About this project
What if everything you knew about your life never really happened?
A film adaptation of the indie concept book You Are A Circle (a selection of the TED Conference bookstore 2013), The Circle Experiment takes you on a mysterious journey that questions reality and identity.
The story begins when a woman wakes up in the middle of the desert, wearing a strange astronaut outfit. In her mind, she thinks she's a simple housewife; but as she tries to find out what happened to her, she slowly realizes that everything she knew about her life is now gone.
Entirely shot in stunning grainy black and white photography, The Circle Experiment is a visual treat for the art house cinema lover. The film begins in a surreal desert and transports you to a even more surreal, dark Los Angeles—depicted like you've never seen it before.
Fans of the Criterion Collection and Chris Marker's La Jetée will be delighted, as The Circle Experiment is an homage to the 1962 classic and 60's-70's cinema.
So if you value beautiful black and white photography and stories that have deeper layers of meaning . . . this project is for you!
We're thrilled to have Pei Liew onboard as the lead of The Circle Experiment. A multi-talented artist based in Los Angeles, California, Pei has an uncanny onscreen presence (as you can see in the trailer). She combines both extreme sensitivity and toughness into her impeccable performance skills—truly a rare gift.
We really value culture and the art community. Nothing beats the feeling of a group of friends coming together around art. So everything we have built around The Circle Experiment is community-minded because, let's face it, we're a small niche of like-minded people and we might as well celebrate what we enjoy together.
So here's our idea. If you support us in this project, you'll partner with us in an adventure that's community-based. It starts at the first level of rewards where you'll be able to download a screening party kit—so you’ll have all the elements to invite your friends and throw a cool “opening night” screening event. And it continues at the higher levels of rewards where we'll show you what we did behind the scenes, or we'll invite you to our private screening party in Los Angeles.
Here's the new creative reality (and we think it's really exciting): by supporting this project, you're co-creating it with us—we're becoming a community. And if you're onboard, you're in it for a treat: check out all our rewards on the right column of this page.
The Circle Experiment is not just an art film, it's also a real-time experiment on a new way to create art together.
Your contribution will fund our production costs. Anything from helping us rent generators for the outdoor night shoots, renting lighting and camera equipment, paying the cast and crew, covering the travels costs for on location shoots, etc.
But there’s an even more meaningful aspect to your support. We hope that when we’ll share our progress with you, you will share it online with your friends as well (through Facebook or Twitter, for example). For us, the ideal vision is that through this project we will be able to build together a vibrant community of co-creators and co-ambassadors.
A side note: Our director, Guillaume Wolf (who’s a fiercely independent artist), wants you to know that we’re already very invested financially in the project (as the real projected costs are closer to $15,000, rather than the $3,000 we’re asking for here). We think it’s fair we're involved in the financing as well. By putting some of our savings on the line, we show that we’re 100% committed.
The financing breakdown is as follows:
• 30% by the director
• 30% (or more) by Kickstarter
• 40% through institutional or corporate sponsors
As you can see, this project is definitely not a charity. It’s an amazing (and ambitious) art project we’re creating together. And as you know, with Kickstarter, we’re hoping we can overfund our project . . .
But by how much? It’s really up to you. If you share our sense of aesthetics, and if you’re inspired by the trailer . . . please, be as generous as you want to be! Remember, we really have cool rewards. For example our posters (11x17” for the $65 reward level, and 24x36” at the $125 reward level) are really beautifully printed. We’re talking, gorgeous, deep matte black. Please read the description on the right and find the right level of support for you.
We have listed our rewards on the right side of the page, which depend on the level of your contribution. This is our way of showing you our appreciation.
Here are some visual highlights from our rewards list:
We're obsessed with details, and we took great care in selecting the perfect outfits for the film. Discover in this candid featurette what it takes to fit an astronaut with . . . a real vintage high-altitude outfit from the 80's (hint: it's not easy). Enjoy!
Risks and challenges
This is a low-risk project.
The first part of the rewards will be shipped a month after the Kickstarter campaign ends.
As with every production, there can be delays in filming and editing. But with The Circle Experiment, because the production is photo-based and we're keeping it extremely lean (unlike traditional filming), we're confident that we will complete the project in due time (October 2013).Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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