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“The Pigeon Game” is a documentary film on the disappearing culture of racing homing pigeons in New York City.

THE FILM
For the past two years I have been documenting the men and women who continue to race homing pigeons in New York City. It’s a tradition that’s been passed down from generation to generation in the city for over a century. But every year, the community grows smaller and it’s likely that pigeon racing will disappear completely in the coming years.

Many people have no idea that people race pigeons up to 600 miles every spring and fall right here in NYC. But it's an important part of the city's cultural life, closely tied with its immigrant history and a way that urban populations have connected with natural life for decades. The Pigeon Game documents this unique subculture and the challenges it faces today.

More about The Pigeon Game can be found at the film's website: www.thepigeongame.com

TODAY
The Pigeon Game is currently transitioning into the post-production phase and has a critical opportunity to screen a twenty-minute clip of the film at the Tenement Museum's "Tenement Talks" series on Tuesday, August 24th. This event will be a great way to move the project forward, gathering more attention and ultimately finding finishing funds for the film.

In order to do this -I need $10,000 to pay for editing, music and a sound mix. I am asking you to make a donation to meet this goal.

DONATE
Please choose the level of donation you can make in the right hand column. Many of the Pigeon Game's partners and supporters have generously provided interesting, fun and valuable rewards to help motivate you to donate.

If you are unfamiliar with how Kickstarter works -I only have until July 31st to raise $10,000. If I don't raise this amount by then, I don't get any of the money. So please make a donation and help The Pigeon Game get to the Tenement Museum -and beyond!

FOLLOW
Keep track of your donations by keeping up with The Pigeon Game -join the film's mailing list at www.thepigeongame.com

THANK YOU!

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    A thank you on The Pigeon Game's website: www.thepigeongame.com

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    Safari 7's self-guided tour of urban wildlife on the number 7 line, from our partner Urban Landscape Lab.

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    A deluxe Celebrate Urban Bird Kit from our partner "Celebrate Urban Birds!" at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The kit consists of several materials that will help you identify all the feathered friends co-existing in your city.

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    A free digital download of the slammin' new album "Glitter Tracks" by the Box Kites (my band), from the MP3 label Mutable Sound.

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    "The Pigeon Game" DVD (anticipated completion date 2011).

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    A $50 gift certificate to the Mini Market OR to the Shoe Market -two super cute, highly fashionable stores in Williamsburg, NY.

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    A copy of Andrew Blechman's amazing book "Pigeons." You will never look at a pigeon the same way again. A fascinating, entertaining look at the history of human-kind's relationship to the world's most controversial bird.

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    "The Pigeon Game" t-shirt. Available in white with black print for women (sizes S,M,L) and white on gray on a unisex shirt (sixes S,M,L, XL). The logo is designed by Malcolm Felder and the shirts are printed by Daydream Silkscreen. They are going to look extra-special (pics coming soon).

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    NEW REWARD! T-shirt & DVD combo -the t-shirts have been so popular, I'm going to order more. Add another $40 to your donation to get a DVD of The Pigeon Game too (release date TBD)

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    A DVD copy of any film by Jim Jenner -the award-winning documentarian of the pigeon world. Jim's films are incredibly thorough and intimate journeys of the history and culture behind this unique sport. Choose from the titles: Secrets of Champions I, II, III and IV, The World of Pigeons: Marathon in the Sky and Oldest Feathered Friend, Share the Blue Sky, Best of British II, Schaerlaeckens and The Dark and The Light.

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    A one year subscription to Racing Pigeon Digest -"The Thinking Person's Journal of Racing Pigeons," a beautifully printed magazine with diverse articles about technique, history and the pigeon racing community the world over.

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    Handmade pigeon artwork. Choose from a knit pigeon by master-knitter Sunmin Whang (limit 1) OR a watercolor pigeon portrait painted by me -send me a photograph of your winning pigeon (or just favorite bird) and I will immortalize him/her.

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    NEW REWARD COMBO: one The Pigeon Game t-shirt, one DVD of the film when it's finished (anticiapted 2011) and one hand-drawn pigeon portrait.

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    You are really helping us to complete this project! In return you will receive a thank you credit in the film, a DVD copy of "The Pigeon Game" (estimated completion date -2011) and two free tickets to the premiere (location and date TBD).

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    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!! In return: your name listed under "This Film Supported By" credits, a DVD copy of "The Pigeon Game" (estimated completion date -2011), two free tickets to the premiere (location and date TBD), and a watercolor pigeon portrait by me -send me a photograph of your winning pigeon (or just favorite bird) and I will immortalize him/her.

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