By Kevin Griffin, Vancouver Sun, February 3, 2014
In a career spanning more than 30 years in the entertainment business, James Pollard is facing his biggest and most daunting production ever.
He’s pushing forward with developing a new application he believes will revolutionize the way live shows are produced while battling terminal prostate cancer.
Pollard said he’s not trying to generate sympathy because of his health.
“While I still have a bit of time and feel good, I have the energy to do this,” he said.
“This is all real. This isn’t about sympathy. This is about opportunity. What I’m really trying to say is that we have this opportunity because I can get this done before I die. This could be a game changer.”
The cloud-based app is called PreShow. If he can raise $59,000 on Kickstarter, then the Canada Media Fund will contribute $177,000 to take PreShow beyond the testing stage. His goal is to launch PreShow this year. Kickstarter is an online fundraising website for creative projects.
Pollard is well known in the Vancouver performing arts community. He’s been involved in organizations that include the Vancouver Playhouse Production Centre, the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, the PAL Theatre, the relaunch of Theatre Under the Stars and the restoration of Malkin Bowl.
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