A feature documentary about Kathputli, India's last magician's colony. Help preserve this mystical place before it is destroyed.
HOW TO USE KICKSTARTER:
On the right-hand side, do you see the list of Pledge Levels? Kickstarter allows you to donate to our project, and in return, you'll have our eternal gratitude--and some really neat and free rewards.
Just choose a contribution level that feels comfortable for you, click on it, and you can send us a pledge through Amazon Checkout. It's important to note that Tomorrow We Disappear will only receive payment if we meet our Funding Goal.
Kickstarter doesn't let us update the "Estimated Delivery" on our rewards, and there is an error for our $35 pledge level, "a signed DVD." We will not be delivering in December of 2011, but far more likely, in December of 2012. We are incredibly sorry for the confusion, and if you wanna talk about different rewards, just send us a message. We're happy to accommodate.
What is "Tomorrow We Disappear:"
For hundreds of years roaming artists traveled the Indian countryside, creating the stories, the mythological backbone that would unite a country. Before radio, film, and television, these artists helped form what we now call the Web of India.
In the 1950s the artists ended their itinerant routes and moved into vacant land beside a jungle in West Delhi. They called their new home the Kathputli Colony. The colony is now a tinsel slum, providing home to some of the world's greatest street magicians, acrobats, and puppeteers. But last year the government sold the Kathputli land to real estate developers; the slum is to be bulldozed and cleared for development.
Our film, "Tomorrow We Disappear," will take you into the world of the Kathputli Colony, to experience the last remnants of its unique culture before it's too late.
What do we have:
So much. From our first production shoot in India we have 180 hours of film footage, 500 photographs, and original musical recordings. And the characters are amazing: there's a magician who spent ten years in the jungle refining his craft; a puppeteer who--despite living in the slum--has traveled the world and won India's Academy Award for Performing Arts; an old bear handler who had his bear taken away by the government and now needs to work on the street with his grandchildren; and many more.
We're (hopefully) returning in November!
Why do we need money:
We're making this film independently, and we would love to keep it that way. We were able to scrounge funds to produce our first shoot in India, but if we want to honor Kathputli and make this film what we know it can be, we need your help!
Here are some things your contributions will help cover:
- compensating the Kathputli artists for their performances in our film
- renting a camera and lighting package for a 3-week production shoot
- licensing music and archival footage for our film and theatrical trailer
- hiring a designer and motion graphics artists to work on our titles, subtitles, and animations
- hiring a colorist and professional sound mixer
- finishing + transfer costs so we can distribute theatrically
- paying ourselves a stipend to cover our rent (and maybe even food...oh, documentary!)
What are some sample rewards:
Maya acrobat instructional video:
A limited-run print from Emmy Award-winning photographer, Joshua Cogan:
A Puppet from Dalip Bhatt:
A Producer Mystery Box:
The songs in our trailer were provided by:
Helios - "First Dream Called Ocean" (check 'em at http://www.unseen-music.com/)
Jonquil - "Lions" (big thank you to Dovecote!)
Email us. Get the word out to your friends and followers. Join our community on Facebook (http://facebook.com/tomorrowwedisappear).
If we stay on-target with our shoot schedules, we're looking to have a rough cut together by January 2012 and a final version of the film ready for March.
What a great expositional question! We're cross-platform storytellers, so we're actually collaborating with:
- Condition ONE (http://conditionone.com) to create immersive videos for the iPad, iPhone, and Android devices.
- Bluecadet (http://bluecadet.com) to create a beautiful interactive narrative that chronicles the prehistory of the colony, back when the magicians were itinerant.
- Red Paper Heart (http://redpaperheart.com) to create an interactive installation immersing people in the beautiful, complex, ramshackle world of the colony.
Yes! Our goal will go a long way towards helping us complete the film, but it won't cover everything. The less we need to work with traditional investors, the more liberty we have to tell the story in our own voice.
Then we get nothing. And we cry for a week. Then we get back to work.
But seriously, let's not let that happen.
There are some great NGOs that do work in the colony. We recommend reaching out to Sarthi (http://sarthi.org). Their approach is that the best way to support the artists is to provide them a livelihood. They organize a variety of programs (festivals, events, school trips) that provide revenue to Kathputli families.
They also work with the media to ensure that government malfeasance is exposed and that the slum dwellers aren't relocated without a plan for them to have housing.