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A film festival about urban planning, architecture, bicycle advocacy, tactical urbanism, & public health.
A film festival about urban planning, architecture, bicycle advocacy, tactical urbanism, & public health.
A film festival about urban planning, architecture, bicycle advocacy, tactical urbanism, & public health.
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This is the second year of our film festival about improving the urban experience. We're calling it "The New Urbanism Film Festival: City Stories on the Silver Screen"  

Visualize a walkable neighborhood: a place close to work, school, cafes, theater, recreation, etc., a place safe for kids, with good public parks, libraries and transportation.  

We've curated a collection of movies about people just like you working to create better urban neighborhoods. Whether they're about urban designers creating master plans, or private citizens building small scale projects, their stories are inspiring. 

For our festival's second year, we need your help to improve and expand the New Urbanism Film Festival to deliver the message of human scaled neighborhoods to even more people. We had a great response to last year's event, inspiring many to return to their neighborhoods and try some of the ideas they could only see at NUFF.  Your help through kickstarter will allow us to expand our advertising budget.  We want to buy ads in local papers, reach out to community and student groups, and hire a public relations manager.

Our second goal for this year is to make the event more interactive and bring more attention to the idea of human scaled urban design. To do this, we need to attract more speakers to present workshops, discussions, and activities that will further inspire our attendees, and take the virtual world of film and make it concrete. So, a portion of this kickstarter fund will be used for hospitality and stipends for our guest speakers. 

Our third goal for this kickstarter is to reward filmmakers. Last year, filmmakers were invited to a special dinner, and winners won plaques and prizes. This year, we want to reward and encourage these forward-thinking filmmakers by offering cash prizes that will allow them to make even more ambitious projects in the future. 

To recap, our three expansion goals for our second year are 

 1. Bring in more experts in the field to host workshops 

 2. Broaden our audience 

 3. Reward filmmakers 

Stretch Goal 1:  If we can reach $13,000, we'll be able to add a full day to the festival. We've already received more submissions than we did in our entire first year, and most are feature length. In order to take advantage of this bounty, we need another day that would allow us to show more features. 

Stretch Goal 2: If we reach $16,000, not only will we add another day to the annual festival, we'll host programming throughout the year. This would help grow our audience base as well as spread the message of human scale urban design.  

The 2nd Annual New Urbanism Film Festival will take place Nov 6-9 in MidCity, Los Angeles CA 90036.

Submissions are currently being accepted online!  We are dividing short films into five categories for screening purposes: Architecture, Bicycling, Healthy Cities, Tactical Urbanism, and Urban Design. However, short and feature films will be considered for all applicable award categories. For more info on what kinds of videos we're looking for and how to submit, visit our website!

In addition to the short and feature films that we receive as contest submissions, we will screen major motion picture feature films with a theme of urban issues.  Which ones we screen, will depend on reaching or exceeding our funding goals.

Last year we screened The Garden, GDOG, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit. The Garden was a nice complement to our short films because we did not receive a lot of submissions addressing the relationship between food and the city.  Which we believe is a critical issue. So we were excited to screen The Garden and have the director Scott Kennedy join us to discuss the intricacies of food, the city, and politics.

Similarly, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, was a fun choice because it deals with LA History in a fun way. And again, we were able to invite an appropriate guest speaker.  Diego Cardoso, of the LA Planning Comission came to the festival and presented the true history (and future!) of rail in Los Angeles. 

We will select feature films for this year's festival in the same manner: Do they complement other workshops and presentations on the schedule? Do they address an issue not covered in the short films?

How will we locate and attract speakers and presenters?  In June we are travelling to Buffalo NY for the 22nd Annual Congress for the New Urbanism.  We will be screening the best of last year's films. We are also involved in local advocacy groups here in Los Angeles. Between our national CNU connections and our local advocacy efforts, we are confident we can provide a roster of guests that will prove very inspiring. 

Check out our website for a complete list of all 16 speakers and presenters we hosted at the first annual New Urbanism Film Festival.

If you are still asking, what is "New Urbanism" here is a brief video that explains the key concepts of the movement. 

 After watching that video, we hope you are inspired to make your city a better place.  How can you do that? There are plenty of people already doing it and they are excited to show you how.  See their stories (and make them your story) by joining us at the 2nd Annual New Urbanism Film Festival!

Risks and challenges

We have hosted this festival for one year already. We know what it takes to put on a film festival (a lot). But we have already surmounted the major obstacles of a first year of a film festival. We have an audience and connections and location.

The first challenge is a simple technical one. Availability of our guest speakers. We are still scheduling the line up of speakers and have not made any promises as to appearances. However, we believe our roster of speakers from last year proves our ability to produce an array of stimulating speakers.

The major challenge is expanding the audience. Being in our second year allows us to capitalize on our first year's publicity. In addition to that we plan to purchase ads in local newspapers, online media, and industry trades, and reach out to community and student groups. However, we cannot guarantee those methods will be effective. Through updates on Kickstarter, we will keep you up to date on our progress. And if you have ideas to offer us, we'd welcome an email from you.

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    URBANISM FAN - You will be inducted into the New Urbanism Film Festival Fan Club.
    We will print your name in our program and publish it on our website. It could also be the name of your project, company, or organization. (limit 20 characters)

    We will also add you to our email list! Lucky you! Now that you are a big shot on an email list, you will be able to keep up with all of the coolest short films about urbanism.

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    URBAN BACKERS!
    Contributors at this level will receive a Promotional Media Kit!
    We will mail you a copy of the program, and any additional promotional artwork.
    We will also include you in the NUFF Fan Club, with all the benefits that entails.

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    ADVANCED URBANISTS
    Contributors at this level will receive 1 advanced ticket for a screening.

    We will email you the schedule before tickets go on sale, select which screening or workshop you'd like to attend, and we will reserve your seat!

    If we do not hear back from you before tickets go on sale, we will assume that you are not attending and are donating in good faith.

    We will also include you in the NUFF Fan Club, with all the benefits that entails.

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    CITYWALK, The Complete First Season now on DVD. Contrbutors who select this reward will receive a DVD of the complete first season of the innovative KCET series CITYWALK. This creative collaboration with Rigler Entertainment chronicles the nation-wide movement of creating walkable communities and cities. The producers created a special feature length presentation for the inaugural year of the New Urbanism Film Festival. Now you can see all eight episodes and get the entire story of a movement that is changing our nation.

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    DIGITAL URBANIST - Get a digital download of one of the festival presentations. Be a part of the action no matter where you are! You'll be able to watch the discussion inspired by the short films presented at NUFF2014.

    And you will be inducted into the NUFF Fan Club, with all the wondrous benefits that entails.

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    CITYWALK, The Complete First Season now on BluRay. Contrbutors who select this reward will receive a BluRay of the complete first season of the innovative KCET series CITYWALK. This creative collaboration with Rigler Entertainment chronicles the nation-wide movement of creating walkable communities and cities. The producers created a special feature length presentation for the inaugural year of the New Urbanism Film Festival. Now you can see all eight episodes and get the entire story of a movement that is changing our nation.

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    NATIONAL URBANIST
    Most of our rewards are L.A. based. If you can't make it to the festival but would still like to support, we'd like to reward that too!
    National Urbanists will be inducted into the NUFF Fan Club AND they will receive one of 3 cool NUFF posters.

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    WALKING URBANIST:
    Backers who select this reward will be treated to a Downtown LOS ANGELES Walking Tour hosted by Dean Haglund. Haglund is most recognizable for the nine years he played The Lone Gunmen on the X-Files.

    This tour focuses on the Vaudeville and silent film era. Downtown Los Angeles has the highest concentration of original vaudeville houses anywhere in North America, many that are not open to the public. In a city that has a love affair with the car, experience the refreshing chance to WALK up and into many historic places and stand where many of the performing greats of the last 100 years shone brightly for audiences around the world

    You will be guided through the history of theatre and film in Los Angeles and Hollywood by an actor and comedian who will give you the inside scoop on the rich tradition of the arts that has been the major economic motor for the this glorious city. Dean is one of the few guides is also a resident of the downtown and lives and works in this fantastic area on a daily basis.

    Duration = approx 1.5 hours
    Meet up at Grand Park in front of City Hall. Tour ends around Ace Hotel
    Wear Comfy Shoes

    Dean will lead two tours will be given during the festival. Details TBD.

    Backers at this level will also get a ticket to a screening of their choosing and will be inducted to the New Urbanism Film Festival Fan Club.

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    URBANISM POSTER CHILD
    Get all THREE posters designed by Urban Fabrics. You'll also be inducted into the NUFF Fan Club with all the wondrous benefits that entails.

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    PREMIERE URBANISTS
    Contributors at this level will receive a ticket to the Opening Reception and Feature Presentation!

    We will also include you in the NUFF Fan Club, with all the wondrous benefits that entails.

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    DEDICATED URBANISTS - Get a ticket to every event. This deal is limited to 10 people. If you want to see all the feature films and see all the short film categories, get this deal now! Last year's full festival price was $350 and the best deal we offered was half price passes for $175. So $100 is a great deal for the extremely dedicated urbanist.
    Also, you know what, for all your dedication, you get to be in the NUFF fan club too.

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    URBANISM ADVERTISER.
    Quarter page ad in our program.
    Your company, organization or project will be featured in an 1/4 page ad in our festival program.

    We will also publish the ad online on our website. The ad will remain on our site through May 2015.

    We will also include six tickets to select screenings during the festival. And you will be inducted into the NUFF Fan Club, with all the wondrous benefits that entails.

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    DINNER & A SHOW URBANISTS
    Contributors at this level will be invited to a special dinner with world renown architect, urban designer, and author William Fain. You'll be invited to special dinner on Sunday night during the festival with honorary guest, William Fain. Fain is a world renown architect and urban designer and author of "If Cars Could Talk: Essays on Urbanism." This option includes a ticket to that evening's screening and the price of dinner. Mr. Fain has practiced architecture and urban planning for over 35 years. He is the managing partner and directs master planning and urban design for Johnson Fain, a firm of 50 architects, planners and interior designers, headquartered in downtown Los Angeles. With extensive experience in urban design, community planning and downtown redevelopment and transit-oriented development, his career has focused on advancing the practice of urban design as a bridge between the public good and private benefit. His projects have won several national AIA and Progressive Architecture awards including Mission Bay in San Francisco, Beijing's new Central Business District, the Greenways Plan for Los Angeles, and the American Indian Cultural Center in Oklahoma.

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    EVENT SPONSOR

    You or your company, organization, or project, will be the sponsor of an event during the festival. This is your way of earmarking your sponsorship of the festival to a specific topic you are passionate about.

    - Logo on inside front cover of the program,
    - Logo on our sponsors page through May 2015 (hyperlinked to your website or facebook page)
    - Logo on screen during preshow of festival screenings.
    - Ad in the program
    - Company message or bio on our sponsors page. (150 word limit)
    - You or a representative of your organization are invited to be a part of the event by introducing the event or joining us on stage for post screening discussion.

    We will also include ten tickets to select screenings during the festival. And you will be inducted into the NUFF Fan Club, with all the wondrous benefits that entails.

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