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Seeking finishing funds for the first documentary about the groundbreaking woman painter, Pat Steir.
Seeking finishing funds for the first documentary about the groundbreaking woman painter, Pat Steir.
Seeking finishing funds for the first documentary about the groundbreaking woman painter, Pat Steir.
86 backers pledged $28,022 to help bring this project to life.

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Pat Steir: Artist | A Film by Veronica Gonzalez Peña

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Art is the most important way of recording history.

- Pat Steir

 #PATSTEIR  #PATSTEIRMOVIE

Pat Steir: Artist is a beautiful film about a truly groundbreaking woman artist. The renowned painter Pat Steir has opened herself up to filmmaker Veronica Gonzalez Peña in such unique and various ways that the film functions like a novel, a first-person narration. Pat Steir: Artist offers a deeply perceptive and original portrait of the great artist in an emotionally moving and personal recounting.

Pat Steir in her NYC Studio
Pat Steir in her NYC Studio

Born in 1940 in Newark, New Jersey, Pat Steir attended Pratt Institute in the mid-fifties and has lived primarily in New York City since then, becoming an important figure in the art world. A painter and printer, Steir helped pave the way for many.  She is a founding member of Printed Matter book store, an important NYC institution, and of the landmark feminist journal, Heresies, first published in 1977. 

Printed Matter, Inc is an important NYC institution--and Pat Steir is one of its founders!
Printed Matter, Inc is an important NYC institution--and Pat Steir is one of its founders!

Because the documentary stems from a personal friendship between filmmaker and artist, it carries an air of intimacy and warmth. Pat Steir: Artist grew out of a series of conversations about family, psychoanalysis, books, Pat’s artistic practice, and ultimately, feminism and politics. Primarily shot in Steir’s home and studio, the film gives viewers a chance to step into the artist’s world. There are no talking heads, no one giving shape to the story--for we feel there shouldn't be an authority that speaks to the artist's production and places it within a historical context. We’re more interested in the subject giving shape to her own story, sharing of herself and bringing us into her intimate world. 

Pat in her garden
Pat in her garden
One of our rewards is a bouquet of these beautiful flowers!
One of our rewards is a bouquet of these beautiful flowers!

This is the first film about Pat Steir, whose achievements and talents are being recognized more broadly in recent years, as she’s approaching eighty years old. The documentary not only showcases her process and her painting practice, but gives Steir a chance to speak about her childhood, her experiences in New York in the 60’s and 70’s, and the close relationships she had with her mentors: Agnes Martin, Sol LeWitt, John Cage. 

To bring this film to life, we are reaching out to you! We are currently in post-production and are looking for finishing funds, as well as funds to cover costs for archival footage, image and music rights, festival applications, and travel. All of these things add up quickly! But in the same vein, every dollar you give counts towards bringing this project to fruition.

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We have many extraordinary rewards available, including behind-the-scenes footage, posters, unique prints, and Pat’s own paint-splattered shoes! This is the only opportunity for items such as these and we are so excited to share with you!   Pat Steir has both given of herself openly, and gently helped to guide the conversations in this film, in the process revealing herself in the most generous and unrestricted of ways. We are now counting on your generosity to help us make this film a reality! We thank you in advance for all your support and can’t wait for you to see the film Pat Steir: Artist.

A 65x36"  monoprint by Pat Steir is available for a $12,000 pledge!  Pat has painted  on each one!
A 65x36" monoprint by Pat Steir is available for a $12,000 pledge! Pat has painted on each one!
One of Pat's Iconic Paint-Splattered Ladders is available for a $35,000 pledge!
One of Pat's Iconic Paint-Splattered Ladders is available for a $35,000 pledge!
Pat in her Studio
Pat in her Studio

We want thank you in advance for all your support and can’t wait for you to see the film Pat Steir: Artist by Veronica Gonzalez Peña.

Some of our rewards . . . 

* * * Feel free to message us with any questions about a particular reward. Please note that some of the photos depict versions or prototypes of the reward you will be receiving (such as the ladder, the silk-screened poster, and the monoprint, since they are unique) and will be slightly varied. We will add in more up-to-date photos as we get all the rewards in one place!

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Risks and challenges

This is Veronica Gonzalez Peña's fourth feature film. Her previous films have been smaller in scale and easier to fund. Due to the gravity and importance of this particular documentary, she felt the need to invest more in this film and thus reach out to others who might be interested in becoming part of the project.

Community is such an important element in Veronica’s collaborative project, rockypoint Press, so we wanted to open this project up so that others could be involved. We want to get the best post-production people we can to finish this film in the manner that it deserves.

There has been an overwhelming amount of interest in the project thus far, with several galleries and museums already expressing interest in screening; additionally, many have asked how they can help. We launched this Kickstarter campaign as a response to that question.

Rather than just offering financial support, this is a way to receive something connected to the film, and to Pat, in return. You will become a part of an amazing project about a key New York woman artist.

In addition to our Kickstarter campaign, the filmmaker and producers are pursuing in-kind donations and grants. We can't thank you enough for your interest and support!

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    Thank You!

    Thank you! You will receive a custom GIF made especially for this campaign.

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    5 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Footage

    You will receive 5 minutes of outtakes from the film, including a dream sequence based on one of Pat's dreams. You will also receive a GIF from the film made especially for this campaign.

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    Pat Steir Film Poster

    Receive a poster for the film made in an edition of 100. These are digitally printed in NYC and feature a scene from the film. You'll get a handwritten thank you note from the filmmaker when we mail you your poster!

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    Signed Copy of So Far From God by VGP

    Receive a signed copy of So Far From God, a pamphlet about the Mexican Drug War by Veronica Gonzalez Peña. Published by Semiotext(e), it was included in the Whitney Biennial in 2014.

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    Signed Copy of The Sad Passions by VGP

    You will receive a signed copy of The Sad Passions by Veronica Gonzalez Peña, published by Semiotext(e) in 2013. Featured in Oprah Magazine, where Leigh Newman writes: "Painful and raw, 'The Sad Passions' is a novel that explores the darkest complexities of family histories and our hopeless desire to make sense of insanity... Because, of course, there are plenty of other things to hold onto, including forgiveness, whose elusive mysteries are worth not only the pursuit of a novel but also a life."

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    Signed Copy of twin time by VGP

    You will receive a signed copy of Veronica's first novel, twin time: or, how death befell me by Veronica Gonzalez Peña, published by Semiotext(e) in 2007. "Defying easy categorization, Gonzalez's debut novel is an often-mesmerizing account of a young woman's search for the truth about her parents, with absorbing stream-of-consciousness passages that draw the reader into her mind,"
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    Link to Film

    You will receive a link tothe film before its release! This is only available to ten lucky people!

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    CORDELIA Postcards

    You will receive a set of five postcards from Veronica’s last movie, CORDELIA​, in which Pat Steir played Queen Lear. Pat as the Queen is featured on one of the postcards (edition of 100), printed in NYC.

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    CORDELIA DVD (Signed by the filmmaker)

    You will receive a copy of the film CORDELIA, signed by Veronica Gonzalez Peña. CORDELIA is a modern telling of King Lear story, from the rejected daughter’s point of view. In the original King Lear, there is never even a mention of the missing mother. Gonzalez Peña rights this wrong in the film. Pat Steir is the mythic Queen Lear character. She is the wise one in the film; she makes sense of what otherwise seems only tragic and nonsensical – the King’s madness.

    Starring Servane Mary, Michel Auder, Jose Martos, Pat Steir, Cecile Casablancas, Alice Zimmerman, Philippe Jacquet, Douglas Gordon & Penelope Pardo

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    Silk-screened Movie Poster

    You will receive a special edition silk-screened poster made for Pat Steir: Artist. Printed at Newark Print Shop, this poster is made in an edition of 25 and each one is unique! They are slightly varied because they are handmade. Pictured in the rewards section is a prototype of the poster.

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    CORDELIA Poster by Liam Gillick (Signed)

    You will receive a CORDELIA film poster made by Liam Gillick in an edition of 100, as well as a handwritten Thank You note from the filmmaker.

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    CORDELIA poster by Jorge Pardo (Signed)

    You will receive a CORDELIA film poster made by Jorge Pardo an edition of 100, as well as a handwritten Thank You note from the filmmaker in the mail.

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    CORDELIA Poster Dara Friedman (Signed)

    You will receive a CORDELIA film poster made by Dara Friedman in an edition of 100.

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    Pair of Embroidered Pat Steir napkins

    Made especially for this campaign, these napkins are hand-embroidered by Nadia Lachance, a Brooklyn-based artist and maker. For your pledge you will receive a pair of napkins, both embroidered with Pat Steir's name.

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    Bouquet from Pat Steir's Garden!

    This is a special reward for those who live in or near NYC. You will receive a bouquet of flowers from Pat's garden, delivered to you this summer! Her garden is featured prevalently in the film and the flowers are beautiful fresh as well as dried.

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    A Bouquet from Pat's Garden!

    We just added in a second bouquet of flowers from Pat's beautiful garden! This is a special reward for those who live in or near NYC. You will receive a bouquet of flowers from Pat's garden, delivered to you this summer! Her garden is featured prevalently in the film and the flowers are beautiful fresh as well as dried.

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    Private Screening

    See the movie! You and a friend will be able to attend a private screening, complete with refreshments. This will be a unique chance to see the film before it is in wide release, along with major donors, other Kickstarter backers, artists, and friends of the filmmaker and Pat Steir.

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    Signed Copy of Pat Steir's Kairos

    You will receive a copy of the book Pat Steir: Kairos, signed by the artist. Published in 2017 by Lévy Gorvy and with texts from Anne Waldman, Pat Steir & Courtney J. Martin. This is a beautiful publication that any Pat Steir fan needs to have in their library! The book is hardcover, 117 pages.

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    RPP Poster designed by Jorge Pardo

    This is a poster designed by Jorge Pardo for the first rockypoint Press book release and reading, featuring Maggie Nelson and Eileen Myles. This is the second printing, of the edition of ten posters and the text comes from an e-mail exchange between Veronica and Jorge.

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    Carter Ratcliff & Pat Steir Poster

    With this pledge, you will receive a special edition poster made by Carter Ratcliff and Pat Steir when they were both fellows at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in 1987.

    See the movie! You and a friend will also be able to attend a private screening with refreshments.

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    Screening and Q&A with VGP

    If you live in the Metropolitan area and would like to host a screening in your own space, Veronica will come introduce the film and participate in a Q+A afterwards. This is ideal for private institutions and interested individuals alike who want to share the film with people they know.

    *If you do not live in the Metropolitan area and are interested in screening this, we are open to this! It would just require that you cover the travel expenses for the filmmaker, which would vary depending on the location.

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    Veronica Will Read your Script!

    Send your script, novel, or set of short stories to Veronica to read over and offer insight and feedback ( 120-page limit). There will be one back-and-forth with comments from Veronica as well as an hour phone call or Skype session to recap.

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    Pat's Assistant's Workshirt

    Receive a unique paint-splattered shirt from one of Pat Steir’s studio assistants! Beautifully splattered from years of working with Pat.

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    Pat Steir's Paint-Splattered Shoes!!

    Receive a unique pair of Pat's paint-splattered clogs! These shoes are an incredible memento straight from the artist’s studio. With this pledge, you are invited to a private screening, with one guest. See you there!

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    A 65x36" Unique Monoprint by Pat Steir!

    Pat has painted directly on three prints for this campaign! This is a rare opportunity to own one of these unique 5X3 foot prints. You will also be thanked in the credits of the film if you make this generous donation! Finally, with this pledge, you and a guest are invited to a private screening.

    *Discounted Price

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    A 65x36" Unique Monoprint by Pat Steir!

    Pat has painted directly on three prints for this campaign! This is a rare opportunity to own one of these unique 5X3 foot prints. You will also be thanked in the credits of the film if you make this generous donation! Finally, with this pledge, you and a guest are invited to a private screening,

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    Pat's Painting Ladder!

    We are so excited to be offering one of Pat's painting ladders for this campaign. This is a deeply meaningful and unique item. For years Pat painted from atop ladders & her working method is beautifully rendered in our film. With this pledge, you are also invited to a private screening, with one guest. Additionally, you will be thanked in the credits of the film if you make this generous pledge!
    This reward is only available for those of you who live in the metropolitan area, unless you provide your own shipping.

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Funding period

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