Funded! This project was successfully funded on July 17, 2011.

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The feature documentary, BEYOND BURLESQUE, takes an in-depth look at the subculture of groundbreaking burlesque performers in NY today.

Please view the trailer.

Beyond Burlesque is a documentary about some of the most creative, sexy, outrageous, and uncensored performers of our decade. We have completed 60 minutes of the feature-length film and now we need funding for the next stage of editing. What's unique about this film is that we have captured performances that have never hit the screen before and have only been seen live onstage. We want to bring these performers beyond the velvet curtain and into your bedrooms!...via television and the big screen. The plan is to release the film worldwide and gain exposure for this vital new art form. 

Beyond Burlesque will leave audiences with an indelible image of a subculture currently rising out of New York. The film delves into the private and public lives of a select number of extreme personalities and performers in the NY neo-burlesque scene. It is a story of character--provocatively sexy, comedic, and sometimes shockingly transgressive, as these performers deal with issues of difference including transgender, disability, sexuality, the body politic and exploding assumptions about this subculture. They are pushing boundaries to the limits and questioning "what is normal"...for god's sake, "why be normal?!?!" For three years we have been filming our characters with a “fly on the wall” approach during creative rehearsals, private backstage preparations, their personal struggles and triumphs as well as their performances.

We are currently in the final stage of editing and will premiere the film in 2012.

Thanks for looking at the project!

SPECIAL REWARDS:

For $300 (Option 1)

A limited edition print by artist, Beth B, Portrait #5 (8" x 10"). Only 15 available!

Plus, an 8x10 photograph signed by a performer in the film + a download of the film when it becomes available + your name in the Special Thanks of the film + 2 tickets to NY Premiere of Movie (travel not included)  + 2 tickets to a show hosted by James Habacker of the Slipper Room, NYC (travel not included).

For $300 (Option 2)

Original drawing of Dirty Martini by artist Molly Crabapple, (12" x 30"). Only 1 available!

Plus, an 8x10 photograph signed by a performer in the film + a download of the film when it becomes available + your name in the Special Thanks of the film + 2 tickets to NY Premiere of Movie (travel not included)  + 2 tickets to a show hosted by James Habacker of the Slipper Room, NYC (travel not included).

For $700

Single edition print by artist Coleen Fitzgibbon, Daily News '76 (19" x 24") limit 1

Plus, an 8x10 photograph signed by a performer in the film + a download of the film when it becomes available + your name in the Special Thanks of the film + 2 tickets to NY Premiere of Movie (travel not included).

For $1,250 (Option 1)

Original photograph by artist Richard Kern, limit 1 (8" x 10")

Plus, an 8x10 photograph signed by a performer in the film + a download of the film when it becomes available + your name in the Special Thanks of the film + 2 tickets to NY Premiere of Movie (travel not included).

For $1,250 (Option 2)

Limited edition studio print by artist Ida Applebroog (limit 15) Study for Modern Olympia #5 (9 x 13 inches)

Plus, a download of the film when it becomes available + your name in the Special Thanks of the film + a piece of lingerie from one of our featured performers (limited) + 2 tickets to NY Premiere of Movie (travel not included).

For $1,250 (Option 3)

Plaster sculpture by artist Tom Otterness (limit 1) Last Penny, (10.5" x 10" x 10")

Plus, a download of the film when it becomes available + your name in the Special Thanks of the film + a piece of lingerie from one of our featured performers (limited) + 2 tickets to NY Premiere of Movie (travel not included).

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    OPTION 1: A limited edition B&W photograph by artist/filmmaker Beth B (PUSSY PORTRAITS) shown at Deitch Projects + an 8x10 photograph signed by a performer in the film + a download of the film when it becomes available + your name in the Special Thanks of the film + 2 tickets to NY Premiere of Movie (travel not included) + 2 tickets to a burlesque show, Hosted by James Habacker of the Slipper Room, NYC (tickets limited to the first 15 contributors, travel not included). See artwork to the left.

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    OPTION 2: One original drawing of Dirty Martini by artist Molly Crabapple + an 8x10 photograph signed by a performer in the film + a download of the film when it becomes available + your name in the Special Thanks of the film + 2 tickets to NY Premiere of Movie (travel not included) + 2 tickets to a burlesque show, Hosted by James Habacker of the Slipper Room, NYC (tickets limited to the first 15 contributors, travel not included).. See artwork to the left.

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    One original print by artist Coleen Fitzgibbon + an 8x10 photograph signed by a performer in the film + a download of the film when it becomes available + your name in the Special Thanks of the film + 2 tickets to NY Premiere of Movie (travel not included). See artwork to the left.

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    OPTION 2: A limited edition studio print by artist Ida Applebroog + a download of the film when it becomes available + your name in the Special Thanks of the film + a piece of lingerie from one of our featured performers (limited) + 2 tickets to NY Premiere of Movie (travel not included). See artwork to the left.

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    OPTION 1: THIS REWARD IS PLEDGED AND NO LONGER AVAILABLE One original photograph by artist Richard Kern + an 8x10 photo signed by the performer pictured + a download of the film when it becomes available + your name in the Special Thanks of the film + 2 tickets to NY Premiere of Movie (travel not included). See artwork to the left.

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    OPTION 3: One original sculpture by artist Tom Otterness + an 8x10 photograph signed by a performer in the film + a download of the film when it becomes available + your name in the Special Thanks of the film + 2 tickets to NY Premiere of Movie (travel not included) + See artwork to the left.

Funding period

- (30 days)