"Nobody ever told me, I found out for myself. You gotta believe in foolish miracles."
Round about 1AM, we reached $9,150. Thank you all so very much for your support. Without it, we really had no way to execute VFTA:5 at the level that all of its artists deserve. Every producer does a certain amount of initiating the project, and then using the project to generate funds for the project that's already been set in motion (a la Moulin Rouge), but we really rolled the dice on this one. The sudden closure of our home base at Ace of Clubs left us in a very difficult position. This campaign was a big Hail Mary pass, and our friends came through for us in ways and numbers we couldn't have imagined when we started. I'm shocked, stunned, elated, and very touched by the number of people from the many different parts of my life and my past who stepped up to help out when we needed it. I know all of the other people involved in the production and the company whose friends and family pitched in to help feel the same way. Its a wonderful life and no man is truly poor who has friends and I will as per my agreement with the company, be speaking like Jimmy Stewart until October. Its for a good cause.
"Atta boy Clarence, atta boy."
Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.
Hey Kickstarters!! With your support Coffee Joulies surpassed the $300k mark and made it to 3rd place in the Hall of Fame. We couldn't have done it without your belief in us.
Now we need to ask you to keep up your faith in us as we head into manufacturing to get you your beans. Dave and I are moving to Sherrill, NY next week so we can be close to the factory and make sure everything goes smoothly. We received our first preproduction samples from the factory a few days ago and they look great, but there's still a ton to do before we're able to start shipping. We'll have a much better idea of the timeline in a few days.
For anyone who pledged an incorrect amount, for example forgetting to add shipping, we will be creating a process for accepting the balance from you. Look for that update in a few days. Remember, shipping is included for all addresses in the USA. You only need to add shipping if you live outside the USA. See Update #6 for clarification.
For everyone else, your beans will ship to you in the order that your pledges were received. Congratulations to April Aryuyo from San Francisco for getting the first pledge in just minutes after our campaign launched!!
Stay tuned, as we will be updating much more frequently in the coming days and weeks, and keep your eyes peeled for the surveys where you will give us your shipping address.
Dave & Dave
First off I want to thank all of our Kickstarter supporters! We made our goal and now it's time for us to send out your rewards. The posters are and the entire NERD Pictures crew was on hand to sign them for our amazing pledges. Once again, we can't thank those of you that contributed enough and hope you enjoy the posters/CDs. All of the rewards will be sent out early next week. Click on the thumbnails below for larger versions of the pics.
As promised, 4 Cambridge Center will have its theatrical premiere on May 27th, 2011 at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. The door will open at 7:00PM, and all three episodes will be shown back-to-back.
The premiere will be a semi-formal event-- nobody will be turned away of course, but please dress nicely!
Finally, we’ll be showing a sneak peek of the film at the Coolidge Corner Theater during the MassArt Senior Show on May 19th. Come to the Coolidge at 7:00PM to get a glimpse of 4 Cambridge Center before its release!
Check back often for new updates on our progress, and as always, you can visit Facebook and Twitter for more updates on 4 Cambridge Center as they’re released!
With your amazing support, we've now reached 60% of our goal! Thank you so much! We still have a little ways to go, but I'm confident we can get there.
The Keene Sentinel published a story on dumpster diving and my film. Have a look, I think it a really nice article - http://bit.ly/km7HIt.
Also, I just returned from the Independent Film Festival of Boston, where my short film, The Dentist, had its world premier. What an amazing festival! My short screened in a program along with some other fantastic shorts. I met some great filmmakers and ate a lot of twizzlers. If you live in Boston, don't miss this festival - It runs through Wednesday.
Other exciting news! My short film, Matthew 24:12, won the International Documentary Challenge at Hot Docs in Toronto. My wonderful teammate, Iva, called me last night at 11 to tell me she had just walked off the stage after collecting the awards for best film and best directing. Woo HOo! Our video will be online shortly for an online vote. I'll keep you posted.
So. 9 days left. We can do this. Help me by spreading the word. Post the link wherever you can. Tell your friends you are backing this amazing project, and they should too. Tell your elementary school teachers. Write to your congressperson!
Here is a shortened version of the Spoils kickstarter link: http://kck.st/hR4x51 if you'd like to copy/paste it.
And most of all:
We had a sold out - amazing screening for our world premier tonite. The audience totally got the film- and gave Dan a long long standing ovation.
we have gotten a bunch of amazing reviews already- and twitter is abuzz with positive energy.
An important urban affairs mag/blog gave the film a tremendous write up
- that post didn't go out- so here's day 2 updated
2nd screening tomorrow at 1:30 was sold out- and it played even better today- Dan got a 5 minute standing ovation after it was over.
Really looking forward to showing it in Brooklyn
Just thought I would post one of my favorite scenes from the whole film for you to take a look at! This version has had a first pass of color correction on it, but hasn't had a full audio mix. Still working on getting a screening set up for everyone, hopefully this will tide you over for a bit....
Hope you all enjoy this scene (the music is my favorite from the whole film, thanks to my dad!), its definitely one of my favorite parts!
Only one more week to go, and the example movie is slowly taking shape. Today's update is a bit of an odd one. It's a making-of of sorts for simulating the kind of smoke dispersion you would find when a space-rocket starts.
For this, I use the Kinect, lots of water and some chocolate soy-milk.