Neighborhood resident Daniel Laabs wrote and directed the film, “Easy,” which has been selected for this year’s South by Southwest film festival in the Texas Shorts competition.

The film, produced by Adam Donaghey, is a semi-autobiographical story about “two brothers, one on the verge of becoming an adult, the other becoming a teenager, and the impact each others choices have on one another.”

But it takes more than a good film to get the most out of a SXSW premiere. That’s why Laabs has launched a crowd-funding campaign through Indiegogo to raise $3,000 to cover the costs of finishing the film, travel expenses and publicity. So far, he’s at $1,200 with 13 days left to go.

This isn’t his first go around either. Laabs co-directed the film “8” which won Best Short at SXSW in 2011.

Laabs also is the mind behind CineWilde, a new GLBTQ film series that debuted in January at the Texas Theatre. And, he was involved in organizing the Oak Cliff Film Festival.

Find more about the film and how to contribute here (there are some perks involved). Watch the trailer for “Easy” below:

EASY Short Film Trailer from Daniel Laabs on Vimeo.