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50 Years in the making. The mysteries of a New York World's Fair Pavilion, told by the people who lived it. Architecture in peril.

Stretch Goal: $30,000

Join us in getting the word out about his historic icon!

At $15,000 I will be able to acquire new equipment to edit this project faster and at a highest quality. I will also be able to acquire licencing for a variety of image libraries that were previously out of my price range.

At $20,000 I will be able to do the above while being able to access even more film & photo archival libraries that are otherwise out of my budget. This will also afford me the ability to hire a composer to produce an original score for the film and I can hire a sound and color correction engineers to master the entire production.

At $30,000 I will be able to do all of the above, while having the appropriate funds allocated to effectively distribute this film. I will be able to meet the necessary post production requirements for public television distribution and I will be able to facilitate more screenings in the NY Metro area as well as around the country.

Please continue to share this project so we can meet our Stretch goal! http://kck.st/LVOLWu

And come join our facebook group at People For the New York State Pavilion

Thanks so much!

For more on the Reach Goal, read update #2.

The New York State Pavilion, once the shining symbol of the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, now sits as a haunting reminder of what became of the age of optimism that was the 1960s. This film tells the story of Philip Johnson's New York State Pavilion during the glory days of the fair, and chronicles its demise over the past 50 years. The film details its post-fair use as a 60s concert venue and 70s roller rink, including the years of neglect and the recent growing advocacy efforts to save and repurpose the structure.

Present day- Photo by Marco Catini
Present day- Photo by Marco Catini

To learn more about who took this "Present Day" picture, check out Update #3.

MODERN RUIN: A World's Fair Pavilion documents what this iconic structure symbolized at the 1964-65 World’s Fair, and preserves many of the fascinating stories that are woven into the fabric of the building’s history. Few people remember that in 1969, some of the greatest musicians of the 20th century - The Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, Santana and many others - played in a summer concert series inside the Pavilion’s Tent Of Tomorrow. 

Circa 1964
Circa 1964

By the early 70's, it had already been neglected for almost a decade when a young couple from Cleveland came upon it and decided to turn the building into a roller skating rink.  By 1975, as the city spiraled into economic crisis, they were kicked out and Philip Johnson's pavilion was left virtually untouched for almost 40 years. 

Mitch Silverstein & John Piro (The Painters of the Pavilion)
Mitch Silverstein & John Piro (The Painters of the Pavilion)

In 2009 a group of fair goers, led by John Piro and Mitch Silverstein, decided to take matters in their own hands by sprucing up the Pavilion with a fresh coat of paint.  This has helped to spark national interest in the New York State Pavilion, as well as a desire to develop an adaptive reuse for the structure. 

The Vintage Robot T-Shirt
The Vintage Robot T-Shirt

Phil Buehler is a huge fan of modern ruins and the New York State Pavilion.  He is already a backer of this project and as an additional gesture of support, he has offered up his photography as a limited, last minute, stretch goal reward.  
Phil is an accomplished photographer who is fascinated by urban decay.  You can learn more about his work by visiting his website www.modern-ruins.com.

Photo by Phil Buehler
Photo by Phil Buehler
Photo by Phil Buehler
Photo by Phil Buehler
Photo by Phil Buehler
Photo by Phil Buehler
Scale Model of the NYS Pavilion 1:1600 or 1"=50'
Scale Model of the NYS Pavilion 1:1600 or 1"=50'
Scale Model of the General Motors Pavilion
Scale Model of the General Motors Pavilion

In order to bring this project to you in the greatest quality possible, I need your support.  Even a small contribution will go a long way in making this project great.  

The film is already in post production but I need this funding to secure the necessary post production processing of the final cut, to bring you the best film possible.  This includes acquiring music and archival footage/photographs, image licensing, audio mastering, and DVD replication and packaging.  

Since February of 2013 I have conducted almost 2 dozen interviews with authors, historians, architects, architectural critics, fair goers, post-fair concert goers, the operators of the roller skating rink and many more interesting individuals. I have traveled across the country and criss-crossed the New York Metropolitan area documenting their experiences in an effort to preserve the rich story of this visible ruin.

Working on this film has been an incredible experience due largely to the overwhelming support I have received over the past year.  The film is truly the product of a community effort and the generosity of many who are passionate about learning more about this building and seeing it put back to good use.

People have donated money, time, photos, home movies, and so much more to help this film become a success.

Any amount you can contribute is greatly appreciated, and by backing this project, you are making a statement about how you feel about the historical and future importance of the New York State Pavilion.

Check out the rewards in the panel to the right, and consider becoming a backer of this project.  Thanks!

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    You'll officially be a part of the production! You will receive project updates and the satisfaction that you are an active participant in trying to preserve an important New York icon. I am eternally grateful. And remember, you can always change your mind and add to your contribution! :-)

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    You’ll receive a DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the finished film. Your name will appear in the THANK YOU section of the credits of the film. It will also appear on my website www.aquarelapictures.com. You will also receive everything above including my eternal gratitude.

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    EARLY BIRD REWARD: Get the $25 reward level for $15. You'll receive a Kickstarter Supporter EDITION DVD of the finished film once it is completed plus a signed postcard of the New York State Pavilion. You will also receive everything above.

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    You will have exclusive access to live group movie screening across the world. Watch from your computer or mobile device, and after the screening, I'll host a live, online Q & A about the film and its production. You will also receive everything above.

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    You get a DELUXE DVD of the film (NOT SIGNED). Packaging will include a PRODUCTION PHOTO BOOKLET along with other photos of the Pavilion. You also receive a NEW YORK STATE PAVILION T-SHIRT (American apparel) made by our friends at The Vintage Robot. You will also receive everything above.

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    STRETCH GOAL REWARD SPECIAL: You get a LIMITED EDITION print, of your choice, by photographer Phil Buehler (Modern-Ruins.com) PLUS everything from the $75 reward.

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    You get a DELUXE DVD of the film SIGNED by the Director with a hand written thank you note. You will also receive everything above.

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    NEW REWARD LEVEL! You get a LIMITED EDITION 8X12 Endura Metallic print of Marco Catini's photograph of the New York State Pavilion, signed by Marco himself. You will also receive everything above.

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    Join Director Matthew Silva and Co-Founding Painter of the Pavilion, Mitch Silverstein, for a tour of the 1964 Fairgrounds and the New York State Pavilion (from the exterior) , plus everything above.

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    Two tickets to the world premiere of the film and director's launch party (travel and lodging not included), plus all of the above. Come celebrate the opening of the film with us!

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    You'll get an invitation +1 to a private screening (travel and lodging not included) of the film with the director Matthew Silva and Architect Frankie Campione in the office of CREATE Architecture Planning & Design, located on the TOP FLOOR OF THE CHRYSLER BUILDING. Plus everything above.

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    You will receive a beautifully handcrafted 50th Anniversary (Limited NYS Pavilion Documentary Edition) 1964 NY World's Fair Pavilion model of your choice. You choose which pavilion you want. The New York State Pavilion, GM Pavilion, Ford Pavilion, etc. Plus everything between the $1 through $500 incentives.

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    Host a screening of our film in your home, school or community center. Director Matthew Silva will attend the screening and do a Q & A afterward, (within the continental U.S. only). Plus you receive everything between the $1 through $500 incentives.

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