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"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.

Sarah Saturday at Big Light Studio
Sarah Saturday at Big Light Studio

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. 

Filming Part Three by Dycee Wildman
Filming Part Three by Dycee Wildman

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." 

Filming Part One by Motke Dapp
Filming Part One by Motke Dapp

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. 

Filming Part Two by Jonathan Rogers
Filming Part Two by Jonathan Rogers

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.

Fossils Production Meeting
Fossils Production Meeting

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.

Sarah (Gardening, Not Architecture) and Dycee (Director, Part Three)
Sarah (Gardening, Not Architecture) and Dycee (Director, Part Three)
Dean Kostlich, "The Dodger" - Part Two
Dean Kostlich, "The Dodger" - Part Two
Rebecca Lines, "The Painter" - Part Three
Rebecca Lines, "The Painter" - Part Three
Liz Boliver, "The Huntress" - Part One
Liz Boliver, "The Huntress" - Part One
Jordan Stephens, "The Botanist" - Part Three
Jordan Stephens, "The Botanist" - Part Three

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.

Sincerely,

Tweet us @FossilsFilm or fill out the Contact form on FossilsFilm.com and we'll answer any questions right away, and post the answers here as well in case anyone else is wondering the same thing. 

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.

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    PAY WHAT YOU WANT

    Name your price -- any amount you want to donate -- for this package deal: a download of the album, a shout-out from @FossilsFilm on Twitter, your name on the Fossils website, your name on the guest list for the album release party (and private screening) in Nashville in July, and access to all the amazing Backer-Only updates and online events we have in store. This includes our one-night-only dance performance and album "first listen," featuring the Numinous Flux dance troupe! Wowza, right?

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    BB4YB! Donate $25 or more and get everything in the "Pay What You Want" package, plus a download of the movie when it's released, which will include the "making of" documentary and other special features. Plus, you'll get a hand-written postcard in the mail from the Fossils team, featuring the album artwork! Last but not least: you'll not only get invited to Nashville for the private screening, but if you can't make it, we'll set you up with a one-time private screening of your own, online, so you can watch it with us that night.

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    Get one of four limited edition, silk-screened movie posters for "Fossils." You'll get to choose your poster design: Official (Main) Poster, Part One, Part Two, or Part Three. The posters are limited edition, all numbered and signed by Verdilak, printed by Atomkinder. You'll also get everything from the "Biggest Bang For Your Buck" package. (Make it $175 to collect all four posters, and save on shipping!)

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    BB4YB + HANDMADE CD DISPLAY

    In keeping with the Gardening, Not Architecture tradition, the third album will be released on CD with handmade packaging, numbered and signed by Sarah Saturday. This won't just be something that holds a CD -- it will be a piece of custom artwork that you can hang on your wall or display on your bookshelf. You'll also get everything from the "Biggest Bang For Your Buck" package.

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    BB4YB + CD and VIP

    Start with the "Biggest Bang For Your Buck" package, add one tee shirt, the album on CD (standard packaging), PLUS two VIP wristbands to attend our album release party and private screening in July, in Nashville. Join the cast and crew of "Fossils" as they celebrate for the night. The wristbands come with extra perks, including access to the private after-party.

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    BB4YB + ORIGINAL PAINTING
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    L.A. Bachman is the artist who made a series of "cloud" paintings for Dycee's Part Three of the film, and she is donating a mini-series of watercolors to our fundraising campaign! Each small watercolor will be signed and matted. This reward also comes with the "Biggest Bang For Your Buck" package.

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    BB4YB + GUITAR LESSON

    Get a one-hour guitar lesson from Jackson Parsons, guitarist for Gardening, Not Architecture's live band! Jackson is a graduate of Berklee College of Music with degrees in Songwriting and Performance, and performs in a handful of bands in Nashville when he's not teaching guitar. (If you're not in Nashville, you can arrange to have a lesson via Skype.) You'll also get everything from the "Biggest Bang For Your Buck" package.

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    Get a two-hour photo shoot with "Fossils" photographer Danielle Shields, plus twenty edited photos for your personal use. You'll also get everything from the "Biggest Bang For Your Buck" package. (Make it $400 to combine this with the HMUW reward below!)

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    BB4YB + HAIR, MAKE-UP, WARDROBE

    Get a one-on-one hair, make-up, and wardrobe styling session with Velvet Elizabeth and Kirsten Atkinson, who did all the make-up and hair for "Fossils." Meet these two talented ladies in Nashville for your consultation, or if you're not in Nashville, you can arrange to have a consultation via Skype. You'll also get everything from the "Biggest Bang For Your Buck" package.

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    LADIES' NIGHT

    Sorry guys, this reward is only for the ladies. You and a friend will join the many talented "Fossils" ladies for a night out on the town in Nashville! Happy hour? Downtown art crawl? Outdoor concert? Dinner and dancing? So many options! Travel expenses aren't included, but we'll pick up the tab for the evening! You'll also get everything from the "Biggest Bang For Your Buck" package.

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    SWAG & SKYPE

    Start with the "Biggest Bang For Your Buck" package, then add one of EACH of the shirt and poster designs (that's four tee shirts and four posters), a handmade CD display, and two VIP wristbands for the album release party. Next, we'll schedule a time for you to meet with Sarah via Skype for a virtual dinner and conversation. (Heads up: some of Sarah's favorite topics include the search for truth, the meaning of life, finding what makes you happy, and puppies.) Finally, you'll be invited to attend all our "family" meetings (via Skype if you're not in Nashville) from here on out, starting the day you pledge $1,000 or more. This includes attending our viewing party to watch the final cut of the film! That's right: this reward kicks in the day you make your pledge for this amount, before the fundraising campaign is over. Note: Shipping is included at this level and above.

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

    Go down in history with us: get your name in the credits on the film and on our IMDb page as an Associate Producer on "Fossils." What does this entail? You'll be copied on anything that requires feedback from the Fossils team, starting the day you make your pledge. You'll be invited to our events, screenings, and the official premiere when it happens (probably later this year or early next year). Add to that everything in the "Swag & Skype" package, and plan to stay in touch with us through the remainder of the Fossils project. We'll start involving you in everything from the day you make your pledge for this amount, so that you'll even help us finish out the fundraising campaign! You'll help us finalize the poster designs, tee shirt designs, handmade CD display, and more. We'll keep you in the loop as we plan the Fossils Gala in June, and the Fossils Album Release & Private Screening in July. You'll help us later this year when we're putting together the "making of" documentary, and you'll be in the loop as we take this film to festivals, plan the premiere, and (hopefully) eventually release and distribute the film. In other words: Join the Fossils family today.

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