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231 MAUJERBy 231 MAUJER
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231 MAUJERBy 231 MAUJER
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About

231 MAUJER is a self-organized, non-institutional, live/work space for filmmakers and artists. It has survived in Brooklyn for nearly 30 years. 

We are 75% done with an ambitious legalization and renovation project. The objective is to correct unsafe conditions in our 100-year old building, and bring it up to code.  This will enable us to resume our activities for decades to come, but we need your help to get over the finish line.  We want to ensure that 231 MAUJER continues as a haven for cutting-edge artists who are integrated into the communal landscape.

Our renovation includes three fully handicapped-accessible bathrooms and a new ADA compliant entryway as well. We have addressed serious structural issues and upgraded the boiler room, helping to ensure the wellbeing and safety of our low and middle income neighbors upstairs.

We have pretty rad donations for this Kickstarter campaign: most are from friends and collaborators who have passed through Maujer and made or shown work there. Check them out!

If you believe in the value of self-organizing, solidarity, and art - join us to make this a reality!


WHAT IS 231 MAUJER? 

231 MAUJER is a multidisciplinary incubating space in East Williamsburg, New York. It is a laboratory where filmmakers, visual artists, writers, and musicians meet, develop and test their creative ideas before they go out into the world. It is a place of free mixing and fusion of ideas between people from many walks of life, disciplines, ethnicities, nationalities, ages, and social statuses. We host film screenings, concerts, poetry readings and meditation sessions. Salon style events at 231 MAUJER are always free and open to all. Crossing paths here are aspiring rappers, experimental filmmakers, zen students, poets, visual artists, and emerging voices who critically comment on the state of the world today. The idea behind 231 MAUJER is spontaneity. We are self-organized and believe in guiding principles of discipline, creative work and mutual relationships, so we can live in the spirit of awareness and community, taking care of each other and the space that we share.

Since 1989 more than 100 artists and cultural producers have lived and created at 231 MAUJER.  Many others have temporarily stayed here, still many more have presented their works.

We are a part of a larger community of neighbors inhabiting a 100-year old building. We wouldn’t have been able to stay at this address for nearly 30 years if not for our neighbors who continually and actively support our existence.

BEGINNING OF A NEW ERA 

After 30 years, 231 MAUJER had deteriorated to the point where it had become dangerous. To legalize the existence of our live/work art space and make it wheelchair-accessible, we undertook a major renovation project. In December of 2016, we marked a new era with our infamous Demolition Party using sledgehammers, five live bands, and projected cinema, and the renovation began soon thereafter. It uncovered serious problems: one 30 foot-long wall along the right side of the building was collapsing and sections of the floor and roof and their supporting beams had been damaged by termites and water: all were in urgent need of repair. 


NOW

We have repaired the walls, the floor and roof joists, but we have been delayed by 2 years. Our renovation is about 75% complete and 90% financed, but our costs have gone up because of the numerous delays, renewal of permits and unanticipated costs. We need your help to get over the finish line!


Sincerely,
    Paweł, Marina, Kasia, Steve & the 231 Maujer Family

OUR REWARDS

We've created thank you rewards for your support of 231 MAUJER that reflect our community.  All of the rewards are donations by visual artists, writers, musicians, and filmmakers. We have curated a unique collection of art pieces, books, music, films, events and experiences. Check out this selection of some of the rewards below:

Risks and challenges

++ Delays are often a part of the construction process and we have learned a lot of hard lessons already. We have been working with a team of trusted experts in the construction business who are certain that the work on 231 Maujer will be accomplished. The only question is timing and this depends on the funds we will be able to raise.
++ Once the renovation is complete, the ground floor space at 231 Maujer will be fully code compliant and safe.

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    Moral Support

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    Birth of 231 Maujer

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    Evening with Jem Cohen

    Renowned filmmaker, director of "Museum Hours" and "Benjamin Smoke" will present a program of his films.

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    Videofilia!

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    Peru's candidate for the Oscars in 2016!
    Winner of Tiger Award at Rotterdam Film Festival

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    Signed Putty Hill!

    Putty Hill: special edition DVD with special features signed by Matt Porterfield
    "Best of Sundance" - Indiewire

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    EiR NYC travel kit from JUN LEE

    A collection of Jun's favorite daily routine essentials, perfect for the active traveler.

    Active Body Wash with sage 2 oz
    Active Face Wash African black soap 2 oz
    Cooling Lip Balm with zinc 0.15 oz

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    UnionDocs memberships

    UnionDoc membership benefits include free admission to all regular screenings and events, two $5 friend tickets, and special member rate on workshops.

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    231 Maujer T-shirt

    Design by filmmaker Metrah Pashaee especially for 231 MAUJER!

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    ART Photo book: All About Love

    You will get a photo book by J.C. Bourcart with texts by Nan Goldin, signed by both artists. In this book, J.C. explores bordellos, S&M and swinging clubs with a hidden camera. The work has been shown extensively and is in the collection of MoMA.

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    Drawings by Matt Freedman

    6 x 6 inch original pen and ink drawings

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    Burn Breathe by Marina Berio

    A special edition made just for 231 Maujer: a Burn Breathe print of a light bulb in the basement of 231 Maujer,
    10 x 10 inches / archival pigment print

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    Your name on Honor Wall at 231 MAUJER

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    T-shirt designed by David Byrne!

    Original t-shirt design for 231 Maujer by musician and artist, David Byrne (formerly Talking Heads)!
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    Books by Scott MacDonald - Signed!

    - A Critical Cinema 2: Interviews with Independent Filmmakers (hardcover)
    - A Critical Cinema 4: Interviews with Independent Filmmakers
    - The Garden in the Machine
    - Avant Doc: Intersections of Documentary and Avant-Garde Cinema
    - Binghamton Babylon: Voices from the Cinema Department, 1967-1977

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    Master class with Jem Cohen

    Filmmaker Jem Cohen will give an hour-long master class at 231 Maujer following the screening of his work. He will discuss his process and unique approach to documentary form, which he calls "a lyrical force." Screening is included.

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    Drawings by Alex Kwartler

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    Studio Visit

    Have a consultation & brainstorming session up to two hours long in pursuit your project. We can do a studio visit with you, advise you on your film festival strategy and talk with you about the development of your project.
    New York City only.

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    Bundle of books by Lawrence Weschler

    Get signed first edition hardcovers of the following:
    - Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees
    - Shapinsky's Karma, Boggs's Bills & Other True Life Tales
    - A Miracle, A Universe: Settling Accounts with Torturers
    - Vermeer in Bosnia: A Reader
    - Uncanny Valley: Adventures in the Narrative

    Most are hardcover!

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    Photo editing session with Alison Morley

    Fine tune your documentary photo project with a two-hour editing session with Alison Morley, veteran photo editor, educator and consultant.

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    Consultation with lawyer Steve Holmgren

    Film, art, legal consultation for artists & filmmakers with entertainment lawyer Steve Holmgren (1 hour).

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    Art: photograph by Darcy Courteau

    Original value: $800
    Tack Sale, Afton, Oklahoma, 2014
    Archival pigment print, 11 x 11 in, signed

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    Evening with Jonathan Ames at 231 Maujer

    Jonathan Ames, writer, performance artist, creator of Bored to Death television series, will play ping pong (he is a master of the game, although too modest to admit it) and free associate on current affairs, sex and death; he will perform magic, and do the unthinkable during an intimate evening gathering at 231 Maujer.

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    16mm portrait reel by Marie Losier

    Filmmaker/curator Marie Losier will shoot a one-roll, 16mm portrait film of you and your friends at or near 231 Maujer. You might be asked to dress for the occasion. Get ready for your close-up!

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    231 Maujer will host your event

    231 Maujer will host your event, work in progress or private premiere. We have an excellent projector and sound system.

    (food, beverages and cleanup not provided)

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    Art: monotype by Terry Berkowitz

    Original value: $950
    Embed, 2005
    Lino ink on archival board
    10 x 8 in, unique, signed

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    Art: photograph by Darin Mickey

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    Apparition at Grandma's House,
    Rogers, Arkansas, 2013
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    14 x 11 in., framed, 2 of 10, signed

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    Art: photograph by Jean Marie Casbarian

    Original value: $1,200
    From the Daybooks of Margaret Jurigian
    2016, Archival pigment print, 19 x 13 in, 1 of 15, signed

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    Art: painting by Joanna Stańko

    Original value: $1,800
    Untitled
    Acrylic on canvas, 26 x 27 in, 1 of 1, signed

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    A stay in Italy

    A week stay in a beautiful duplex apartment in a picturesque village in Tuscany (travel not included)

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    Art: photograph by JC Bourcart

    Original Value: $2,200
    Forbidden City #33, 1999
    Chromogenic print, 16 x 20 in, 6 of 15, signed

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    ART: Lightbox by Paweł Wojtasik

    Below See Level, 2009
    Lightbox, 36 in diameter, thickness 6 in, 1 of 2, signed

    Part of 360° panoramic video installation at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.

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    Stop Aging Forever

    A gallon of turmeric for everlasting youth,

    A healing session with world-renowned healer, John M.,

    Private yoga class with yoga teacher Richard A.,

    Private meditation class with a Zen monk,

    Your name immortalized on the 231 Maujer honor wall,

    Mind and body care session and products with Jun Lee, founder of EiR NYC, "Nature's First Aid Kit"

    A bouquet of 100 golden roses,

    We will throw a big 5-course dinner - your choice of cuisine - for you and 3 guests, attended by all members of the 231 Maujer crew,

    Limited edition T-shirt designed by David Byrne, 231 Maujer T-shirt, mix tape, and postcard.

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    Life into art

    Filmmakers John Bruce and Pawel Wojtasik will participate in your life (or that of your family, friends or enemies) over a period of two weeks and produce a short film. Final cut reserved for the artists! Scheduling as per agreeable to all.

    You will get a T-shirt designed by David Byrne especially for 231 Maujer, 231 Maujer T-shirt, mix tape and Birth of 231 MAUJER postcard from 1989!

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    A Bit of Dirt + 231 Maujer T-shirt

    A Bit of Dirt: DVD signed by Eric Moskowitz
    (original value $500)

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    Art: photograph by Marina Berio

    Original value: $1,700
    Untold Story #16b, 2002
    Gelatin silver print
    20 x 20 in, framed, 2 of 15, signed

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