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Brooklyn, NY Documentary
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One filmmaker's meditative journey into the worlds of ELVIS PRESLEY, POPE JOHN PAUL II and PRINCESS DIANA exploring fans, faith & image

Brooklyn, NY Documentary
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THANK YOU!

Thank you so much for your incredible support and making this film happen! After our Kickstarter campaign ends, there's still time to support and enhance post-production, distribution, and outreach. 

You can make tax-deductible donations through the duration of the production here.

or mailed to:
Center for Independent Documentary
680 South Main Street
Sharon, MA 02067
(write "The Faithful" in the memo line)

To learn more, visit our website 

Stay in touch with us on: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Flickr, Vimeo

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

THE FAITHFUL is a feature documentary that explores pop-iconography, through the images and representations of Elvis Presley, Pope John Paul II, and Princess Diana. Filmed over a decade, THE FAITHFUL interweaves trips to Graceland, the Vatican, and Kensington Palace and reveals the conflicting relationship between art, religion, expression, and the law. 

We need your help to fund post-production.

The making of this film has been an unbelievable personal journey and collaborative effort, fueled by your passion and contributions. The film's completion is now in sight. For $25K, we can afford a talented editor and sound designer for a 2013 release. For $50K, we can up our game and bring in a sound mixer, colorist, and graphic designer.Everything above will go to outreach and distribution. Please help make it happen! 

PARTICIPANTS INCLUDE

THE FAITHFUL features everyday people like Joe Passos, an Elvis fan who shares his Elvis traditions with his family; Maria Lindberg, a Princess Diana fan from Florida; Rockin’ Robin Rosaaen a lifelong Elvis collector from California; Jerry Engelby and Annie Schmutzler, (‘the pink and black Elvis gals”) from Missouri, who never miss an Elvis Week; Margaret Tyler, one of the world’s largest collectors of Diana memorabilia; and the youth who pilgrimage to World Youth Day with Pope John Paul II.

PHOTOGRAPHERS
Alfred Wertheimer whose iconic Elvis photos from 1956 have seeped into the collective conscious, and Arthur Edwards who travelled the globe photographing Princess Diana for The Sun.

THE ESTATES
Robert Sillerman, Billionaire media mogul who acquired the name, image, and likeness of Elvis Presley for $100,000,000, in addition to American Idol; Patsy Andersen, the former fan relations manager of Graceland; Marjorie Weeke the Vatican’s media gatekeeper; David Fawkes spokesperson for Princess Diana’s family estate, Althorp.

ARTISTS
El Vez performing as the Mexican Elvis; Documentary photographer Ralph Burns whose photographs of Elvis Week span 35 years; Joni Mabe the self proclaimed Elvis Babe whose work is permanently installed in her Elvis museum in Georgia; Kata Billups whose Elvis works explore modern mythology; Kathy Lee Kittle who fashions the suits for Elvis Tribute Artists; and Elvis Tribute Artists Paul Butler, Jason Michael, and Robert Washington.

CULTURAL THEORISTS
Larry Lessig,the founder of the Creative Commons; Erika Doss, author of Elvis Culture; Jude Davies, author of Diana A Cultural History; John Allen, Vatican Correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter; Mark Hosler of Negativland;and Raymond Flynn, former Mayor of Boston and US Ambassador to the Vatican.

WHAT WE NEED

  • Editing: $15K 
  • Sound Design: $4K
  • Processing fees and reward fulfillment: $6K

CAN WE EXCEED OUR GOAL?

YES!  $25K will get us to the finish line, but includes some compromises.

$50K and beyond will enable us to:

  • Hire a colorist
  • Hire a sound mixer
  • Hire a graphic designer for title and graphic treatment, and print collateral
  • Translate/subtitle the film for an international release
  • Develop an outreach and marketing campaign
  • Design an interactive online searchable archive for fans, cultural theorists, and educators

WHAT YOU GET

Your donation is not only tax-deductible, but you also get your choice of rewards from the options to the right: a DVD, HD Download, Preview Screening and Party, On-screen thanks, On-screen Credit as Benefactor, or even as Executive Producer, and more! Additionally, you get the satisfaction of making this creative work possible.

HOW TO PLEDGE

Click the green “Back This Project” button in the upper right-hand corner. Input your pledge amount and select a reward. It's that simple. From there, you will go through the Amazon checkout process. Your credit card will be charged only if and when we make our goal.

INTERESTED IN PLAYING AN EVEN LARGER ROLE?

There is a Co-Executive Producer credit available at $10,000. Your name will appear in the credits and IMDB. Please note that this is an honorary title and does not grant any creative or business involvement or decison-making, nor does the credit grant any claim of ownership or liability for the work.  

THE TEAM

ANNIE BERMAN, Director/Co-Producer

Annie Berman is an interdisciplinary media artist whose background in photography and psychology inspires work about visual culture, religion, and the changing media landscape. Her work has screened at festivals, galleries, and universities, including the Harvard Film Center, UnionDocs, and Boston University. Past President of the Board of Women in Film and Video New England, and founder of Fish in the Hand Productions, Annie has received grants from the Puffin Foundation and the Somerville Arts Council. She is currently a MFA candidate in Integrated Media Arts at Hunter College, and a member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective.

ANDRE VALENTIM ALMEIDA, Editor

Andre Valentim Almeida is a media theorist, filmmaker, and PHD candidate. He recently premiered two documentary features, "From New York with Love" (IndieLisboa 2012 official selection) and "Uma na Bravo Outra na Ditadura". His work has been screened at MoMA, the Carpenter Center for Visual Arts, and TEDx Brooklyn, among others. 

Co-producer: Sara Theriault. Contributing Producer: Matt Mankins. Associate Producer: Eric Forman. Still Photographer: Marieka Kaye. Additional Editing by Christoph Behl, Kelly Morris, Sara Theriault. Production Assistants: Molly Theriault, Paddy Gallagher. Interns: Uchenna Anyikam, Alyssa C. Frey, Julia Lagos, Emily Lamkin, Rose Moore, Andaluz Rodriguez Paz, Cheyenne Quinn, Laura Reddy, Carly Short, Joel Wool, Tanya Zuk. Translator: Chiara Durazzini.  Shooters: Annie Berman, Sara Theriault, Matt Mankins, and, Laura Colini, Anna Malsberger, Delphine Regnauld, Matt Weatherly, Andy Wilson. Additonal Crew: Erika Albright, Charles Khaikin, Jenny Nathans, Nicole Walker, C.C. Webster. Graphics: Abby Getman, Anna Malsberger, Rina Patel. Consultants: Joanna Arnow, Michelle Risley. Advisors: Andrew Lund, Nancy Salzer, Ben Shapiro, Shanti Thakur.

PRODUCED IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE BROOKLYN FILMMAKERS COLLECTIVE

BFC is a tight-knit community of professional filmmakers in Brooklyn, NY who are dedicated to innovative approaches to filmmaking. The collective comes together through weekly peer workshops to provide sustained feedback and critiques throughout the life of its members' projects. It is the mission of the BFC to inspire groundbreaking films and maximize exposure of the best work from Brooklyn-based filmmakers. Collectively, BFC filmmakers have won an Emmy, been nominated for an Academy Award,  received awards from Sundance, Independent Spirit Awards, Student Academy Awards, HBO New York International Latin Film Festival, and IFP. BFC members have produced work seen at the Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, Slamdance Film Festival, and on A&E, PBS, HBO, IFC, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, MTV, France 3, The Smithsonian, and Al Jazeera. 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Thanks to Moby and Podington Bear for use of music in our Kickstarter video, Ben Shapiro for shooting the beatification standup. Standing on the shoulders of GIANTS who came before, paving the kickstarter way from whom I have drawn direct inspiration in crafting this campaign: James Demo, Beth Harrington, Keith Miller, UnionDocs, The Banjo Project, Alex Mallis, Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneider, Jennifer Fox, and Jenni Matz.  

CREATIVE COMMONS LICENSED

Creative Commons licensed
Creative Commons licensed

This means that you are free to remix and share this film with others!

IS MY DONATION TAX-DEDUCTIBLE FOR 2012?

YES! All contributions are tax-deductible. Your donations will go directly to our nonprofit sponsor, The Center for Independent Documentary.

CAN I INCREASE MY PLEDGE LATER?

YES! Once you donate to our campaign, you may want to change your incentive reward, or increase your pledge amount. To do so, go to Kickstarter and sign in. If you go to our campaign page, you'll see that the green “Back This Project” button is now a blue “Manage Your Pledge” button. Click it and enter a new amount, or choose a new reward.

CAN YOU DONATE IN ANOTHER'S NAME?

YES, absolutely! You can also donate in memory or in honor of a loved one. 

CAN YOU DONATE OUTSIDE OF THE US?

YES, please do! ¡Sí! Oui! 

DON'T WANT TO USE A CREDIT CARD? 

Mail a check made out to our nonprofit sponsor: The Center for Independent Documentary. Memo line: THE FAITHFUL, to the following address: Fish in the Hand Productions. 397 South 5th St. #2. Brooklyn, NY 11211. You'll receive a receipt for your tax deduction, and your rewards. 

HOW KICKSTARTER WORKS

Kickstarter is a brilliant new way to fund creativity in exchange for rewards. Projects must be fully-funded or nothing changes hands. You can, and we hope you will, contribute even after we meet our goal. $25K will allow us to complete the film, on a shoestring budget; $50K and above will allow us to enhance its scale and scope. Please donate today. It's now or never.

SPREAD THE WORD!

Visit our FACEBOOK, TWITTER & PINTEREST Pages.

Thank you for your continued faith and support of this project!

CONTACT US at: info@the-faithful.com, +1 773-340-3474

Risks and challenges

Making a documentary film is a long slow process and unforeseen things happen: houses explode, meteors strike, planets collide, coffee runs out . . . Still, we've done this before, and we'll do it again. Trust us, it's going to be amazing.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

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    OWN IT. HD-download of the film so you can arrange your own premiere in your home + receive the 'Feast for a King (or Princess)' recipes for party + your name on the film's official website Donor Wall.

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    OWN IT. DVD, signed and mailed direct to you BEFORE it premieres so you can arrange your own premiere in your home + receive the 'Feast for a King (or Princess)' recipes for party + your name on the film's official website Donor Wall.

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    THE BIG EVENT. Your ticket to the exclusive sneak preview screening and after party in NYC. Your name will appear in the film's On-screen credits. *travel not included. If you are not in NYC, we will mail you an original photograph signed and numbered, frame-ready, shot on location during the making of the film + signed DVD.

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    INDIVIDUAL CONSULTATION. Discuss your dream project with the director who will share valuable tips and pitfalls to avoid when making your first film. Also makes a great holiday gift for the aspiring filmmaker in your life. (one hour via Skype or phone) + On-screen credit + signed DVD.

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    A FEAST FIT FOR A KING, or PRINCESS. You+1 join the director for a private icon-themed meal in NYC. Fried pickles, collard greens, & Memphis BBQ; a proper high tea complete with crumpets and lemon curd; or, a Polish feast in Greenpoint, Brooklyn - dumplings, sausage, and Pope John Paul II's favorite cake! + On-screen credit + 2 signed DVDs.

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    BECOME AN ART BENEFACTOR. Your name in the special On-screen benefactor film credits + an artifact from the filmmaker's personal collection of icon memorabilia + ticket to preview screening + signed DVD.

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