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By Matt Picarelli
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About

Ventriloquists are an amazing and underappreciated part of the creative world. Think about it, they act out stories and comedy sets and perform as an entire cast with incredible ease all as a one-person show.

Like you, I’ve seen hilarious videos of ventriloquists and their puppets online. But I didn’t know much about them or this craft beyond those few minutes on the internet.

  • What makes these men and women so passionate and enthusiastic about something many people see as strange?
  • Why do they do what they do?

As a documentary filmmaker, when I realized I had this itch to scratch and couldn’t find answers anywhere, I knew they had a story to tell. So I did my research and found 6 ventriloquists (or vents, for short) to interview. We filmed some terrific, insightful interviews which opened up a fascinating and diverse world. Every vent I’ve spoken with is excited about this project. For so long, they have been labeled as misfits and not taken seriously by the masses. Through this documentary, we’ll see that not only are they pursuing a passion like anyone else, but they too face tough struggles just like anyone else.

With the community on board, I’m ready to interview more vents, including a young boy who is breaking out into the scene and a whole lot of female vents! Most of the documentary has been filmed & funded by me and through generous efforts of my friends. Everything is coming together but I need your support to make three things happen.

1. I need funds to travel to interview a few more vents around the United States

2. We need to shoot the final scene of the movie, which is going to require a lot of coordinating

3. then, I’ll need to hire an editor to use his editing magic to make an amazing final film for you, and

3. finally, I’ll use the funds for promotions, marketing, and submissions to film festivals to get this film out to the general public.

So this is where your help is needed. All of you who have seen ventriloquists on YouTube and maybe even in live shows, all of you who share these clips on Facebook, all of you who are curious to know about what goes on behind the scenes and inside the heads of these wonderful weavers of amazing performances…this is for YOU!

This is the ultimate documentary about ventriloquism. It has moments that will make you laugh, cry, and ultimately it will make you share this with someone you know to encourage them to chase their passion. If you jump on board and support this film, I promise to finish this with a bang. It has been a fantastic experience so far and I cannot wait to share this story with you!

Thanks so much for your support!

Matt Picarelli

Nigel and Matt in NYC
Nigel and Matt in NYC

Contributing Artists for the Kickstarter project:

CAM (Chris Michel) Website: http://www.neoexpressionist.com/

Instagram: http://instagram.com/cam_chrismichel

He will be producing 5 original art pieces inspired by ventriloquism for the VENTS project.

Chris Michel Art Portfolio
Chris Michel Art Portfolio

 

 Priscilla Jean: http://4udiocat.tumblr.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/matcha_art/

She will be producing 5 different ventriloquist inspired wood burned plaques for the VENTS project.

Priscilla Jean Art Portfolio
Priscilla Jean Art Portfolio

 

Risks and challenges

We have a full plan in place to get this final film finished if we receive our funding. We have received positive interest from the VENT community to interview more candidates which will definitely take time and money. The only challenge at this point is the funding to be able to complete all of the tasks mentioned above.

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    VENTS Sticker & Digital Download

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    VENTS "Chris Michel" Digital Download

    You will receive a digital image of CAM (Chris Michel) artwork inspired by the VENTRILOQUIST project signed by him digitally, along with a digital movie download of final film.

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    VENTS "Chris Michel" Poster

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    You will receive a larger custom wood burned plaque inspired by the ventriloquist project from contributing artist Priscilla Jean, along with digital movie download of final film.

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    Get a cameo in the movie!

    If you are a ventriloquist, you can get featured with your puppet with a picture or video in the intro or ending credits of the movie.

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    VENTS "Chris Michel" Original Artwork

    CAM (Chris Michel) will be producing a variation of only 5 original pieces of artwork inspired by the ventriloquism project.

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    You will receive "Executive Producer" credits in the film, and on the website. You will be invited to all meetings, events, screenings, and have a say in the production, and post production process for the final film. You will also receive custom original artwork of your choice from CAM (Chris Michel).

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