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I have a line of handbags and accessories are made from actual 35mm Hollywood movies that are no longer running in theaters. Each bag or item is a mix of many different feature Hollywood movies that were features after the late 1980’s; or in some cases the handbags are made exclusivley of a popular feature film, such as the movie "Twilight". The first run of bags I had made last year was very successful through my sales to individuals, specific shows, and several wholesale accounts. However as times are lean and expenses are high, I am finding it difficult to pull together the financing I need to do another run of these bags and to expand the line to include more women's designs, and a line for men; and that's why I need your help!
I use more recent films (after the late 1980’s) because they are 100% polyester and more durable than the older films that were made of acetate or celluloid (which cracked easily and was also flammable). The movies are normally destroyed after their run in the theaters and I get them from the distributors and cut them up (a way of destroying them that does not violate copyright laws) and have them made into handbags and accessories which I design. This keeps the films out of the landfills and creates a potential collector’s item when eventually all theaters convert to digital film.
The movie film is backed with a clear polyester film (therefore it is actually two layers of polyester film for increased durability) so you can see the images when held up to the light; but when the bag is closed the contents will not be visible, although you can see your cell phone when it rings! Remember that the films have previously been exposed to hours of bright light and have gone round and round on film spools in a projector, so durability is beyond extreme, and exposure to light or heat or rain is not a problem...trust me, I live in Portland where it rains 42" per year!!
I make the protoypes and then I send the reels and prototypes to The Phillipines where the beautiful hand-crochet work , using more durable “mercerized” yarns, is done by a women's cooperative . These women are being paid fairly and were given this work after the earthquake hit Manila in March of 2010
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