WHAT IS "OUR NIXON"?
... VARIETY calls OUR NIXON "a triumph of editing" and a "must-see" ...
Throughout Richard Nixon’s presidency, three of his top White House aides obsessively documented their experiences with Super 8 home movie cameras. Young, idealistic and dedicated, they had no idea that a few years later they’d all be in prison. This unique and personal visual record, created by H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman and Dwight Chapin, was seized by the FBI during the Watergate investigation, then filed away and forgotten for almost 40 years. OUR NIXON is a new (recently completed!) documentary presenting those home movies for the first time, along with other rare footage, creating an intimate and complex portrait of the Nixon presidency as never seen before.
This Kickstarter campaign will help us launch OUR NIXON out into the world – first at our U.S. Premiere at SXSW and then beyond (aka, to all of you)! If we don't meet our bare minimum goal, we won't be able to make posters, hire a publicist, or make the screening tapes. More on that later - back to the description of the film...
Haldeman, Ehrlichman and Chapin filmed over 500 reels of home movies from 1969 to 1973, capturing the prosaic and the profound. They filmed because they thought that Nixon’s presidency would change the world forever. The tragedy is that they were right... just not in the way they expected. OUR NIXON tells the story of Nixon's presidency from the point of view of the aides who entrusted their lives to him, only to have that trust betrayed.
OUR NIXON is a unique film: it is 100% archival, "found" footage, most of it rarely or never seen. The Super 8 home movies are at center stage, and they are contextualized, complicated and challenged by a wide array of meticulously researched and assembled archival media – including news clips, television interviews and of course, those famous White House Tapes. Rest assured this is not "another Watergate movie" – yawn! – but a nuanced, humorous and humanistic collage that allows you to think for yourself and come to your own conclusions.
... did we mention it's funny? We always forget to mention that. :)
WHAT IS THIS CAMPAIGN FOR (or, THE SECRET PLAN FOR A FILM OFFENSIVE)?
We are writing this from The Netherlands, where we have just World Premiered OUR NIXON at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. And we are so, so, so, so thrilled to announce today that WE WILL BE HAVING OUR NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE AT SXSW this March! And after that... well, we hope to come to a theater near you, folks. Together we can make it happen!
After 2+ years of work, THE FILM IS FINISHED. "Great, you're done," you might say. "Why are you raising money then?" Excellent question, imaginary interlocutor! Finishing the film is one thing; actually showing it to people is another. There are a lot of costs associated with film festival premieres and all the other screening events that will follow. We have been unbelievably fortunate to have the support of a lot of amazing funders and individuals, but this is still a truly independent film: no studio, no investors, and no distributor to foot any of these bills, which are coming up fast and furious...
- Licensing fees for music
- Hiring an editor to edit a trailer
- Hiring a publicist and paying for publicity materials (posters, etc.) for SXSW & beyond
- Duplication costs for masters and screeners
- An assistant to help coordinate all of the screenings we want to do: at film festivals, at universities, maybe in your living room?!
We had our first campaign way back in the early days of the film (and Kickstarter itself). That first campaign gave us the seed funding to get started created the momentum we needed to make OUR NIXON. This campaign is all about launching OUR NIXON out into the world. We chose our target goal because if we don't reach that minimum amount, we won't be able to do any of this. But it's really the bare minimum...
WHAT ARE THE REWARDS FOR GIVING?
- A beautiful 13 x 19 poster on matte heavy paper, designed by artist James P. Gannon!
- Pre-order an OUR NIXON DVD (available upon commercial release)!
- A limited-edition H.R. Haldeman Bobblehead! Only 250 of these exist in the entire world, friends...
- Tickets to a private VIP screening of the film, to be held a day or two before our SXSW premiere (the first week of March)! The event will be in NYC – travel not included.
- A limited-edition retro-cool reproduction Nixon-era political button! You choose one of these 10 lovingly curated designs.
- A complete collection of the Super 8 home movies on DVD - with a detailed guide to the people, places and events contained in them!
- A custom portrait of yourself or anyone you choose by artist James P. Gannon! Pen and India ink on canvas, 8" x 8" in size - here's a reference for the style.
- ... and more!
UPDATE: ANY BACKER pledging at ANY LEVEL OVER $15 can now have ALL TEN BUTTONS by adding $5 to their pledge.
Why choose one when you have can have all ten? You can see a larger version of all ten buttons here. These buttons were lovingly reproduced from real vintage buttons. Because we're classy like that.
Question: How do I get all ten buttons?
Answer:So, if you are currently a $10 backer, you would continue to be a backer at the "$10 level" -- but you would enter your actual pledge as $15.
WHAT ABOUT OUR PREVIOUS BACKERS?
We love you guys and couldn't have done this without you (truly). If you gave before, you shouldn't feel any pressure to give again. Just telling a friend about it, tweeting or posting this campaign to your Facebook wall would be super helpful. But if you are inspired or want some new goodies, we've designed some really cool rewards just for you! Look for the LONG-TIME LISTENER REWARDS to your right...
SO HOW DOES KICKSTARTER WORK?
RULE #1: YOU PLEDGE YOUR SUPPORT AND YOU GET A REWARD!
RULE #2: IF WE DON’T RAISE OUR TARGET AMOUNT BY THE DEADLINE, WE DON’T GET ANYTHING (BOOOOO)!
RULE #3: IF WE RAISE MORE THAN OUR TARGET, WE GET TO KEEP IT ALL AND BRING THE FILM TO EVEN MORE PLACES (HOORAY)!
LEARN MORE / OTHER COOL STUFF
"Our Nixon [review]" Variety
"Nixon Home Movies to be Screened" BBC World News
"25 New Faces of Independent Film" Filmmaker Magazine
"The Other White House Tapes" Newsday
"Nixon at Home, Kissinger at the Beach" Wall Street Journal
With Support From:
The Official "OUR NIXON" Quiz: Think you're a Nixon expert? Prove it by taking our quiz! It's pretty hard... :)
Learn about the amazing Kinetta scanner, the machine we used to make those glorious 4K scans of the entire Super 8 collection! If you have a quick look at our old Kickstarter video (before Kinetta), you'll be amazed at the difference in image quality...
Tax-Deductible Donations: Donations over $1000 can be tax-deductible! Tax-deductible donations are compensated with all the same rewards you see on this page. All you have to do is send a check to UnionDocs (our 501c3 fiscal sponsor) and let them know it's for OUR NIXON. Mail it to: UnionDocs, 322 Union Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11211.
Want to bring OUR NIXON to your film festival / school / microcinema? Let us know - we are starting to make travel plans...
Risks and challenges
Well, the good news is that the film is actually and truly finished. As a backer, you don't have to worry that we'll never really make it. Hooray!
One thing we want to be as clear as possible about is that we don't know when we will be able to make/ship the OUR NIXON DVDs. This will depend entirely on what kind of distribution deal we end up with. So our "estimated" ship date is... an estimate.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (30 days)