This Kickstarter is to support my new film, The White WOLF, - a low-budget horror-thriller that fuses the structure of a classic werewolf story with the Italian Giallo.
The White Wolf is set in the 1980’s on a small island off the coast of New England. The film focuses on a terminally ill Patient who is travelling along the coast of Maine to visit a lighthouse remembered from his childhood. The island is now the site of a medical clinic, overseen by a reclusive Doctor, who is also a lecturer at a local university.
The non-linear narratives reveal the greater themes of the film’s premise: transformation by way of an unreliable sense of self; an unreliable sense of self by way of longings or desires; longings or desires by way of dire circumstances.
I created a short ASK film to tell you more about this project, my process, and how the funding would be used. Click above to see.
You are an established artist, why Kickstarter?
This is my sixth major film, and with every film I have done, the Ghosts, Black Sun, the Quickening, I have done the equivalent of an ‘offline Kickstarter’ to raise money to get them made. It often takes between 2 to 3 years to create these works. Sometimes this time delay is creative, but sometimes it has simply been about finding money to shoot. I am hoping that through trying the Kickstarter model, I’ll find a new way to fundraise for these substantial films. And through this process, I’m hoping to make collaboration and investment in projects like this one transparent and inspiring so that other video artists or film makers might do the same.
Rewards for Support
Since collaboration has always been inherent to my film process, the Kickstarter rewards system was a big draw for me. Support the making of this film on any level, and you have the possibility of having a unique artwork by me in your home,
and/or credit in supporting the film’s completion, which will be celebrated in New York in the spring of 2018. There are rewards set at every level, so everyone receives something as a thank you.
No one will become wealthy from the making of this film. This Kickstarter is simply about completing this film in the way that I would really love to see it made – with stunts, some 80’s style SPFX, with my crew being compensated, and my vision fully realized.
Returning the Film to You
I have had difficulty returning my major films to the internet, because of my history of music piracy. For this film I am committed to doing an original score so that the film can be watched online by a broader public. So after its gallery run, everyone can see this film.
Those of you who make films know how much teamwork goes into making even the shortest films. I ask you to support independent, creative filmmaking—and to support it as a producer by contributing to this campaign.
Thank you in advance, and I hope that you join me on the scary, beautiful universe of my new film The White WOLF.
Sue de Beer
Risks and challenges
I have never embarked on a major work without encountering various challenges, but I have never started a film without completing it.
TIMELINE FOR COMPLETING 'the White WOLF'
The film will be shot July through October 2017, at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City. I plan to edit, score, and build an installation for the film in fall and winter of 2017, and premiere the work at my Gallery, Marianne Boesky Gallery, in 2018.
- (30 days)