We made out Goal!! Thank you to Everyone that Pledged! Time to Stretch: Every Dollar Counts!
It is time to get up and stretch! WE MADE OUR GOAL! Yay! Thank you!! Now in Kickstarter parlance, it's time to start talking about where the next level of funding – Stretch Goals!
The initial $25K will go to editing and between this campaign and other dedicated funders, editing is now covered. The life of the film beyond editing - picture lock, color, sound, mixing, music licensing and composition, graphic design/illustration, not to mention festival submissions/expenses and distribution when the time comes. Anything above and beyond the $25K will go to these things and support the lifespan of the film.
Upgrades & Add-ons: Upgrading your pledge is easy and adding on is too. If you’d like to double up on any of your rewards (for example, increase your pledge to $150 but can’t select 2 rewards on the KS platform) please private message us through your Kickstarter account and let us know what added reward you want. We’ll confirm it with you and take care of the rest. We have it covered.
Poster Add-on: Hand illustrated by the emerging Chicago-based artist Julia Spagnuolo of Wheelhouse Bound, the poster is shaping up to be something amazing!
Add $25 to any pledge of $25 or more and get an 11x17 copy of the official poster once it’s completed. Just increase your pledge and private message us through your Kickstarter account to let us know. We’ll confirm it with you and take care of the rest.
OR just jump to the $100 Poster level and get the official one sheet sized version – old school 27x41 because every inch matters. Stay tuned…
Project Timeline: Expected Completion Early 2019
Production – We have over 100 interviews, and they have all been transcribed. We have several interviews left to shoot with key figures that have a connection to the festival and have gone on to have celebrated careers.
Post Production – Editing, Editing, Editing. For the last two years, we have been getting our 1,000 hours down to a manageable 200, and we have been carving out the arc of the story. By October 2018, with your help, we will to have a rough cut of the film.
Color Correction, Sound, and Music – We've begun conversations with experienced folks about music composition, color correcting, and sound mixing. We've also started conversations with experienced post-production supervisors to oversee final output and delivery.
Release and Distribution – We expect to have the film completed by early 2019 and start showing it at film festivals next year.
What is this documentary about?
The Fringe is a feature-length documentary that tells a story of social change and artistic expression as it chronicles 20-years of an indie theatre festival in NYC, FringeNYC. As it struggles to find its own voice in the world, it gives voice to thousands of artists worldwide, and becomes part of a global fringe movement that has helped redefine society.
It is through this lens that questions arise — what does it mean to be on the fringe? Who is considered an outsider in society? How has what it means to be “fringe” changed in twenty years? What influence does the fringe have on the mainstream?
Founded in 1997, FringeNYC has seen the world through 20 years of political upheavals and presidential elections, natural disasters, gentrification, and changing social values. It celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2016.
The festival has gone from “those crazy kids downtown presenting avant-garde theatre” to an institution of NYC’s indie theatre and cultural scene. Yet, amazingly, it still struggles for its existence, shutting down in 2017, and soul searching through 2018, asking itself “is our mission achieved, and does the world need a fringe theatre festival?”
Independent theatre artists have fought hard to remain true to the original spirit – building a better community through innovation, creativity and diversity. This documentary sets out to share those stories while playing out the struggles that have been encountered as well as those that lie ahead.
The Film's Backstory
Our team and a host of disparate crew members have followed and filmed FringeNYC for 12 years, over half its lifetime. As the exclusive documentarian, Dedalus VII has access to all elements of the festival including shows, behind-the-scenes action, interviews with participants, volunteers, audience, archival footage, photos and more.
With over 1000 hours of footage and 15,000 archive photos, the story expands beyond a simple portrait of FringeNYC to become a complex film rich in the history of New York City, national culture and social identity. The tone and look of the film draws on a mixture of the raw and the polished; the eclectic and fast-moving.
Meet the Team + Contributors
It takes a village? In some cases, it takes a city! For over 12 years, myself and small teams of friends, fellow filmmakers (who volunteered their time and donated their equipment), hired crew, and random bands of do gooders ran around the NY International Fringe Festival from 2006 to its penultimate year in 2016 in the dog days of August, cramming ourselves into some tight venues. In that time we documented nearly 1000 hours of interviews, participant stories, performances (where union rules would allow), and behind-the-scenes scrambling of the dedicated volunteers.
This project has had MANY people contribute throughout the years, and we'll be happily acknowledging all of them in the film's credits. We'd like to shine a light now on some of the amazing contributors we literally couldn't have made this film without:
- Patrick Sullivan – Associate Producer, Camera
- Taty Sena – Associate Producer, Camera
- Tyler Sparks – Camera
- Marcella Dawson – Sound
- Sean Muzzi – Sound
- Sonia Abraham – Assistant Editor
- Nikki Dodd – Assistant Editor, Camera
- Alexis Bates – PA
- Dixie Sheridan – Archive Photographer
- George Rand – Archive Photographer
- Other Camera Operators/Sound – So Many People to Thank!
Why Launch a Kickstarter?
We wanted to start a Kickstarter campaign because it would start getting the word out about the film, start to share the rich history behind the subject and the artists in the film, and of course raise some of the final budget to get us to completion.
The campaign is meant to open up the project and take it to the next level of editing and post-production.
When we began this documentary 12 years ago in 2006, the intention was to tell the story of a NYC theatre festival celebrating what was then its 10th anniversary. I was also personally inspired to share this story... As someone who loves to create live theatre, I’ve had two “AHA!” moments that moved me past my fears and empowered me to get out there, and one of them was at FringeNYC. I will gladly fill in details later, but let’s just say, it had to do with onstage cave people, the dawn of humanity, me loving it, and saying to myself, “Whoa! I didn’t know you could do that!”
It was that kind of moment that gives you a license to try – experiment, exclaim, rise to the moment or fall flat on your face – to believe in yourself. At that moment I knew I could be more than anything I was ever told I could be. That’s the heart of the story I wanted to get to.
Thank you in advance for supporting our project. We can't say enough what it means.
Risks and challenges
The road has been long, and production has been completed except for a few interviews. Our dedication to getting the film finished has always be unwavering, so the documentary will get completed in the time period we've outlined, and any money raised here will go directly to the film and its completion.
With your help, we can certainly have a productive and smooth post-production process.
This campaign is also the start of the film's online presence.
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