A kaleidoscopic portrait of life in the remote desert town of Dell City, Texas (pop. 569--and dropping).
Howdy and thank you for coming to the Tales from Dell City, Texas Kickstarter page! Only 4 days left and I need your help! Note that there are 2 new rewards -- pre-sales of the DVD ($15), and an original oil painting by Bonnie Larreau ($3,000).
80 miles into the drive from El Paso, Texas to Guadalupe National Park, in the middle of the desert, stands a sign across the highway that beckons you to drive 13 miles north to visit Dell City, Texas. Ten years ago, I did just that. I was so taken with Dell City that I made a documentary film about the town called Tales from Dell City, Texas. Please watch the brand new trailer:
Why is the film on Kickstarter?
Tales from Dell City, Texas opens in New York City at the Quad Cinemas on May 18, 2012. Hooray! However, to make that event and everything that follows a success, I need money for distribution. Your pledge will go towards theater rental, publicity and marketing, securing music rights, creating a final screening master, website design, and DVD design and production.
Additionally, the more money that is raised, the more cities and small towns I will be able to take the film to this summer. The film captures a segment of society not usually portrayed in the media. It will be thrilling for other rural folks to see versions of themselves on the big screen. I want to bring the film to as many rural communities as possible.
How does Kickstarter work?
Kickstarter is a way to fund creative ideas and ambitious endeavors. Using an all-or-nothing approach, projects must be fully funded or no money changes hands. In other words, if we don’t raise our goal of $23,415, we get nothing.
How do I make a pledge?
Just click the green “Back This Project” button in the upper right-hand corner and follow the instructions.
What if we don’t reach our goal?
If we don't reach our goal, all pledges are cancelled and that's that. Your credit card is not charged. Of course we hope this doesn’t happen – the days will fly by, so please donate today! And please also spread the word!
Can we exceed our goal?
Yes we can! The more funds we raise, the further we can market and distribute the film, and thus more folks in rural towns will be able to see the film with their community.
Will you tell me exactly where the money will go?
Yes. When releasing a film, the costs add up fast. Here is a breakdown of my $23,415 budget:
1 Week at Quad Cinemas - $5,000; Assistant - $500; Publicity & Marketing Materials - $1000; Web Programming - $300; Music Licensing - $8,500; Graphics - $500; Final Mix - $1000; Final Screening Masters - $1500; DVD Production - $500; Contingency (10%) - $1,880; Kickstarter Rewards Fulfillment - $1,000; Kickstarter Fee (5%) - $1,085; Amazon Processing Fee (3%) - $650.
All of this money will be spent over the next few months. If the contingency is not used, it will go towards grassroots outreach that helps bring the film to more rural communities. And as I said before, if I raise money on Kickstarter beyond my goal the additional funds will go towards the same thing.
Can contributors increase pledges once they have been made?
Absolutely! If you have already contributed, and are signed in to your account, then instead of a green “Back This Project” button on our page, there should be a blue “Manage Your Donation” button. Click that and you can enter a new amount.
Can I give one of the rewards as a gift?
Yes! After the campaign, when I message you for details on your rewards, you can give me the information for the person you wish to gift.
How can I contact you?
If you have questions related to Kickstarter that others may want to know, ask me in the comments at the top of the page. Otherwise, you may reach me at dellcity(at)philofilm(dot)com – feel free to email questions, comments, or good thoughts! Please give me a few days to respond!
Where exactly is Dell City, anyway?
Here's a link to the google map for Dell City, TX.
So there you have it! Once again, thanks so much for visiting – I sincerely hope you’re able to support Tales from Dell City, Texas!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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A heartfelt "thank you" on the film's facebook page.Estimated delivery:
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A hearftfelt "thank you" on our Facebook page and a handwritten Dell City postcard "thank you" from Josh Carter. Everyone who pledges will receive this reward.Estimated delivery:
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Pre-sale of the final DVD. Don't wait to buy it on Amazon for $19.99+shipping. I'll send DVDs of the film to you, including shipping within the U.S., for $15 each. (i.e. pledge $60 for 4 DVDs).Estimated delivery:
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A pack of 5 original "Greetings from Dell City" postcards designed by artist Morné Ferreira. He designed visuals for the film as well as the poster art.Estimated delivery:
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Your name in the "thank you" section of the film's credits. A pack of 5 original postcards. And an advance, signed copy of the DVD.Estimated delivery:
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2 tickets to a screening of the film and invitation to a small, private reception in the city nearest you (or gift this to a friend if the film doesn't come near where you live). A pack of 5 postcards, a DVD, and your name in the "thank you" section of the film's credits.Estimated delivery:
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All of the above, plus a 20" x 30" film poster signed by the director and some of the folks featured in the film.Estimated delivery:
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All of the above plus one signed, framed, 20" x 16" archival-quality photographs of the Williams Ranch House in the Guadalupe Mountains taken by producer/director Josh Carter. Choose from 5 images that can be previewed online at www.flickr.com/photos/philofilm.Estimated delivery:
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All of the above plus an original oil painting of the Guadalupe Mountains painted by none other than Bonnie Larreau of Dell City. She is featured--and we see her paint in her bar--in the movie.Estimated delivery:
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