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About something that's popular the world over (self-publishing) and not popular enough (doing things for love, not money).
About something that's popular the world over (self-publishing) and not popular enough (doing things for love, not money).
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The self publishing movement is an under-exposed, vibrant art form popular the world over. People spend years at a time creating stories/books/comics/poems that they print themselves then sell or swap. Some of them have been doing it for over 50 years!

My film is a story about two members of UK's Alternative Press (http://www.alternativepress.org.uk); a collective of self-publishing artists. The film follows them as they take on their most ambitious project - organising and hosting a festival allowing artists like themselves from the UK and across Europe to get together in London and sell, swap and share the stories they have created under one roof.

At it's heart, it is a tale of passion and commitment in a world where many people find it hard to be motivated to do things that don't turn a profit: something I think is worth celebrating and the reason why I wanted to make the film.

A symptom of modern living is that we can easily get suckered into creating meaning in our lives by buying things that we feel define us. Not something that can be said of the self-publishing community nor Jimi and Peter. The two of them are driven by a need to be creative, in whatever way they can, in order to contribute to the world and feel connected to as many people as possible. 

The film is a funny, warm journey into Jimi's and Peter's contagious enthusiasm for self-publishing and the risks that they take in stretching themselves further than they ever have before in its name. I think it is enlightening to dip into the lives of people who do what they love come rain or shine, regardless of what other people think of them for doing it.

I have been working on it since August 2011 and have funded it all so far, doing everything I can to do the story justice by working with a very talented group of people who believed in the project so much they worked on it for a fraction of what they would make on a commercially funded film: cameramen who have worked on award winning documentaries, editors and motion graphics animators, sound recordists and even a music composer who has written 6 brilliant tracks (two of them are featured in the video above) for next to nothing (something that would normally cost £00,000s). 

We have a trailer:

We also have a rough cut.

There is one last push needed to finish the film, which will probably have a final run time of c. 30 mins.

The money pledged to me here will be used for the final processes the film needs to go through that will transform the look and feel of it, making it broadcast quality: 

Grading the colour (c. £1000) mixing the sound (c. £1000), creating a website for the film (c. £500) and finally, paying for the submission of the film to as many festivals as possible in a bid to try and get it shown alongside other great documentaries on cinema screens (no matter how small or parochial!) around the world. This costs around £20 per submission.

I invite you to join the effort that got it made by supporting the team that gets it finished!

Risks and challenges

Making films on your own is tough but I have almost got there. My final challenge is getting the film through vital post-production processes and then in front of people. The cost of doing this is simply too high for me to bear alone. That's why I am here...

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    Pledge £3 or more About $5

    A digital (.PDF format) comic telling the story of 'How It All Happened'. Created by Jimi after the cameras were switched off, it tells the story of how the film came about in the first place. A tongue in cheek, behind the scenes glimpse at what it is like to be approached and become a character in a documentary. I am a little nervous at how I am going to come across in this one; I will have to trust him the same way he trusted me!

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    A digital copy of the final cut of the full documentary once it has had it's first public screening. Plus the digital (.PDF format) comic telling the story of 'How It All Happened' (as above).

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    A limited edition colour printed t-shirt just like Jimi's: Comics Are My Rock And Roll. There are two options: a black t-shirt with a white print and blue t-shirt with a navy blue print (images to follow). This will only ever be made available to Kickstarter supporters. Plus, the digital (.PDF format) comic telling the story of 'How It All Happened' (as above).

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    A seat at the first and only private screening of the movie in a Central London cinema venue, attended by the guys in the film and with a Q&A session with them and the production team at the end, a colour, printed version of the comic 'How It All Happened' and a DVD copy of the final cut of the documentary.

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