Just wanted to let everyone know that Kickstarter has upheld their ruling that the Misty project was offering a reward with 'objectionable content' in violation of their community standards. They were kind enough to leave the page up during the appeals process and have agreed to leave it up for a few more hours so we can communicate with backers, but their ruling is final. The project page will be pulled from Kickstarter sometime today.
The groundswell of support from the community has been so strong and so positive that we can't, in good conscience, leave all of our supporters out in the cold. We've asked IndieGoGo if it's a project they would host and defend against complaints by outside parties and we are waiting for a ruling from them. If they say no (as is likely), we will host the project directly at the Distribpix site. This is not our first choice for many reasons, but we'll do whatever is required to make this project a reality.
We'll get the project up on a new site as soon as possible-- hopefully today or tomorrow. If you'd like us to e-mail you the link as soon as it is up, e-mail Steven to let him know (and ideally include your pledge level).
You can keep up with the latest news on the status of the project at either of the following places:
Thank you again for all of your support-- you've been amazing and we are humbled and inspired.
Steven, Ian, and the 435 Team
We have some bad news, but the community support and enthusiasm for this project is too big for one speed-bump to stop.
Despite the film's historical importance, its artistic merit, and all of our hard work on the film, extras and campaign, Kickstarter has decided that Misty is too sexy for the site and is in the process of terminating the campaign. Your credit cards will not be charged.
IMPORTANT: If you would like to continue to support this project outside of Kickstarter, please e-mail your pledge level to Steven@VideoXPix.com as we're unsure if we'll be able to preserve your information from within Kickstarter itself.
Obviously, we're unhappy about this turn of events. We can name 4 or 5 projects with with similar content which have been allowed to progress to completion. We are filing an appeal of their ruling (and any polite, professional e-mails you can sent to KS in our support emphasizing the artistic nature of this film and the integrity of the project would be GREATLY appreciated), but odds are that the project will NOT be re-listed.
We sill love Kickstarter, but clearly they feel uncomfortable working with us. So we're hard at work figuring out how to re-launch this project on our own. The silver lining in this dark cloud? Since Kickstarter won't be taking their percentage off the top, we're going to try to work out how to turn that extra margin into even better rewards for you.
We will keep you posted when we have details! We're going to come out of this stronger and better and we hope that you'll be right there with us. This Misty release is going to be one for the history books!
With tremendous gratitude,
Steven, Ian, and the 435 Crew
WOW! Over 1/3 of the way to our goal in under 24 hours! THANK YOU! And a VERY big thanks to those of you pledging at the higher levels or adding in a little extra above the requested pledge levels!
We'll have backer-exclusive updates sharing the details of our progress over the coming weeks, but first we wanted to address a few questions from backers:
Q: Can I get posters, soundtracks, etc separately?
A: Yes! Some of the items (martini glass, woodblock print, behind-the-scenes discs, etc) are exclusive to the Kickstarter campaign, but other items (poster, soundtrack, t-shirt) will be available for purchase separately once the DVD and Blu-ray ship. We're offering them bundled at a discount on Kickstarter to try to raise funds, so be aware that they'll cost more later. If you want extras of a Kickstarter exclusive, contact us before the end of the campaign and we'll see if we can figure something out.
Q: Can I change my pledge level?
Q: How do I add in the extra money for international shipping?
A: When you click "Back this Project" (or "Manage My Pledge" if you've already pledged) it will take you to a screen with two important things on it: a box at the top indicating how much you're pledging and a list below from which to select your reward. Add the additional international shipping cost to the box at the top but leave the selected reward the same. If you've already checked out through Amazon, you can still make this adjustment.
Steve and Ian
pledged of $10,000 goal
Funding Suspended Funding for this project was suspended on June 5, 2012.
May 31, 2012 - Jun 21, 2012 (21 days)
Pledge $10 or more
WOODBLOCK PRINT + PROMO STILL: Get a Kickstarter-exclusive handmade 4.25"x5.5" woodblock print based on Anthony Palumbo's artwork signed by the team at 435 Productions (see image below-left). Also included is a 5"x7" full color promotional still from the film. (International: +$3)Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $25 or more
DVD: Get the Special Edition 2-DVD set, the woodblock print, the promotional still, and free domestic shipping! (International: +$15)Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $35 or more
BLU-RAY + DVD: Get both the Dual-Layer Misty Beethoven Blu-ray AND the Special Edition 2-Disc DVD set (plus woodblock print and promotional still) and free domestic shipping! (International: +$15)Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $65 or more
BLU-RAY + DVD + POSTER + SOUNDTRACK: Get everything from the $35 level, plus the all-new 27"x39" Movie Poster (featuring art by Anthony Palumbo) AND the Limited Edition Soundtrack CD with 48-pages of liner notes. (International: +$20)Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $100 or more
T-SHIRT + CREDIT: Get everything from the $65 level plus the high quality American Apparel t-shirt featuring Anthony's painting of Misty. Also optionally includes your name (or chosen alias) in the "Special Thanks" section of the liner notes. (International: +$20)Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $150 or more
0 backers Limited (50 of 50 left)
THE HENRY PARIS: Everything from the $100 level plus a pair of elegant hand-blown, etched "Henry Paris" martini glasses, plus 2 tickets good for admission to one Henry Paris theatrical screening hosted by Distribpix. (Tentative Screening Locations: NYC, Austin, LA. Others TBD based on demand.) (International: + $35)Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $200 or more
9 backers Limited (11 of 20 left)
SPECIAL VINTAGE POSTER LEVEL: Get everything from the $150 level plus three VINTAGE posters (approx 28"x42", size varies slightly) from the Distribpix archive. (We promise to pick cool ones for you!) PLEASE NOTE: The $200 and $3000 tiers are the ONLY tiers that include the vintage posters. (International: +$35)Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $350 or more
2 backers Limited (48 of 50 left)
ARTIST'S EDITION: Everything from the $150 level PLUS a signed and numbered 16x20 fine-art giclée print of Anthony Palumbo's Misty Beethoven painting. Produced using pigmented inks on archival paper, this Artist's Edition is strictly limited to 75 prints. We will attempt to reserve low numbers for early pledges. (International: +$35)Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $1,500 or more
0 backers Limited (10 of 10 left)
INNER CIRCLE: Everything from the $350 level, plus a special edition "Producer" credit in the liner notes, 4 DVDs full of never-before-seen raw, unfiltered Misty Beethoven outtakes and alternate footage. Tickets are upgraded to VIP Backstage Passes.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $3,000 or more
0 backers Limited (2 of 2 left)
THE ULTIMATE: Everything from the $1,500 level PLUS we will choose 25 original posters from the Distribpix archive (many are extremely rare and valuable), a framed replica of the film award given to Misty Beethoven in 1976, and an original Misty Beethoven theatrical release poster, signed by the legendary director himself, Radley Metzger.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012