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The UmbrellaMovement inspired legendary cinematographer Christopher Doyle to make a film of Hong Kong's real voices from 3 generations
The UmbrellaMovement inspired legendary cinematographer Christopher Doyle to make a film of Hong Kong's real voices from 3 generations
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HONG KONG TRILOGY: PRESCHOOLED PREOCCUPIED PREPOSTEROUS, directed by the award-winning cinematographer Christopher Doyle, is a story of Hong Kong told by three generations: our children, our young, and our old.

In the already completed segment, PRESCHOOLED, we interviewed children about their everyday lives. Their VOICES inspired the narratives we asked them to play, and what they told us in our dialogue became the VOICE-OVERS that structure the film.

In PRESCHOOLED, Little Red Hood sees her brother misbehave and her parents argue. So she prays to Jesus, to Buddha, to Hare Krishna, to Ganesh…

She asks: “Why are there so many gods in this world? Is it because there are so many people who need to be saved?

We realized then that her questions have no answers, but asking these questions are what film is all about. What makes our film special is HOW we made it… a process of finding the film by asking these questions… a less AUTEUR way of looking at the world, and hopefully a more REAL and DEMOCRATIC one.

And no one is better at making films like this than Chris, who compares filmmaking to JAZZ, where the give and take of the collaborators takes a work beyond the individual’s intent, where the dance between the camera and the actors focuses each individual’s energy into something unanticipated and unique.

As Chris notes, many of his films like CHUNGKING EXPRESS (dir. Wong Kar-Wai) or PARANOID PARK (dir. Gus Van Sant):“There is little or no formal script: we take people we trust, put them in a safe space, and we shoot.”

This process encouraged us to pursue more. We want to explore the lives of PREOCCUPIED young people in their twenties and thirties, and the PREPOSTEROUS older generation, above fifty.

Sadly, there isn’t much money these days in the film world for something new and experimental like this. PRESCHOOLED was a short film that was originally commissioned by the Hong Kong International Film Festival. So weworked on it in our own rock-and-roll way with no money whenever we had free time…

When the Umbrella Movement or “Occupy Hong Kong” began, it swept us away. Its energy “KICKSTARTED” our project again and made us realize that this is more than just a movie.

As we were filming in the protest camp, several people came by to take photos of us. One uploaded it onto Facebook where they had written:

“PLEASE HELP US FILM OUR HOPES AND DREAMS.”

With the help of KICKSTARTER donors around the world, we will.

 Our project began when the Hong Kong International Film Festival asked Chris to direct a short film as part of their BEAUTIFUL 2014 short film series. This 30-minute piece was called HONG KONG 2014: EDUCATION FOR ALL and it was about the hopes and dreams of children in our city. It premiered at the festival in March 2014 and online on Youku.com in China where it was viewed by 1.5 million people. Now re-titled PRESCHOOLED, it will form the first part of our Hong Kong trilogy, a 90-minute feature film.

PREOCCUPIED and PREPOSTEROUS will be about young people and old people respectively. We have completed most of the interviewing of the characters and location scouting. With the exception of the scenes that take place at the protest camp, these two segments have not been shot yet.

The money raised will go into the production of the last two-thirds of the film.

Hong Kong has given us so much. Its dai pai dongs (street food stalls) feed us, its light inspires us, its sea calms us. This is where we dream when we sleep at night.

Whenever Chris is asked why his films are the way they are, his answer is always because each one of them came from the place it was made in, with people whose heart was in it because it mattered to them.

As with many of the films that made Chris who he is today, such as with Wong Kar-Wai’s CHUNGKING EXPRESS or IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE, we are making this in Hong Kong. So we turn to Kickstarter today because it is a way to directly engage with our audience in the filmmaking process, just as we engaged with members of our community by putting their real voices onscreen to tell the story of our city.

If we articulate these voices with sincerity and compassion, hopefully everyone will realize that these individual concerns are universal needs that need to be shared.

When the Umbrella Movement began, we were astonished to find that the questions we ask in our film were the same as those asked by our community. Who is Hong Kong? What do we want for our future? How do we get it? What is stopping us? These are the most important questions facing our society today.

Our film is a reflection of a city’s awakening. We want to take the voices of our city and give it back to the Hong Kong people at this critical time, and by sharing the result with everyone around the world, we hope to inspire others of different cultures to ask the same questions of themselves.

Please donate to our Kickstarter campaign, and help us let Hong Kong speak for itself.

Christopher Doyle (director/cinematographer), Jenny Suen (producer), and Ken Hui (producer)

Hong Kong

January 7th, 2015

P.S. Special thanks to the Hong Kong International Film Festival, CPH:DOX, and Kickstarter for supporting our hopes and dreams.

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Here is our team shooting under the Central Government Offices when it was "occupied." 

Little Red Hood, who dreams of saving the world by blessing it with her "holy water"... 

Rich Kid, whose parents are never home, seeks comfort in releasing his plastic turtle into the wild because his new dog is still in quarantine... 

Thierry the Feng Shui Master wonders how we can save our traditions and make it relevant to young people... 

South, the Occupy Farmer, who has saved his plants from the police clearance, but now has nowhere to park his mobile farm... 

 (Drunken) Kevin, who never knows where he will wake up the next day... 

Shandong Zhang, whose pile of cardboard start to resemble abstract sculptures that gradually take over the entire street as his aspirations grow... 

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 Backers of our campaign gets lots of cool rewards, including props we used in the making of the film, a chance to watch the film before its premiere in Hong Kong in March, access to our backers-only production diary and behind the scenes posts, and beer time with Chris in New York, LA, Tokyo, or Hong Kong. 

Please note that all the prices listed are in US DOLLARS. 

Here are some of the things you can get (check the "Rewards" sidebar for details): 

Special Thanks Tweet
Receive a special thanks tweet from Chris via his Twitter account
Production Diary and Exclusive Updates
Learn about our creative process by receiving our production e-diary based on what we have shot so far, You will have access to our backers-only area on our website which will include exclusive behind-the-scenes images and videos on set and from our studio as we complete the film.
Online Screening
Stream our film online at anytime within the week FOLLOWING the end of our theatrical premiere in Hong Kong.
Acknowledgements in Film Credits
We will acknowledge your contribution by including your name in the end credits of the film.
A Set of Four “Evangelical Pamphlets” Postcards
One of our main characters, the “Little Red Hood,” prays to gods from many different religions. Chris collaged images of Jesus Christ, Ganesh, Buddha, Virgin Mary, etc. on paper for her to pass out to her students after class in PRESCHOOLED. This whimsical set of four “Evangelical Pamphlets” will be printed as postcards for you to share and "convert" your friends! 


"Closer to Chris” Christopher Doyle, a Du Ke Feng Self Interview DVD
You’ll receive a DVD called “Closer to Chris,” filled with video clips of Chris conversing/arguing/playing with his Chinese alter ego Du Ke Feng, on the subjects of art, literature, and filmmaking. This DVD has been made exclusively for Kickstarter donors, featuring unreleased short films and videos Chris has made throughout the years.
Signed “Preschooled Preoccupied Preposterous” Poster
As Chris says, “When you are making films, you are spending 23 hours a day with a group of people. When you go home you need to re-energize, to retrieve your serenity. To me, the process of making collage is therapy because it’s more personal. It’s one-on-one instead of one-on-300.” Chris will be making collages out of the images of our film and we will be using one of these for our official film poster. This will be printed on high-quality A3 size paper and signed by Chris for you to frame at home (frame not included). 
Signed “Preschooled Preoccupied Preposterous” Tee Shirt
One day, Jenny decided that she wanted to use a map of Occupy Village in in our teaser. So she called some “villagers” and asked them if they knew where the best map of Occupy Village was. Theanswer was unanimous: every “villager” told her to go to Admiralty MTR station Exit A. That night, she went there with Chris and discovered a hand-drawn map scroll, filled with landmarks such asLennon Wall, the phone charging station, and Umbrella Square. It was even filled with all the characters who lived there. Jenny instagrammed it to crowdsource who the artist was. Within half an hour,someone identified the artist as Maoshan Connie, who is now a character in PREOCCUPIED!
You’ll receive a high-quality tee shirt printed a beautiful map scroll of Occupy Village, signed by Chris.
A Screening Near You and Q&A session with Chris Doyle & Cast
Watch our film at a movie theatre near you and meet Chris and our cast in person! There will be a 30-minute Q&A after the screening in which you will be able to ask Chris and our cast any questions youwant. So far, we have plans to do screenings at a time and location to be decided in Hong Kong, New York, Los Angeles, and Tokyo.
Signed Prop: Little Red Hood’s "Holy Water Bottle" 

Little Red Hood fills up her water bottle at the Church so that she can bless everyone and everything with “Holy Water” on her way home from school. She also delivers it to the protestors’ tents at Occupy Village. She befriends the Occupy Farmer, who uses it to water his mobile farm after the police clear out the protestors’ camp.
You'll receive a "Holy Water Bottle" that we used in the film, signed by Chris ("Holy Water" not included). 
Signed Prop: A Schoolgirl Uniform

PRESCHOOLED revolves around a school in Sheung Wan, Hong Kong. Little Red Hood, Vodka Wong, and Pet Shop Boy study there, skip out on class, get into fights, and the film follows their after-school adventures and their family lives.You’ll receive a schoolgirl uniform that we used in the film, signed by Chris
Signed Prop: Umbrella Express Mail Bag

To Wun is the proprietor of a jam bar on Wellington Street in Hong Kong called Senses 99. In PREOCCUPIED, he moonlights as a postman in Occupy Village as he is drawn by the energy of its community. Chris designed the official “Umbrella Express Mail” bag that he uses to deliver letters.
Signed Prop: Little Red Hood’s School Bag

Little Red Hood carries a vintage red leather backpack to and from school.You’ll receive Little Red Hood’s backpack, signed by Chris.

“Close to Chris” (extremely rare, out of print book) by Christopher Doyle

Published on the occasion of his first exhibition in Germany at the International Design Center in Berlin in 2004, “Close to Chris” by Christopher Doyle includes his photographs and collages from filmssuch as HAPPY TOGETHER, IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE, etc., as well as his own writings. It is also signed by Chris.

“Don’t Try For Me Argentina: Christopher Doyle’s Photographic Journal of HAPPY TOGETHER, a film by Wong Kar Wai” (extremely rare, out of print book) by Christopher Doyle“Don’t Try For Me Argentina” is a photographic journal that Chris kept while he was working on HAPPY TOGETHER, a film directed by Wong Kar Wai, starring Tony Leung and Leslie Cheung. Itincludes Chris’ behind-the-scenes photographs and his writings. It is also signed by Chris.
Mounted Degraded Film Frame

Nostalgic for film in today’s digital era? You’ll get a frame of film shot and signed by Chris and “degraded” through a secret process he uses for his artwork. Each frame is an image from our film and unique.

“R34g38b25” (extremely rare, out of print book) by Christopher Doyle“R34g38b25” is a journal of Chris’ journey shooting HERO, a film by Zhang Yimou, starring Tony Leung, Maggie Cheung, and Zhang Ziyi. This beautiful large format art book, signed by Chris, comes ina cloth slipcase, and includes his photographs, collages, and writings that are informed by his experience working on this film.
Disposable 35mm Camera with 5 Photographs Taken by Christopher Doyle

This is the ultimate reward for analog enthusiasts! You’ll receive a 35mm disposable camera with 5 photographs already taken by Chris of the places that inspire him in Hong Kong. These images will bea mystery. You won’t know what it is until you finish the roll and develop them (god knows where).
Drinks with Christopher Doyle

Drink with the man who said his top three non-film influences are: Beer, Women, The Sea (in that order). We’ll arrange a date, time, and bar in Hong Kong, LA, New York, and Tokyo for up to five Kickstarter donors to drink with Chris for an hour and talk about whatever they want.
Original Collage by Christopher Doyle
You’ll receive one of the original collages based on images from our film that we are using for the official film poster, signed by Chris.
Executive Producer Credit

You’ll be very “super” and we want to express our gratitude for your support by giving you an “Executive Producer” credit at the end of our film. 

Risks and challenges

We're making a film in a non-traditional style, using our trust in the people we work with and our intuition, with no script, shooting as we go along. Part of this style was born out of necessity (lack of money) but part of it is also by design. We work this way because we want to embrace the unexpected and the spontaneous... and trust that these so-called "mistakes" will carry us to a place only dreams can go. This may cause delays in delivering the final cut and rewards to you, but I know that you will understand, because hopefully... we are all dreamers.

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    A Set of Four “Evangelical” Postcards + #1-4

    One of our main characters, the “Little Red Hood,” prays to gods from many different religions. Chris collaged images of Jesus Christ, Ganesh, Buddha, Virgin Mary, etc. on paper for her to pass out to her students after class in PRESCHOOLED.

    This whimsical set of four “Evangelical Pamphlets” will be printed as postcards for you to send to your friends and spread the love. You’ll ALSO get the “Special Thanks Tweet,” Production Diary, Online Screening, and Acknowledgements.

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    “Closer to Chris” Christopher Doyle and Du Ke Feng Self Interview DVD + #1-5

    You’ll receive a DVD called “Closer to Chris,” filled with video clips of Chris conversing/arguing/playing with his Chinese alter ego Du Ke Feng, on the subjects of art, literature, and filmmaking. This DVD has been made exclusively for Kickstarter donors, featuring unreleased short films and videos Chris has made throughout the years.

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    Signed Film Poster Art Print + #1-6

    As Chris says, “When you are making films, you are spending 23 hours a day with a group of people. When you go home you need to re-energize, to retrieve your serenity. To me, the process of making collage is therapy because it’s more personal. It’s one-on-one instead of one-on-300.” Chris will be making collages out of the images of our film and we will be using one of these for the poster.

    You’ll receive an art print of our film poster in A3 size, signed by Chris, PLUS the “Special Thanks Tweet,” Production Diary, Online Screening, Acknowledgements, “Evangelical Pamphlets,” and DVD.

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    Signed “Preschooled Preoccupied Preposterous” Tee Shirt + #1-6

    One day, Jenny decided that she wanted to use a map of Occupy Village in in our teaser. So she called some “villagers” and asked them if they knew where the best map of Occupy Village was. The answer was unanimous: every “villager” told her to go to Admiralty MTR station Exit A. That night, she went there with Chris and discovered a hand-drawn map scroll, filled with landmarks such as Lennon Wall, the phone charging station, and Umbrella Square. It was even filled with all the characters who lived there. Jenny instagrammed it to crowdsource who the artist was. Within half an hour, someone identified the artist as Maoshan Connie, who is now a character in PREOCCUPIED!

    You’ll receive a high-quality tee shirt printed a beautiful map scroll of Occupy Village, signed by Chris, PLUS the “Special Thanks Tweet,” Production Diary, Online Screening, Acknowledgements, “Evangelical Pamphlets,” and DVD.

    Please note that this reward level does not include a poster (see Reward #9).

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    You’ll receive our poster AND high-quality tee shirt printed with Maoshan Connie’s beautiful map scroll of Occupy Village, signed by Chris, PLUS the “Special Thanks Tweet,” Production Diary, Online Screening, Acknowledgements, “Evangelical Pamphlets,” and DVD.

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    Hong Kong Screening + Christopher Doyle & Cast Q&A + #9

    Watch our film at a movie theater in Hong Kong and meet Chris and our cast in person! There will be a 30-minute Q&A after the screening in which you will be able to ask Chris and our cast any questions you want. The screening will take place at a time and location to be decided in Hong Kong.

    You’ll ALSO receive the “Special Thanks Tweet,” Production Diary, Online Screening, Acknowledgements, “Evangelical Pamphlets,” DVD, Poster, and Tee Shirt.

    Please note that you will be responsible for your own airfare and accommodation if you are traveling from outside of Hong Kong, and if you live in New York, Los Angeles, or Tokyo, we will be coming to a theater near you (see below)!

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    BRING A FRIEND WITH YOU to our Hong Kong screening, and ALSO receive the “Special Thanks Tweet,” Production Diary, Online Screening, Acknowledgements, “Evangelical Pamphlets,” DVD, Poster, and Tee Shirt.

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    You’ll ALSO receive the “Special Thanks Tweet,” Production Diary, Online Screening, Acknowledgements, “Evangelical Pamphlets,” DVD, Poster, and Tee Shirt.

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    Watch our film at a movie theater in Los Angeles and meet Chris in person! There will be a 30-minute Q&A after the screening in which you will be able to ask Chris any questions you want. The screening will take place at a time and location to be decided in Los Angeles.

    You’ll ALSO receive the “Special Thanks Tweet,” Production Diary, Online Screening, Acknowledgements, “Evangelical Pamphlets,” DVD, Poster, and Tee Shirt.

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    Watch our film at a movie theater in Tokyo and meet Chris in person! There will be a 30-minute Q&A after the screening in which you will be able to ask Chris any questions you want. The screening will take place at a time and location to be decided in Tokyo.

    You’ll ALSO receive the “Special Thanks Tweet,” Production Diary, Online Screening, Acknowledgements, “Evangelical Pamphlets,” DVD, Poster, and Tee Shirt.

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    New York Screening + Christopher Doyle Q&A for Two +#9 (Limited to 50)

    BRING A FRIEND WITH YOU to watch our film at a movie theater in New York and meet Chris in person! There will be a 30-minute Q&A after the screening in which you will be able to ask Chris any questions you want. The screening will take place at a time and location to be decided in New York.

    You’ll ALSO receive the “Special Thanks Tweet,” Production Diary, Online Screening, Acknowledgements, “Evangelical Pamphlets,” DVD, Poster, and Tee Shirt.

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    Los Angeles Screening + Christopher Doyle Q&A for Two +#9

    BRING A FRIEND WITH YOU to watch our film at a movie theater in Los Angeles and meet Chris in person! There will be a 30-minute Q&A after the screening in which you will be able to ask Chris any questions you want. The screening will take place at a time and location to be decided in Los Angeles.

    You’ll ALSO receive the “Special Thanks Tweet,” Production Diary, Online Screening, Acknowledgements, “Evangelical Pamphlets,” DVD, Poster, and Tee Shirt.

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    Tokyo Screening + Christopher Doyle Q&A for Two +#9

    BRING A FRIEND WITH YOU to watch our film at a movie theater in Tokyo and meet Chris in person! There will be a 30-minute Q&A after the screening in which you will be able to ask Chris any questions you want. The screening will take place at a time and location to be decided in Tokyo.

    You’ll ALSO receive the “Special Thanks Tweet,” Production Diary, Online Screening, Acknowledgements, “Evangelical Pamphlets,” DVD, Poster, and Tee Shirt.

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    Signed Prop: Little Red Hood’s "Holy Water Bottle" +#9 + Screening for Two

    Little Red Hood fills up her water bottle at the Church so that she can bless everyone and everything with “Holy Water” on her way home from school. She also delivers it to the protestors’ tents at Occupy Village. She befriends the Occupy Farmer, who uses it to water his mobile farm after the police clear out the protestors’ camp.

    You’ll receive "Holy Water Bottle" (holy water not included) that we used in the film that will be signed by Chris, PLUS the “Special Thanks Tweet,” Production Diary, Online Screening, Acknowledgements, “Evangelical Pamphlets,” DVD, Poster, Tee Shirt, and TWO tickets to a screening in a city of your choice: Hong Kong, New York, Los Angeles, or Tokyo.

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    Signed Prop: A Schoolgirl Uniform +#9 + Screening for Two

    PRESCHOOLED revolves around a school in Sheung Wan, Hong Kong. Little Red Hood, Vodka Wong, and Pet Shop Boy study there, skip out on class, get into fights, and the film follows their after-school adventures and their family lives.

    You’ll receive a schoolgirl uniform signed by Chris, PLUS the “Special Thanks Tweet,” Production Diary, Online Screening, Acknowledgements, “Evangelical Pamphlets,” DVD, Poster, Tee Shirt, and TWO ticket to a screening in a city of your choice: Hong Kong, New York, Los Angeles, or Tokyo.

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    Signed Prop: Umbrella Express Mail Bag + #9 + Screening for Two

    To Wun is the proprietor of a jam bar on Wellington Street in Hong Kong called Senses 99. In PREOCCUPIED, he moonlights as a postman in Occupy Village as he is drawn by the energy of its community. Chris designed the official “Umbrella Express Mail” bag that he uses to deliver letters.

    You’ll receive the Umbrella Express Mail Bag, signed by Chris, PLUS the “Special Thanks Tweet,” Production Diary, Online Screening, Acknowledgements, “Evangelical Pamphlets,” DVD, Poster, Tee Shirt, and TWO tickets to a screening in a city of your choice: Hong Kong, New York, Los Angeles, or Tokyo.

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    Signed Prop: Little Red Hood’s School Bag +#9 + Screening for Two

    Little Red Hood carries a vintage red leather backpack to and from school.

    You’ll receive Little Red Hood’s backpack, signed by Chris, PLUS the “Special Thanks Tweet,” Production Diary, Online Screening, Acknowledgements, “Evangelical Pamphlets,” DVD, Poster, Tee Shirt, and TWO tickets to a screening in a city of your choice: Hong Kong, New York, Los Angeles, or Tokyo.

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    “Close to Chris” (extremely rare, out of print book) by Christopher Doyle +#9 + Screening for Two

    Published on the occasion of his first exhibition in Germany at the International Design Center in Berlin in 2004, “Close to Chris” by Christopher Doyle includes his photographs and collages from films such as HAPPY TOGETHER, IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE, etc., as well as his own writings. It is also signed by Chris.

    You’ll receive a limited and a signed edition of “Close to Chris,” PLUS the “Special Thanks Tweet,” Production Diary, Online Screening, Acknowledgements, “Evangelical Pamphlets,” DVD, Poster, Tee Shirt, and TWO tickets to a screening in a city of your choice: Hong Kong, New York, Los Angeles, or Tokyo.

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    “Don’t Try For Me Argentina: Christopher Doyle’s Photographic Journal of HAPPY TOGETHER, a film by Wong Kar Wai” (extremely rare, out of print book) by Christopher Doyle + #9 (Limited to 15)

    “Don’t Try For Me Argentina” is a photographic journal that Chris kept while he was working on HAPPY TOGETHER, a film directed by Wong Kar Wai, starring Tony Leung and Leslie Cheung. It includes Chris’ behind-the-scenes photographs and his writings. It is also signed by Chris.

    You’ll receive a limited and a signed edition of “Don’t Try For Me Argentina,” PLUS the “Special Thanks Tweet,” Production Diary, Online Screening, Acknowledgements, “Evangelical Pamphlets,” DVD, Poster, Tee Shirt, and TWO tickets to a screening in a city of your choice: Hong Kong, New York, Los Angeles, or Tokyo.

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    Mounted Degraded Film Frame +#9

    Nostalgic for film in today’s digital era? You’ll get a frame of film shot and signed by Chris and “degraded” through a secret process he uses for his artwork. Each frame is an image from our film and entirely unique.

    You’ll ALSO receive the “Special Thanks Tweet,” Production Diary, Online Screening, Acknowledgements, “Evangelical Pamphlets,” DVD, Poster, Tee Shirt, and TWO tickets to a screening in a city of your choice: Hong Kong, New York, Los Angeles, or Tokyo.

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    “R34g38b25” (extremely rare, out of print book) by Christopher Doyle + #9 + Screening for Two

    “R34g38b25” is a journal of Chris’ journey shooting HERO, a film by Zhang Yimou, starring Tony Leung, Maggie Cheung, and Zhang Ziyi. This beautiful large format art book, signed by Chris, comes in a cloth slipcase, and includes his photographs, collages, and writings that are informed by his experience working on this film.

    You’ll receive a signed and limited edition of “R34g38b25,” PLUS the “Special Thanks Tweet,” Production Diary, Online Screening, Acknowledgements, “Evangelical Pamphlets,” DVD, Poster, Tee Shirt, and TWO tickets to a screening in a city of your choice: Hong Kong, New York, Los Angeles, or Tokyo.

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    Disposable 35mm Camera with 5 Photographs Taken by Christopher Doyle + #9 + Screening for Two

    This is the ultimate reward for (photochemical) film enthusiasts! You’ll receive a 35mm disposable camera with 5 photographs already taken by Chris of the places that inspire him in Hong Kong. These images will be a mystery. You won’t know what it is until you finish the roll and develop them (god knows where).

    You’ll ALSO receive the “Special Thanks Tweet,” Production Diary, Online Screening, Acknowledgements, “Evangelical Pamphlets,” DVD, Poster, Tee Shirt, and TWO tickets to a screening in a city of your choice: Hong Kong, New York, Los Angeles, or Tokyo.

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    Audience Drink with Christopher Doyle in Hong Kong + #9 + Screening for Two (Limited to 5)

    Drink with the man who said his top three non-film influences are:

    1. Beer
    2. Women
    3. The Sea

    We’ll arrange a date, time, and bar in Hong Kong for up to five Kickstarter donors to drink together with Chris for an hour and talk about whatever they want.

    You’ll ALSO receive the “Special Thanks Tweet,” Production Diary, Online Screening, Acknowledgements, “Evangelical Pamphlets,” DVD, Poster, Tee Shirt, and TWO tickets to our screening in Hong Kong.

    Please note that you will be responsible for your own airfare and accommodation if you are traveling from outside of Hong Kong.

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    Audience Drink with Christopher Doyle in New York + #9 + Screening for Two (Limited to 5)

    Drink with the man who said his top three non-film influences are:

    1. Beer
    2. Women
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    We’ll arrange a date, time, and bar in New York for up to five Kickstarter donors to drink with Chris for an hour and talk about whatever they want.

    You’ll ALSO receive the “Special Thanks Tweet,” Production Diary, Online Screening, Acknowledgements, “Evangelical Pamphlets,” DVD, Poster, Tee Shirt, and TWO tickets to our screening in New York.

    Please note that you will be responsible for your own airfare and accommodation if you are traveling from outside of New York.

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    Audience Drink with Christopher Doyle in Los Angeles + #9 + Screening for Two (Limited to 5)

    Drink with the man who said his top three non-film influences are:

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    We’ll arrange a date, time, and bar in Los Angeles for up to five Kickstarter donors to drink with Chris for an hour and talk about whatever you want.

    You’ll ALSO receive the “Special Thanks Tweet,” Production Diary, Online Screening, Acknowledgements, “Evangelical Pamphlets,” DVD, Poster, Tee Shirt, and TWO tickets to our screening in Los Angeles.

    Please note that you will be responsible for your own airfare and accommodation if you are traveling from outside of Los Angeles.

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    Audience Drink with Christopher Doyle in Tokyo + #9 + Screening for Two (Limited to 5)

    Drink with the man who said his top three non-film influences are:

    1. Beer
    2. Women
    3. The Sea

    We’ll arrange a date, time, and bar in Tokyo for up to five Kickstarter donors to drink with Chris for an hour and talk about whatever they want.

    You’ll ALSO receive the “Special Thanks Tweet,” Production Diary, Online Screening, Acknowledgements, “Evangelical Pamphlets,” DVD, Poster, Tee Shirt, and TWO tickets to our screening in Tokyo.

    Please note that you will be responsible for your own airfare and accommodation if you are traveling from outside of Tokyo.

    This award is only available to those legally permitted to drink alcohol, aged 20 and over.

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    Original Collage by Christopher Doyle + #9 + Screening for Two

    As Chris says, “When you are making films, you are spending 23 hours a day with a group of people. When you go home you need to re-energize, to retrieve your serenity. To me, the process of making collage is therapy because it’s more personal. It’s one-on-one instead of one-on-300.” Chris will be making collages out of the images of our film and we will be using one of these for the poster.

    You’ll receive one of the original collages based on images from our film that we are using for the official film poster, signed by Chris.

    You’ll ALSO receive the “Special Thanks Tweet,” Production Diary, Online Screening, Acknowledgements, “Evangelical Pamphlets,” DVD, Poster, Tee Shirt, and TWO tickets to a screening in a city of your choice: Hong Kong, New York, Los Angeles, or Tokyo.

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    "Dirty Old Man Club" Neon Sign + #9 + Screening for Two

    This is a beautiful neon sign that we commissioned a local neon light factory to make for DJ Kulu's "Dirty Old Man's Club." In our film, he says: "Basically, [the Dirty Old Man’s Club was founded] to look at girls. Every man wants to look at girls. Let’s analyze deeper: Everybody likes to look at beautiful things. Girls are naturally beautiful. But lots of things are beautiful. Buildings, cars, views. But we are afraid to look at beautiful girls. Because then people will say you are dirty. So that’s why we started the club. If you can appreciate the beauty of humans… then you shouldn’t be called dirty. It’s very upright. We are correct in appreciating beauty. It’s ironic."

    For more on the influence of neon in Chris' work, watch "Filming in the Neon World," a short documentary made by Chris and commissioned by M+: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97GwbI27w10

    You’ll ALSO receive the “Special Thanks Tweet,” Production Diary, Online Screening, Acknowledgements, “Evangelical Pamphlets,” DVD, Poster, Tee Shirt, and TWO tickets to a screening in a city of your choice: Hong Kong, New York, Los Angeles, or Tokyo.

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    Executive Producer Credit + #9 + Screening for Two + Drinks with Chris

    You’ll be very “super” and we want to express our gratitude for your support by giving you an “Executive Producer” credit at the end of our film.

    You’ll ALSO receive the “Special Thanks Tweet,” Production Diary, Online Screening, Acknowledgements, “Evangelical Pamphlets,” DVD, Poster, Tee Shirt, and TWO tickets to a screening AND to come out and have a drink with Chris in a city of your choice: Hong Kong, New York, Los Angeles, or Tokyo.

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