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Independent screening series that brings experimental, marginalized and undiscovered films and their makers to the Boston audience!

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.

New developments

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

http://www.artmajeur.com/?go=artworks/display_mini_gallery&login=rominadiazbrarda&mini_gallery_id=1344436&artist_id=21476

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

One of the magazines to which we offer a subscription (cabinetmagazine.org). Also: Cinema Scope (cinema-scope.com) and Cineaste (cineaste.com).

Custom-made necklaces by Cala Metali http://www.etsy.com/shop/CalaMetali

Thank you so much! Hope to see you at the screenings!

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    Handwritten thank you card from the curators, listing as a Supporter on our website, eight tickets to Balagan screenings of your choice and two DVDs of your choice (depending on availability) from the independent documentary distributor Carnivalesque!

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    An original painting by Argentine born artist and Balagan Film Series fan Romina Diaz Brarda. This piece, entitled "Fenway Park" has dimensions 7x13 in acrylic on wood (framed) and is perfect for all you Red Sox fans. You can see links to a image of the painting under our prize heading on the main page. Plus you also get a Balagan Tote bag and magnet!

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    Rare original mixed media art works by legendary avant-garde filmmaker Saul Levine. These stunningly hand crafted bulbs pieces were part of a major exhibition entitled "Dark Light" of Levine's work in 2004 at Participant in NYC and 2007 at the Rotterdam Film Festival. Only 5 available and at a steal of a price so act fast! Note: image on site is an example of bulbs, actual bulb may differ.

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    An original and beautiful painting by Argentine born artist and Balagan Film Series fan Romina Diaz Brarda. This piece, entitled "Zakim Bridge" has dimensions 20x10 in acrylic on canvas. You can see links to a image of the painting under our prize heading on the main page. Plus you also get a Balagan Tote bag and magnet!

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    An original painting of Back Bay Boston by Argentine born artist and Balagan Film Series fan Romina Diaz Brarda. This beautiful is "Boston Houses" has dimensions 28x20, acrylic on canvas and is framed. You can see links to a image of the painting under our prize heading on the main page. Plus you also get a Balagan Tote bag and magnet!

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    Handwritten thank you card from the curators, listing as a Supporter on our website, up to four free passes to any Balagan screening between January and May 2012, and the Aspect Collector: one of every issue of Aspect Magazine published so far, including Aspect Presents (23 DVDs)!

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