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James Franco — Palo Alto

Actor James Franco turned to Indiegogo to raise money for Palo Alto, three films based on his book of short stories. The northern California locale is James's hometown, and he called upon his favorite directors from New York University to help adapt it.

The profits will go to The Art of Elysium, a nonprofit that calls upon artists and musicians to dedicate their time to children battling serious medical conditions.

Despite James's A-list support, the project only raised $327,929 of its $500K goal in June.

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