About this project
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In May 2012, Mr. Collins participated in a publicity tour across Texas to promote his new book that archives his collection of artifacts from the Battle of the Alamo. "Phil Collins and the Wild Frontier" follows Mr. Collins on a 5-day tour as he answers questions about his obscure collection and his retirement from music. By observing the impact his music career has on his life and the more painful realities of being a celebrity, what unfolds is an examination of mankind's obsession with artifacts. Mr. Collins, a man absorbed in a collection of objects from a bygone era, is himself a relic of 80’s pop culture and objectified by his stardom.
This Kickstarter campaign provides an opportunity to deliver the film exclusively to those who are interested in seeing it. Theatrical distribution, television deals, and online sales are all possibilities that we will pursue, but are rarely options for short documentaries. We will be sending this film to festivals next year, but those who wish to see it will have to be lucky enough to live in a city with a festival that has programmed the film. This campaign is an opportunity to get the film directly into the hands of its audience, whose purchase will fund the completion of the film.
Want to help spread the word? Like the Facbeook page and see all of the updates about the project! Here's the LINK!
This is a one-time opportunity for those who won't be able to see it at festivals. By contributing to this campaign, you not only receive a beautiful limited edition copy of the finished film, but you also help finance the most important part (postproduction) and allow the project to get finished properly!
HOW THIS PROJECT CAME ABOUT:
I'm a Texas-based photographer and filmmaker, and I was hired to shoot the photos for Mr. Collins book in May 2011. When I heard about the publicity tour, I thought it might be an interesting subject for a short film.
On the tour I saw an overwhelming response from fans and Alamo enthusiasts, which led to strange interactions with Mr. Collins and myself. I tried to be as inconspicuous as possible to maintain a fly-on-the-wall perspective.
Inspired by verite filmmakers D.A. Pennebaker and Frederick Wiseman, I want to make a film that strips away the editorial manipulation associated with reality television and allow viewers to make their own conclusions. I want people to walk away with the same experience I had firsthand on the tour.
Independent films like this aren't possible to make without the generous support of fans and people interested in artful storytelling.
WHAT THE FUNDS WILL GO TOWARDS:
Filming for this project is completely finished, and these funds will go directly towards postproduction. This is always the most expensive part of filmmaking because there are many layers of polish required to make a finished film. The $10,000 raised through this kickstarter will go directly into paying for the following items:
1. Editor - Ryan Gould
2. Original music - Matt Bryan
3. Sound editing and mixing
4. Color correction
5. Printing HD exhibition copies for festivals and DVDs
6. Website design & promotion
With your help, we can pay for all of the necessary expenses and have this film ready for audiences in the Spring!
So far, I have invested my personal savings into the film to shoot and begin editing. Now I'm asking for your help to make this film a reality. In return, you will get a copy of the film as soon as its complete! For a little more, you will receive a private link to an exclusive in-progress cut of the film as soon as this campaign is over.
For $25, you can get a LIMITED EDITION DVD of the finished film!
For $15 you'll receive an in-progress link to the film, and a digital down load when it's finished!
For $10 you'll receive a link to a Digital Download of the film!
I've also got some pretty sweet rewards for higher contributions, including signed copies of the book and prints of artifacts from Phil's private collection!
For $200 or more, you will receive a copy of "The Alamo and Beyond: A Collector's Journey"
For $300 or more, you will receive a LIMITED EDITION book SIGNED BY PHIL COLLINS! There were only 1000 of these made, and now there is less than 100 left! Get one while you can!
For $100 or MORE, you get to choose one of the following 11X17 printed artifacts from Mr. Collins' collection!
THANKS AGAIN AND PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE WORD!
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask! Be sure and "LIKE" this page so your friends on Facebook can check it out. You can also "LIKE" our Facebook page to keep up to date with progress of the film.
If you'd like to embed the video on your blog, or share directly with friends, please visit this link. Thank you again for your interest in this project. We can't wait to share it with you!
Risks and challenges
The reality is that a film like this doesn't always get seen. There aren't a lot of avenues for distributing short documentaries. From the beginning, you do a film like this for what it can say and the experience you think it can be for an audience. The risk you run in taking on a project like this is that you may not get paid to do it. By running the campaign and being able to pay the people necessary, we can give this film it's best chance and at the same time, give people that are interested a chance to see it. Also, the risk in making a film like this is that you can't control whether theaters, television networks or festival programers will be interested in showing it. The only thing I can do is create the best possible film and give it directly to an audience that believes in it.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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