My name is Frank Kelly, I'm a filmmaker. I recently completed an independent film called "140". It was inspired by twitter and involved the talents of 140 filmmakers worldwide. I basically gathered them together and through twitter I synchronized them to shoot 140 seconds of footage in 140 different locations worldwide at the same time. The theme was Connection, I asked the filmmakers to capture whatever they felt connected them to their home, and shoot it, while we were all connected via the internet.
It was a daunting task, especially as there was no budget and everything was done online, through twitter, facebook and email - I had never even spoken to, let alone met 90% of the filmmakers! The call went out to twitter on my cell phone on June 21st 2009 and we all started shooting together, in 23 countries on 5 continents. It was a great success. Out of the footage, random, diverse, personal and poignant I cut an 80 minute documentary that captures the same moment all across the planet.
But now I'm at a crucial stage. I need to really get behind this film and push it into the world, give it the birth it deserves. This is the part were so many films fail, the filmmakers run out of steam, energy, enthusiasm and of course - Money! I'm not short on energy or enthusiasm, but money is something this project never had, just alot of belief from 140 filmmakers who had never met before. I'm asking you to have the same belief, and help get this film out to the public, into festivals, theaters and seen.
Promoting a film is a timely and expensive business on your own. I've done it before. I will use the money I raise for essential things needed to help get 140 seen. First advertising, print: Posters, fliers, postcards, presskits. Then DVD duplication to get the film to festivals, journalist and anyone who can help spread the word. Also festival entry fees, they can add up fast! There are specialized tapes needed for screening at festival Beta SP, Digibeta, DVcam etc. they're usually quite expensive, especially if converting to other regions. Some will go toward travel expenses, I will need to be there on occasion to talk about the film, tell people about it, and make sure they know what it's all about. This will also be important as I will use this opportunity to talk about and recruit other filmmakers for my next project, an extension of 140, called The 140 Nation, where I want to set up 140 filmmakers in every country to shoot a 140 for that country - 140 USA, 140 Canada, 140 France and so on... but that's a whole other thing!
To find out more about the project and me, check out these links:
My Blog: http://www.frankkelly.blogspot.com/
Twitter page: http://twitter.com/frankwkelly
Past Article: http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2009/05/the-social-media-phenomenon-that.html
Film Ink Article: http://www.filmink.com.au/news/a-film-to-tweet-about/
The World Premiere is happening in 2 weeks and I really want to keep the momentum moving!!!
Thanks so much for your time. I hope you can help!
All the best
- (23 days)