A Message From Producer Lianne Halfon
Hi Earth Movers.
We are in the last three days of our campaign – and I’d like to thank everyone for their support so far. Three days to go! And a daunting $10K to cover.
I have been working on this project for 4 years, but my connection to it began 40 years ago. I arrived in NYC as a college dropout in 1975 and in 1976 I met my best friend Rebecca Litman (who is still my best friend). That same year, Einstein on the Beach premiered at Avignon, and I had the fortune of meeting Philip Glass. Rebecca, who now works with Philip, collected most of the rewards you see on our Kickstarter and introduced me to director John Walter.
I’ve been producing films independently for twenty-one years. Often that means selling an idea, or a script, that is going to have actors attached. Often it means finding distribution for a finished film that has just played at a festival. But it always begins because I am struck by something – something so compelling to me that I believe it will be compelling to many others. Not everyone surely, but some – and the some will be enough to sustain it.
Getting a film done feels like a Stratego-esque advance over small squares to the other side of the board. One hopes that the setbacks just stack up against each other, and with effort and grace the film vaults over them into existence. That’s not the idea you start with but that’s the idea you learn to appreciate. When you talk about the films later, you start by minimizing that difficult part of the process. It's not that you pretend that it was easy later (though you sometimes do that too); it’s that you eventually forget it altogether. This amnesia allows you to repeat an iffy endeavor because you forget just how iffy it is. The difficulty becomes a tiny footnote. That is, if you get it done.
Which brings me to Kickstarter. Kickstarter has allowed me to feel genuine encouragement from those who are like-minded and enthusiastic for the idea. I imagine you waving your digital rewards and imaginary project t-shirts in the distance, right next to the funds that will allow us to make the film we believe so strongly in.
Before you can buy a ticket to the movie.
Before you can see the movie.
Before you know if we can finish the movie.
And after many years of working independently and nearly five years on this project, that is the unanticipated, greatly appreciated, soul-saving Kick we need.
Now we just have to get it done.
We are almost there.
I have made 15 films over 21 years. And the marketplace often dictates what I make. If I can’t raise the money, I can’t shoot.
Audiences love great documentaries – but they are the hardest films to fund. So we have to start without the money and hope we can raise it as we go.
This is a great documentary and it needs your support. We are in the final phase – so please help us make this goal. Then I can stop asking Rebecca for favors.
Many, many thanks, (actually 1,036 so far)
Lianne Halfon (Producer)