What is Balagan?
Balagan is a completely independent Boston-based screening series dedicated to experimental, marginalized and undiscovered film & video work and to bringing artists and audience members closer together! It was started over ten years ago by the filmmakers Alla Kovgan and Jeff Silva, in a screening room at the Coolidge Corner Theatre. Throughout the years, Jeff and Alla have provided a welcoming screen for many works from our rich experimental film community and have invited the likes of Peter Kubelka, Avi Mograbi, Deborah Stratman, Leonard Retel Helmrich, Jackie Goss and many others for Boston visits, winning several Best of Boston awards in the process.
After a year-long break, Balagan returned in full force in September 2011. Several changes have occurred: 1) We are now at the Brattle Theatre and able to accommodate larger audiences. 2) Our team has expanded to include two up-and-coming DIY curators, Stefan Grabowski and Mariya Nikiforova. 3) We have a new website (balaganfilms.com) and a new focus on theoretical context and discussion of the films we show.
Upcoming programs and need of funding
For 2012, we have formed a very ambitious program and are planning to bring many unseen films to Boston. We have invited the mind-boggling Montrealer Daïchi Saïto, acclaimed Belarus-born filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa and Italian documentarians Massimo D’Anolfi and Martina Parenti; we are also working on bringing prints of films by the legendary Czech animator Karel Zeman. All of these projects are pretty costly -- and, since Balagan is a not-for-profit, volunteer-driven effort, we do need your help! $3,000 would help us to finance these filmmakers' travel and honoraria, as well as rent and ship prints from abroad. Any donations above the goal would help to sustain Balagan through the rest of 2012.
How Kickstarter works
If you are interested in Balagan's programming, your donation will recoup itself in the form of tickets to our shows! Moreover, we have some great prizes and souvenirs to thank you for your generosity, donated by several amazing artists and organizations!
It's important to note:
We have to reach our minimum goal of $3,000 by January 12, 2012; otherwise, we receive nothing!
Some of our prizes
Original art work by Saul Levine! Saul has donated 5 of his stunning hand crafted Bulb pieces (a steal at $150 each) from his "Dark Light" Exhibit at Participant Inc 2004. http://saullevine.com/artwork/858752_Dark_Light.html
3 beautiful Boston themed paintings by Argentine artist Romina Diaz Brarda.
Fenway Park For a $100 Pledge
Zakim Bridge For a $200 Pledge
Boston Houses For a $300 Pledge
Portraiture and artwork by Molly Hoisington - mollyhoisington.blogspot.com/
Limited edition screen-printed posters from our shows.
DVDs from Carnivalesque Films -- list here: carnivalesquefilms.com/
A full collector's set from Aspect: The Chronicle of New Media Art -- more info here: aspectmag.com
Custom-made necklaces by Cala Metali http://www.etsy.com/shop/CalaMetali
Thank you so much! Hope to see you at the screenings!
- (30 days)