Success stories are awesome, especially from unexpected places. I saw the trailer for this indie horror movie "Absentia" online.
The gents at fallbackplanproductions.com have done something insanely cool- they used the online Kickstarter site to help getting funding for their extreme independent, yet well produced looking movie.
They are doing what many entrepreneurs and folks are doing now. Citing their credo: "The philosophy is simple ... if you're having a hard time getting your foot in the door, make your own door!"
Take a peek at that Kickstarter profile! Look at the cool things you can get: your name on the credits for $25 or become a producer for $1500!
They have only been shooting since mid-June and you can see a rough "trailer" here.
Great opportunities can abound if you take the chance and just ask sometimes!
PS- the "trailer" is cool, but creepy. I promise, it'll creep ya out!