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About

Hi, My name is Barb Sorensen and I am running this 30 day campaign (between July 20 and August 19, 2017). I own Emerald City Music Productions, Inc. (S-corporation since 1995), an independent entertainment production company in Palatine, IL. We produce multi-platform entertainment content, concerts, tours and special events. Over the years I have held all the different positions in my company. As a result, I am very familiar with and capable in the digital realm, and with creating concerts, websites, and video projects. I am also the singer/songwriter on this independent record label. You can read more about me and my work at my website Barb Sorensen.

Barb Sorensen - Hi! That's me! :)
Barb Sorensen - Hi! That's me! :)

History:

I became acquainted with Christ In The Wilderness Retreat (CITW) - a non-profit (501[c]3) in 1998.  I was invited by one of their board members to design and build their website. Since then I have finished many other digital projects for them on a voluntary basis. I have recorded nature sounds, photographed, and videographed the property for their website, I created wallpaper and desktop animations, trained the director on maintaining her own website and social media sites, and solved various computer issues.

Deer grazing at Christ In The Wilderness Retreat in winter
Deer grazing at Christ In The Wilderness Retreat in winter

The Project:

I have been asked to create a new 8 minute promotional demo video for them.  I have already shot the raw footage for the video.

The majority of this project is a gift from myself. I have waived my usual production and recording fees. However, there are additional expenses to cover for which I am seeking financial support through which you can also show your support.

As an artist, I typically have "release" concerts for the official releases of my CDs and video projects. When I was thinking about how to tie this process into this project, I realized the perfect opportunity. I am making the release concert for this video also be a fundraising event for them.

About CITW:

CITW is a hermitage retreat center located 140 miles west of Chicago in Stockton, IL among the beautiful, rolling hills of the Mississippi Valley. They welcome individuals regardless of their backgrounds or religious orientations, to spend time alone in a secluded natural field and forest environment, nourishing their minds, bodies and spirits. It is a place I go to when I need quiet time away to focus on songwriting. There are no trains nearby, no airplane noise overhead, and no busy streets (only a quiet rarely traveled country farm gravel road) and no cellphone towers. It is the ultimate place for solitude and getting back to nature. Thousands of birds, wild deer, pheasants, turkeys, coyotes and more. You can read more about them at their website Christ In The Wilderness.

Christ In The Wilderness Retreat in Stockton, IL
Christ In The Wilderness Retreat in Stockton, IL

About Sr. Julia:

Sr. Julia is the Director of CITW and oversees the property, the retreat's online presence, raising funds for the maintenance of the property, taking visitor reservations, keeping the hermitages clean and functional, and the retreat's marketing.

Sr. Julia the Director of Christ In The Wilderness Retreat
Sr. Julia the Director of Christ In The Wilderness Retreat

Here's a sample recording of the coyotes at CITW:

These wild coyote sounds were recorded by me (Barb) on a warm summer evening as the sun was setting behind the hill beyond the ravine. The song, following the coyote calls, was also written and recorded by me in 2001. Enjoy!

Blossoming cherry tree at Christ In The Wilderness Retreat
Blossoming cherry tree at Christ In The Wilderness Retreat

This entire project includes:

1. Creating an 8 minute promotional video

2.  A 1 hour video-release-celebration-fundraiser-concert beneath a canopy of trees on the grounds on September 10, 2017 at 2:30 PM.

This is not my house but rather the granary at Christ In The Wilderness Retreat
This is not my house but rather the granary at Christ In The Wilderness Retreat

 Why Support This Project?:

My two goals are:

1. Raise funds for the video and concert production

2. Use the Kickstarter platform as a marketing tool in itself. I would like to raise awareness about this silent retreat in the woods to help CITW fill their calendar with retreatants, and to encourage ticket sales to the video-release-celebration-fundraiser concert. Please tell all your friends, families, business cohorts and associates!

The driveway at Christ In The Wilderness Retreat. I see the "light at the end of the tunnel" on this project! :)
The driveway at Christ In The Wilderness Retreat. I see the "light at the end of the tunnel" on this project! :)

The work involved in bringing this project to completion includes:

  • Log, sort, select, edit the best parts of the 30 hours of footage, and add titles, text, and sound
  • Render the final version into various formats for use online and mobile
  • Schedule the equipment rentals, and go over the concert details with Sr. Julia
  • Create the posters, signs and stage banner
  • Rent a small outdoor stage (I will supply my own sound system)
  • Create the marketing plan for the fundraiser concert
  • Gather a small crew to help with setup and tear-down of the concert
  • Execute the plan and sell tickets
  • Create an online ticket page using my account on Eventbrite.com
  • Rehearse
  • Communicate regularly with the Backers

Where Your Contribution Goes:

Your contribution is vital to the execution of this project. The goal is a minimum of $10,000.

  • Demo video production
  • Video-release-celebration-fundraiser-concert production

* Tickets to the concert will be sold separately online, (http://www.eventbrite.com) in person by myself and CITW.
Funds raised via those ticket sales go to CITW not myself.

Hard Costs Include:

  • Lodging for 2 weekends on site to review the video with Sr. Julia for any necessary tweaks after the main editing is completed.
  • Permits for the concert.
  • Transportation back and forth as necessary.
  • Renting a small stage for the concert.
  • Printing reward items for the Backers, marketing items, signs for the concert, posters and a stage banner.
  • Kickstarter and Credit card fees, postage, and shipping for Backer reward items.
  • Hanging posters.
  •  2 flash drives.
  •  1 hard drive for backups.
  •  Refreshments for the guests at the concert (lemonade, coffee, tea, bottled water, s'mores, sausage links, cookies, chili, napkins, paper plates and bowls, paper cups, eating utensils).
  • 20% emergency fund in case anything goes wrong.

Wishlist:

Funding over the $10,000 minimum and/or in kind contributions will be used to purchase:

  • A new MAC computer to edit this project on (about $5500 including software - Final Cut Pro, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator).
  • Costs for a videographer to film the concert and behind the scenes setup footage, and to edit the footage into a second separate promotional video.
  • Better HD camera equipment with sound attachment for on-site interviews with the audience and Backers.
  • Costs to be "Green" in the production of this concert and using edible utensils by Bakey's.
  • A tent for guests to sit under in case of rain.  Local party rental places charge between $250 and $550 and set it up. (we estimate between 10 and 150+ concert attendees)

Any funds over production and wish list costs will go to the CITW cause.

Updates:

Keep up to date with my project here and on:

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/barb.sorensen.961

My Website: http://www.barbsorensen.com/pages/kickstartercitwupdates2017.html

Project Timeline:

I have already shot the footage for the video. The next phase is to edit the project, and then release it with a celebration fundraiser concert on September 10, 2017 at 2:30 PM.

July

Prepare and begin executing the marketing plan for this campaign while it is being approved by the Kickstarter staff. Re-release this project (This project was first released in March 2017 for a 1 week run).

August

Begin the logging and editing process of the video, send out announcements to all the backers, do a heavy marketing push (using social media, local public access television, local radio, word of mouth, online news and event sites, cross marketing with other local events) to sell tickets and draw backers in, finish the video, prepare the printed materials (signs, posters, leaflets, banner), meet with Sr. Julia, hang up posters around Stockton and various other cities and suburbs, reserve the equipment to be rented, practice, prepare the set list, and conduct a run-through for the concert.

September 7- Pack up everything into the car.

September 8 - Drive to Stockton, unpack the car, hang posters, eat dinner, meet with top Backers.

September 9 - Prepare the stage area, meet with Sr. Julia and go over the concert production with her, put up the parking lot signs, set up the tables and chairs, set up the stage, meet with Backers.

September 10 - Warm up, sound check, hang the banner, perform, Meet'n'Greet with the guests, tear down and pack the equipment, pack things into the car, eat dinner, and get a good night's sleep.

September 10 - December 31, 2017 - Send out the promised Backer rewards.

Me on stage at a local concert
Me on stage at a local concert

Thank you for being a donor for this promotional video and fundraiser concert. Every dollar is very appreciated to help me complete this gift.

Risks and challenges

The risks include:
Computer crashes - having a backup hard drive will be necessary.

Rain on the concert date - There is a small chapel for visitors where we can move the concert indoors for inclement weather. If it is terrible blustery just awful weather, I will update donors right here on Kickstarter. I have also added a tent into the wish list. If we go over our goal, the extra funds will go towards the wishlist with the tent being one of the options.

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    Thoughts of Gratitude

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    Tranquility

    Your kindness is very much appreciated. This helps generate positive karma, love and energy back to you.

    Link sent via email to download a copy of the finished video for Christ In The Wilderness (a secure link with password will be sent to you via email).

    Ticket to the concert, date September 10, 2017, 2:30pm - Your name will be on the VIP list at the entrance.

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    Generosity

    Name listed on the back of the stage banner at the concert.

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    Random Acts of Kindness

    11 x 17 nature photo taken at Christ in The Wilderness Retreat, by Barb Sorensen, and hand signed. (sent via a high quality image file on a secure link via email for Backers outside of the US).

    You name is listed on the front of the concert posters and you receive a copy. (sent via a high quality image file on a secure link via email for Backers outside of the US).

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    Peace

    Special edition concert T-shirt.

    Signed copy of the DVD demo video and concert footage.

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    Serenity

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    Ticket to the concert, date September 10, 2017, 2:30pm - Your name will be on the VIP list at the entrance.

    Special edition concert T-shirt.

    Signed copy of the DVD demo video and concert footage.

    Name/logo listed on the concert page on the website http://www.barbsorensen.com/pages/citw2017.html .

    Be treated as a special guest at the concert with a thank you “shout out” recognition from on stage.

    Name listed in the credits of the second video taken of the concert itself.

    Name/logo in the liner notes of the DVD.

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    Positive Attitude

    Your name/logo is put on the coroplast street sign for the concert. You get to keep the sign.

    You get 2 additional tickets to the concert for your guests, September 10, 2017, 2:30 pm - your names will be on the VIP list at the entrance.

    A booklet of over 25 nature photographs taken by Barb Sorensen at Christ In The Wilderness Retreat.

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    Positive Karma & Doing Something Fun!

    Be a roadie and help set up/tear down the stage, sound, lighting and chairs for the concert. No experience necessary as I will train you during the morning of the concert date, September 10, 2017.

    Be the official s’mores, or sausage link, or lemonade, or coffee backer for guests to enjoy around the fire-pit, by having your logo or name on the sign on the table at the concert.
    You get to keep the sign.

    This Backer rewards package is limited to 4 Backers (first come/first choice of which refreshment to be a Backer for).

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    Pure Fun!

    Have lunch with Barb in Stockton, IL on the weekend of the concert.

    Autographed copy of the limited edition posters hung in Stockton, IL for the concert.

    Front row seating at the concert for you and your guests (up to 6 total).

    Help select the songs for the set list (select from Barb’s original songs, traditional German and Norwegian folk songs, traditional Lullabies).

    Barb sings her much loved song “Unlike Any Moment” or "OBTW" as a special dedication to you.

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    Adventure

    Front row seating at the concert for you and your guests (up to 6 total).

    Experience the serenity and silence in Christ In The Wilderness Retreat woods with a quiet guided walk by Barb on the concert weekend.

    Includes a picnic lunch on the hilltop, with songs sung by Barb for you, the birds, flowers and trees.

    Be like an artist for the moment and join Barb in writing a new song on the hilltop.

    Join Barb in singing that new song on stage at the concert.

    Digital photo of you and Barb on the hill having the picnic and enjoying the day.

    * This Backer Rewards package is limited to 3 Backers (first come/first choice of picnic days available on the concert weekend - Friday September 8, Saturday September 9, or Sunday September 10).

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    The "Whole Sink - Kit and Kaboodle!"

    You get to take home the coolest stage banner ever! A wall size stage banner of one of the images of Christ In The Wilderness (you get to choose one from Barb's catalogue of High resolution images) on one side, and the Backer names on the reverse side.
    Front row seating at the concert for you and your guests (up to 6 total).

    A special thank you dinner with Barb at a local restaurant in Stockton, IL on Friday or Saturday evening September 8 or 9, 2017.

    Stay in one of the Hermitages at Christ In The Wilderness Retreat over the weekend to experience the serenity and silence for yourself.

    Name/log exclusively on the reverse side of 100 posters hung in businesses in the northwest suburbs of metropolitan Chicago, in the Stockton, and surrounding areas.

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Funding period

- (30 days)