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Help us finish the follow-up to the award-winning documentary HERB & DOROTHY, and share in the couple’s generosity and passion for art!

THE FINAL COUNTDOWN BEGINS!  We're down to our final HOURS until the end of our campaign.  Join us as we finish strong, let's create a huge miracle.  We'd love to finish the film to commemorate Herb and Dorothy's 50th Wedding Anniversary next year, and every pledge brings us that much closer!

ついに最後のカウントダウンに入りました!60日間続いたキャンペ―ンも、あと残すところ数時間です。来年はハーブとドロシーの結婚50周年記念。何とか来年中に映画を完成させ、公開までこぎ着けてお祝いしたいと思っています。$1でも多くの資金が、一歩そのゴール達成に近づきます。最後、どうぞよろしくお願い致します!

日本語の詳しい説明は、下をご覧下さい。

PROJECT OVERVIEW:

After releasing HERB & DOROTHY (click to see trailer), the film that first told the story of the world-class art collection amassed by a postal worker and a librarian, I thought my role as narrator of this remarkable couple’s story had come to an end. 

But then a surprise announcement was made by the National Gallery: a historic gift project to give 50 of the Vogels' works to one museum in each of the 50 states—a total of 2500 works. Sixteen years after they transferred the collection to the National Gallery, the number of works had grown to over 4000, more than the Gallery, one of the biggest museums in the country, could handle. The gift project was launched as a solution (click to see the Vogel 50X50 site.) I began documenting the movement.  This was no ordinary event. 

The collection that Herb & Dorothy built out of pure love and passion has long since outgrown their one-bedroom apartment in New York City, and now their art is spread throughout US, reaching areas where contemporary art was previously inaccessible. From preschoolers to seniors, we watched visitors enjoying, learning and contemplating from the collection as we filmed. The impact of Herb & Dorothy’s gift to this country is simply immeasurable. 

Your support will not only allow us to complete this film about the extraordinary life story of a modest couple. It will also help us preserve and promote a spirit of generosity towards the arts in America, a spirit in grave danger due to the difficult economy— as art programs are almost always the first to be eliminated (due to budget cuts) in public programs and education. Herb & Dorothy’s example of dedication, thrift, passion, and generosity, is something the country can appreciate now more than ever.

Please join us in bringing this film to life.  Accessibility to art is key in developing creative and innovative minds, as Herb and Dorothy have taught us.  And this Kickstarter campaign can create that access.  

I am truly grateful for your support.  Thank you.

Megumi Sasaki  (Director/Producer)

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Limited Edition Commemorative Sketchbook Cover designed exclusively by artist Lawrence Weiner & printed (silkscreen) in Japan - Personally SIGNED for donations $750 and above.


Lynda Benglis (UNTITLED 2003), Pigmented wax on paper, 9 3/4 x 7 1/4 in, 24.8 x 18.4 cm, Courtesy Cheim & Read, New York

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HOW DOES KICKSTARTER WORK?

Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing approach to fundraising for creative projects.  Our project must reach the funding goal of $55,000 in 60 DAYS or no money changes hands. 

WHAT WILL MY MONEY DO?

Thank you for asking.  You are helping us do the following:

  • Shoot the remaining interviews.
  • Visit and film more 50X50 museums and collect archival materials.
  • Complete the off-line edit.
  • Compose original music.
  • Clear the rights.
  • Build a great interactive website where photos & footage from the 50X50 exhibitions will be shared.
  • Help preserve a spirit of generosity in art

I'M READY TO DO THIS.  HOW CAN I START?

First, thank you!  You can start right now (from $1 on up), by clicking BACK THIS PROJECT in the upper right hand corner.  But don't forget the rewards!

1.  Your support (of any amount) will help us to continue documenting this tremendous story, and as a backer, you will also be the recipient of exclusive REWARDS.  (See our list on the right.)

Some of the featured items (only available on this Kickstarter campaign) are:

  • A personal email from Dorothy Vogel with the "5 Most Important Tips For Art Collecting"
  • Limited Edition Commemorative Sketchbook Cover designed by Lawrence Weiner
  • Lynda Benglis (UNTITLED 2003), Pigmented wax on paper, 9 3/4 x 7 1/4 inches
  • Limited Edition of "Westerly Art Project" print by artist Charles Clough (See behind-the-scenes video below)
  • Original sculpture of Archie The Cat by artist Kaylyn Gerenz
  • Art Challenge Kit - Exploration and Creation in a Handy (Fun!) Kit

* Kickstarter is not tax-deductible.  If you are interested in a tax-deductible donation instead of receiving rewards, please contact us at: info@finelinemedia.net.

2.  SPREAD THE WORD about our Kickstarter campaign to everyone you know, through Facebook and Twitter, Google+, your blog, and the old-fashioned way.  Word-of-mouth.

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EXCLUSIVE REWARDS:

HERB & DOROTHY 50X50 T-shirt (designed by Atsushi Kaneish & SHOTIME)

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HERB & DOROTHY ART CHALLENGE KIT

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8" x 11" Prints donated by Charles Clough  (http://www.clufff.com)

Click for a behind-the-scenes Look at the creation of the piece


Limited edition VOGEL 50X50 National Gift Project Catalogue donated by Akron Art Museum, Spencer Museum of Art, Honolulu Academy of Arts, and Montclair Art Museum

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"Archie The Cat" Sculpture - Exhibited as part of the Vogel exhibition at Plains Art Museum in Fargo, ND. Created and donated by local artist, Kaylyn Gerenz.

『ハーブ&ドロシー50X50』へのご支援ありがとうございます。

『ハーブ&ドロシー』は、郵便局員と図書館勤めのご夫婦が、つつましいお給料からアート作品を買い集め、やがて世界有数の現代アートのコレクションを築くという実話を描いたドキュメンタリー映画です。そして夫妻は、最後まで1点も売らずに全てをナショナルギャラリーに寄贈し、今も40年前と変わらない1LDKのアパートで静かな年金暮らしをしています。映画は、世界各国で劇場公開され、映画祭でも多くの賞をいただきました。

私は現代アートのことも知らなければ、映画製作の経験もなかったのですが、お二人の物語にひたすら感動してこの長編映画をつくることになりました。そして今、お二人の人生とコレクションのその後を描く『ハーブ&ドロシー50X50』と題した続編の製作を進めています。

夫妻のコレクションは結局4千点を越え、ナショナルギャラリーにも納まりきらずに、全米50州の美術館に50点ずつ、合計2500点を寄贈する計画が2008年に発表されました。小さなNYのアパートからつつましく始まったコレクションが、今やハワイやアラスカ、ノースダコタまで、アメリカの隅々まで届けられることになったのです。これは、アメリカのアートの歴史でも非常に珍しい、壮大なスケールの寄贈計画です。景気低迷が続き、先行き不安が続く今だからこそ、お二人のアートにかける純粋な愛と情熱、そして寛大な精神を人々に伝えなくては、と新作映画の製作を決意しました。

製作を始めて3年、映画は7割ほど撮影を終えました。そして、今残りの撮影と編集のための資金集めを進めています。キックスターターは、インターネットを使って、アート、映画、音楽、ダンスなどのクリエイティブなプロジェクトの支援を、一般の人から広く募る新しい方法で、今アメリカで大きく注目されています。支援金額は、$1から$1万ドルまで、そして金額に応じて、アーティストは特典を提供します。また、期日までに目標金額を集めないと、それまでに集まったお金は、全てサポーターに払い戻されるというALL OR NOTHING のルールです。

私たちのキャンペーンでは、特典として、オリジナルTシャツや映画のDVDの他、リンダ・ベングリスやローレンス・ウイナーなど、ボーゲルコレクションの有名アーティストから提供して頂いたオリジナル作品を用意しました。特に、コンセプチュアル・アートの巨匠、ウイナーが新作映画のためにデザインした限定スケッチブックは、この映画プロジェクト限定で、NYのコレクタ―の間でも話題になってます。また$1〜$299までのサポーターの方は、映画のウエブサイトにお名前を掲載、そして$300以上のサポーターの方は、映画のエンドロールにお名前が入ります。以下、特典の詳細をご覧下さい。尚このキャンペーンでお送りするDVDとネットのダウンロードは、英語版で字幕は入っていませんので、ご了承下さい。

$1〜 『ハーブ&ドロシー』ウェブサイトでのお名前掲載(1)

$10〜 『ハーブ&ドロシー50X50』の無料ダウンロード(2)

$20〜 ドロシーよりメールで初心者向けのアートコレクションの秘訣   5点のアドバイス(英語)(3)+(2)+(1)

$25〜   『ハーブ&ドロシー』映画サウンドトラック +(2)+(1)

$35〜     続編映画のDVD(4)+(1)+(2)(アメリカ国外からお申し込み頂いた方は郵送料$5追加下さい)

$50〜    50X50キャンペーン特製Tシャツ(5)+(2)+(1)(アメリカ国外からお申し込み頂いた方は郵送料$5追加下さい)

$100〜    ドロシーよりメールで初心者向けのアートコレクションの秘訣   5点のアドバイス(英語)+(4) +(1)(アメリカ国外からお申し込み頂いた方は郵送料$10追加下さい)

$200〜    ローレンス・ウイナーのカバー・デザインによる特製スケッチ ブック(6) +(5)+(4)+(1)(アメリカ国外からお申し込み頂いた方は郵送料$20追加下さい)

$300〜 アート・チャレンジ・キット(映画をモチーフに独自の作品を製作下さい)+(6)+エンドロールにTHANK YOU クレジット(7)+(5)+(2)(アメリカ国外からお申し込み頂いた方は郵送料$30追加下さい)

$400〜    チャーリー・クロフ作品の限定プリント+(7)+(6)+(5)+(4)(アメリカ国外からお申し込み頂いた方は郵送料$30追加下さい)

$500〜    ハーブ&ドロシーのサイン入り50X50カタログ+(7)+(6)+(5)+(4)(アメリカ国外からお申し込み頂いた方は郵送料$30追加下さい)

$750〜    ローレンス・ウイナーの直筆サイン入りスケッチブック+  (7)+(6)+(5)+(4)(送料込み)

$1000(A)〜 続編の世界プレミア&パーティへ2名様ご招待(NYでの予定・旅費別)+映画のエンドロールに FUNDER クレジット(8)+ FUNDER PACKAGE (『ハーブ&ドロシー』『50X50』特典映像などが入った豪華版DVDセット+Tシャツ+スケッチブック)(9)SOLD OUT!

$1000(B)〜 「スペシャル・アート・コレクターズ・パッケージ」:チャーリー・クロフ作品の限定プリント+ローレンス・ウイナーのカバー・デザインによる特製スケッチブック+ハーブ&ドロシーのサイン入り50X50カタログ+映画のエンドロールクレジット(8)+ 『ハーブ&ドロシー』『50X50』特典映像などが入った豪華版DVDセット+Tシャツ(9)(送料込み)

$2500〜 若手アーティスト、ケイレン・ゲレンツ作アーチー彫刻作品+映画のエンドロールに PROUD OWNER OF ARCHIE クレジット+(9)(送料込み)

$5000〜 監督参加によるプライベート・スクリーニング(東京、NY以外は旅費別)+映画のエンドロールに MAJOR PATRON クレジット(9)+(10)(送料込み)

$7500〜 リンダ・ベングリス作 ワックス・ペインティング+(9)+(10) (送料込み)

$10000〜 ハーブ&ドロシー&製作チームと、世界プレミアの前のプライベート試写、その後二人のお気に入りのNYレストランにて食事 +(9)+(10)      (送料込み)   

キックスターターでサポーターになる手続きは、アメリカのアマゾンに口座がある場合は、クレジットカード番号の記入もなく、数クリックで簡単にできます。右上の緑のボタンBACK THIS PROJECT をクリックして下さい。

口座がない方は、こちらをご覧下さい。NY在住の日本人アーティストの井出さんが、ブログで詳しく説明されています。(井出さんより許可を頂いてリンクを貼らせて頂きました)

http://blog.takafumiide.com/kickstarter-step-by-step/

締め切りは、日本時間で2011年11月6日の正午です。

どうぞよろしくお願い致します。

佐々木 芽生

P.S. お問い合わせは、info@finelinemedia.net までお願いいたします。 

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    See your name on the big screen! You'll receive the special HERB & DOROTHY ART CHALLENGE KIT (see image on left) - Send us a picture of your finished work using the HERB & DOROTHY ART CHALLENGE KIT. We will feature it on our website AND you'll see your name on the big screen. (Images of top 3 pieces - selected by Herb and Dorothy - will be seen onscreen.) PLUS a Limited Edition Sketchbook designed by artist Lawrence Weiner・Download of "Herb & Dorothy 50X50" ・Limited Edition "Herb & Dorothy 50X50" Official T-Shirt ・ (Please adigitaldd $30 for international shipping)

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    You'll receive an 8"X11" Limited Edition inkjet print of WESTERLY ART PROJECT 4, printed & signed by artist Charles Clough. (Herb & Dorothy have collected over 500 of his works - see video & image on left)・Lawrence Weiner's Sketchbook - DVD edition of "Herb & Dorothy 50X50" (when it becomes available)・Limited Edition "Herb & Dorothy 50X50" Official T-Shirt・THANK YOU credit on "Herb & Dorothy 50X50" end credits. (Please add $30 for international shipping.)

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