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This fascinating, fun documentary will reveal the remarkable global community of women who create, consume and love romance novels.

WOW! THANK YOU!

Take a look: we just reached our Kickstarter target!

I am touched, heartened, and excited by all of the support everyone has given this project! 

When I launched this Kickstarter campaign, I set the goal of $50,000 because, with Kickstarter's all or nothing policy, I just didn't have the guts to ask for more. 

I'd like to end this campaign with a burst of energy! We have a small but precious window in which we can try to get as close as possible to what I really need: “full funding.”

As you all know from this Kickstarter page, I actually need $200,000 to complete the film, get it out into the world, and keep PopularRomanceProject.org alive and growing as we're working on the film (thereby growing the community around the project and keeping the conversation we've started going). 

So PLEASE continue helping us get the word out in the next few days!  

THANKS A MILLION! We could never have gotten this far without the generous help of all of our supporters!

LOVE BETWEEN THE COVERS: a documentary film (part of the Popular Romance Project)

Love Between the Covers, a feature-length documentary film, will upend expectations and delight its viewers as it takes them into the remarkable worldwide community of women who create, consume, and love romance novels. The film will be broadcast around the world, seen at film festivals, and used in community settings and classrooms for years to come.

Love Between the Covers will be a fun film – but it’s born out of my serious interest in the unique, intensely passionate, vast, and technologically cutting edge romance community that’s been built online, and in person, literally around the globe. The film will give viewers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the most profitable segment of the publishing industry, and it will explore the enduring, archetypal stories of courtship and love that make these books so powerful. Above all, it will be an exciting cinematic ride with some extraordinary women the audience will enjoy meeting.

YOU can get involved in the making of this film! Please join us!

Everyone who becomes a supporter of Love Between the Covers will get a public, heartfelt, and grateful thank-you at our website. There are some lovely gifts you can get for your pledges, too. Take a look on the right side of this page.  And there are images of the gifts below...

You will get one of these magnetic bumper stickers with ANY pledge over $25! (and it won't leave a mess)...
You will get one of these magnetic bumper stickers with ANY pledge over $25! (and it won't leave a mess)...
or you can choose THIS magnetic bumper sticker, if you like it better than the one above! (and there are lots of other gifts described in the column on the right)
or you can choose THIS magnetic bumper sticker, if you like it better than the one above! (and there are lots of other gifts described in the column on the right)

WHY WE NEED YOUR GENEROUS PLEDGE NOW

For the past year, we’ve stretched our development money further than anyone thought possible. We’ve been shooting at conferences of romance authors and conferences of romance readers, we’ve ventured behind the scenes at publishing offices and into the homes of New York Times Bestselling authors, and we’ve been invited to tag along on trips that authors have taken with their readers.

We’ve been immersed in the romance community, and right now, we need funding to finish the film. Like a good novel, a good film needs a strong narrative arc. So we are planning to shoot over the next few years, capturing the stories we are following -- as they unfold. After that, we'll edit the film, complete post production (sound mix, music composition, rights acquisition etc.) and launch the film in the broadest way possible, coordinated with the other programs that are part of the Popular Romance Project.

____________________________________________________________ NEWS FLASH!!!  PROJECT UPDATE: I got some fabulous news a few days ago! While we were shooting at the Romance Writer of America conference, the National Endowment for the Humanities announced its latest grants, and this project received a substantial production grant. I didn’t expect it (the competition is incredibly fierce) and I was elated! So I now know FOR CERTAIN that this film will be made. We have the money to shoot the film and begin editing. However I don’t have the full budget. If I can raise $50K through Kickstarter, I’ll have enough to do pickup shoots and finish editing the film. (If I can raise $100K through Kickstarter, I will be able to hire a composer, complete the post production sound editing and sound mix, hire an animator, and help keep PopularRomanceProject.org alive and growing.)

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Five months ago, we launched PopularRomanceProject.org, where you can find video excerpts from the interviews we’ve been shooting, behind the scenes videos, and lively essays about popular romance written from a dazzling range of perspectives. The blog has gotten hits from more than 120 countries! It has started conversations between readers and authors and scholars from cultural history, literature studies, and anthropology. We need to keep the blog going, too!

Thanks to Kickstarter, we have a way to connect DIRECTLY to our audience and let the fans fund a project that THEY want to see.

Whether you pledge $1, $100, or $10,000, YOUR GIFT WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

About Our Project

Popular romance fiction is a huge phenomenon.  It is a behemoth in the publishing industry, and a dynamic worldwide community of more than 100 million women. People are aware of the phenomenon – but only superficially. Love Between the Covers will defy people’s expectations, reveal a story no one knows, introduce us to some terrific characters, and give us a window onto something very basic and human: how do we tell stories about courtship and love? And what do those stories say about us?

As a filmmaker, I am passionate about telling the stories of unsung women and their extraordinary communities. My films have revealed the life and world of an 18th century midwife/healer (A Midwife’s Tale) and the long lost story of the women who built the Tupperware empire back in the 1950s (Tupperware!). Those films upended people’s expectations, delighted their viewers, and showed the world who these women were.

I’ve been in this business for a while, and I’ve been blessed. My films have won the primetime EMMY Award, the Peabody Award, and many others. They have been broadcast around the world, they’ve been used in classrooms and community settings worldwide. 

Now my focus is the global romance community -- and I need YOUR HELP. I’ve made some interesting discoveries. The women in this community span all socio-economic groups, ethnic backgrounds, and romantic preferences (ranging from chaste evangelical romance to erotic gay romance and BDSM). They are incredibly good networkers, who’ve been on the crest of the tech wave, pushing the boundaries of digital publishing and social networking (think about it; they are using 21st century innovations to re-shape archetypal stories that can be traced back hundreds, even thousands of years!). And most importantly, they have built a community that is unlike any other I have encountered.

The documentary film Love Between the Covers is just one part of the Popular Romance Project. I refer to the partners on this project as “the dream team.”

In addition to Love Between the Covers, the feature-length documentary film created by Blueberry Hill Productions, the Popular Romance Project will include:

  • an academic symposium delving into the deep historical roots of romance novels and the romance industry’s use of new technologies heading into the future, hosted by the Library of Congress Center for the Book,
  • a nationwide series of library programs where the film will be shown, romance writers will be featured, and fun activities will take place, organized by the American Library Association, and
  • a deep, content-rich interactive website that will allow its users to look at popular romance across time and across cultures -- with a huge archive of documents, novel excerpts, book covers, film excerpts, audio recordings, and teaching resources, created by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media,
  • and for all of these programs, we will be working with the International Association for the Study of Popular Romance.

All of these programs will offer exciting new perspectives on popular romance and a wide variety of opportunities (both face-to-face and online) for thoughtful conversations about the most popular of all fiction genres.

But right now, we need your help to complete the film! 

How the money will be spent

The footage we shoot with this money will be not only be used in the film; it will also be used at the website, at the symposium, and in the library programs that will take place around the country!

WITH THE NEH FUNDING we just received in place (which will allow us to shoot the film, and begin to edit), the Kickstarter money could allow us to complete the film and launch it in the world!

With the $50,000 we are raising with this Kickstarter campaign, we will

  • edit the film (a process that takes many months for a complex long-form film)
  • continue to make videos for our website, to share what we are doing, take you behind the scenes, and get input from you 
  • do pickup shoots (the shooting one does while editing)
  • pay to help keep PopularRomanceProject.org going strong (we don’t want to disappoint all of the people, from more than 120 countries, who’ve been visiting the blog!)

If every romance reader donates $7 (the price of one paperback), we’ll raise WAY MORE than the $50,000 we are asking for!

MANY KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGNS RAISE MORE THAN THEIR GOAL. AND WE’D LOVE TO, AS WELL.

IF THIS CAMPAIGN RAISES MORE THAN $50,000, HERE’S HOW WE’D SPEND THE MONEY:

If we raise $75,000, we could do everything we will do for $50,000 but we could also take the film through the final stages of post production: the sound editing and sound mix, color correction, and music composition. 

If we raise $100,000 we could do everything we will do for $75,000 but we could also record the music our composer writes, clear the photo and film rights we need to acquire, and have our grand film premiere (probably in Boston, where I live, but if there's enough demand we could do additional film premieres in NYC and California).

And...                   

If we raise $200,000, we could take the film out to film festivals, plan and hold our Library of Congress Popular Romance Project symposium on the deep roots of popular romance and its future in the digital age, plan our American Library Association Popular Romance Project nationwide library program …..and help keep PopularRomanceProject.org going strong

In other words, we could focus on the many tasks required to make the Popular Romance Project the best project it can be, instead of spending our time FUNDRAISING!

What is Kickstarter and how does it work?

Kickstarter is the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world. 

Over one million people have pledged and donated funds to over 25,000 projects from the worlds of music, art, film, technology, design, food and other creative fields. 

What makes Kickstarter different than other funding platforms is that funds pledged only become donations when we meet our goal by the deadline.  We have to meet our funding goal before the campaign expires – or we don’t get anything. That’s why we need your help!

You can help by donating, and by spreading the word to others. Please share the link to this page, email it to friends, family, and fellow fans, post it on your Facebook page, “Like” us at Facebook.com/PopularRomanceProject, and tweet about this Kickstarter campaign. And if you are a romance author, PLEASE consider including information about this Kickstarter campaign in your newsletter.

How do I pledge?

Donations are charged to your credit card through a special, secure section of Amazon.com dedicated to Kickstarter. Just click the green “BACK THIS PROJECT” button on this page to make your donation.

Remember, you are not charged until we meet our goal!                                 

TELL ME ABOUT THE DONOR REWARDS   

We’re offering all kinds of goodies, from a stylish, fun magnetic bumper sticker, to first chapter critiques, to film premiere tickets -- and (for $5000) a PRIVATE FILM PREMIERE for you and your friends/fans/family in YOUR HOMETOWN.  How cool is that?  The film's director and producer (that's me) would fly to your town, show the film before it's broadcast, answer questions after the screening, and hang out with your guests.

Can I gift a donor reward to someone else?     

Absolutely. It’s a great idea. Just make your pledge to the film. When we reach the deadline, you will receive an email confirming your donation and donor reward. Just provide the address where you want your reward(s) sent. It’s that simple.

What else can I do to help?   

Thank you for asking! You can be an outreach partner and spread the word.  Tweet it. Post it on your Facebook page. Phone your friends. Shout it from the rooftops! Let everyone know how they can Kickstart the film Love Between the Covers by donating here (in any amount), at Kickstarter.

Where can I find out more about the film and the Popular Romance Project?   

At PopularRomanceProject.org, you’ll find excerpts from the interviews we’re shooting, behind the scenes videos, and lively essays about popular romance written from multiple perspectives.  The blog has gotten hits from more than 120 countries!  You can leave comments and discuss what’s at the blog with others. Come join the conversation.

You can also follow what’s happening with the project at Facebook.com/PopularRomanceProject.

Need help or more info?  Contact us!     

If you have any other questions, just ask  us. Email your questions to popularromanceproject.mail@gmail.com

TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE GIFTS WE'RE OFFERING:

Here's one of the bumper stickers we're offering.  It's magnetic so there's no mess.  By displaying it you will be supporting the project.
Here's one of the bumper stickers we're offering. It's magnetic so there's no mess. By displaying it you will be supporting the project.
Here's the other bumper sticker you can choose!  Take your pick!
Here's the other bumper sticker you can choose! Take your pick!
This is the white on red version of the cloisonne pin.  We are thinking it might look good red on white too.  What do you prefer??
This is the white on red version of the cloisonne pin. We are thinking it might look good red on white too. What do you prefer??
This is what the pin looks like with red letters on white (actual size).
This is what the pin looks like with red letters on white (actual size).
And here the image is blown up big so you can see it.  What do you think??
And here the image is blown up big so you can see it. What do you think??

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    Be an outreach partner. For any pledge of $5 or more, we will thank you, officially, at the SUPPORTER PAGE at our website, PopularRomanceProject.org. You can spread the word on Facebook. Tweet it. Shout it from the rooftops. You will be one of our Kickstarters!

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    For a $10 pledge, you will get a personal email from me (the producer/director of the film) and a credit at the SUPPORTER page of our website, PopularRomanceProject.org. Every gift counts, and we are thankful!

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    For any pledge of $25 or more, you will receive a fabulous, fun magnetic bumper sticker (no sticky mess!) that reads either: "I SUPPORT LOVE BETWEEN THE COVERS" or "ROMANCE MATTERS, SO I SUPPORT THE POPULAR ROMANCE PROJECT." Both look great (you can see images below the text to the left...scroll down), and they are directly related graphically to the film project. It's a major fashion statement -- and when you display it you will be supporting the documentary! You will also receive a personal email from the producer, and a credit at the SUPPORTER page of our website!

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    For a pledge of $35, you will get a DVD of "Love Between the Covers" when it is officially released. In the meantime, you will get credit at the SUPPORTER page of our website, PopularRomanceProject.org, a bumper sticker, and a personal email from the producer/director of the film.

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    Pledge $50 and get an elegant, colorful "Popular Romance Project" cloissone pin that anyone would be proud to wear. This is an elegant way to show your support! (We're deciding on the final design...red on white or white on red....let us know which you prefer! You can see a mockup if you scroll below the text on this page.) AND you will get a credit at the SUPPORTER page of our website, PopularRomance Project.org, a bumper sticker, and a personal email from the producer/director of the film!

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    Pledge $75 and you will get a signed DVD of "TUPPERWARE!", Laurie's previous film, which is NOT AVAILABLE now on the open market. You can't get this anywhere else! AND you will get a credit at the SUPPORTER page of our website, PopularRomanceProeject.org, a bumper sticker, and a personal email from the film's producer/director!

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    Pledge $100 and you will receive a signed DVD of the film "Love Between the Covers" when it is completed -- BEFORE IT IS RELEASED TO THE PUBLIC! And you will get a thank you IN THE CREDITS at the end of the film! Delivery date is unknown at this point, since it's dependent upon funding. But I promise you will receive your DVD as soon as it is finished, when you can only see the film at film festivals!! (And you will get a credit at the SUPPORTER page of our website, a bumper sticker, and a personal email from the film's producer/director!)

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    For a pledge of $150, a ROMANCE EDITOR from a publishing house will critique the first chapter of your romance novel. These editors are savvy and experienced. There's lots to be learned from them, and who knows where it will lead? THANKS to the editors who are helping out! (PLUS all donors of more than $100 will receive a thank you in the FILM CREDITS on the DVD, get a credit at the SUPPORT page of our website, a bumper sticker, and a personal email from the producer/director of the film!)

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    For a pledge of $150, you can get a PUBLISHED AUTHOR to CRITIQUE THE FIRST CHAPTER of your romance novel. Authors in the community have been incredibly generous, and we are VERY grateful! (PLUS all donors of more than $100 will receive a thank you in the FILM CREDITS on the DVD, get a credit at the SUPPORT page of our website, a bumper sticker, and a personal email from the producer/director of the film!)

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    For a pledge of $200, you will get a copy of the Love Between the Covers poster. This will be a limited edition poster. (PLUS all donors of more than $100 will receive a thank you in the FILM CREDITS on the DVD, get a credit at the SUPPORT page of our website, a bumper sticker, and a personal email from the producer/director of the film!)

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    For a pledge of $500 you will receive TWO VIP TICKETS to the FILM PREMIERE and post-screening PARTY for "Love Between the Covers." It will be a night to remember!! Delivery date is not known, since the completion of the film is dependent on funding. So please help us out, and we'll be able to get the film made! (PLUS all donors of more than $100 will receive a thank you in the FILM CREDITS on the DVD, get a credit at the SUPPORT page of our website, a bumper sticker, and a personal email from the producer/director of the film!)

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    For a pledge of $1000 you will receive SIX VIP TICKETS to the FILM PREMIERE and post-screening PARTY for "Love Between the Covers." With yourself and a friend, PLUS two other couples you love and cherish (or any other combo of six people total), it will REALLY be a night to remember!! Delivery date is not known, since the length of time it takes to make this film is dependent on funding. But with every donation, we're closer to getting the film made!! (PLUS all donors of more than $100 will receive a thank you in the FILM CREDITS on the DVD, get a credit at the SUPPORT page of our website, a bumper sticker, and a personal email from the producer/director of the film!)

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    For a pledge of $2,000 you can spend a day in the editing room. See how the film is being put together. See outtakes. Hang out with the filmmakers! (PLUS all donors of more than $100 will receive a thank you in the FILM CREDITS on the DVD, get a credit at the SUPPORT page of our website, a bumper sticker, and a personal email from the producer/director of the film!)

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    For a pledge of $5,000 I (Laurie Kahn, the filmmaker) will fly to YOUR home town, anywhere in the continental US, for a intimate PRIVATE FILM PREMIERE!! (You can invite some friends and family.) I will tell behind the scenes stories about the making of the film, and the evolution of the larger Popular Romance Project. Your guests will get bumper stickers, too!! You will have a year after the film is completed to collect on this pledge. If you've ever wanted to have a really special party, this is it!! (PLUS all donors of more than $100 will receive a thank you in the FILM CREDITS on the DVD, get a credit at the SUPPORT page of our website, a bumper sticker, and a personal email from the producer/director of the film!)

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