I am recreating the I Dream of Jeannie bottle set and inviting others to reimagine the story.
When I grew up, I thought about the premise of the show and said, "Huh??!!Did Jeannie really call Tony 'Master' and do his bidding?Why was Tony always so grouchy?Why did they make a Baghdad genie blond?"So many questions.I got a bug to recreate the space in human scale as an art installation and let people revisit this outrageous bit of TV-Land kitsch from our collective unconscious.I drew a plan, collected materials and got a bid from a metal fabricator for building the bottle's armature (metalwork bid: $2,375).
Then a friend asked if there was a performance component to the installation.Well, wouldn't that make sense?It is a TV set after all.I have begun to spread the word to performance artists about the imminent arrival of a genie bottle set, and I am asking project backers if they would like to help re-imagine the Jeannie story by contributing anonymous stories.Would you care to write a new episode?Rewrite an old one?What would happen if a U.S. airman ran into an Iraqi genie today?Do you have a Barbara Eden or Larry Hagman fantasy? Perhaps you could do a one-page treatment for a new Hollywood pitch.Or write a short scene.Fabric Art meets TV-land kitsch meets Postsecret....
To recap, I am seeking project backers for help with two things:paying the metalworkers, and reimagining the Jeannie story for today.A successful campaign will get the bottle built and allow people to interact with it.My further hope is that the stories and attention generated by this Kickstarter campaign will lead to the bottle being used as a set for new versions of the Jeannie story.Your story in a series of one-acts at the Capital Fringe Festival?I hope so.The rewards are substantial and include costume and bottle use, an e-book collection of the new stories generated, and enjoyment of a great "Unveiling Party."Look over the rewards and see if something appeals to you.Then, please, join me!
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The metal fabricators predict that they will be finished with their work toward the end of February after which time I will have 6 weeks to complete the bottle drapery, upholstery, pillows and party planning. It will be a busy time, but enjoyable too. And finishing the Kickstarter campaign by mid-March should give me plenty of time to prepare the party and the correct number of swag bags. I'll be finishing the costumes and pillows in February, and I have a clear vision for the bottle. This project has been percolating in my head a long time. It is fully brewed!
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REIMAGINING BOOK-- A heartfelt thank you, project updates and an opportunity to contribute your very own reimagining of the Jeannie story. At the end of the project an e-copy of these anonymous reimaginings will be distributed to all backers.Estimated delivery:
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UNVEILING PARTY-- All of the above plus a ticket to the Jeannie Bottle Unveiling Party on April 6, 2013 where you can sit in the bottle, see the Jeannie and Tony costumes and enjoy fabulous cocktails and treats.Estimated delivery:
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MAJOR NELSON COSTUME RENTAL-- Rent Tony's blue NASA coverall outfit (men's large) for a week. (I can deliver it locally. Contact me for scheduling)Estimated delivery:
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PARTY & SWAG BAG-- Rewards 1&2, plus a fabulous gift bag at the party which will include a bottle of pomegranate liqueur, two Moroccan tea glasses and useful fabric items handmade by Katy Kincade. I will happily deliver SWAG bags locally if you can't make the party, and I can send them minus the liqueur but plus other goodies if you are out of town.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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JEANNIE COSTUME RENTAL-- Rent the Jeannie Costume for a week. Costume (size 8 and smaller) to include fez, bikini top and jacket, plus harem pants. (I can deliver it locally. Contact me for scheduling)Estimated delivery:
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I LOVE WHAT YOU"RE DOING, BUT I DON"T WANT TO GO TO A PARTY; I DON'T WANT A SWAG BAG, AND I ESPECIALLY DON'T WANT TO WEAR THE JEANNIE COSTUME-- This pledge gives you a heartfelt thank you note, project updates and an opportunity to contribute your very own reimagining of the Jeannie story. At the end of the project an e-copy of these anonymous reimaginings will be distributed to all backers.Estimated delivery:
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24-hour JEANNIE BOTTLE RENTAL-- delivery and set-up of Jeannie Bottle at your home or event! (Contact me for scheduling.)Estimated delivery:
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7-day JEANNIE BOTTLE RENTAL-- delivery and set-up of Jeannie Bottle at your home or event! (Contact me for scheduling.)Estimated delivery:
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HAVE THE BOTTLE FOR YOUR VERY OWN!-- Sturdy plywood and metal construction, upholstered and pillowed in dreamy fabrics. Contact me right away if you want to buy the bottle and have input on its decoration.Estimated delivery:
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