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An independent screening series that brings experimental, marginalized and undiscovered films and their makers to Boston audiences!
An independent screening series that brings experimental, marginalized and undiscovered films and their makers to Boston audiences!
119 backers pledged $5,432 to help bring this project to life.

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In the past year, Balagan has put on 17 events and shown a total of 57 films. We've premiered a number of new works by local filmmakers and brought well-established artists to the Boston area for the first time.

And whether presenting works in unusual settings...

Peter Hutton's At Sea shown in an outdoor park in the financial district
Peter Hutton's At Sea shown in an outdoor park in the financial district

... or giving a venue to performance-based films artists like Bruce McClure or Boston's own Architecture of the Sun, we've continued to seek news ways to expand upon and transcend the standard viewing experience.

A few things to remember when you consider helping us out --

  • we, the curators, work for free
  • we pay the filmmakers we screen
  • we share ticket proceeds with our venues (i.e. the lovely Brattle Theatre)
  • each show usually costs us more than we can make in ticket proceeds
  • shipping of 16mm and 35mm prints is incredibly expensive... but important!!
  • experimental cinema everywhere needs our love and support to continue to thrive!

Please join our effort -- and spread the word!

Some images of the rewards -

program notes by Bruce McClure
program notes by Bruce McClure
Balagan tote bags!
Balagan tote bags!
lobby cards
lobby cards
fine art photo prints by Luis Arnias
fine art photo prints by Luis Arnias

Risks and challenges

Every program is unique and comes with its own costs and challenges. This year, we are determined to bring archival 35mm prints from Europe to the Brattle screen and to fly foreign filmmakers to Boston to present their films. These projects depend on whether we can find the necessary funding and support, not just via Kickstarter, but also through grantmaking organizations and foreign embassies and cultural centers. But we always have a few programs up our sleeves in case something doesn't work out!

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    A ticket to one of our 2013 shows ($10 value) and a postcard, picked out especially for you and mailed to your address.

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    A ticket to one of our shows ($10 value) and a cinematic temporary tattoo, designed by us for you.

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    A ticket to one of our shows and a collectible lobby card of an experimental film we showed in 2011-12.

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    Three tickets to 2013 Balagan shows. That's one free ticket!

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    A 100% cotton Balagan TOTE BAG for lugging your film prints around. (Also fits records!)

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    A 100% cotton, custom screen printed T-SHIRT designed by one of our poster artists.

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    A postcard, two tickets to Balagan shows, and a cinema-themed copper pendant designed by Cala Metali.

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    One 11"x14" photographic print by filmmaker Luis Arnias

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    A postcard, two tickets to Balagan shows, and an exclusive, limited-edition Balagan DVD with films by Jonathan Schwartz, Bryan Papciak + Jeff Sias, Robert Todd, Jackie Goss, Deborah Stratman, Nicky Tavares, and Luis Arnias.

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    A postcard, two tickets to Balagan shows, and a ONE-YEAR SUBSCRIPTION to one of the following magazines: Cabinet, Cineaste, Cinema Scope or Film Quarterly (subject to availability).

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    A custom screen printed T-SHIRT and a Balagan TOTE BAG - both 100% cotton

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    A postcard, four Balagan tickets, and a limited-edition HAND-STAMPED and SIGNED collectible program with elaborate and philosophical notes by Bruce McClure, prepared for our 4/10/12 show.

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    A postcard, six Balagan tickets, and a limited edition SCREEN PRINTED POSTER of your choice (subject to availability) from one of our 2011-12 shows.

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    A postcard of gratitude and FREE ADMISSION for all of 2013!

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    A postcard, a SCREEN PRINTED POSTER of your choice, and FREE ADMISSION FOR TWO for all of 2013!!!

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