We have put together this challenging and unique idea of combining art with film in a single exhibit! We have graciously been given permission to debut our final exhibit in The Studio@620, so you can come and see the final project firsthand there, upon completion, at 620 First Avenue South St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Please take a moment to read our plan and what we want to accomplish! We will also be updating all backers on this project frequently and keeping you up to date with with a special blog and short behind the scenes clips.
In society, and in life, sometimes the most tragic events and life stories are those people pay the least attention to. This is the sad truth that will be explored in this project. Nick (The Cinematographer) and Jake (The Artist) will travel throughout the St. Petersburg area, finding the most broken and lost individuals, whether they be the homeless, the mentally unstable, or otherwise, and sit with them, as people. We will interview them, learning about their lives as a whole, but more importantly, the events that shaped their lives as they are now, and the choices and situations that ultimately led to their being on the streets. Jake will then transform these people into pieces of hand-drawn pen-and-ink artwork, forever immortalizing their broken lives and lost souls as things of beauty. The goal, upon completion of the project, is to debut the exhibit (consisting of the illustrations, framed and mounted with a biographical blurb next to each drawing, and a presentation of the documentary) in The Studio@620 (www.thestudioat620.org),a studio of the arts in downtown Saint Petersburg, before showing the work in other venues. We want to show a different side of the people that many are so quick to step over when they pass. We will shed light on the humanity of these people, and then, by transferring their likenesses into art, transform the way we view them, if only for the time it takes for one to absorb the artwork.
To start the project, Nick & Jake will travel throughout downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, searching for homeless or otherwise lost individuals who are willing to share a little bit about themselves. Jake will ask questions while Nick rolls the camera. At the conclusion of each interview we will take photographs of the subject, for Jake to reference for the actual illustrations. Also, we will have the subject sign a piece of paper that will later be a part of the art exhibit.
Once the documentary is finished and all the illustrations are completed we will first debut the project at The Studio@620, located at 620 First Avenue South St. Petersburg, FL 33701, before taking our exhibit to other galleries and venues in St.Petersburg, and even greater Florida. We will also circulate the documentary in as many circles as possible, including submitting it to film festivals. We hope to show the exhibition by January 2014. We are also going to be pursuing ebook publishing of the finished work.
What Your Money Funds:
Both of us are passionate about the project and can't wait to get started! Your investment in this project will fund the basic costs of research including but not limited to:
- Equipment costs that will be necessary
- Money paid to set up interviews(i.e, buying food, clothing, etc. for the subjects)
- Art supplies including paper, pencils, framing, matting, illustration pens, ink, etc.
- Production of high quality prints, postcards, postage, DVDs, exhibit needs, projector, self publishing and publishing costs.
Sample Illustration For The Postcard Reward!
Risks and challenges
As with any documentary there can be risks, because there are no scripts. The people are real and so are their stories. we are dedicated to capture the most captivating moments from the subjects lives. We are so thankful for all of your support and hope that if you cannot pledge that you will spread the word on this artistic venture! Thank You Again!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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