Fossils: 8 Songs | 3 Directors | 1 Film
A three-part anthology film, set to the new album by Gardening, Not Architecture. Made with the help of a lot of people in Nashville.
"What if you could go to a musician's album release show, and instead of standing at a venue and watching them perform the songs, you got to sit with your friends, put on a pair of headphones, and watch a beautiful film?"
FOSSILS: A three-part anthology film, set to the new album by Gardening, Not Architecture, made with the help of a lot of people (that's us!) in Nashville.
a.k.a. Gardening, Not Architecture, through the successful 2011 Kickstarter campaign that made it possible for her to record and release her second album, "Saboteur." Or maybe you donated to her fundraiser back in 2010 on the G,NA website, which helped her stay on the road for nearly two years. Maybe you go all the way back with Sarah to 2007, when she released her first EP online, for free download.
Or, maybe you're stumbling upon Sarah's little corner of the universe for the first time.
Discussions for a music-and-film collaboration began in October of 2014, shortly before Sarah began recording the third Gardening, Not Architecture album at Big Light Studio with engineer Logan Matheny. It started with a post on the East Nashville listserv, and has since grown to include local film directors Dycee Wildman, Motke Dapp, Jonathan Rogers, local film producer Jennifer Bonior, local painter L.A. Bachman, local choreographer Rachel Tolbert, local dance troupe Numinous Flux, help from Nashville's The Rymer Gallery, The Crying Wolf, Gardens of Babylon, and more.
Motke, Jonathan, and Dycee each wrote and directed a short film to accompany one-third of the album. Though the film does not follow one straight narrative, there are recurring themes, visuals, and concepts tying together all three stories in relation to each other, and to the songs on the album. The film features a cast of amazing actors from Nashville: Liz Boliver, Sadie Hart, Dean Kostlich, Jordan Stephens, Rebecca Lines, and Jeremy Childs, whom you may recognize from the TV show "Nashville."
The collaborators on FOSSILS hope to create a handful of unique, one-time-only experiences with the events they are planning to showcase their various works -- from the album to the feature film, the collection of paintings, and the dance performances.
The album is finished, and is currently being mixed and mastered. Sarah saved up for nearly two years to pay for the recording, so that any fundraising help could go toward this dream of making a movie for the album.
The filming is done, and each director is currently working on editing their parts, which will soon be fused into one cohesive piece.
The venues are booked for our two Nashville events: a fundraiser gala and art show at The Rymer Gallery in downtown Nashville on June 27th, and the official album release party and private screening event at The Crying Wolf in East Nashville on July 11th.
Many of the people involved with FOSSILS -- the directors, the producers, the production coordinators, and on down through the cast and crew -- have donated their time to this project. It is a passion project for them, and they will not be paid for their time.
However, there are many people working on FOSSILS who (understandably) could only offer us a discount on their usual rates. In order to make this dream a reality in the most beautiful way possible, we don't want to cut corners. We have found the best cast, crew, equipment, locations, and artists we could, and our aim is to make something that looks effortless and engaging. We are very close to achieving that goal -- especially with your help and investment.
Now, you may be asking yourself: "But why are they only asking for $25,000?"
The answer is this: we want to be fair and realistic. We knew it was going to cost a lot more than Sarah realized, to create something so big and multi-dimensional. We wanted to help her make something truly special, and that meant we had to really go for it. All of us are prepared to invest our own money to make sure that this special work gets made, and made well. Some of that extra $4,767 has already been spent, mostly during filming. Some of it we hope to make back through merchandise sales on our website, and through our local events in Nashville. But the rest of it is simply a sacrifice of love, which we are happy to make.
We have so much in store for our "Backer Only" updates:
- Weekly behind-the-scenes videos from the shoots, rehearsals, studio, gala, album release party, and more!
- Interviews with the directors, cast, and crew
- Photo albums from each shoot
- Live broadcasts with Sarah and the producer/directors
- The Numinous Flux one-night-only dance performance
- First listen through the album
- The chance to read each director's treatment for the film
- First look at the official movie trailer
- A sneak peek at L.A. Bachman's
- First read through the lyrics and Sarah's take on their meaning
-- and lots more. We mean lots! You will have access to all of these updates, no matter how much you pledge.
For stopping by.
For giving us a chance.
For being here on Kickstarter, giving lots of people chances.
For seeking inspiration.
For helping us make something that will outlast us.
We'd love to hear from you!
Q: What does BB4YB mean?
A: Biggest Bang For Your Buck -- in internerd speak.
Q: When and where do I get to see the poster and tee shirt designs?
A: The official (main) poster is already done, and that will be one of the first updates we send out. You can also check fossilsfilm.com/fundraiser for new merch items/designs weekly. We'll post updates with each new design as it gets finalized!
Q: Do I have to choose a reward?
A: No, you can donate without getting anything in return. And/or you can enter any amount for whatever reward package you want to receive.
Q: Who is Danielle Shields?
A: She's a lovely human and a great photographer. Check out her website.
Q: When/where can we see the watercolors by L.A. Bachman?
A: We'll have photos very soon, and you'll get to see photos of her paintings that are currently hanging in The Rymer Gallery in Nashville. In the meantime, check out her website.
Q: What's Atomkinder, and what kind of tee shirts do they silk-screen?
A: Atomkinder.com is an awesome, small printing company out of LA, run by Verdilak (who is designing everything for Fossils). Check out their site to find out about the shirt brand/style they use. We'll also have detailed merch info on fossilsfilm.com/fundraiser.
Risks and challenges
The film itself won't be released until we've had a chance to submit it to film festivals and see if anyone will premiere it for us. So, the download of the film won't be available probably until the end of 2015 or early 2016.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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