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"Where We Danced" is the story of America's dance told through the lives of the dancers who lived it and the places they danced.
"Where We Danced" is the story of America's dance told through the lives of the dancers who lived it and the places they danced.
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I have gotten the question, can I still donate to the "Where We Danced" Even though You have reached 20,000? the answer is yes!!!! 20,000 was the minimum needed to finish. Ideally I would love to raise 30,000. The more we raise the better product I can create. Thank you so much for your support.

If you need any assistance or have any problems with placing the donation, please call email us at info@1881productions.com

About This Film:

The Feature documentary "Where We Danced" is the story of America's dance told through the lives of the dancers who shaped the art form as well as the places they danced. The story begins on the plantations where African and Western European culture collided to create America's first truly indigenous social dance, the cakewalk. It continues through to 1930’s Harlem showing how dance helped shape popular culture in America and around the world. Over the decades dance has set trends in fashion and sexuality, giving the youth of the 20th century a voice to define itself from the rigidness of the Victorian era . It also gave African Americans a means of expression when all others had been taken away.

Who's In The Film:

This Documentary contains interviews with several dance legends Including:

 Frankie Manning, This documentary contains one of the last filmed interviews with Frankie Manning, taken just months before he passed in 2009. He was one of the most iconic and influential dancers of the 20th century. He was the first person to introduce an air step in dance and was the lead choreographer for Whitey's Lindy Hoppers, a dance group whose members became the stars of screen and stage during the 1930’s and 40’s; 

Dawn Hampton, who has been hailed as the Queen of Cabaret in New York City. She grew up in the circuit of a traveling carnival and is still a performer today; 

Sonny Allen, a Harvest Moon Ball champion and the founder of Sonny Allen and the Rockettes; 

Richard Powers, one of the world's leading dance historians and full-time instructor at Stanford University's Dance Division. And many others! 

WHY YOU SHOULD SUPPORT OUR PROJECT

The Documentary is complete but to finish we still need to raise $20,000. The reason for this is archival footage is very expensive and we have used quite a bit of it to create the best film possible. So before we can release the film to the public, we need to pay for the rights to use the footage. This story needs to be told. Dance has had played a major role in shaping American/world culture and has been overlooked for way too long.  If you love dance and American history please help us to tell this story by donating today Thank you.

WHERE YOUR MONEY GOES:

Archival footage: Archival footage is the biggest expense left to be paid in this documentary. Most of the  archival footage contained  in this film runs $1,500 per min to use. This adds up after a while, but we definitely think it's worth using. The more money we raise the more footage we can add.

Insurance: Average insurance for an archival documentary is $4,000. It is a necessity for archival documentaries to have insurance just in case some copyrighted material gets passed us.

Film festival submissions: Wouldn’t you love to see this film somewhere near you? So would we.

HOW KICKSTARTER WORKS: 

People pledge any amount and choose a reward. At the end of our Kickstarter campaign, if the combined total of all pledges for our project meets our $20,000 goal, then the credit cards of those who pledge are charged and we receive the funds to make our film. If we don't meet our goal, then the money is not withdrawn from your account and no rewards are provided. If we exceed our $20,000 goal then the extra funds will be used to make the movie even better. Aside from a 5% Kickstarter fee and a 3-5% Amazon credit card processing fee, all funds raised will be used directly in the production of the film.

Can I increase my pledge once it’s been made? YES! Once you donate to our campaign, you may want to change your incentive reward to a different one, or increase your pledge amount. To do so, go to Kickstarter and sign in. If you go to our campaign page, the green “Back This Project” button has been replaced with a blue “Manage Your Donation” button. Click it and you can enter a new amount, or choose a new incentive.

What happens if all the money isn’t raised in time? Unfortunately, NOTHING. If our entire $20k goal isn’t met before the deadline, no money changes hands and no movie is made. We know you won't let this happen!

Can we exceed the goal? YES! What an amazing problem to have. Kickstarter will allow as much money as is given before the deadline. Even though $20k is already a lot of money, it is still bargain-basement for what we are trying to do, and more money would mean less begging, borrowing and stealing. 

How do you contact us? Glad you asked! You can contact us directly at Info@1881productions.com. We check it. We will get back to you. We promise!

Other ways to help: Spread the word! Tell everyone you know how awesome this project is. Like us on facebook http://www.facebook.com/WhereWeDanced, blow up the Twittersphere with Where We Danced, blog it, or promote it any way you can think of. Everything helps!

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    SPECIAL EDITION OF THE FILM. Along with the regular footage of the film you will receive a DVD of all the uncut interviews with Frankie Manning, Dawn Hampton and Sonny Allen. (Add $15.00 For international shipping)

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    THE VILLAGE DANCE WORKSHOP 2012 (San Francisco), Plus A DVD OF THE FILM in the mail, Once Available (Add $15.00 For international shipping). Digital download, and your very own THANK YOU POSTCARD. *(Transportation not included)

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