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Thank you, ALL 505 Backers!!
Because of your generosity + commitment, you championed License to Pimp to reach the finish line!!
I woke up yesterday morning wondering how the hell $7,000 could be raised in ONE DAY when the maximum I'd raised in 1 day over the last 30 days was $2,000!
Many of you were right there with me glued to your computer, on pins + needles, biting nails, & on the edge of your seats as we hit the refresh button far too many times to see how this campaign was do during its final hours and minutes. License to Pimp was like the underdog running in an election against an incumbent!! I had no idea that you'd track the film's progress + be so invested in the outcome as I've been! I appreciate every one of you who phoned, text'd, IM'd, + FB messaged me to show your concern, offer support, + ask if I had an angel donor waiting in the wings so that we wouldn't lose everything we raised to date!! Trust me, I was VERY scared we'd lose it ALL. Many of you even added more to your pledges to ensure that the film would cross over. THANK YOU. In the end, you guys turned out IN FULL FORCE to show that this is a film you want to see! This is how it turned out in the end:
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I absolutely need to acknowledge a few people:
(1) Hilary Brashear, my summer intern. I could not have done this without her. We spent weeks prepping for the launch, camping out at cafes and scrounging free wifi. We strategized about outreach, social media, + suffered through comatose donor days until we crossed over into the light. Every artist should be so lucky to have committed people on their team.
(2) Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Arts. I was accepted into Aljira's professional artist development program "Emerge" in 2007 with a work sample from License to Pimp. They're committed to the Artist + their Art. When they came on board the film as Producer, it made a huge financial difference, but more importantly, it cemented a long-term relationship
(3) Shannon Liss-Riordan, labor attorney. She has represented strippers in class action lawsuits against strip clubs that violated their employment rights.
Again, thank you EVERYONE.
More very soon. With much gratitude + excitement about the work we can now do....Thanks for making it possible...
9 HOURS Left to Fund
"License to Pimp" on Kickstarter!
WE are at 83% funded !! More then the money, I'm humbled + grateful for the community of friends, family + allies who've come on board this project and have adopted this child. THANK YOU!!!!
The strippers featured in License to Pimp are finding ways to address illegal labor conditions in the sex industry in a variety of ways. No one way is "right." Some people (including sex workers themselves) have said that if the women don't like the way their rights are violated, they can just leave. Quit or find somewhere else to work. Not everyone can quit. Or wants to. Or should have to. Going to another strip club doesn't mean anything: these violations are an industry-wide problem. Leaving the industry doesn't change the illegal practices. Getting the strip clubs to comply with labor, civil, criminal, health + safety codes does. Enforcement of the law is what gives workers security and rights. Sex workers deserve the same protections offered to the average American worker. These rights should be adopted globally.
Below is a picture of a stripper named 'Diamond" who shared her story with me. What you see are the countless receipts that she's issued by the club after she pays to work a shift. She + her co-workers carry boxes like this during their shift. If a customer tips her, she's expected to put his tip into the box. It's one insidious tactic that the strip club owners have come up with to separate the women from their tips so it appears that this money is the property of the club. It's illegal. The clubs have lost legal cases on this issue also.
License to Pimp shows women challenging this violation + successfully recuperating their wages + the tips that the strip clubs illegally required from them. I have a feeling that the violations that the strippers face are also ones faced by women working in massage parlors, escort agencies + the legal brothel system. They too have to pay to work.
If there's ANY STRIPPERS or other SEX WORKERs reading this: SAVE your Work Receipts! It's ILLEGAL for strip clubs or ANY employers to CHARGE YOU TO WORK. You'll need these receipts to recuperate your earnings.
deadline to get LICENSE TO PIMP fully funded:
Wednesday July 18 before 11:59pm EST
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With LESS than 9 HOURS Left to fully fund this film, I gonna continue kickin' it!
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Jun 18, 2012 - Jul 18, 2012
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(1) Thanks for helping to get our rough cut done! You have our eternal gratitude for helping to make this Film possible. We'll give a shout out to you on Twitter + Facebook. (2) You’ll receive a newsletter updates on our journey to complete LICENSE TO PIMP.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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All the above PLUS (1) Digital WallPaper from LICENSE TO PIMP. Make it your computer or cellphone’s wallpaper; post it to Facebook; print it out and tack it to the wall. (2) Animatic from Lola’s story in LICENSE TO PIMPEstimated delivery: Sep 2012
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In Addition to the initial $25 pledge, you will also get the entire unedited 8 minute interview clip with Skylar as she talks about not being a prostitute, legal brothels in Nevada, Proposition K (a 2008 San Francisco ballot measure that tried to decriminalize prostitution) & why she'd never work for a pimp.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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All the above PLUS (1) Thanks credited on the film’s website (2) Digital download of the filmmaker’s short documentary HOW DO YOU TELL SOMEBODY THAT YOU’RE HIV+?Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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2 backers All gone!
Everyone who backs this film at $50 or more before the weekend ends (midnight Monday July 9, 2012) will be automatically invited to a private NYC screening after the film is completed. (this includes anyone who's already backed the film to date). After this weekend, invitations will be closed.Estimated delivery: Sep 2013
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All the above PLUS (1) Thanks credited in the Film (2) A naughty holographic photo of Mariko Passion that was art directed by her (this is limited the first 200 backers who pledge $100 or more) (3) Digital download of the filmmaker’s short fictional ENT-HOMO-PHILIA (not appropriate for minors—there’s some sexual content & nudity)Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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All the above PLUS (1) Signed Limited Edition Movie Poster of LICENSE TO PIMP (2) Digital download of Lola’s story in LICENSE TO PIMP as a comic book (aka porno-novella aka historietta) (3) Digital download of the filmmaker’s short fictional film JIHAD FOR DEMOCRACYEstimated delivery: Dec 2013
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NEW REWARD: Chriselda Pacheco has graciously donated 4 stunning photos from her photo series “Sex and Judgment” Limited Edition: $500 each (signed by the artist, unframed, black/white, 18” x 24’) See Update # 10 to see the photos + learn about the photographer who is a former stripper.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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All the above PLUS (1) Signed Limited Edition printed Comic Book of Lola’s story in LICENSE TO PIMP (aka porno-novella aka historietta) (2) Limited Edition pre-Release DVD or BlueRay of LICENSE TO PIMP (3) Digital download of the filmmaker’s first documentary about lesbian and bisexual female sex workers of STRAIGHT FOR THE MONEY (59 minutes; 1994) which was in the 1995 Whitney BiennialEstimated delivery: Dec 2013
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All the above PLUS (1) Super Special Thanks credit in the Film (2) Ever wonder what you’d look like in an animation? Here’s your chance. Get your likeness inserted into Lola’s animation! It might be as a customer, a stripper, managers, her family or friends. It’ll be a surprise! You will need to provide us with some hi-resolution mugshots of yourself. (3) Skype with the FilmmakerEstimated delivery: Dec 2013
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All the above PLUS Two tickets (for you and a guest) to attend the San Francisco, Los Angeles or NYC premiere screening of LICENSE TO PIMP plus an invite to the before & after party. Lodging & transportation are not included.Estimated delivery: Dec 2013
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All the above PLUS (1) Associate Producer credit on the Film (2) Invite for you & a guest to the private Sneak Preview screening of LICENSE TO PIMP. (3) Party! Two tickets (for you and your guest) to attend the World Premiere screening plus an invite to the before & after parties. Lodging & transportation are not included.Estimated delivery: Dec 2013
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All the above PLUS (1) Executive Producer credit on the Film and in all promotional and educational outreach material. (2) Sit in on a day’s editing session. Lodging & transportation are not included. (3) Invite to the Fine Cut screening NYC. Lodging & transportation are not included. (4) Dinner with the Filmmaker & crew in NYC. Lodging & transportation are not included. (5) PARTY! Two tickets (for you and your guest) to attend the World Premiere screening of LICENSE TO PIMP plus an invite to the before & after parties. Lodging & transportation are not included.Estimated delivery: Dec 2013