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A feature documentary about Kathputli, India's last magician's colony. Help preserve this mystical place before it is destroyed.
An award-winning feature documentary about Kathputli, India's last home to magicians, acrobats, and puppeteers.
An award-winning feature documentary about Kathputli, India's last home to magicians, acrobats, and puppeteers.
540 backers pledged $61,931 to help bring this project to life.

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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. 

CORRECTION:

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:

Magic rings:

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!)

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    An enthusiastic high-five if we ever run into you on the street (optional: chest bump).

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    Welcome to the team! Not only will you receive lovely karmic satisfaction, you're now privy to all of our exclusive behind-the-scenes updates from India. Plus, we'll write you a hand-written thank you note.

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    A magic ring! Our film's main character Rahman is a street magician who, after each performance, sells his audience rings imbued with the mystic powers of India. Own one and change your life.

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    Our music supervisor has the best record collection of pretty much anyone we've ever met, and for a small fee, he'll make you your own downloadable mix tape!

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    A signed DVD. Sure, it won't be imbued with any magical properties, but it will be beautifully designed and have exciting bonus content.

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    Get our signed DVD, a downloadable mix tape, and a magic ring!

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    A magic tutorial from Rahman. Rahman takes an ordinary cigarette and turns it into something extraordinary. We'll upload you a password-protected video of Rahman teaching this easy, engaging magic trick.

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    A tutorial from Maya, a young acrobat in the colony who can put any Western yogi to shame. Maya can bend rebar with her neck and pickup needles with her eyes (while standing on her head). We'll upload you a password-protected video of her as she teaches her brothers some unbelievable moves.

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    All of the above. And if you’re in New York, watch a Bollywood Film with our translator Grant Davis, the founder of Brown Town magazine. You’ll also receive a copy of his forthcoming book documenting India’s bizarrest architecture, Mind Vision.

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    A signed poster. We're working with some incredible designers and illustrators to create unique limited-run posters of Kathputli's artists and performers.

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    A hand puppet from Kathputli! These puppets take one day each to make, are made of wood and fine cloth. They will make beautiful gifts for children and collectors.

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    Want a hand-signed DVD AND a limited edition poster AND a magic ring! Have yourself a night of magic and wonder.

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    Double trouble! Get an awesome hand puppet + a signed limited-run poster. POW!

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    For aspiring magicians or those in need of a killer Halloween outfit, our main character, Rahman, will go and buy some of his magician outfits! If you've ever wanted to look like an awesome wizard, here is your chance.

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    This one is for the women! Get yourself a floral patterned kurta, a traditional long, loose-fitting shirt that all the women (and well, many of the men) in the colony wear.

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    A hand-woven quilt. One of our main characters is Babulai "One Eyed" Bhatt. His wife is considered one of the best weavers in the colony. We will commission one of her beautiful patch-work quilts to keep you toasty.

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    The mystery box! We will fill you up a box of some of our production team's favorite stuff. Maybe it'll include an inspiring DVD or some crazy tidbits from the colony or something we scribbled in kindergarten. Embrace chaos. Get a box.

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    A hand-carved, ten-string puppet. The president of Kathputli, Dalip Bhatt, also heads a world-renowned collective of wood carvers in the colony. His puppets take 5 days each to construct, and we can commission you an original.

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    Adam has a delightful beard. But maybe it's time for change: should he shave it into a fu-manchu? Maybe it's time he rock an "Abe?" We think perhaps it'd look best Henna-died in the Diwali style? With this prize, Adam's beard is now yours to creatively direct.

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    Your choice of a signed limited-run print from our Emmy Award-winning photographer, Joshua Cogan (see Josh's beautiful work here: www.joshuacogan.com).

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    INTERACTIVE SPECIAL: Please note that this pledge does not require a monetary contribution. If you can get us over 1,000 fans on our "Tomorrow We Disappear" Facebook page, you will receive an Associate Digital Strategist credit on our project. And whoever can get us the most Facebook fans (over 1,000) will receive a Digital Strategist credit.

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    A personalized puppet from Puran Bhatt. Puran is a lifelong resident of Kathputli, who in 2003 won India's Academy Award, the highest award for traditional arts, for his puppeteering. If you provide a photo of what you want, we can commission an original puppet from Puran.

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    A private screening followed by a Q&A with the film producers, Jim and Adam. We will bring a box of our favorite wine. You'll bring the questions. We'll go Dutch on the joy. You'll also receive all of the above rewards.

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    An Associate Producer credit + all the above rewards.

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    A 45-minute hug from Jim + Adam.

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Funding period

- (40 days)