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By ActNow Foundation
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About this project

YOU CAN HELP US START A SUCCESSFUL & FUN FILM FESTIVAL IN BROOKLYN!

In 2009 we officially started ActNow: New Voices in Black Cinema, a one-day screening series of quality independent film from the Black/African Diaspora geared towards getting general and new audiences to appreciate Black independent film, all done in partnership with BAMcinèmatek, the film division of the world renown Brooklyn Academy of Music. Choosing excellence over spectacle and boldness over standard fare, this program pushes the gamut of showing how film explores Black society and provides exhibition to new voices, and existing ones.

After five very successful screenings of films such as film festival hit Legacy (starring Idris Elba of HBO’s The Wire and Tyler Perry’s Daddy’s Little Girls) and the stirring documentary on soul music legend Bill Withers, Still Bill, we were granted the opportunity to put on a mini-festival with 5 Days of film programming at BAM…albeit with short notice!

Yet we pulled in some high-quality films such as:

Night Catches Us



starring Anthony Mackie, Kerry Washington, Wendell Pierce & Jamie Hector (Feb. 4 & 7)



Black August



with Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Common and Assata Shakur (Feb. 4 & 6)



Coming Back For More



a documentary following an elusive search for Sly Stone (Feb. 5 & 6)



I Will Follow


starring Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Omari Hardwick and Beverly Todd (Feb 5)

…as well as many more great films...



However, with such time constraints and us being a not-for-profit, we would like to offset some of the travel costs and accommodations for the filmmakers to come up to Brooklyn and interact with you all at our Q&A’s, receptions and after-parties. We also are in need of funds to print more attractive film programs, which many audience members treasure as rare mementos of their festival experience.

With your financial assistance, we know that we can make this festival a more phenomenal annual event in independent film, so we invite you to be a part of the festival. We welcome all contributions. Now you may be asking…



WHY DO THIS ON KICKSTARTER?

This here is a very unique chance for YOU to participate in bringing more quality films and filmmakers to Brooklyn and NYC on a whole. It’s a great opportunity for the both the up-and-coming and established filmmakers to associate in a meaningful way with their film fans, indie film connoisseurs, drama lovers, music lovers, documentary devotees, or anyone who likes good cinema.

While we were able to pull together a fantastic lineup of films in a short amount of time, as a non-profit organization we still need your help in making this an extra-essential part of the festival’s funding process and in sharing the filmmakers vision to even more audiences...and we have incentives to show our appreciation!



AND WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?

ALL of the donated money (minus fees for Kickstarter) will go directly to the travel fees and lodging for our filmmakers and film actors/actresses, as well as to our official festival program printing for our February 5-9, 2011 event. We aim to make this an annual event with your support.



IS MY PLEDGE AMOUNT PUBLICLY DISPLAYED?

No. Only you and the project owner will be able to see your pledge amount.



I'M NOT IN THE US, CAN I STILL PLEDGE?


Absolutely. You can pledge from anywhere in the world.



CAN I GIFT AN INCENTIVE?

Yes, it's the giving season! To "gift" your reward to someone else, please follow the normal process with the pledge and payment in your name. Once we've reached the deadline, we'll send you an email requesting the information we need to fulfill the reward (address, etc.) At that time, please reply with the contact info for the person that is to receive the reward and we'll follow through!



CAN I INCREASE MY PLEDGE ONCE IT'S BEEN MADE?


YES! Once you donate to our campaign, you may want to change your incentive reward to a different one, or increase your pledge amount. To do so, go to Kickstarter and sign in. If you go to our campaign page, the green “Back This Project” button has been replaced with a blue “Manage Your Donation” button. Click it and you can enter a new amount, or choose a new incentive. It’s as easy as that!



CAN WE EXCEED THE GOAL?

Yes! Exceeding the goal would help us pay for more of the costs to finish the film.



WHAT HAPPENS IF THE MONEY ISN'T RAISED IN TIME?


If our goal isn’t met before the deadline, we don't receive any of the pledges. Your credit or debit card will not be charged.



IS MY DONATION TAX DEDUCTIBLE?

YES it is. We are a 501c(3) not-for-profit company and as such your donation is tax deductible. So aside from your generosity and reward you get another extra!



HOW CAN I CONTACT YOU?

Contact me at aaron@actnowproduction.org and I’ll answer all and any questions for you.

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    Special thanks on the ActNow Foundation website & in Festival booklet

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    Special thanks + (1) one VIP ticket to any Festival film of your choice (w/2 days notice)

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    All of the above + (2) two additional VIP tickets to any Festival film of your choice (w/2 days notice) OR (2) VIP tickets to any future New Voices in Black Cinema special screenings

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    All of the above + personalized signed festival booklet by (1) of the film directors of your choice and a signed copy of multi-award winning festival documentary film Heart Of Stone by director Beth Toni Kruvant.

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Funding period

- (19 days)