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How a radical publisher's defiance of 20c government censorship led to the birth of the 60's counter-culture
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    FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION RAFFLE

    TO SEE OUR STORY AND IMAGES OF ALL OUR REWARDS YOU HAVE TO SCROLL UP AND CLICK ON 'Campaign'

    You'll make your case for an open and diverse culture and have a crack at one of our tee of unique tees (your choice). If all these donations add up to $80 or more at the campaign's end, we'll randomly select a name from a hat. (The backer list is provided to us and we can print out and snip names.) You have a rebel heart. Go wild! Shout out for an open, diverse and tolerant culture.

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    REJOIN THE UNDERGROUND sticker

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    Announce your commitment to resisting censorship of the artistic imagination. Go rogue: slap our "rejoin the underground" sticker on your car bumper, your kid's bike, the pram in the hallway, your overbearing boss's new iPhone XS Max, your significant other's laptop... or better yet, your own. PLUS your name in our film credits.

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    Rejoin The Underground 10 Sticker Pack

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    Form a wolfpack of Bolshevics and take a stand against FAKE NEWS!! Take your 10 stickers and rebrand a mailbox, briefcase or red ballcap with this pack of 10 "Rejoin the Underground" stickers! Hey, give them out at your parties or on subway platforms! Spread the word.

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    William S. Burroughs PARANOID BOOKMARK

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    Feeling paranoid? Well, you should be, and with the return of our popular backers exclusive laminated bookmark you can mark that timely reminder in your novel, your desk diary or your pile of bills (right on top of your cable provider's invoice). One side’s innocuous as a photo-booth strip; the other will keep you on your toes with literary reminders from William S. Burroughs, and George Orwell’s "1984." Yeah, “Big Brother’s Watching You” and you’re paranoid, but everything’s still cool because “a paranoid is someone who knows a little of what’s going on.”
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    HEAVY SURVEILLANCE t-shirt

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    Start a conversation with that intriguing stranger at your neighborhood bar or Protect Our Privacy protest with our "Heavy Surveillance" t-shirt, featuring the piercing gaze of Barney Rosset, fierce warrior for the protection of self-expression. Available in a unisex tee (black) or a women's jersey (pink or black, choose later). Fight back against the NSA and the probing tentacles of social media. Plus, an exclusive link to advance stream the film.

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    ADULT REBEL t-shirt

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    Rebel with a cause? This tee is made for you. Wear it or share it. Just make a commitment to something. (Like our film.)

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    RADICAL CANON t-shirt

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    Wear your favorite radical culture-changers as a bold front. Start top right with Henry Miller and work your way sequentially down and up to (bottom left) uber-rebel Che Guevara.

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    CHILD REBEL t-shirt

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    All rebellions start small. Here's a starter kit for your enfant terrible: our Toddler Crew "I've joined the underground" Tee. Made in the USA (and a perfect baby shower gift.) PLUS online access to watch our film when it is released.

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    JACK KEROUAC RAD t-shirt

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    In a tribute to Barney Rosset’s myriad publications of the legendary Beat poets, wear our JACK KEROUAC RAD t-shirt to your next poetry slam, loft party, or better yet town hall rally. Because as Jack said, "Climb that goddam mountain."

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    ICONIC ANTI-EVERYTHING t-shirt

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    Fed up with the two-party system in America? Anti-everything? Or just what sucks. Whether you're just agitating for the fun of it or you're a rebel with a cause, stay hip in this limited edition tee lifted from the original, subversive and iconic Grove Press/ Evergreen Review slogan, "Join the Underground". Featuring the censored cover of the high school magazine "Anti-Everything" published by teenagers Barney Rosset and Haskell Wexler (director of the counterculture classic film "Medium Cool.")

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    WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS PARANOID t-shirt

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    Back by overwhelming popular demand as our culture takes a sinister turn: a new limited edition release of our timely Orwelian William S. Burroughs Paranoid t-shirt from our original Kickstarter campaign. Only 20 of these ultra-comfortable baby blues are available, so grab yours fast... before Big Brother shuts you down.

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    BARNEY MIDNIGHT SCREENING TRIPLE DVD

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    Juice up your beloved DVD player and watch three Milestone Films masterpieces: Barney Rosset's 1948 post-war anti-fascism/racism feature classic "Strange Victory", plus Samuel Beckett's legendary short "FILM" (both re-mastered by Milestone Films), plus Ross Lipkin's acclaimed "NotFilm", a brilliant feature documentary inquiry into the strange collaboration of Samuel Beckett and Buster Keaton, utilizing additional outtakes, never before heard audio recordings of the production meetings, and other rare archival elements.
    AND, our Adult Rebel or Anti-Everything tee.

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    INSTAGRAM PERFECT

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    Instagram two very chill hours of happy time for two at The Library, New York's iconic East Village dive, with our cinematographer David Leitner—Emmy-nominated Director of Photography with eight Sundance Film Festival premieres and over eighty key credits in feature-length dramas and documentaries shown on Showtime, Bravo, Sundance Channel, HBO, Netflix, PBS, and theatrically. Spend your two hours over swizzle sticks discussing the latest techniques used in documentary filmmaking, getting tips on how to break into primetime or what it’s like to hang out with Gabriel García Márquez. Pretty cool for all you film buffs out there. You could go viral or at the very least raise your profile with your friends.

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    Acoustic Guitarist Gary Lucas Hang-out

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    Hang-out with awesome Grammy nominated songwriter/ composer Gary Lucas, Jeff Buckley's songwriting partner, who's played with Captain Beefheart, DJ Spooky, John Sebastian, and other greats. Dubbed "The Thinking Man's Guitar Hero" (The New Yorker), "The world's most popular avant-rock guitarist" (The Independent), "One of the 100 Greatest Living Guitarists" (Classic Rock), "Guitarist of 1000 Ideas" (New York Times), "the most innovative and challenging guitarist playing today" (Roots), and "one of the world's greatest guitar players"(HITS Magazine).

    Two house concert seats to any of Gary's worldwide concert tours (your choice of venue, travel not included). Includes Gary's two favorite CD's ("Edge of Heaven" and "Cinefantastique") plus personal post-concert meet with Gary backstage. Impress your best pal or hot date with this unique experience of hanging out with, as Rolling Stone puts it, "a modern guitar miracle." Plus our Rejoin the Underground t-shirt and advance streaming of the film.

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    Cocktails and Oysters at The Dead Rabbit

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    Hang out at The Dead Rabbit, NYC's wildest, coolest bar. Join Team Barney for an hour-and-a-half of throwing back award-winning artisanal cocktails and oysters while you practice pitch the doc you dream of making, or get inside tips for your upcoming Kickstarter marketing campaign. Plus hear a LOT of wild and crazy Sixties counterculture history tales. We're background experts. Plus, our Rejoin the Underground t-shirt.

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    MATE-MAKER KARAOKE NIGHT FOR 10 REWARD

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    Hook up with your ratpack at Baby Grand, "the best up-close-and-personal Karaoke Bar in NYC" (Village Voice) with cast member/ mate-maker, David Rose, author of "They Call Me Naughty Lola" and “Sexually, I’m More of a Switzerland” (click on the link in the reward on our campaign page) for brilliant Match.com copy ideas). Loosen your vocal chords and tighten your spandex with an evening of spirits and questionable karaoke. Inventor of the polyphonic steam banjo, and unequivocally shameless microphone hog, David will be your Paula Abdul for the evening, hosting your one-of-a-kind Karaoke bar night with you and 10 of your BFFs. At least two solid gold hours of your favorite tunes being mercilessly destroyed by your favourite friends (a ‘No Bohemian Rhapsody’ rule will be strictly enforced). Bring out your Bey, polish your Neil Diamond, or go goo-goo for Gaga while you support a great cause: freedom of expression! Isn’t that the whole point of existence after all? In the immortal words of Journey, Don’t Stop Believing! Plus a tee of your choice.

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    VINTAGE BARNEY HAITIAN ART

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    This stunning 4 feet by 3 feet framed painting was purchased in 1954 by Barney Rosset from the Haitian artist Decius Vital (b.1920) in his Port-au-Prince studio. It was one of Barney's favorite paintings. Decius Vital and his brother Pauleus Vital became prominent among Haitian painters. Haitian art is a complex tradition, reflecting African roots with strong Indigenous American and European aesthetic and religious influences. Take a deep breath and help support our cause by acquiring this important representation of Haitian culture and history.

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    Associate Producer Credit

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    Be a really big deal in our film. You'll see your name highlighted on the big screen and on the film's IMDB page. You'll also receive the Barney Badass Gift Box of all of our tees, along with the fun of cocktails and oysters at NYC's uber-cool NYC bar The Dead Rabbit with the filmmakers.

    Plus, an invitation for two to the film premiere and after-party with the producers (travel not included) and an exclusive link to advance stream the film.

    Most importantly, you'll know you are educating everyone about the fragility of our individual rights, a meaningful act, priceless in itself.

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    BARNEY'S WALL CORPORATE SPONSOR

    Your choice of a prominent thank you and your featured corporate logo in the credits, subject to distributors' approval. How better to ensure that our democracy continues than to inspire visionary young people?

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    BIG CHEESE EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT

    Major good karma act. Beyond any largesse, you'll be known as taking a moral stand for diversity and tolerance and against menacing talk of governmental roll back of our individual rights. We believe audiences need to understand how this easily can happen again.

    With this pledge, you will earn a maximum starring role, echoing Barney Rosset's stance against censorship of the artistic imagination. You'll join our big name roster of executive producers who have been with us from the beginning. You'll earn an Executive Producer credit in the film, IMBD page, and our promotional materials, along with premium seating at the film's premiere with the filmmakers and Astrid Rosset and members of the cast (travel costs not included), as well as a special invitation for you and your guest to our rocking after-party with us.

    And to help you dress for the occasion we're giving you your wardrobe: the Badass Barney Multiple T-shirt Box. And our Barney Midnight Triple DVD reward.

    But wait, there's more! The filmmakers and co-producer Astrid Rosset will take you and a guest to cocktails and dinner in New York City at the legendary East Village Knickerbocker Grill (Barney Rosset's favorite hangout, where his booth is still sacrosanct).

    You will see your name on the big screen when we roll your name in the film's credits, and receive an exclusive link to advance stream the film.

    You'll be a principal member of Team Barney and we will love you for it.

    Above all you will have scored big for helping us save what we believe is an historic film and getting it to audiences who do not know the history of the fragility of our individual rights.

    If you are already one of our executive producers you and we know that you truly have helped make this film happen because you believed in us from the beginning. A big high five from all of us at Team Barney. We owe this film to you.

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    COME ALIVE! vintage poster

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    Yes, that's Allen Ginsberg! Put us over the finish line and hang Barney Rosset's own framed "Come Alive" poster in your apartment or office. It hung on Barney Rosset's loft wall for forty years. This framed, mint condition original poster (donated back to us by our first Kickstarter patron to save our film) from Grove's 1966 NYC subway marketing campaign is one of the iconic countercultural posters of all time. Pledge NOW and rejoin the underground!

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    GET MET! PRIVATE TOUR

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    Take a private tour of the Metropolitan Museum with its brilliant Exhibitions Curator, Dan Kershaw. You choose the theme (what about "Cats"? or "Nightmares"? Or "Rebellion"?) and he'll design the tour around it. Go to our campaign page to see an example video of a tour Dan created on the theme of "Doors", just to give you some idea of how magical the experience will be.

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