Home-Made Nations is a documentary which is currently in the making. It depicts self-proclaimed countries, also known as Micronations. By portraying three different micro-cases the documentary provides insight into the phenomenon, showing both its humorous and its profound features.
That micronations are a worldwide phenomenon can be seen on the Google map of Micronations: https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msa=0&msid=201418458215725943875.000478ed33343c7b820c0&dg=feature
Micronations strongly relate to the current era of globalisation, as they are an example of how the whole world is within our reach and beyond our control at the same time. There is a certain dose of humour involved, but that does not necessarily preclude serious intentions, as many cases are a comment on existing societal structures. Expressing their refusal to be part of a current societal system or by claiming to offer (inspiration for) alternatives.
The idea for the concept arose when I found a small Lonely Planet travel guide titled: Micronations. The Lonely Planet guide to home-made nations.
I was instantly hooked. Not only because I find Micronations very fascinating in general, but the funny thing about this little book is that it is designed just like all Lonely Planet guides, making it seem like the dozens of small self-invented states described within it, are actual countries with actual possibilities of visiting. Further investigation confirmed that this is not always exactly the case. It got me thinking about what divines a nation state. When is a country accepted to be real?
WHICH NATIONS ARE IN THE DOCUMENTARY?
Kingdom of Hay
INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE RESEARCH
Making this documentary is part of my MA graduation in International Performance Research, in which I aim to find frictions between fiction and reality by focussing on the overlap between the social and the theatrical. It is almost ironic how literal I translated this aim into my final project, as I approach micronations as performative challenges towards societal structures. http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/theatre_s/current/postgraduate/maipr
WHAT DO I NEED THE MONEY FORSo far I have been paying all the project expenses myself. I did my own research, scenario writing, and production. Together with a camera man and a lot of equipment I traveled to the three cases to film and interview amazingly inspiring and creative people. We have captured the different states through the lens of their performativity and came to beautiful pictures.
Filming is done, and I’m tremendously pleased with the quality. As I enter into the post-production, I strive to take this film beyond the academic assignment. I believe that this concept and this material truly deserves a professional editor, composer and voice-over artist. My personal financial resources are reaching their limits and therefore I call upon you my friends and the Kickstarter community, hoping you share the same fascination for my subject and express this through generous trust.
Why pledge money on kickstarter?
When you donate to make my film possible, I want to reward your commitment and generosity. To the right is a list of rewards, organized in ascending value, according to the amount you pledge. Many of the rewards directly relate to my project. For example an original passport of the Kingdom of Hay, or an official title of Lady or Knight (Sir) of Hay.
Or you can have your protest added to the protest list of Ladonia’s Minister of Art and Jump. If you are not sure what that means, check the explanation and the full already existing protest list on: http://www.ministryofart.se/protestlist.html.
In the clip below you can see how this protest connects with the national anthem of Ladonia (the sound of stone being dropped into water).
ADDITIONAL REWARDS FOR BACKERS 21 TO 25!
Because we are so happy to have received our first 33% with the support of our first 20 backers, we set up a little action for the following 5!
Regardless the pledge amount each of them will be rewarded with a small fragment of the documentary released in their name! The fragments will be shared below and on the Home-Made Nations facebook-page.
This is of course on top of the rewards that come with the different pledge amounts!
Backer 22 was her majesty Queen Carolyn and in her name we felt obligated to release one more fragment about her Royal Republic of Ladonia. Please meet some of the brave people that faced the long hike in order to reach our beloved Nimis and Arx.
Thanks to Chaim Shiboleth, see here a glimpse of the interview with the legendary William Levy, Užupis' ambassador of Amsterdam.
Hurray! Arch Technocrat Robin Daniel Espersen, founder of Technocracy of Larusia is our 24th Backer. In his name a sneak-peek of our interview with Sir Les Penning, Master of the Kings music, to Richard Booth, the King of Hay.
The final fragment is released in the name of Tyler Thompson, representative of the Cyanocitta cristata Pricipal Republic. We decided to close this action with something different, namely some of the ''Counter Images'' we are considering, accompanied with a music sketch by the composer that we hope to be able to afford!
This additional campaign is now closed! It was a success, as within 24 hours the percentage was increased 13%. We were especially excited because all these 5 backers are members of the micronational community! Thank you all very much!
Risks and challenges
This project is my first film, and what I lacked in experience I made up for with persistence, spunk and a can-do attitude. With my experience in theatre I was able to visualise stories, run the production, research the subject, and curate the images. I do realise however that making theatre is not the same as making a film. To learn about the transition between those two disciplines I have surrounded myself with experienced film-professionals, from editors, documentary-makers, and scenario writers, to producers, composers and cinematographers. Many of them have kindly shared their time because they appreciated the risk I took, the investments I made and the courage to jump into the unknown. In moments of struggle these people are backing me up with their advice, experience and knowledge.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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