Funded! This project was successfully funded on July 16, 2012.

Update #8

LAST DAY TO PLEDGE!

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About 12 hours left in our KickStarter Fundraiser, it ends tonight (Sunday July 15) at 9pm California Time!
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/den-bell/the-1000000-photos-of-bob-mizers-athletic-model-gu

Lets recap what we have all done together over the past month ... but before I do, remember our extra reward deal to reach our doubled goal and challenge grant of $16,000 -

“Add or update $26 to any existing or new pledge between July 12 through tonight and we’ll throw in Bob Mizer’s 1000 MODEL DIRECTORY! These are uncirculated stock copies published in 1957 - a true collector’s item.” They sell for $35 in the AMG store >>>> [ http://store.athleticmodelguild.com/print/thousand-model-directory-1957.html ]

And check out this wonderful message from France:

Den, 
I am writing from France. Congratulations on your initiative. The first time, on June 26, I gave $25. Today, for the last day, I am happy to give $100. 


I hope your project will be a great success. I was born in 1965 in France and I have not lived through that time but I am sure that today, life is easier for gays to live, thanks to the courage of many pioneers, for example, Bob Mizer, George Quaintance, and also Tom of Finland. 
Thank you again.

Over the past month, our 79 backers (so far) have helped us raise just under $12,000 towards new storage materials for the massive photographic estate of photographer Bob Mizer. We’ve had pledges ranging from $1 to $5000, and every one of them is special to us. On June 25, with a large pledge from Bel Ami in Europe we soared past our initial goal, and kept going. On July 2, we received a challenge grant from another donor who was close to Bob ... if we can double our original goal and get $16,000 in pledges, they’ll tack on another large pledge!

We’re about $4000 away from that goal this morning ... can we do it in the next 12 hours!??

And here is some awesome press from the last 30 days!
BelAmiOnline Donates $5,000 to the Bob Mizer Foundationhttp://business.avn.com/company-news/BelAmiOnline-Donates-5-000-to-the-Bob-Mizer-Foundation-479538.html

In the July 12, 2012 issue of the San Francisco Bay Times, I co-write with Mike Denison the cover story about Mizer's legal battles to photograph adult men - and how Mizer's work continues to influence commercial advertising and pop culture:
(Bay Times has a great new flip-book online format, give it a minute to load)
http://www.sfbaytimes.com/FlipBooks/071212/071212.html#p=1
and the centerfold:
http://www.sfbaytimes.com/FlipBooks/071212/071212.html#p=10

An article by Dennis appears on page 26 of the 2012 Gay Pride issue of the San Francisco Bay Times:
http://www.sfbaytimes.com/FlipBooks/062112/062112.html#p=26

Article at Mike The Content Producer:
http://mikethecontentproducer.blogspot.com/2012/06/it-was-almost-lost-forever-interview.html

Article gone viral at online social network GuySpy.com:
http://www.guyspy.com/guest-guyd-michael-denison-interviews-dennis-bell-about-bob-mizer-the-amg/

And on XXFactor:
http://www.xxfactor.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2805&Itemid=0

Article linked on GayDemon.com:
http://www.gaydemon.com/blogs/photo_project_attempts_to_save.html

Article linked on GayPornTimes.com:
http://www.gayporntimes.com/hardnews/2012/06/27/kickstarter-bob-mizer-archives-meets-fundraising-goal/

I can imagine Bob MIzer would be absolutely amazed at your support. Believe me, I have budgeted a small amount of your pledges to buy the man flowers for his grave in Los Angeles, flowers from all of you. You are an amazing, caring, wonderful group of people and you should be proud of yourselves. It is YOU that are preserving not only this important gay history, but what can be considered a unique facet of our country’s heritage as well. This estate is, after all, a piece of Americana.

Thanks, and look for more progress updates in the coming months on Kickstarter.
Dennis

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    Receive an electronic thank-you card, and addition to email mailing list.

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    A collectible thank you card and have your name added to the project email list with a link to a full color PDF exhibition catalog of Berlin's Exile Gallery 2011 Exhibition. You'll also be thanked on the Foundation's Facebook wall.

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    A digital inkjet print of one of Mizer's images that appeared in the 2010 book "Bob's World". You'll also be thanked on the Foundation's Facebook wall.

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    A DVD screener of Mizer’s early STORY FILM CLASSICS films. You'll also be personally thanked on your own Facebook wall.

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    A gift box of Athletic Model Guild memorabilia in the mail, including a DVD screener of Mizer’s early STORY FILM CLASSICS films. You'll also be personally thanked on your own Facebook wall.

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    The gift box and also a free admission to the Bob Mizer Foundation's film night at the next event, tentatively scheduled in Los Angeles (travel not included)

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    In addition to everything from the previous level, you also get to have a Skype video call with me to discuss this archival preservation and film making project.

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    In addition to everything from the previous level including the video call, you get an 8x10 inch color digital print created especially for you of a model of your choosing.

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    In addition to everything from the previous level, you get dinner with the founder, Dennis Bell, in a location near the foundation.

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    You will receive dinner with the founder, Dennis Bell. But even better than dinner, you'll also get to spend a day with me going through the archives. That day, you'll choose an image from the vast catalog of negatives for an 8x10 print exclusively printed just for you.

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    In addition to everything from the previous level, you get a limited edition Foundation print that was exhibited in Berlin’s Exile Gallery, alongside the prints I mentioned that Elton John acquired.

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    For donation of $10,000 or more you receive everything that we have already mentioned, plus an original one of a kind Bob Mizer catalog page pasteup board from the 1950s, a unique part of this estate. This is an actual piece of AMG/ Mizer history!

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