Back in 2008, Simon Fitzmaurice was celebrating the fact that his second short film The Sound Of People had just been screened at the world-famous Sundance Film Festival, as well finding out that he and his wife had their third child on the way. Soon afterwards, he was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease, and he gradually lost all physical control of his body.

However, he did not let this stand in the way of his creativity and love for film, and has written the screenplay to his first feature film, My Name Is Emily, which has received praise by the likes of Alan Rickman and Jim Sheridan. Having already received some of the funding from the Irish Film Board, Simon needs the public's help in order to fully realise his creation.

Simon Fitzmaurice MY NAME IS EMILY Indiegogo campaign from Kennedy Films on Vimeo.

You can visit the funding page here and donate as little as €10 to the project, as well as getting more details on the movie and it's makers.