Last night we presented a semester's worth of work in designing the Splash House. In just 5 days we built a full scale mock-up of our project which as you can see was big enough for all of us to climb into. Our next steps are Landmarks review, CD set and purchasing steel toe boots to start construction in a few weeks!
a fundraising update:
Wow! We are thrilled and honored by the response so far to the Call Me Kuchu fundraising campaign. After just four weeks, we have nearly 200 backers and we're $500 away from our $10,000 goal! BIG THANKYOUS to everyone who has donated and/or helped spread the word about the film.
Of course, we're going to need a lot more than $10,000 to finish Call Me Kuchu, and we still have 14 days to go on Kickstarter, so we'd appreciate anything you can do to help us with one last push to get the word out about the campaign via email, Twitter, Facebook... or your mouth! Anything we raise beyond our $10,000 goal will be invested in one of the many other crucial post-production costs we're going to face in the coming months, such as hiring a composer or a sound editor. Oh, and we still have some great rewards to give away!
a production update:
Life's been busy for the Call Me Kuchu team. We spent the last month and a half prepping for the edit in L.A. whilst being fellows in an awesome seven-week documentary lab run by the folks at Film Independent. But unquestionably the biggest highlight in April came when we bumped into Elmo and his handler at Full Frame Doc Fest (photographic proof below).
We're now back in NYC to start post-production -- and we're raring to go. Watching Call Me Kuchu's community of supporters grow through Kickstarter has really proved that there is an audience for this film and made us even more determined to complete what is a very important project to us both.
As always, we'd love to hear from you. You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org
In honor of the final fundraising hours, we've put together a little video countdown we like to call the...
Top Ten Reasons to Support our Film :
#10 - eligible for best foreign language film
Share with your friends, post on your facebook, tweet the beatles out of it! We'll be posting a new video clip every day so be sure to check back every day for a laugh, a giggle, a little reminder why this film has to see the light of day!
Heidi & Tim
"Nobody ever told me, I found out for myself. You gotta believe in foolish miracles."
Round about 1AM, we reached $9,150. Thank you all so very much for your support. Without it, we really had no way to execute VFTA:5 at the level that all of its artists deserve. Every producer does a certain amount of initiating the project, and then using the project to generate funds for the project that's already been set in motion (a la Moulin Rouge), but we really rolled the dice on this one. The sudden closure of our home base at Ace of Clubs left us in a very difficult position. This campaign was a big Hail Mary pass, and our friends came through for us in ways and numbers we couldn't have imagined when we started. I'm shocked, stunned, elated, and very touched by the number of people from the many different parts of my life and my past who stepped up to help out when we needed it. I know all of the other people involved in the production and the company whose friends and family pitched in to help feel the same way. Its a wonderful life and no man is truly poor who has friends and I will as per my agreement with the company, be speaking like Jimmy Stewart until October. Its for a good cause.
"Atta boy Clarence, atta boy."
Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.
Hey Kickstarters!! With your support Coffee Joulies surpassed the $300k mark and made it to 3rd place in the Hall of Fame. We couldn't have done it without your belief in us.
Now we need to ask you to keep up your faith in us as we head into manufacturing to get you your beans. Dave and I are moving to Sherrill, NY next week so we can be close to the factory and make sure everything goes smoothly. We received our first preproduction samples from the factory a few days ago and they look great, but there's still a ton to do before we're able to start shipping. We'll have a much better idea of the timeline in a few days.
For anyone who pledged an incorrect amount, for example forgetting to add shipping, we will be creating a process for accepting the balance from you. Look for that update in a few days. Remember, shipping is included for all addresses in the USA. You only need to add shipping if you live outside the USA. See Update #6 for clarification.
For everyone else, your beans will ship to you in the order that your pledges were received. Congratulations to April Aryuyo from San Francisco for getting the first pledge in just minutes after our campaign launched!!
Stay tuned, as we will be updating much more frequently in the coming days and weeks, and keep your eyes peeled for the surveys where you will give us your shipping address.
Dave & Dave
First off I want to thank all of our Kickstarter supporters! We made our goal and now it's time for us to send out your rewards. The posters are and the entire NERD Pictures crew was on hand to sign them for our amazing pledges. Once again, we can't thank those of you that contributed enough and hope you enjoy the posters/CDs. All of the rewards will be sent out early next week. Click on the thumbnails below for larger versions of the pics.
As promised, 4 Cambridge Center will have its theatrical premiere on May 27th, 2011 at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. The door will open at 7:00PM, and all three episodes will be shown back-to-back.
The premiere will be a semi-formal event-- nobody will be turned away of course, but please dress nicely!
Finally, we’ll be showing a sneak peek of the film at the Coolidge Corner Theater during the MassArt Senior Show on May 19th. Come to the Coolidge at 7:00PM to get a glimpse of 4 Cambridge Center before its release!
Check back often for new updates on our progress, and as always, you can visit Facebook and Twitter for more updates on 4 Cambridge Center as they’re released!
With your amazing support, we've now reached 60% of our goal! Thank you so much! We still have a little ways to go, but I'm confident we can get there.
The Keene Sentinel published a story on dumpster diving and my film. Have a look, I think it a really nice article - http://bit.ly/km7HIt.
Also, I just returned from the Independent Film Festival of Boston, where my short film, The Dentist, had its world premier. What an amazing festival! My short screened in a program along with some other fantastic shorts. I met some great filmmakers and ate a lot of twizzlers. If you live in Boston, don't miss this festival - It runs through Wednesday.
Other exciting news! My short film, Matthew 24:12, won the International Documentary Challenge at Hot Docs in Toronto. My wonderful teammate, Iva, called me last night at 11 to tell me she had just walked off the stage after collecting the awards for best film and best directing. Woo HOo! Our video will be online shortly for an online vote. I'll keep you posted.
So. 9 days left. We can do this. Help me by spreading the word. Post the link wherever you can. Tell your friends you are backing this amazing project, and they should too. Tell your elementary school teachers. Write to your congressperson!
Here is a shortened version of the Spoils kickstarter link: http://kck.st/hR4x51 if you'd like to copy/paste it.
And most of all: