First things first, thanks for taking the time to check out our project!
If, at the end of this dissertation and after you've seen the video above and the incentives below, we've intrigued you enough to support our film, then thank you again from the bottom of our hearts! If we've failed in that pursuit, please check out the rest of the films in Kickstarter's documentary section and hopefully you'll support another filmmaker.
One afternoon almost four years ago I was perusing the New York Times and on the front page of the Arts section was an article entitled "Watch the Children, That Subversive Is Back." The article was mesmerizing; it detailed the incredible story of an Alsatian artist named Tomi Ungerer who had an epic life: suffering under Nazi occupation in France in the early 1940's, making millions on Madison Ave. in America in the 1960's, creating timeless children's books, and illustrating iconic imagery supporting civil rights and the Vietnam war protests in the 1960's. He was the King of graphic design and an artistic trailblazer during America's most creative and tumultuous decade.
And then, one day, he disappeared. Gone, never to be heard from again in the U.S. How the hell was that possible?! What happened?
After reading the NYTimes article I got online and began snooping around. It wasn't long before I realized I recognized his artwork almost subconsciously--as a native New Yorker, I had grown up with his anti-war images, his advertising campaigns in the Village Voice and the NYTimes, and with his children's books. But despite recognizing the imagery, his name and story escaped me. As it did my family, my friends, and colleagues.
No one remembered this guy. But he had an amazing story that needed to be told. And so I set my mind to go about telling it.
Eventually I reached out to Tomi through his museum in Strasbourg, France, and a few months later, received a positive response back. Our journey commenced.
WHO WE ARE:
There's been an incredible array of people who have worked on this project and, generally speaking, no one has gotten paid. Not a single penny. These talented and dedicated professionals are DP's, audio guys, AC's, cameramen, clearance guru's, still photogs, editors and animators whom Rick and I have had the pleasure of working with on docs, TV shows, commercials, etc. for the last twelve years. As I said, most of these amazing peeps have been working on the Tomi project on spec. They all trust that they are part of something special, and know they will get paid back if the film is ultimately a success.
HOW KICKSTARTER WORKS:
Kickstarter is a new way to fund creative ideas and ambitious endeavors. Kickstarter is powered by a unique all-or-nothing funding method where projects must be fully-funded or no money changes hands. In other words, if we don’t raise our goal of $85,000, we lose everything. And, by the way, our goal of $85,000 is literally the bare minimum of what we need to make this film festival-ready.
Once we have reached our goal we will contact you to get your address and then we will start working on getting those awesome incentives (at right) to you!
WHERE YOUR MONEY GOES:
None of the money we potentially raise from Kickstarter will go towards paying myself or our people back. Why? Because we still have bills to pay to make this film as good and as special as we think it can be. What are those bills? First and foremost, rights and clearance bills. We need to pay for archived footage (e.g. civil rights footage from the 1960s), other illustrators artwork (e.g. Saul Steinberg, Stevan Dohanos, etc), music (composer + source music) and more animations. Add all these costs up and it exceeds the funds we're looking for on Kickstarter--so keep giving!
HOW TO PLEDGE:
Just click the green “Back This Project” button in the upper right-hand corner or on the little weird green things in each pledge box. You will be asked to input your pledge amount and select a reward. From there, you will go through the Amazon checkout process. You must finish the Amazon checkout process for your pledge to be recorded.
WHAT IF WE DON'T REACH OUR GOAL?
If funding fails, all pledges are canceled and that's that. Your card is not charged, it’s like nothing ever happened. We hope this doesn’t happen! Those 45 days will fly by so donate today!
CAN WE EXCEED OUR GOAL?
Yes, and we have to! Our goal of $85,000 is, as I said, literally the bare minimum of what we need to make this film festival-ready!
CAN YOU DONATE OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES?
Yes! Just click on the Amazon Payment Button and you will see that you can pay with a credit card from any country! But you must finish the Amazon checkout process for your pledge to be recorded. If you have any problems just contact us and Brad will walk you through it--he's not busy or anything.
GIVE DESTINY A DESTINATION:
Despite the fact that we're creating a 90-minute film out of our garage, we have high hopes. And come April 2012, we'll be submitting our little film to a not so little festival: Cannes. And we're inviting you to come along for the ride! Every dollar (or Euro) you assist us with pushes us an inch farther on our journey to Cannes and making four years worth of dreams come true.
So again, thanks in advance for your financial and moral support and we hope you enjoy your trip through our page and decide to support the project!
- October 29, 2011, New York, NY
INTERESTED IN PLAYING AN EVEN LARGER ROLE ON THE FILM?
There are full Executive Producer and Presenting Sponsor credits available at $50,000 and $85,000 respectively. These larger donations are tax deductible through our 501(c)(3) Fiscal Sponsor, the Center For Independent Documentary. Please visit our page on their website or contact Brad directly for queries on how to come on board in these capacities:
brad (at) faroutthemovie.com
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