"The Pink Hotel" is Chicago artist Chris Hefner's first feature film, and is slated for completion in March 2010.
The production of "The Pink Hotel" has been funded entirely through the generosity of friends & well-wishers, as well as simply out of the director's pocket. Production began approximately one year ago, and has been steadily chugging along all the way through to the last stages of post production within a year. This has been a tremendously rewarding and successful endeavor for all involved so far, and it's our hope to utilize Kickstarter to get the picture out where the world can see it! "The Pink Hotel" will be premiered in it’s home town of Chicago in March, however a small European tour is to follow, with proposed screenings in London, Paris, Berlin and Oslo. We hope to fund this trip and pay off the film's remaining production costs via our kickstarter campaign.
The goal for the exhibition and initial distribution of “The Pink Hotel” is to maintain the self-sufficient, grass-roots method that has been essential to the film’s mission since the beginning of production. In this case, this involves writer/director Chris Hefner personally traveling with the film and setting up screenings at independent or alternative screening or performance spaces. Through personally accompanying the film to its initial screenings, he hopes to foster a more open, involved sense of community between the film, it’s makers and it’s audience. In a larger sense, the belief is that this is a necessary step away from the exclusive, untouchable mode of large-scale productions, and toward a more inclusive relationship between film viewers and film makers.
Each screening will be preceded by a short musical performance by a different artist in each city. The production has been extremely fortunate to include work by some incredible musical talents on it’s soundtrack and we would like to continue the film’s relationship with the music world in the exhibition process in this way. Artists already attatched to perform include Daniel Knox, Elegi & and Svarte Greiner, with more exciting additions in the works! Check out their work at these links:
The film itself is still in the final stages of post-production, but please consider the official trailer at the end of our video (above). The trailer is also viewable on youtube.com, has been featured on various blogs and is gaining viewership for the film daily. Hefner also has many previous short films available for viewing online which give a clear view of his style and artistic objectives. You may find more information about Chris Hefner and “The Pink Hotel” on these websites:
www.theoperatedeye.com (Hefner’s personal site including films & other artwork)
cmhefner.wordpress.com (the production blog for The Pink Hotel)
Or, simply search “The Pink Hotel” on www.facebook.com for updates.
Thanks a baker's dozen for your consideration! I hope you'll take an interest in helping us along.
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ENTHUSIASM VIA INTERNET At any pledge level, you can count on a friendly, enthusiastic and above all grateful communique from me thanking you for your kind donation. I will also add your name to what I hope will be a sprawling public list of donors on the Pink Hotel's production blog & facebook page. A veritable international directory of generosity!
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ENTHUSIASM VIA POSTAL SERVICE At $25 or more, I will personally send to you, via United States Postal Service, a little something in return for your donation. What will it be? Could be a postcard, could be a letter, could be anything I can get through a mail slot, but what's certain is that it'll be a personal missive from me to you that you can keep forever and ever. Awww.
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TUNEFUL OR TOOTHSOME ENTHUSIASM At the $50 level, you are now poised to receive not only a postal thank you from myself, but also either a CD from dear friend and collaborator Mr. Daniel Knox, or a DVD of my short films. It's up to you! Already have the entire Daniel Knox catalog on heavy rotation at home? Why not make it a movie night? Vertigo setting in from overindulgence in hours of flickering black and white super 8 viewing? Why not take a moment, stop and think, light a cigar, pour a drink and enjoy a hearty portion of Daniel's impeccable songcraft? It's really win-win. But act fast, there are a limited amount!
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MYSTERIOUS ENTHUSIASM Ah, friends, now things really start getting interesting for you. With a donation of $75 american, you will receive, along with your hand-crafted thank you from yours truly, ONE PIECE OF MYSTERY MAIL from one of the illustrious and singular personalities from the Pink Hotel family. This could be just about anything, but it is my solemn promise to you that it will be very much worth getting excited about. You see, many of the members of the cast and crew of TPH are artists, musicians, writers and cultural icons in their own right. A 75 dollar donation buys you a dip in that seemingly bottomless creative well! Original artwork! Music! Movies! Enthralling fictions! Unbelievable nonfictions! Roll the dice my friends, I assure you the odds are stacked in your favor.
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AUTOGRAPHED ENTHUSIASM Here's an exciting one: I'm very pleased to announce that friend and colleague Guy Maddin has graciously donated as his Mystery Mail, TEN home-made and autographed dvds of various installments from his breathtaking catalog! These are directly from Mr. Maddin himself, each is signed, and one can be yours, along with the standard howdy do from myself, if you get on the trolly with a $100 ticket! But like I said, these are strictly limited, so don't spare the horses!
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SWEET, SWEET ENTHUSIASM My friends it is winter. I am of the unpopular opinion in favor of this chilly passage of the year, however it has come to my attention that the majority of other human beings are, resolutely, not. So for a donation of 200 I am offering you something to look forward to, a sweet little light at the end of this greyly frosted tunnel: In addition to a piece of the coveted and enigmatic MYSTERY MAIL, at the 200 mark you will receive a gentleman's promise from myself to take you, yes YOU, out for ice cream once summer rolls around. I hasten to add that I unfortunately cannot travel to make this happen, however if you're in the area, or I find myself in your neck of the woods, you and I are bound for a balmy summer jaunt to the nearest creamery for a delicious reprieve from the heat. Heat! It will come again, friends! And for 200 dollars you may count on ice cream when it finally does. In the meantime, keep an eye on that mail slot...
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DELUXE ENTHUSIASM At this, our final pledge level, you really get it all my friends. ONE piece of DELUXE MYSTERY MAIL! (what makes it deluxe? Wouldn't you like to know.) ONE DVD of my short films! ONE Summertime Ice Cream Date! TWO Tickets to our upcoming WORLD PREMIER here in lovely Chicago, Illinois (Ahem, must clarify here, that's movie tickets, unfortunately not plane tickets. Oh these terrible limitations!). Date TBA, however you and a guest will be secured complimentary tickets to this unique ONE NIGHT ONLY event! AND! YOUR NAME will appear in the Thank You list in the end credits of The Pink Hotel. Your generosity will shine through the ages in immortal, cinematic glory friends. Imagine...