartholomew, On The Commons is a weekly radio show dedicated to discussing the many issues surrounding mandatory homeowner associations, the fastest growing form of residential housing in the nation.

Proponents of HOAs will have us believe that every horror story, every abusive board, every corrupt manager is just “an isolated incident”.

If something happens once one could argue that it is an isolated incident, if it happens twice, you might believe that it is a coincidence but when there is a pattern of abuses and the same stories keep popping up all over the country, year after year after year,  it is clearly a problem.  In the case of HOA abuses, it is a serious problem.

Joining us On The Commons this week is Rodney Gray.  Rodney started out as a stage and screen actor and with college degrees in film and business,  making documentaries was a natural transition for him.  With several awards for acting and producing short documentaries, Rodney produced a documentary on the “patterns of abuse” in HOAs called The Hoax.

On The Commons is broadcast every Saturday from 2-3 PM ET on Radio Fairfax.  In the Northern Virginia area, On The Commons can be heard on Cox Cable, Channel 37 and Verizon Channel 37.  On Comcast channel 27 in Reston in addition to several more cable channels all across Northern Virginia.  To listen LIVE globally on the internet, go to http://www.radiofairfax.com and click on “Stream Radio Fairfax” and if you are on the go, on your mobile devices,  http://tunein.com/radio/Radio-Fairfax-s24818  The show will be available on http://onthecommons.us/ shortly afterwards.  Please also visit our archives at http://onthecommons.net .

Shu Bartholomew

Host and producer

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The HOAX Screening at the University of North Texas

Come experience an early cut of this independent examination of the abuse of power and lack of regulation in the homeowners’ association (HOA) industry. Years of research and filming have gone into this film by UNT MFA student Rodney Gray.

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Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 7:00pm (CDT)

Location:
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University of North Texas
Radio, Television, & Film building (RTFP bldg.)
Room 184
1179 Union Circle
Denton, TX 76203

Admission is free.

RSVP & Details:
https://www.facebook.com/events/155295747971826/

Hope to see you there!

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SUPPORT

SUPPORT UPDATE FOR THE HOAX

We will no longer be using the IndieGoGo Website for financial support of The HOAX. However, we will shortly be posting information and a new Web link on our Support page in order to receive donations directly through our fiscal sponsor at Fractured Atlas.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to our project in Rounds 1 & 2 at IndieGoGo. Your contributions helped us with transportation, equipment rentals, supplies and artist fees.

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The Retaliation Against HOA Whistleblowers

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Sun City Anthem homeowners Robert Frank, left, and Timothy Stebbins pose outside Anthem Center. Frank and Stebbins accused their home owners association of keeping members’ dues in violation of IRS rules.  The pair were arrested by Henderson Police in 2010 for filing a false report but the charges were recently dropped. – “Don’t question your HOA or you might get arrested” - Las Vegas Sun

“The Whistleblower Protection Act” is a federal law that protects federal whistleblowers who work for the government and report agency misconduct. However, whistleblowers of private quasi-governmental homeowners’ association (HOA) boards are not provided with anything that resembles this type of protection. In fact, in Henderson, Nevada if you report an HOA board member for wrongdoing, you could be arrested.

Robert Frank, a 72-year-old retired Air Force Colonel and Tim Stebbins, a 73-year-old retired salesman of analytical instrumentation and laboratory robotics, had concerns about the financial dealings of the Sun City Anthem (SCA) HOA board and filed a complaint with the Henderson Police. Frank was a former board member of the HOA.

According to Frank and Stebbins, the SCA board was accumulating an excessive surplus of over $3 million; money that should have been returned to homeowners.  By not returning it, the  funds could easily become an IRS tax liability.

Frank, who appears in my documentary The HOAX, says, “we filed a complaint that violated state statutes so they wouldn’t dismiss us and say, ‘go talk to the IRS, that’s not our problem.’ We already researched it with judges, with attorneys, confident people; even people within the district attorney’s office had told us that we were on the right track.”

In the Las Vegas Sun article, Don’t question your HOA or you might get arrested, J. Patrick Coolican writes, “Frank and Stebbins built their case and then sought advice from friends in the legal community to avoid a boomerang lawsuit from the HOA board. They were advised to bring the issue to local law enforcement, meaning Henderson Police. Bad advice.”

Coolican continues, “Frank and Stebbins accused two board members of ‘forgery’ — essentially knowingly signing a false statement — which was probably also imprudent. According to a police affidavit, Frank told the investigator a ‘flagrantly false’ board resolution related to the surplus was ‘used to deceive the community membership and government agencies concerning the improper disposition of millions of dollars of overcharged/surplus homeowner assessments.’ After an investigation, Henderson Police exonerated the board members and then arrested … Frank and Stebbins.”

Yes, Frank and Stebbins were arrested. Can you believe that?

About a year after their arrest, an IRS audit justified Frank’s and Stebbin’s assertion that the SCA owed the U.S. Treasury over $1 million for not returning the money back to the homeowners. So, did the Henderson Police drop charges on these two men upon hearing that evidence? No, not at all. However, these two men were granted a change of venue because a member of the SCA board had previously worked as a substitute Henderson judge.

Approximately one year later, North Las Vegas City Attorney Jeffrey Barr, who prosecuted the case, dropped it, stating, “It was in the interest of justice that the North Las Vegas city attorney decide not to move forward with this case.” No kidding.

So the big question for the city of Henderson is, “Why were these two men ever arrested?” Recently, I sent an email to the new Henderson Chief of Police, Patrick Moers and their Public Information Officer, Keith Paul, asking that very same question, but never received a response. I’m still waiting to hear back from them, but if I don’t, can anyone answer that question?

Update

We are now planning on going back into production, but only for a short period of time. I have recently made contact with an “insider,” who is a former Community Associations Institute (CAI) member and has spent many years working within the confines of an HOA property management company. He wants to share his experiences in The HOAX, which should be very enlightening.

Although we are temporarily going into production, our primary objective remains intact, which is to have a more polished documentary and make a submission of this project to film festivals in North America and abroad.

Our Needs

We need your financial support to complete and distribute The HOAX. Our current needs are:

  • Film festival application fees
  • Travel expenses
  • Pay crew members
  • Legal fees
  • Music rights
  • General and administrative costs
  • Other related expenses

You can contribute and earn perks for your support at:

www.indiegogo.com/thehoaxfilm

If you don’t feel comfortable contributing online, or if you’d like to make a tax-deductable contribution over $5,000, please make checks payable to “Fractured Atlas” with “The HOAX” in the memo line, then send an email to rodneydg@temple.edu for mailing instructions. Note: This type of donation will not be reflected in the IndieGoGo fundraising total. (Fractured Atlas, the 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor of the project can only process online contributions up to $5,000.)

Details of Supporting

The HOAX is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of The HOAX must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Best,                                                                                                                   Rodney Gray                                                                                                Producer and Director of The HOAX

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THE HOAX Campaign has been Relaunched at IndieGoGo

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www.indiegogo.com/thehoaxfilm

Thanks to everyone who contributed to our project in Round 1. Your contributions helped us with transportation, equipment rentals, supplies and artist fees. Very much appreciated.

The New HOAX Part 2 Campaign Will Build on the Old One and Your Participation Will Help Continue to Fund:

  • Paying crew members, the creative team, and other professionals who work on the film
  • Transportation, food, location and other production costs
  • Music rights and fees
  • Legal fees
  • Insurance
  • General and administrative costs
  • Film festival & distribution costs
  • Other related expenses

If you don’t feel comfortable contributing online, or if you’d like to make a tax-deductable contribution over $5,000, please make checks payable to “Fractured Atlas” with “The HOAX” in the memo line, then send an email to rodneydg@temple.edu for mailing instructions. Note: this type of donation will not be reflected in the Indiegogo total.  (Fractured Atlas, the 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor of the project can only process online contributions up to $5,000.) 

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Details of Supporting

The HOAX is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of The HOAX must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Other Ways You Can Help

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