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Empires explores the impact of networks on histories and philosophies of political thought.
Empires explores the impact of networks on histories and philosophies of political thought.
220 backers pledged $21,480 to help bring this project to life.

New York screening of Revolution of the Present this Saturday!!

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Hello everyone,

We are happy to report that we are in the midst of our very successful partnership with the Global Economic Symposium. So far the film has generated 140,000 youtube views and 17,000 Facebook likes! The free GES online preview will end on 10/31 and the film will continue to be showcased at screenings and festivals, the first of which we are excited to announce here...

Revolution of the Present has just been invited to screen at the New Economy Film Festival, THIS SATURDAY NIGHT in NYC! We realize that this is very short notice, but this is a huge honor and will essentially be our New York premiere, and we would like to invite you, our supporters, to be our guests at the screening. Please email Marc Lafia ( by 5pm tomorrow if you are interested in attending and we will set aside tickets (space permitting) for you at the 7pm screening at DCTV.

See below for details and we hope to see you there!!


Marc, Jose and Johanna

Global launch of Revolution of the Present. Watch the film now!

Dear Kickstarter supporters,

We hope you all enjoyed a wonderful summer. We are writing to you now with some very exciting news to report.

After three years in the making, we are thrilled to announce that Revolution of the Present begins its launch at the Global Economic Symposium. The film has been sent to all those participating as a primer to catalyze discussion about how to engage the contemporary moment, a huge honor for us. Read the press release here

In addition, for a limited time you can now watch the documentary free on our website! We are thrilled to be able to share the film with you and do hope you will take the time to view the results of our labors and participate in the conversation. 

Our film is designed to be part of a larger conversation and to spark a dialogue....please don't forget to share your thoughts and help us spread the word:

Like us on Facebook:

Join the conversation via Twitter: @RevOfThePresent Please reference #revofpresent in your tweets 

Share on Instagram: @RevolutionOfThePresent 

We hope to share info on additional screenings of the film soon, as well as details about DVD copies and downloads for people who earned those as Kickstarter rewards.

Many thanks for your continued support. We couldn't have done it without you!


Marc, Jose, Johanna and the Revolution of the Present team

Revolution of the Present - news and new clip to share!

Dear Kickstarter Supporters,

Our documentary film, Revolution of the Present (formerly Empires), continues full steam ahead. Our team recently completed the editing process for the full length film. The new rough cut has incorporated key viewer feedback from the preview screenings at Columbia and Parsons. Special thanks to Issa Clubb for editing/technical superhero work and Emilie Martel for being the researcher extraordinaire. We have also developed a full press kit that in conjunction with our social media website will enable us to market the film. We would like to recognize Michael Chichi for the artwork, Pedro Martinez for the layout and Miguel Fernandez and Pedro Martinez for the web design.

We recently met with a well known documentary film consultant company called Film Sprout. They recommended that the film be submitted to targeted film festivals and that the team focus on the educational market. These marketing efforts began two weeks ago and we are receiving positive initial reactions. We promise to keep you posted when something materializes.

For your enjoyment, the following is an extended clip from the film beginning of the film (password: MLafia) —

Visit our interactive website to watch our latest trailer: and post a comment via #RevofthePresent

Infinite thanks for your continued support,

Marc, Jose, & Johanna 

EMPIRES news, new title and more!

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Dearest Kickstarter Supporters –

Thank you again for your backing of our film. We are immensely grateful for your support, apologies for the long delay between updates. We have been so immersed in our work on the film, and our production schedule was extended several times. One of our final Kickstarter backers was Jose Fernandez, who then came on to be Executive Producer of the film and has enabled us to take the film to a much higher level with his increased support. After three years of additional interviews, editing, image research and sound work, we have some exciting news and are near completion..

We also have a new name! EMPIRES is now entitled REVOLUTION OF THE PRESENT. We are extremely proud of how the film has taken shape and are excited as we prepare to share it with the world.

We held a very successful preview screening in New York City in early October. Many thanks to everyone who came out and offered their thoughts and insights. We will update with forthcoming screenings as they are scheduled.

If you claimed one of our rewards for your contribution, look for a separate email soon with details about that.

Please check out our new website where you will find information on the film, the trailer, and can also follow the speakers via their twitter posting. You can also check out our brand new Facebook page, If you liked our previous Empires page, please "like" this one as well, as the old page will soon be deleted.

Another huge thank you goes out to our tireless researchers, Anita Anthonj, Emilie Martel, Matthew McEnerney and Sasha Sakhar, who searched high and low for imagery that we could use in the film. Our goal was to use creative commons visuals and music and keep this an open source project to a great degree, and we have succeeded. Thanks also to Milos Raickovich, Luke Dubois, Eugene Chen, Paul Godwin, Miguel Noya, and others who contributed music for the film.

We have begun submitting the film to festivals and will continue to do so over the coming months. A New York premiere should be in the works for early 2014 and we’ll be sure to let you all know when that happens.

Finally, although we have come so far, we still have post production costs ahead of us, including color correction and a full sound mix. To help us with these expenses, we are asking for your help again. Please consider a tax deductible donation to Revolution of the Present through our fiscal sponsor The Center for Independent Documentary. Checks should be made out to Center for Independent Documentary and mailed to 680 South Main Street. Sharon, MA 02067. Please write REVOLUTION OF THE PRESENT in the memo portion, and let us know if you do make a contribution so that we can look out for it.

Thank you again for your continued support.


Marc (director), Johanna (producer) and Jose (executive producer)


The EMPIRES Kickstarter campaign is over and a huge success thanks to all 220 of you who made it happen!! We are energized and ecstatic by your immense enthusiasm and support for the project, and it really validates our direction and approach. We can’t thank you enough.

Our next steps include some additional interview shoots whose voices need to be a part of this film and kicking off the editing process. We'll spend the next few months crafting our many hours of footage into the story of EMPIRES and getting the film ready for fall festival submissions.

We had some great press last week in the form of an article in Brooklyn’s Park Slope Linewaiters' Gazette

If  you haven’t checked out or liked our EMPIRES Facebook page, please do.

Finally, if you are in NYC, please come to  Marc Lafia and Matt Duncan’s Instascapes installation at the FIGMENT NYC show on Governor's Island this weekend, June 9-10, more info below.


The EMPIRES team

"Instascapes" are lightweight sculptural transparencies mimicking camera filters. They are designed to be interactive and social and are produced at varying scales from window size to billboard size. One of the most popular photo social networks is called Instagram, a "fun and quirky way to share your life with friends through a series of pictures." "Instascapes" extends this idea by setting up a series of lightweight sculptural "frames" or "filters" and placing them strategically in the environment for us to see ourselves, our surroundings and our photography at a new scale and at a heightened appreciation.

FIGMENT June 9-10, 2012 Governors Island, NYC

FIGMENT is an explosion of creative energy. It’s a free, annual celebration of participatory art and culture where everything is possible. For one weekend each summer, it transforms Governors Island into a large-scale collaborative artwork – and then it’s gone.

Saturday, June 9 — 10AM – 6PM
Sunday, June 10 — 10AM – 6PM

Governors Island, NYC… a free, short ferry-ride from lower Manhattan and Brooklyn!
Click here for directions.

Again, huge thanks and we look forward to keeping you updated as EMPIRES enters its next chapter.