Part community letter writing project, part interactive web series with the premise that the world could end at any moment.
The world might end this year. Well, that’s what people are saying anyway.
You and I may not think so, but let’s make believe for a moment. If the world were to end this year, what would you want to say to it? What memories, yearnings, gratitudes, regrets, triumphs, and wonders call out?
Love Letters to the End is a dramatic interactive web series and community letter-writing project with the premise that the world could end at any moment.
Hey, why don’t you and I collaborate? People send in their anonymous love letters to the world to our P.O. Box. We scan all of the letters and put them up on our website for the world to see. We believe that love letters can come in the form of anything! A piece of writing, a song, a portrait, a dried flower, a photograph; no matter what form, we will choose a love letter or two per episode to influence the narrative!
Send letters to:
Love Letters to the End
P.O. Box 17693
Los Angeles, CA
WHAT’S THIS WHOLE INTERACTIVE WEB SERIES THING ABOUT?
The web series is where everything comes together - all of your letters, music, and art - combined into a travelogue format webisode. It is a collaborative effort with many voices in unison telling their stories: the ultimate love letter to the world.
The narrative follows Dean, a character who creates the community letter-writing project, Love Letters to the End. His goal is to collect love letters to the world from around world and put them on display. Things get a little more complicated when his two best friends and his ex-girlfriend, Lee, join the project. They visit places such as the butterfly preserve in episode 1, and upcoming we will visit a local organic permaculture farm, go stargazing with a UCLA astronomy professor--- we want to experience, learn, and share things about the world that we might miss if the world does in fact end this year!
It also incorporates non-fiction elements such as interviews and your letters to create a vibrant and sincere account of people's relationships with their homes and world.
The letters we receive will influence our web series in a number of ways. The theme of a letter can be incorporated into the storyline and dialogue. A letter could simply be read in voiceover like the one in the first episode. A letter could also create a character or event.
It really is a collaborative effort, and we need to have your submissions for this to work! Other than the written letters, visual art submissions are considered love letters to the world as well. For instance, Helado Negro's song "Paz a ti," (peace to you) will be used as his love letter to the world.
EXAMPLES OF LOVE LETTERS
Daedelus - We could hardly believe it ourselves, but Daedelus (Alfred Darlington) is contributing a song to our project as his love letter to the world!
Helado Negro - Roberto Carlos Lange makes beautiful experimental-electronic, latin folk music under the moniker Helado Negro. His latest album is out on Asthmatic Kitty Records.
Pisces - Meet the brand new dreamier, more lushly layered side project of Sarah Negahdari, virtuouso guitarist and frontwoman of our favorite darkly melodic post-punk trio in all of LA, The Happy Hollows.
Cigarette Barbies (Shawn Morones) makes dreamy, lo-fi beach pop. The tracks featured in the teaser and first episode will be released this year with his first album under this name.
Laurel Noone is contributing a new song as her love letter, which will be featured in our upcoming episode #2. Watch out for this one!
+ More to come!
WHY ARE WE COMING TO KICKSTARTER?
We are coming to Kickstarter to raise funds and to connect with a community that will directly enrich and inspire our project.
We want to share Love Letters to the End around the entire world. This will be done in a few ways:
- Handing out stamped, addressed envelopes to the people we meet during our travels
- Offering a monthly zine with each month's letters and art works, available as a prize or subscription via our website
- Compiling all of the year's letters into a book, including still portraits and interviews with special people we meet, available here and on our website
- Creating and sharing the episodes on social media and in film festivals
WHEN WE REACH OUR GOAL, THIS IS WHAT THE FUNDS WILL BE USED FOR
Funds collected from Kickstarter will be used for video and audio equipment, postage, prize fulfillment (zines, book, dvds, etc), and production costs (gas, food, park and campground fees, etc).
For our first episode, we were able to borrow all of the below, but to be sustainable, we need to acquire a full production package:
- Video/Audio equipment total: ~$7,000 (for a detailed list, check out the FAQ)
- Production expenses for a crew of 6: ~$1,000 for each of 5 episodes
- Prize fulfillment and festival submissions: ~$3000
If we make our goal, we will be able to finish 5 more episodes this year. If two great things happen -- the world doesn't end, and we exceed our target -- our group can continue receiving love letters to the world and make more episodes into 2013!
HOW YOU CAN HELP
The web series, the letter writing project; these are both only possible with the help of you residents of our beautiful planet! We want this to be your project as much as it is ours. The more people who participate, the more complete our love letter to the world will be! To help us with this, we ask that you please email three friends with the link to this page, http://kck.st/ItmAZP, as well as consider sharing it on Facebook.
LINKS TO GOOD STUFF
- COMPLETE ARCHIVE of all the love letters we've received
- Love Letters to the End homepage
- Love Letters to the End on Vimeo, Facebook, and Twitter
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THE FILM AND FILMMAKERS
Peter Dean created the concept for Love Letters to the End alongside Julia McAlee and Ryan Maxey. He lives and works in LA as director and editor on music videos, commercials, and short film projects. He is also a live music junkie, compulsive mixtape-maker, and dance floor freak.
Julia McAlee is a writer and actress. Before Love Letters to the End, Julia played the leading lady in Bummer Summer, an indie feature that Jonathan Holland of Variety called "unpretentious, fresh filmmaking."
Ryan Maxey studied cinema arts at USC, traveled the world, played professional basketball in Bolivia, and made his way back to LA to work in the video department at TOMS shoes.
Josh Polon is a producer/director in Los Angeles. He has produced THE DO-DECA-PENTATHLON by Jay and Mark Duplass (Fox Searchlight), KEVIN by Jay Duplass (SXSW 2011, WHOLPHIN), and ONLY THE YOUNG by Elizabeth Mims and Jason Tippet (Hot Docs, True/False 2012).
Let’s create the ultimate love letter to the world…together.
Canon 5D Mark III camera body: $3,499.00
Canon 50mm 1.8 Lens: $118.99
Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 Lens: $1,475.00
Sennheiser MKH-416 shotgun microphone: borrowed (free!)
Manfrotto 595B Fig Rig camera stabilizer support: borrowed (free!)
Zoom H4n Digital Recorder: $299.00
G-Drive 2tb hard drive x 2: $418
Cables, cases, misc: $450
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