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About this project

My goal is to show a movie I made - Date Number One (story 1 of 4 from the movie is emdedded above) - at an emerging art gallery in Brooklyn - Aeon Logic - throughout December (8 screenings planned, every Wed & Fri in December, except 12/25 Fri). Each screening will also have a different opening act (local artists or activists, full list by 12/1). On top of that, I want to make 1000 DVDs & make them available for sale through mail order or at the screenings. Support from the Kickstarter community will help make this project a success - as it would provide time & money for publicity & proper management of the project (plus a lot more, see below). Also, this project, if successful, could serve as a useful example to other indie filmmakers - approaching indie film distribution more like an arts exhibition project - working with a gallery or another accessible alternative space as a painter would, for a series of screenings spread out over a relatively long period of time, and producing the simple, not-requiring-a-lot-of-workers project for a relatively low budget - such an approach might be very useful to some indie filmmakers & projects when it comes to distribution.

Project blog/site: http://dnonyc1209.blogspot.com/

The Superdelicious Backstory:
Between 2004 and 2006 I shot & edited a movie called Date Number One http://datenumberone08.blogspot.com/ - a comedy about several first dates - a feature length (90 mins. long) movie containing, among other stories, one about a ninja who goes on a blind date. In 2006 I started screening the movie at various venues & re-fining it. By 2008 the final, ultimate, no more changes version of the movie was completed. And now, in 2009, in December, I plan on making the movie available on DVD for the first time & doing the first ever month long public presentation of the movie (8 screenings, every Wed & Fri in December, except for Fri 12/25).

Enter Aeon Logic
Aeon Logic Art Gallery http://aeonlogicartgallery.site90.net/ is new (about 1 year old), & is pretty much THE cultural center in its neighborhood - at the slowly changing Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn intersection of Malcolm X & Broadway. I've produced a couple of screenings at Aeon Logic & have been very impressed with what they have been able to do in a short period of time with little money: artist residencies, exhibitions, classes, film screenings, etc. So, I am collaborating with Aeon Logic gallery to present my movie to the public in December. That's the easy part - setting up the shows & working with good people (& maybe benefiting a changing-for-the-better neighborhood a little), the hard part is finding the time to promote the event properly (having the money to take off from day job work so I can promote the event), & having the extra cash needed to get the job done well - & hopefully that's where you & Kickstarter will come in & save the day! :)

Here Comes Kickstarters!
The $3000 being raised through Kickstarter will be used for the following:
- creating 1000 DVDs (about $1500, with shipping)
- covering venue related expenses - including creating print promotional material, & any other small miscellaneous expenses that may have to be covered during the 8 screenings ($700)
- some advertising to promote the DVD & the screenings ($400 - for Facebook ads, blog ads, creating fliers & cards, mailing expenses)
- freeing up 40 hours to properly promote & manage the screenings & the DVD distribution project ($400, at a day job earnings rate of $10 an hour - meaning I can take off at least 40 hours from day job work in Nov & Dec to devote time to get the screenings & the DVD release done well)

About the Screenings:
- every Wed & Friday in December, except for Fri 12/25
(December 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 30)
- doors at 6 PM, opening act at 6:30 PM, film begins at 7 PM
- each screening will feature a different opening act (authors reading from their work, musicians playing, filmmakers presenting short films, etc.)
- tickets: $5
- venue name & address: Aeon Logic Art Gallery, 4 Malcolm X Boulevard, Brooklyn, NY 11221

About the DVDs:
- DVDs will feature the movie plus a couple of extra items
- DVDs will be available for purchase by the time the first screening happens on Wed 12/2
- price: $12

About that whole Re-Birth of Indie Film idea:
Indie film, as most indie filmmakers I know practice it, is closer to traditional arts in production - closer to painting or writing a book or creating a song - most independent films exist not because the profit potential dictates it but because an artist has chosen to attempt to express a set of ideas & or feelings using moving images & sounds. So, it would be a good idea for indie filmmakers to approach the public presentation part of indie film not as Hollywood or Indiewood would, but as perhaps a painter would - organize an exhibition at one venue, perhaps for a long period of time, and promote it well using available means, interact with the audience if possible - make it a manageable, artist driven enterprise. The "Date Number One" December 2009 Distribution Project brings to life this idea - handling indie film distribution similar to the way that painters & musicians handle small scale public presentation & availability of their work. This approach may become valuable for some films & some filmmakers.

Thanks for checking out this Kickstarter project page, check out the rewards, check out more info on the film below, & sorry it took me so many words to describe this project, and hopefully you will become a part of it by contributing $s & or spreading the word & or coming to a screening - & let me know if you have any questions. Thanks again!

- Sujewa

Info on the film Date Number One, including some praise from viewers:

Description:

Date Number One, a comedy about several first dates, is made up of 4 different stories: Story 1 - Start Over, about a writer who tries to get back together with his ex-girlfriend, Story 2 - Just Another Ninja Searching For Love, about a ninja who goes on a blind date (ninja is played by John Stabb Schroeder from the DC punk band G.I.), Story 3 - A Romantic Dinner For 3, about a woman attempting to add a third partner to a romantic relationship, and Story 4 - The Superdelicious French Lesson, about a first date where a character learns a little bit of French in an unusual way. The movie has been discovered to be: "Witty" (GreenCine Daily), "Funny" (The Chutry Experiment), and "Sexy, Sexy, Sexy" (Hollywood Is Talking).

Audience Reactions:

"Date Number One is quite funny...twentysomethings and occasional thirtysomethings looking for romance recall Richard Linklater's philosopher slackers and Jim Jarmusch's minimalist attention to conversation...also a subtle, thoughtful film...might be understood as the anti-Crash depiction of life in the city...depicts a comfortably multi-ethnic community...I'd happily recommend it."- Chuck Tryon, media professor & blogger,The Chutry Experiment blog http://chutry.wordherders.net/archives/005873.html
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"I found the characters and the premise sexy, sexy, sexy."- Jerry Brewington, Hollywood Is Talking blog, on Story 3 of Date Number One http://hollywoodistalking.com/Blog/508/
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"...witty...often inventive...and, even better, airy: characters are given time and space to spell out their views...views that never bear the artificial markings of a Hollywood screenwriter's compulsion to reduce them to sound-bites."- David Hudson, Editor, GreenCine Daily blog http://daily.greencine.com/archives/002353.html
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"FIVE really entertaining, fully realized romantic interludes...a shamefully rare achievement"- Tom Kipp, Seattle audience member,former film reviewer for Seattle alternative weekly The Stranger http://diyfilmmaker.blogspot.com/2006/05/interview-with-seattle-audience-member.html
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"Heartfelt...poignant...I loved it!"- Jon Moritsugu, award winning filmmaker

For more, please visit here: http://diyfilmmaker.blogspot.com/2009/11/date-number-one-screenings-at-aeon.html

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    The Art Ninja Level Supporter: Name added to the THANK YOU list for the project's blog/site, with a link to a site specified by you (as long as the site is not evil, & is mostly good - at least).

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    The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Quantum Physics Level Supporter: 1 DVD of Date Number One OR 1 ticket to one of the 8 December screenings of Date Number One at Aeon Logic Art Gallery while seats last (total capacity for the 8 screenings is 240 - so, the first 240 people to pledge $10 or more & request tickets gets them - after that everyone gets the DVD), plus your name added to the THANK YOU list at the project's blog/site, with a link to a site of your choice (as long as the site is not evil :).

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    The Romantic Indie Film Time Traveler Level Supporter: 1 DVD of Date Number One, & 1 home made, signed & inscribed DVD of my documentary Indie Film Blogger Road Trip (about people who blog about indie film). Plus name added to the THANK YOU list of the project's blog/site with a link to a non-evil site of your choice.

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    The Sexy Astronaut Level Supporter: 2 DVDs of Date Number One, 1 home made, signed & inscribed DVD of Indie Film Blogger Road Trip, plus name added to THANK YOU list on project's blog/site - with a link to a non-evil site of your choice.

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    The Superhero of the Future Level Supporter: 1 signed poster from the Aeon Logic screenings of Date Number One, 3 DVDs of Date Number One, 1 DVD of Indie Film Blogger Road Trip (home made, signed & inscribed), your name added to the THANK YOU list at the project's blog/site - with a link to a non-evil site of your choice.

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    The Solar Powered Ladder to the Stars Level Supporter: Gets to introduce the opening act for one of the screenings of Date Number One at Aeon Logic Gallery (this one would be very good for people who live in or near Brooklyn or can get there easily, for others, see below) & gets to promote/talk briefly about a positive project (creative, humanitarian or personal) or cause of their choice to the audience (for people who do not live in NYC & can't get to the event for this live intro reward, we can set up a video clip to play prior to the opening act - clip provided by you - promoting a project or cause - & the clip can be added to this project's blog/site), 3 DVDs of Date Number One, 1 poster for the screenings - signed, 1 DVD of Indie Film Blogger Road Trip (home made, signed & inscribed), your name added to the THANK YOU list at the project's blog/site - with a link to a non-evil site of your choice.

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- (33 days)