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Our film tells a story of social change and artistic expression as we chronicle 20 years of an indie theatre festival in NYC, FringeNYC
Our film tells a story of social change and artistic expression as we chronicle 20 years of an indie theatre festival in NYC, FringeNYC
Our film tells a story of social change and artistic expression as we chronicle 20 years of an indie theatre festival in NYC, FringeNYC
169 backers pledged $25,700 to help bring this project to life.

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We made our Goal!! Thank you to Everyone that Pledged! Time to Stretch: Every Dollar Counts!

Every Dollar Counts and Makes The Fringe Better
Every Dollar Counts and Makes The Fringe Better

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?

Fringe Parade 2000 ©Dixie Sheridan
Fringe Parade 2000 ©Dixie Sheridan

Our Subject

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. 

FringeNYC Program Guides
FringeNYC Program Guides

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.

Filmmaker’s Statement

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.

THANK YOU!

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    Hugs, Thanks + the FILM

    Thanks from the team + THE FILM!

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    • Personal email updates on film's progress.
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    The Cutting Room Floor and more. . . .

    Exclusive access to digital extras that did not make it into the film. Great interview moments and behind-the-scenes footage
    + everything from the $25 reward level.

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    • Exclusive online access to outtakes and choice bonus features!
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    A Taste of Chile + The Fringe

    UP YOUR DINNER AND A MOVIE GAME. . .with Chef Sue Torres’ famous Chile Rubs!

    Get 2 of renowned chef Sue Torres’ famous chile rubs, specially prepared by Sue herself - Mexican Crushed Coriander and Tacos al Pastor. She’ll not only make the rubs for you, but include the recipe as well. Trust us, you’ll thank us later! We are grateful for Sue’s belief in us and thrilled she wants to share some of her magic with our supporters!

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    • The chile rubs prepared and packaged + copies of recipes!
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    The Making of The Fringe

    Digital copy of select script pages + everything from the $50 reward level.

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    FringeNYC Annual Alumni Membership

    FOR PREVIOUS FringeNYC PARTICIPANTS ONLY: FringeNYC alumni association membership + everything from the $75 reward level.

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    • One free annual membership to the FringeNYC Alumni Association.
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    The Fringe Poster + Virtual Studio Day!

    Official film poster signed by the artists and filmmakers, a virtual day with the team + everything from the $75 reward level. Design coming soon!

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    • The Fringe film poster.
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    Cooking Class w/SUE TORRES + The Fringe

    Reserve your spot at a private cooking class with Chef Sue Torres! Nab your spot as one of up to 14 to gather for an amazing personalized cooking class, which includes hands-on teaching, the delicious results + a special sneak peek of the film!

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    Dinner Party w/SUE TORRES + The Fringe

    An intimate dinner party + private screening hosted by the filmmakers and Chef Sue Torres! Each $100 or more pledge gets you a spot at the table for this phenomenal evening (for up to 14 people) of exquisite food prepared by Sue herself and a private screening of the film!

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    NYC Indie Theatre Walking Tour + Hang

    The landscape has changed in 20 years but join us for Indie Theatre Venue Virtual and Real Walking Tour with the filmmakers (Travel to NYC not inc but come!)
    + everything from the applicable $100 reward level.

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    • Take a personal tour of the mainstays of NYC indie theatre.
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    PORTRAIT & HEADSHOT PACKAGE

    I LOVE YOUR HEAD! One of the ways that I made a living while running around for the last 12 years shooting the film was headshot and portrait work for some pretty amazing people!

    This reward is special to us because it allows us to meet you face-to-face, spend time in the studio together, and capture the person who helped us complete the film.

    Check some out in the updates section or online on our website.

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    PARTY WITH US AT NYC PREMIERE

    Join us for the NYC Premiere of the documentary with (2) Tickets for you and a guest to the screening and invites to the after party which we are sure will involve fantastic performances, copious cocktails, music and dancing.

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    NYC PREMIERE, PARTY + SPECIAL CREDIT

    We would love to see you at the NYC premiere, party, and get some special love in the credits.

    You get everything from the $500 level plus you will get "Special Thanks" in the film end credits.

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    PARTY WITH THE FRINGE IN YOUR CITY

    Can't make it to NYC? We'll miss you, but let's do it in your town.

    Two (2) tickets + party with team when the film premieres at a city or town near you. We don't know where you live but we are sure we can find a great place to celebrate.

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    ONE NIGHT STAY IN NYC FOR THE PREMIERE

    What could be better than being at the premiere, partying, and then getting to retire to a swanky NYC hotel?

    You get a one-night stay for two (2) the night of the premiere at a NYC hotel.

    Plus everything from the NYC-based $750 reward level.

    Sorry we can't also pay to get you here, so travel to NYC is not included.

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    VIP ACCESS TO FRINGENYC 2018!

    What does it mean to be fringe? Well, in 2018, the world gets to find out as FringeNYC returns in October. VIPs get special access to the whole shebang.

    One (1) free VIP Pass to FringeNYC in October 2018

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    BEHIND THE SCENES WITH FRINGE

    Come visit during the edit to see how it's going in real time. Hang out all day to see the team in action and then let us treat you to a night in NYC.

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    YOU'RE AN ASSOCIATE EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

    Just like that you're an AEP! Such a valuable contribution to the film deserves a special place!

    Be credited as an Associate Executive Producer in the credits of the film.

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    YOU'RE A CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

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    YOU ARE AN EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

    We can't wait to meet you, in the studio, at the NYC premiere, anywhere. As an EP, it's your privilege to be where you want.

    You will be credited as an Executive Producer in the OPENING credits of the film.

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