Indywood is a fledgling arthouse cinema in the heart of New Orleans.
We're about to greatly expand and diversify our programming, because downtown New Orleans deserves weird and wonderful cinema.
Here's what we're planning for March:
Weekly Premiers with Free Wine
Local Film Nights with filmmaker talk backs
Open Screens (like an open mic for filmmakers)
Film School for the Public (The great films discussed)
Saturday Morning Cartoons!
African American Cinema a monthly series
Weird Wednesdays (youtube curiosities, '80s VHS gems, etc.)
Sketch Comedy + Stand-Up
Silent Films with Live Music
Dinner and a Movie
And, of course, the Best Recent Indie movies (Dear White People, the Song of the Sea and Babadook are playing in February)
Why Kickstart it?
We need some seed money to jump start our programming. It's always a risk to show a film, because we have to cover our licensing fees. We want to give ourselves room to experiment and learn what y'all want to see.
It will cost us about $2,500 a month to bring the films and events we want to.
We want to give ourselves the ability to delight you with good films for three months this spring (March, April and May).
Hopefully after that the Indywood programming and marketing engine will be humming along strong, able to sustain itself long into the future.
Membership and Other Indywood Stuff
You can now become an Indywood member! Which means you get into all Indywood films and events for free, plus free popcorn every time.
You can also book your own event at Indywood, sponsor a public screening or advertise on the Indywood screen.
And of course we have the Indywood "Handmade Cinema" T-shirt. Both stylish and informative. Shadow puppets were the original cinema.
We greatly appreciate all of you who support and enjoy Indywood's cornucopia of cinematic adventures.
By signing up for a membership, or supporting this campaign in any way, you help insure that we can keep bringing diverse, interesting and playful programming to Indywood.
We started Indywood on the assumption that Americans still hunger for the classic cinematic experience. A year in, y'all have shown us our assumption was right. Yeeeeaaaaah. Now it's time to bring cooler films.
Oh yeah, and if our campaign is successful, we're going to throw a big party for all y'all who have contributed!
Risks and challenges
The shift from 35mm film projection to digital has forced many movie theaters to shut down. Unfortunately, most of them are the small single screen theaters that used to populate every neighborhood in this country but are now on the verge of extinction. We are in the depths of a dark age of cinema.
But we have hope. It may seem crazy in the era of Netflix, but at Indywood we are proving that independent films can survive and thrive on the big screen.
We want to bring back the classic experience of going around the corner to your neighborhood cinema, but we want to do so with a 21st century, crowdsourced mentality.
The difference between Indywood and the little theaters of yesteryear, is that we can engage y'all viewers directly to figure out what films you want to see. Right now we're doing that with this Kickstarter campaign, but we have bigger plans for direct engagement through our website in the not so distant future.
This Kickstarter campaign will give us a pool of funds with which we can experiment with weird and wonderful programming. Every film is a risk and some are bound to be flops, but we want to give ourselves room to be creative.
In five years, when New Orleans is the next great haven of independent filmmaking and Indywood is at the center of it, you'll know you were an Indywood supporter back in the early days.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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