The Herald-Times reports Benson's students are using Indiegogo.com in hopes of raising $10,000 to produce 13 short films.
Donors will receive thank-yous, such as signed movie posters, signed pictures from the casts and crews and a video message from Benson. Their names will also appear in the film credits.
Benson is known for his appearances in 1970s coming-of-age films and as voice of the Beast in Disney's "Beauty and the Beast." He joined the IU Department of Telecommunications this fall.