All 206 of them. That pretty much sums it up.
Come with us to photograph every Sizzler in America!
(Note: If you are on mobile internet you can view the video on YouTube here.)
Why back us now
Why back us now, with $9,940 and only 42 hours to go? Because if you do like the Sizzler project, and want to be involved - we need to know. Regardless of whether we get funded here, we need to find our people!
You know Sizzler. The family steakhouse. If there isn't one in your town, there probably used to be.
Photographing Sizzlers may sound funny, but this is a serious art project. Just as there's beauty in every person, there's beauty in every Sizzler. We make the photographs blurry to help bring this out and make beautiful art that you can own by backing this project.
Now, on to the questions:
Why Sizzler? Sizzler is Americana. With 206 locations, it's epic, yet manageable. It's an opportunity to travel the suburbs (and some urbs) of America. Sizzler is not just the sizzle, it has the steak too!
What are we actually photographing? The buildings. Sizzlers occupy similar yet amazingly varied structures in parking lots and mall parking lots across this great country.
What is the end result of this project? We will make a self-published artist book on Blurb (you can preview a work-in-progress version here.) We'll also make posters and prints. Hopefully, a gallery show will follow. That's the goal!
What will we use the money for? $12,000 will cover the rest of our travel to complete the project. We have already driven over 8,200 miles, but have over 7,500 miles yet to do, plus another 13,000 miles in the air AND not to mention over 1-1/2 miles on foot to get to the Sizzler on Highland near our apartment in L.A. We've photographed 34 Sizzlers so far, mostly in the mid-west and East coast. When we canvass the Sizzler-dense western states (and Puerto Rico and Hawaii) we will pick up an additional 172 and meet our goal of photographing EVERY Sizzler.
Here's what still needs to be done:
But wait -- we shoot on film, right? What about those costs? Yes, we do shoot on film - medium format to boot - because it's luscious and wonderful. We have invested thousands in travel, film and processing already. Kodak has made a gracious and substantial film donation to our project, which has helped so much. However, processing and scanning will cost us thousands more over our travel expenses, which we'll either pay or hustle for ourselves.
Why Kickstarter? We want to bring you along. The more people involved with this project, the more people we'll meet on the road and the more fun it will be. And you will see, participate in and hopefully enjoy our work, which is our dream.
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Keep in mind that The Fishes love you whether you back the project or not, but back it because it feeels gooood and you'll get cool art.
Thanks so much for looking at this page and please pass it on to friends if you like it!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on October 14, 2009.
Sep 12, 2009 - Oct 14, 2009
Pledge $1 or more
MAP IT. Throw down even $1 and we'll sweeten things by giving you access to our Google map of Sizzlers. We will update the map as we go with routes, photos and stories all embedded in the map. Seriously guys, this is so much fun! PLUS you can go to sleep tonight knowing you are an awesome person who directly supports artists and their dreams!
Pledge $10 or more
WRITE IT. You will get a heartfelt thank you in the book that results from this project. And you'll be able to buy the book for 30% off the retail price of approximately $130. It'll be an expensive book, but it will be 400(!) beautiful pages! PLUS all previous rewards.
Pledge $25 or more
15 backers Limited (235 of 250 left)
POSTER IT. We will send you a signed and numbered 18''x24" poster of our photographs of every Sizzler in the USA. All of them! On a single poster! This will be limited to 500 copies and is going to be awesome! PLUS all previous rewards.
Pledge $50 or more
5 backers Limited (158 of 163 left)
PRINT IT. A signed, unique, high-quality digital photographic 8"x10" print of a Sizzler. We are only going to make one of these types of prints in this size for each Sizzler, so everyone who gets this reward will have a unique piece of art that nobody else will have! PLUS all previous rewards.
Pledge $100 or more
3 backers Limited (17 of 20 left)
WATCH IT+. Get a copy of the movie "I'm Reed Fish" on DVD signed by... you guessed it, Reed Fish! To get excited for this, you can watch the trailer on YouTube! PLUS we'll throw in an EXTRA Sizzler poster! PLUS all previous rewards.
Pledge $250 or more
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EAT IT. The Fishes will take you and a guest out to eat at your local Sizzler. You can order anything you like... steak, shrimp, a burger... even add on their world-famous salad bar. It's our treat! (NOTE: We are unable to fulfill this offer at the NM, TX, FL or NE Sizzlers... but we're sure we can make arrangements for something equivalently cool!) PLUS all previous rewards.
Pledge $500 or more
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BOOK IT. You will get an exclusive limited edition copy of the finished artist-book that will contain a tipped-in, signed, printed-from-the-negative photograph. This will be sweet! PLUS all previous rewards!
Pledge $1,000 or more
0 backers Limited (5 of 5 left)
FRAME IT. You will get a exhibition-quality signed and numbered 20"x20'" print of the Sizzler of your choice. Each print will be done in an edition of 3 and printed from the negative. These prints are going to be gorgeous and will be the preferred format for the exhibition of this work. PLUS you'll receive all previous rewards!
Pledge $1,500 or more
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PICTURE IT. The Fishes will take your and/or your family's portrait. We will be happy to come to you if you live anywhere near a west coast Sizzler or in the NYC area. Otherwise, we'll have to work something out. But, we're resourceful though! NOTE: The portraits will be in-focus, unless you request otherwise ;) PLUS you'll get all previous rewards!
Pledge $2,500 or more
0 backers Limited (1 of 1 left)
DEDICATE IT. We will dedicate the finished book to you or the person of your choosing. PLUS We'll give you an extra 20"x20" gallery print! PLUS you'll get all previous rewards.