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About this project

My name is Jeffrey Collins, and I am an artist currently living in Columbus Ohio. I have been privy to meet and learn from many artists that were much further in their art careers than I. Over time a desire to make a film documenting many of these people grew. It has been a passion of mine to create for you the viewer, a 21st century version of the legendary 1972 film Painters Painting by Emile De Antonio. It was through this film that I was introduced to artists who have become favorites of mine.

The more I watched Painters Painting, the more I wanted to make a modern version of this film. I have contacted a broad spectrum of artists, critics and curators ranging from those in the original film, to those from today's modern times. I've taken it upon myself to create this new and modern film so there will be a record of these times for those who come after us. Without this film, so much could be lost. Most people in the art world are easy to connect with, you just have to believe it's possible. One other thing I am wanting to show is that in todays art world, you don't have to die to become famous anymore. Including words of wisdom about the lives of the participants and how they are enjoying life while making amazing art, curating fantastic shows and writing amazing prose to go along with everything.  

You might be wondering about the title of the film. I had originally thought since most artists I admire don't like to title their work, I would do the same for the film. I am however not 100% on a title for the film, and this is more a placeholder for now.

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Participants already filmed include...

Carl Belz: Director Emeritus of the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University

Peter Reginato: Sculptor who has work at the Hirshhorn Museum and more.

Karen Wilkin: Curator of the Jules Olitski Retrospective and many more.

John Zinsser: Painter who has work in museums all over the world.

Klaus Kertess: Curator who ran the legendary Bykert Gallery.

Participants included but I've yet to interview...

Pat Steir, Ronnie Landfield, Joseph Marioni, Stephen Bennett, Robert Sagerman, Danielle Frankenthal, Kevin Finklea, Michael Brennan, Matthew Deleget, James Elkins, David Anfam, Hrag Vartanian, Max Cole, and more to come.

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$15,000 to help with this section of the film. Granted this is not what I need to FINISH the documentary, that would be $25,000 to truly finish everything in the film. I am asking for the 15 because it will help me to continue the project, and you can always donate more more than needed, but you can't do less. As Kickstarter is an all or nothing crowdsourcing platform. If I can't raise the $15,000 it will not charge your cards. I can always raise more, I can't raise less.

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What I'm planning on doing with the funds?

First and foremost is travel and accommodations in NY/Brooklyn area for me to stay while filming. I want to be available at anytime to film. Being able to visit an artist late at night to film them working is something I want to be available to do. I already have most of the equipment I need for the filming. There are always a few more things the filmmakers need for a new project. More batteries, more memory cards, filters for the camera, lighting. Plus I have to purchase all the items for the rewards so you can have the wonderful prints, VOD and DVD's you are awaiting delivery of. Once I get back, there are all the extras that come with the editing process, and mastering of the final finished film. I will be getting help with the editing and mastering which will need funding.

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I am looking to submit an edited version of the final film to the people who make Independent Lens on PBS. Hopefully this film will be shown on your local PBS station with your help. Many in the film world today know how amazing it is to have your documentary on PBS' Independent Lens, and I want to know that feeling too.

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The Karen Wilkin autographed book images are here...

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The Pat Steir autographed book images are here...

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The Ronnie Landfield autographed book images are here...

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The autographed Ronnie Landfield mailer from Stephen Haller Gallery....

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The Special Edition DVD-R Package...with custom unprimed canvas inlay card.

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...and more to come

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