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The Heart is an Organ
The Heart is an Organ
The beautiful story of a love triangle between a musical genius, a music lover, and the church organ that binds them to the community.
The beautiful story of a love triangle between a musical genius, a music lover, and the church organ that binds them to the community. Read more
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by .
(Scroll down for an update about our stretch goals!)
The story is...
Different than we thought when first conceived of this project. We thought we were making a documentary about a 29 hour continuous music festival called Bach Around the Clock. During filming though it became clear that the real story was not about the event itself but about the beautiful love triangle between a musical genius (Albinas), a lover of art (Manon), and the church organ that binds them. Without either, neither would be complete.
Albinas is a graduate of Juilliard and a recipient of a Fulbright Grant. He started playing the organ at age 11 and after nearly 50 years is still fascinated by the range and beauty of the organ. He served as musical director for the Trinity Episcopal Church for 29 years, and continues to be one of the two guiding forces of the Bach Around the Clock music festival. One of his first duties when hired as the musical director was to oversee the installation of a multi-million dollar organ that has become the cornerstone of all the music/artist series that the church puts on for the community. His love affair with the organ is only matched by the love his wife, Manon.
If Albinas is the steering for the musical direction of BATC, Manon is the engine that drives it. Putting in countless hours lining up performers and running the festival behind the scenes so that untold others can come and listen to the music that she loves. And to say that Manon loves music is an understatement of vast proportions. Manon was destined to be a music lover as she was born during the opera, “Manon,” and was given the name of the title character. Now, despite serious medical conditions, she makes it a point to stay awake for the entirety of the 29 hour music event to greet as many guest as she can and to make sure each performer has everything they need for their performance.
Where we're at:
We started filming this project back February of 2017. The Bach Around the Clock Festival started on Friday at 7PM on March 24, 2017 and ended on Sunday at 12:01AM on March 26, 2017. During the festival, we filmed continuously for 35 hours with over 10 cameras at some points.
Other than a few pickup b-roll shots, essentially, the hard part is now done! Now, we're in the process of finding the story out of the footage that we've captured thus far. From that, we'll probably need to sit down for another round of pickup interviews with some of the people.
Most of what we have left though is in post production services. We need to sync editing, post sound mix down, principal editing, and color correction. We're also going to need some help with a title and credit sequence and any visual effects that we need to create.
So far, we've already invested about $2,000 of our own capital making this film that we've dreamed about making for over 5 years now.
Where are the funds going?
These pledges provide important finances needed for us to finish this film. In addition, because this project was selected as part of the New Orleans Tricentennial Incubator Program, New Orleans Video Access Center (NOVAC) will be matching each dollar you pledge up to $5000!
Therefore, our initial funding goal is for $5,500, which because of the Incubator Program will be $10,500 after we meet our funding goal. This covers things like our expenses thus far, editing services, color correction, titles, sound mixing, and kickstarter/CC processing fees.
If we go past this goal, our stretch goals will go to pay for things like animation effects, credit sequence, and film festival fees. Every dollar will go up on the screen! This is a passion project for us and we just want you to share in that passion. We and many other people have generous giving a tremendous amount of time and energy into this project already, but there are simply some things we can't do through donations of time alone.
Please consider backing this project and bring this wonderful story of Albinas, Manon, and this organ to the screen.
UPDATE: STRETCH GOALS
WOW! We've been humbled by the support we've received thus far and we started thinking that we might even break our goal. So, where would the extra money go?!?!?
Time to break out the stretch goals. There are many things that we'd like to do if we have the additional funds, this $5,500 + $5,000 from the grant just gets us to a film that we feel is complete and well done. But, you've come with us this far, maybe you'll come along with us a little further.
That's right, we'd like to do an additional day of filming. If we can get to $6,000 that gets us food, travel, and pay for an additional day of filming... now, in a real world, an extra $500 wouldn't even come close to a full day of filming for a crew, but because we own our own equipment and we're doing this project just because we have a passion for the subject, we can get away for doing a WHOLE day for such a ridiculously small amount.
We'll announce this stretch goal once we reach stretch goal #1
- Kickstarter video shoot
- Kickstarter launch
- Script edits
- Editing rough cut
- Create Graphics and FX
- Kickstarter finishes
- Additional interview segments taped
- Rough edit test screening
- Adjust for notes from test screening
- Picture Lock
- Final Audio mix
- Color correction
- Test Screening
- Post test screening edits
- Final Delivery
Meet the Team
David S. White - Director
David S. White has been working in film for over 14 years now. He gave up a high paying job as an IT Consultant to pursue his passion of making movies. Went from making six figures that year to making below poverty wages at the age of 30.
Now he's been honored to have been part of some very important productions including, Bayou Maharajah with friends and fellow team members on The Heart is an Organ, Eric Laws and Lily Keber. He was also the cinematographer on TV shows like The Deed, NOLA Reno, Deadly Affairs, and many others. He's also been cinematographer for films and documentaries such as URyde (coming soon), 7 Days in Nepal, Where the Road Ends, and Paint the Town Red.
Additionally, David has directed numerous award winner short films including Veronica, Cell Phone Psycho, Sex Between Us, The Date, and many more. This doesn't even begin to cover his work on music videos for such artist as Katey Red, Big Freedia, Shamarr Allen, DiNOLA, Amanda Shaw, and many others.
This will be his first time directing and producing a documentary.
Eric Laws - Audio Supervisor
Eric Laws has provided location sound recording & sound mixing for Feature Films, Shorts, Commercials, TV & Live Events for over a decade. One of his main passions is to create local culturally relevant films & documentaries. He composes and creates original sound designs for many multimedia projects. His origins into the artistic world were through music & this still remains a strong divining focus throughout all of his productions.
Executive Producer - Todd Voltz
Todd Voltz has worked in the film industry for 20 years. He's been a production assistant, set dresser, art director, writer, director, editor, producer and on set photographer.
As an actor Todd portrays interesting characters in films (Waiting, College, Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, Laundry Day) on television (The Librarian, Memphis Beat, Treme, and The Riches) and on stage (Hogan's Goat, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Rhymers of Eldritch, Bus Stop, Antigone, and 3 Penny Opera) For his work in the short film, The Whiskey Talking, Todd won best actor at the GenreBlast Film Festival in 2016.
He has produced several short narrative and documentary films (Fuego con Fuego, The Shoveler, Black Imbue, Post Katrina Mardi Gras 2006, and Magazine Shop Talk). He made music videos for Manwitch, Terranova, The Green Demons, and The Strangest Strangers.
Todd currently acts as Executive Director of LaFilmProNetwork, an activist group promoting the growth of indigenous film.
Supervising Editor - James Page
James is an award winning British-American filmmaker and freelance editor based in New Orleans. His editing experience includes, documentary features, shorts, commercial content, news and music videos. James has worked on content spanning, Europe, North America, Africa and Asia.
Consulting Producer - Lily Keber
LILY KEBER is a filmmaker and educator based in New Orleans. Her directorial debut, Bayou Maharajah, premiered at SXSW in 2013 and has since won many awards including the Oxford American Award for Best Southern Film and Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities’ Documentary Of The Year. She has produced for Arcade Fire, Beyoncé, and Preservation Hall. Her films have covered the Department of Homeland Security's policy of family detention, prison conditions in Gaza and the deteriorating environment of the Gulf Coast. Lily is a co-founder of New Orleans Video Voices, a women-led collective dedicated to increasing media literacy across the Gulf South. Lily is currently in post-production on Buckjumping, a documentary on New Orleans dance culture and Apres Nous, a cultural portrait of southern Louisiana told entirely in French.
We are very passionate about this story because of what wonderful people Albinas and Manon are, please help us bring their story to the world. Merci!
Risks and challenges
Like any film projects, there are risk involved, but since we've already finished the vast majority of principle photography, we feel that the risk we have left are minimal.
The biggest risk we face is not meeting our funding goals as they are absolutely essential to finishing the post production on this film.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter