Trey Kauffman has a proposition for you.

Trey Kauffman has a proposition for you.

By the end of this year, he hopes to shoot a movie called "Swan Song," which is based on a script he co-wrote as a Kent State undergrad. And he wants to do it entirely with resources from inside Ohio, paid for by a $50,000 fundraising campaign.

So wanna chip in?

Kauffman and his 18 partners at Physis Films started the Ohio Grassroots campaign to prove a point about what could happen for the film industry in Ohio if people work together. It's the defining philosophy of the company they founded after working together on film projects around the state.

"Physis, in essence, means nature. It's growth within nature without external influence," Kauffman explained. "That's what we wanted to do as a company. We wanted to build around an idea that we can make a successful film company and not have to worry about Hollywood's influences and really build ourselves within Ohio and unite Ohio filmmakers in really one grand cause."

To prove that their stable of filmmakers is worth backing, the Physis crew is hosting a showcase next month at the Gateway Film Center. Kauffman's own "Reincarnate" will screen in addition to Josh Smith's "Monday," Julian Cicone's "Life Beyond Death" and Joshua Kubicek's "Measured."

A fifth film from outside the Physis crew, "Held in Sway," rounds out the lineup. In keeping with Physis' low-budget, in-state ethos, the movie is a product of Cincinnati's 48-Hour Film Project.

The Physis showcase will include a pitch for fellow Ohioans to contribute time, talents and money to "Swan Song," the tale of a pop starlet who returns home to Ohio to chase romance with an ordinary guy who captured her fancy.

With the help of the Gateway staff, Physis is setting up similar showcases at theaters around Ohio. A Kickstarter campaign is also in the works.

Kauffman intends to spend any money gleaned from the Ohio Grassroots campaign at local businesses, thrift stores and garage sales to keep costs down while stimulating local economies. In turn, he hopes the project will stimulate the Physis filmmakers' careers. They hope to prove their mettle to Hollywood by rallying an entire state behind their cause.

"This," Kauffman said, "is a jumping point in our dreams."