About this project
10 months ago three first-time filmmakers set out to film the lives and motivations of street performers across the globe.
- We've travelled to forty cities across five continents...
- Spent a week filming and interviewing performers in each destination...
- Taken ten flights, thirty-three trains, ten buses, and eight ferries...
- Slept on forty one different couches.
We are tired, but -
- We've recorded over 6TB of high definition footage and photographs…
- Have filmed and interviewed over 200 performers in 12 languages…
- And created 90 promotional videos for the performers we've filmed.
The Busking Project's Mission:
Street performers face huge day to day challenges, from bad weather and restrictive laws to unfair stereotypes and unpredictable pay. We’re here to give them a platform, to give encouragement to those who have just started, to help inform the public about the benefits buskers provide and, ideally, to relax stigmas and laws against them.
Belle Filming in Jaipur:
Exploring and Expanding Communities
Cultures, traditions, myths, geographies, rights, economies and individuals combine to form the urban canvas. We're here to show who the people are who perform for you on the streets. We will also continue the expansion of our network of internationally-minded street performers (and enthusiasts), who, with a global perspective and some good evidence, can help make a change in their local community - empowering free public art.
Chris filming in Gaskara:
Forty Cities across Five Continents in Ten MonthsTravelling the world, The Busking Project is aware of its carbon impact. We have tried to reduce this impact by travelling overland or overseas as often as possible, but it has been a long and hard journey, and we have flown more often than we wanted too. We would like to offset our carbon footprint; if you want part of your donation to go towards carbon offsetting, then please let us know.
Nick Filming in the Latin America:
We have an awesome collection of raw material, and with the help and advice of Jamie Catto, our Executive Producer and award winning documentary filmmaker, we will fulfill our promises to produce:
- a feature length documentary
- a photo narrative book
- and continue our commitment to creating, encouraging, and supporting a global community of street performers through our website.
You can see a small selection of what we have filmed on our Performer Pages, and be part of a growing audience for street performance.
A short preview from India:
"The Bengali Bauls are a group of mystics who call busking "honey gathering". They don't ask for donations or put a hat out, but if people come over and give them money they accept it.
Their's is a beautiful way to live, and quite unlike the other buskers we've met along the journey."
Funding to get us to where we are now
Despite sleeping on the couches of strangers, avoiding restaurants, and taking overland/sea transport wherever possible, our costs for equipment and travel total $90,000. The majority of these costs were covered by fundraising events, personal investments made by the film team, and the bequest of Ilse Nelson, a true patron of the arts who opened her doors to house musicians in New York. We believe Isle Nelson would be proud to know her money has helped fund a project of social and artistic significance.
We have maintained an active website of our journey with videos, articles, interviews, and news updates. Through this website we have received a number of generous donations.
Personal savings and sales of worldly belongings have helped plug the remaining gaps.
Funding for the future
Our target amount of $3200 will raise the money required to fund our flights home from Rio de Janeiro. Additional funds will go toward post-production and associated costs:
- A professional editor to help us sculpt our story
- Colour correction and sound engineers
- Motion graphics editor for our titles, subtitles, credits and animations
- Licensing music for the film and theatrical trailer
- Film festivals and distribution
- And if things go really well.... paying ourselves a stipend for rent, food etc. while logging footage and working on post-production
A specially designed busking project postcard:
Music filmed on the streets from around the world - Sounds of the Streets One:
High quality photographs from around the world - turn Zazi from Bangkok into a full size poster:
Or for the ladies, The Naked Cowboy:
- I'm excited about The Busking Project—aside from donating, how can I help the film? - Follow us on Twitter, Like us on Facebook, tell your friends all about us. We want the world to see what we're doing.
- When will the film be released? - Funding depending, we are looking to have a complete edit in 2013.
- What do you give to the artists? - We are committed to producing a professional performer promo video for each performer we have filmed.
- A documentary? Heard it, seen it, bought the T-Shirt. What else is exciting about your project? - We are the first documentary film team crazy enough to spend 5-7 days in forty destinations to bring a global perspective on street performance to your computers, televisions, iphones, pads and touches! This isn't just another documentary.
- Can you exceed your goal? - We really want to exceed our goal. We want to stay independent and to be able to present what we saw as we saw it. Please help us to blow our goal clear out the water. There is a lot left to pay for.
- What happens if the goal isn’t reached in time? — Credit cards, loans, begging, and impromptu street performance will get us home. We'll probably cry. But we have come way too far and worked way to hard not to make this documentary happen — one way or another, maybe working part time in our parents basements.
- How we can contact you? - We can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org - and we want to hear from you - the good and the bad.
Mark Rothman in Covent Garden, London:
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