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  1. Death in Arizona Breathes Life Into Updates

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    I was immediately moved by Tin Dirdamal's documentary project Death in Arizona when it launched in June. The film follows Tin on his return to an apartment in Bolivia that he shared with a woman he loved, who then left him for another man. In an attempt to free himself from the loss, he inhabits her old apartment for over a year until slowly it becomes his own, meanwhile documenting the passage of time outside its windows. The result is a meditative, hypnotic exploration that, in Tin's words, hopes to reveal the significance of the insignificant, and how time takes its time.

    From the moment Tin's campaign launched he began unraveling a story. With each Project Update he posted, a new aspect of the film came to life — the music, the artwork, the involvement of friends and backers — that brought backers closer into the film's intimate radius. Below, a rundown of his Updates.

    Update #1: New Video Piece

    Tin shares a new scene from the film: a lone chair in a room, the passing sun through the window, a girl playing in the street, a cat climbing a car window, a pile of garbage.

    Update #2: New Reward & Poster

    We get a draft of the poster he's been working on, which is being offered as a reward. He asks backers for their thoughts.

    Update #3: New Video Piece

    Another clip, this one at night, equally sedate and melodic in its minimalism.

    Update #4: My Mother's Artwork

    Tin shares rough sketches for another reward, a print of the lone chair. It's made by his mother, an artist.

    Update #5: Music

    The film's composer, Jorge Marrón, steps in to share a sample from the score and his thoughts on the process:

    The idea is that observation and contemplation in the film become one's own, that the emptiness and anguish be transported into an inclusive journey. This particular music piece plays with the battle within and the abandoned stillness outside, a contrast between deafness and calmness.

    Update #6: When I Met Her

    Tin says a few words about that time and includes some photos.

    We had an understanding, if she hung a flag from her window it meant I wasn't invited that night. Neither of us knew when and if I would show up or if that flag would remain hanging.

    By this point I feel as though I've entered deep into the film's world, like I've been given a project diary and when Tin feels like it, he opens a new page.

    Update #7: Prints out of the OVEN

    Here his mother's prints are complete:

    His mum has made me up my ante.

    Update #8: Spread the Love

    The collective effort grows new arms. Tin begins a campaign to get as many people as he can to pledge just $1 to the project and dubs it #OneForLove, or #UnoPorAmor. He asks friends and backers to spread the word, and what results is a series of photos from all over the world with the phrase "Uno Por Amor" (One For Love).

    He shares these images and more in Updates #9 and #10.

    Update #11: Lucky Update "Death in Arizona" Buttons for You

    Yesterday Tin thought to himself, "it's not enough," so he made buttons with the image from his poster to send to every backer.

    Death in Arizona still has a few more days to go before funding ends, but already I feel as though I've received many gifts. It's clear that Tin and everyone who is working with him on this project want the creative process — and the funding campaign — to be as inclusive and experimental a journey as the film itself. Tin's Project Updates have created a new kind of multimedia, multidimensional trailer for this film, and I'm moved to be a part of it.

  2. New Projects Are Made in America

    Kickstarter projects can be great because they help us see the world in ways we never would have thought of before. For example, as being composed of 48 cast-iron skillets, melted and manipulated to resemble the United States. Or, as a multi-media installation exploring the different ways that people interact with the utterly surreal natural landscape of an isolated country. Other worldview options include wacky cartoonery, rollerskates and 70s shortshorts, and puppets. Take your pick of whichever you think is best, because all are included in this weeks particularly awesome new project roundup.

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