Hello from the creators!
We're Kim & Austin, the co-directors of Manileños, a feature length documentary film that looks at the lives of several young street artists in Manila, the world's densest city, and what their art says about their worlds. We launched our campaign on Oct 2nd and have been working non-stop towards our goal of $15k that will allow us to finish the film.
We've been working on this for two years because we were drawn to the incredible stories these artists have to tell. One of our favorites is Brian, who turned down a full ride to art school to devote his life - and art - to Anakbayan, a radical youth organization. He's now one of their top propaganda artists, living in poverty while he organizes communities, yet he wonders what his life would've been like had he chosen a different path.
Brian is just one of the several inspiring street artists featured in the film. Read on and consider backing our project today - by doing so, you're supporting us as filmmakers AND a community of highly talented street artists with stories that deserve to be told. Plus, we have sweet rewards ;)
The Filipino Street Art Project
While the battle to differentiate street art from vandalism still wages, more and more people are warming up to this art form that adds color and provokes thought in the world’s densest city - Manila, Philippines. But in this quickly developing nation, the street art scene is doing more than beautifying a chaotic urban space; it’s becoming an outlet for young, educated voices speaking out against corruption and human rights abuses, discussing the country’s complex identity, and pushing back on the perception of the Philippines as a third world country.
While most Westerners don't know much about the Philippines, economists certainly do: it’s predicted to be the 6th fastest growing economy in the world over the next 30 years, and in 2013, outpaced even China as the fastest growing economy in Asia. This unprecedented growth is causing many social and political issues that have festered under a historically corrupt government to come to a head. As the country is preparing to step onto the international playing field, the street art scene is coming of age and artists are taking on these issues in their work.
The street artists we work with now have the chance not only to make their voices heard, but to make a real and lasting impact on the ways that Filipinos themselves — and the rest of world — view the Philippines.
Starting with these artists’ stories, the Filipino Street Art Project works across many forms of media to document the street art scene and its growth, use art as a way to spark discussions about larger, often global issues, and give these incredible artists the international attention they deserve.
What we're Kickstarting - the documentary film
What anchors our project is what we’re here raising money to finish - a feature length documentary film titled Manileños. Through the lens of several Filipino street artists and their work, we want to introduce Manila, the capital of one of the worlds’ fastest growing countries, to the world.
On the ground level, the film looks at the experiences of several artists - including Brian Barrios, Dee Jae Pa'este, Gerilya, and Lee Salvador - as artists and as young Filipinos. Manileños also asks viewers to consider the role of public art in developing countries, and celebrates the power of street art to express, inspire, and unite -- regardless of where it's found.
When finished and publicly available, Manileños will attract new supporters, engage with diverse audiences, and act as the focal point for the Filipino Street Art Project. It'll be entertaining, emotional, and hopefully inspiring.
Our goal - $15,000
We've happily invested thousands of our own money and hundreds upon hundreds of hours into this. The Filipino Street Art Project has been forefront in our lives for over two years - ask our friends and family :) - and has taken on a life of its own. We believe in Manileños with all of our hearts, and we have and will continue to put all of ourselves into it. The funds we're seeking are for services that are essential for a strong documentary film yet outside our skill sets.
Why we need you
To make this film possible, we need to raise $15,000 to finish filming in Manila and pay for post production - we'll edit, but we need funds for graphics, color correction, and sound mixing. We're also budgeting for marketing and promotion so we can enter film festivals, create promo materials, and do what it takes to get our film out there for the world to see.
- $3250 - travel and 2 weeks in Manila to finish the final 25% of filming
- $7500 - post production
- $2000 - Kickstarter fees and reward fulfillment
- $1000 - community engagement, outreach, and promo materials
- $750 - festival fees and screening copies
- $500 - 1st round of DVD duplication
How we're keeping costs down:
As filmmakers with over 4 years of experience making documentaries, our team is able to do this project on a microbudget by doing much of the work ourselves. We shot approximately 80% of the footage to date with our own equipment and have edited using professional software and hardware that we own. This dramatically cuts both production and post production costs. We also do all of our own social media management, marketing, promotional events, community outreach, and much, much more, and invest all money from merchandise sales and campus engagement events back into the project.
If you're able to graciously support our film and the Filipino Street Art Project, you'll be handsomely rewarded. In return for your pledge, you'll get access to art that can't be found anywhere outside of the Philippines. Use this opportunity to get your hands on some incredible art from artists with exceptional stories, and support a worthy cause while you're at it.
Check out the graphic below for images, descriptions, and limits on our rewards. Note that all artists helping us with the campaign are integral members of our team and are being compensated fairly. If you want to see larger images of the rewards, check out THIS FACEBOOK ALBUM.
After spending 6 months filming in and around Manila, we gathered about 75% of the footage needed for Manileños. We also formed important and lasting relationships with over 60 street artists, media makers, curators, and organizers. Most importantly, we found the story - how street artists are shaping their city, their country, and the minds of Filipinos and foreigners alike with little more than spray cans, wheat paste, and social media.
In addition to the film, the Filipino Street Art Project has also produced 7 interactive ebooks (available as a reward), several short videos, a strong social media presence, a campus engagement tour, 17 online exhibits in partnership with the Google Cultural Institute, and many invaluable relationships with members of Filipino, FilAm, and street art communities worldwide. When the film is done, we're also planning a museum exhibit and an international street art retreat in San Francisco.
We have a lot of work to do, and this documentary film will serve as the central focus of our work and the springboard to the next stage of the Filipino Street Art Project.
How does it work?
- Watch the videos
- Browse pledge levels, get excited about the rewards!
- Click on desired pledge amount and complete process on Amazon. Your card will be NOT be charged until campaign ends
- Rewards will be delivered according to their estimated delivery date.
- If goal is met, Kickstarter keeps 5% of Gross funds pledged and Amazon keeps 3-5%.
- If goal is not met, your card WON'T be charged and you don't receive your rewards.
Kimberly Dryden: Co-director, producer
Kim is a documentary film producer and a transmedia storyteller with an MFA from Wake Forest University. Her work focuses on exploring the human condition through non-fiction arts- and culture-based media projects. There is no place she would rather spend New Year's than sick in Boracay.
Austin Smith: Co-director, producer
Austin is a Filipino-American filmmaker with a background in journalism and Southeast Asian politics. He is a Manileño at heart and misses the ihaw-ihaw dearly.
Because this project is, at heart, a community-created one, the following contributing artists will get credits in the film: Joe Aquilizan, Quatro Los Baños, Brian Barrios, Blic, Anjo Bolarda, Chill, Jood Clarino, Max Collins, Rai Cruz, Defs, Doty, Egg Fiasco, GATS, Gerilya, Gori, Elli Killingwithcuteness, Kookoo, Basic Lee, EXLD Manila. Method Makers, Nomi, DJ Onedr, DeeJae Pa’este, Paksiw, PawPaw, Lee Salvador, Lamok Skito, Jay Stooks, Tripp63, Quiccs, Whoop Wonka.
Long term / reach goals
If our campaign is successful AND overfunded, here's what we'll do with the money:
- If we reach $18,000, we'll hire an intern to help us manage the project
- If we reach $20,000, we can do that and fly in several street artists to join us in our campus tour and attend our film festival premier.
- At $25,000, we can afford the above and a custom score for our film.
- If we get to $30,000, we'll be able to do the above and hire a team to professionally market our film to distributors.
- If we're funded beyond that, it'll allow us to accomplish all of that plus make progress towards creating a two-week retreat in San Francisco for street artists from around the world to collaborate, conspire, and create beautiful art.
Contact / Links
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Risks and challenges
Because of the amount of footage we have, our combined skill sets, and our relationships with very talented filmmaker friends who will provide their services at reduced rates, we feel very confident in our ability to finish the film as described. However, as with any creative project, there are inherent risks.
Working with artists can be like herding cats, so there's the possibility we may not be able to coordinate schedules to get all the footage we need. Also, Manila is a hot, humid, and sometimes dangerous place in which to work, so there's always the chance that illness, equipment failure, theft, or other calamity will delay production. Finally, because some our rewards are coming from half a world away, a delay in reward fulfillment may occur.
That said, we're using our previous experiences working in Manila and completing other film projects to avoid these setbacks and finish the film in a timely, efficient manner.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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