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Part road trip movie, part music doc, 3 folk musicians struggle to be heard in the modern version of this distinctly American art form.

THERE'S STILL TIME TO JOIN OUR FOUNDING COMMUNITY!

We are awestruck by the backers who've brought us to our goal, before our Jan 3rd deadline. And we are continuing to invite backers up to the very end -- $33,000 is a bare bones budget. Every dollar we raise above that amount helps to offset Kickstarter/Amazon fees -- and gives us more money to fund the months-long process of editing this film.

As members of our founding community, you will be the first to hear any news about FOLK -- what festival invites us for our world premiere, special events, behind-the-scenes stories; and you will all be thanked as our "founding community" on our website and in the film (our higher-level donors will continue to have the special recognition they've pledged for).

Thank you so much for being our community. There is no way this could have been done without you.

Love and thanks from Sara, Henry and Diana

Part music documentary and part road trip movie, FOLK  lets our characters’ lives and their songs do what singer-songwriters have always done: amplify the themes that resonate across our cultural landscape – whether it’s re-defining success in the face of failure, trying to find wholeness in an increasingly fragmented world, or struggling to make sense of the trials and triumphs that make us all so human.

We hope you enjoyed meeting our main characters in our trailer – and that you’re looking forward to getting to know them in our film. They are all wonderful singer-songwriters who are working just under the radar of mainstream American music, their lives playing out in a vibrant sub-culture that few people know about (unless you’re a die hard fan of folk music).

Our documentary is the first to explore that world. It’s a quirky culture that includes house concerts -- where a new breed of  mini-moguls roll back the furniture and host their favorite artists for a crowd of 20 or 30 friends; at jammed, 24/7 folk conferences --where would-be stars trade social networking tips by day and gig at night down long corridors of hotel rooms turned into micro-clubs; and in tiny bars and rural festivals, set well back along the blue highways of America.

Like the musicians we are following, we, too have been working in do-it-yourself mode – funding everything ourselves to this point. But now we need your help. It’s time to start editing, and we can’t do it without your support.

The money we raise here will go towards hiring one of the best editors in the documentary world (two of the films she’s worked on have won Oscars for best doc). She’s booked time for us starting in February 2012 – but we have to have the money to lock her in. She’s in constant demand, and we want to make sure we’re on her schedule.

We are looking forward to surpassing our bare bones goal of $33,000 with your help between now and the end of this campaign in early January. As I said in the trailer, if everyone who comes to this site gives $10, we’ll have the $150,000 we need to get this film all the way through the post-production process – and on its way to film festivals in early 2013. We’ll be submitting to the top festivals, including Sundance, Berlin and South by Southwest, where my first doc (Fambul Tok) premiered earlier this year. And we’ll be thanking you every step of the way.

On FOLK, I’m working again with Henry Jacobson, the wonderful cinematographer who shot my first film, Fambul Tok. And we’ve teamed with our good friend Diana O’Donnell, who brings all kinds of producing and networking skills to our work.

Stay tuned in the weeks ahead… We’ll be in touch regularly, and we’ll have some surprises along the way.

LITHOGRAPH OF DAVID BOWIE ARTWORK FROM SARA'S PERSONAL COLLECTION, SIGNED BY DAVID BOWIE


PHOTOS

High Dive, by Julie Blackmon


Lloyd the Cat, Set of 4, by Sara Terry

ADC ROCKS STORYHILL

CHUCK IN ARKANSAS

DA COSTA, ROSE and ELLIOTT + PRESSMAN

THE BLUESMAN


Adam Cox from Cletus Got Shot at Fayetteville Folk Festival


John Elliot, Anthony DaCosta, Johnny Hermanson (Storyhill)


AJ Roach, playing around the campfire at Storyhill

Grace Pettis and Ryan

Carrie Elkin singing for the campfire

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    John Elliot, Anthony DaCosta, Johnny Hermanson from Storyhill. A music portrait made by our DP, photographer Henry Jacobson, while we were on the road in the Midwest this summer with Anthony DaCosta, Raina Rose, John Elliott (and Andrew Pressman). Offered in limited "Folk" editions of 10, 11"x17" archival inkjet prints, made, numbered and signed by the photographer. This will be the only edition of these images made in this size/format.

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    Adam Cox from Cletus Got Shot at Fayetteville Folk Festival. A music portrait made by our DP, photographer Henry Jacobson, while we were on the road in the Midwest this summer with Anthony DaCosta, Raina Rose, John Elliott (and Andrew Pressman). Offered in limited "Folk" editions of 10, 11"x17" archival inkjet prints, made, numbered and signed by the photographer. This will be the only edition of these images made in this size/format.

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    THE DIRECTOR’S BOX. A mystery box filled with some of Sara’s favorite things. It might include a photo book, a gadget (Sara loves little tech things), a memento from her travels around the world, something from her amazing jewelry collection, a DVD… you never know. She loves surprises.

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    THIS SONG’S FOR YOU, by Hilary Claire Adamson. Hilary will write a song for you. You get to give three ideas – a name, an event, an emotion (it’s up to you which three things), and you’ll get a song written exclusively for you.

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    THIS SONG’S FOR YOU, by Anthony da Costa. Anthony will write a song for you. You get to give three ideas – a name, an event, an emotion (it’s up to you which three things), and you’ll get a song written exclusively for you.

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    YOU CAN BE A HERO -- RARE DAVID BOWIE ARTWORK. From Sara’s personal collection (she worked for Bowie in the mid-1980s), a limited edition lithograph, signed and numbered by Bowie, of the cover of his pivotal album “Heroes.” Bowie gave these prints, limited to an edition of 120, as Christmas presents in the late 1970s. (Send a message on Kickstarter to Sara if you want to see a photo of the lithograph).

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    DINNER AND A MOVIE. AND A SONGWRITER. A private screening of the film, with the director and one of our singer-songwriters. We provide pizza and popcorn, and a song or two, and you get to ask all the questions you want – and request your favorite song, too.

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    WITH A LOT OF HELP FROM OUR FRIEND JULIE BLACKMON, ONE OF OUR FAVORITE PHOTOGRAPHERS. Julie Blackmon, one of the stars of the fine art photography world, has donated to our cause one of her most popular images from her family series. The print is 22x29” and currently sells for $3,600 (with the price expected to rise soon to over $4,000 due to the popularity of the image). See image below.

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    PERSONAL PAPARAZZI. A day-long photo shoot for you and/or your band with Henry Jacobson and Sara Terry (we pay our travel expenses in the US; you pay if it’s an overseas shoot). We’ll edit and prep the photos for you, and give you all the files to use however you’d like. Exact timing depends on schedules.

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    BILL GRAHAM’S GOT NOTHING ON YOU. Co-Producer credit on the film – right under credits for the Director and the Producers. Four tickets to our world premiere (you pay travel expenses), and dinner with the director and producers. You also get the Sound and Vision CD/DVD package, the sticker, and a really special hand-written thank you photo-postcard.

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