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276 backers pledged $11,943 to help bring this project to life.

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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:

The Indywood March Calendar
The Indywood March Calendar

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. 

Budget

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. 

Indywood "Handmade Cinema" T-shirt
Indywood "Handmade Cinema" T-shirt

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.

Success Party

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.

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    YOU NAME ON THE BIG SCREEN: Our profound gratitude, your name on the Indywood screen for a month, a subscription to our weekly newsletter (optional), and Indywood stickers for your laptop or water bottle.

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    AN INVITE TO OUR KICKSTARTER PARTY!
    At the end of all of this, we will watch, drink and dance the night away. On March 5th we'll have 2 screenings, kegs and a DJ. For $3 you're invited!
    + Your Name on the Big Screen and Indywood Stickers

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    ADVANCED TICKETS: Tired of waiting in line at KARATEFIGHT or being sold out of Black Film Night? We'll reserve you a seat. When you buy, message us which event you want. Reserve a seat for:
    - Premiere Parties: Drink, Watch and Discuss
    - KARATEFIGHT! Film + Stand-Up Comedy Show (Mar 28)
    - Silent Movie + Live Music (Mar 26)
    - Weird Wednesdays (Adventures Through Youtube, 80s Movies That Are So Bad They're Good, and more)
    - Film School for the Public (Citizen Kane, Birth of a Nation, and more)
    - Saturday Morning Cartoons
    - Any film screening in March
    + An Invite to our Kickstarter Party, Your Name on The Big Screen, and Indywood Stickers

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    INDYWOOD MANIFESTO: We predict that indie filmmaking is on the verge of a great renaissance. We have a 20-year vision of how little cinemas like Indywood are going to spread across the country and the world, creating a fertile cinematic ground for indie films to flourish. Over the summer, we are going to write a manifesto which we hope will ignite the renaissance!

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    "HANDMADE CINEMA" T-SHIRT: The original Indywood T-shirt, plus a free ticket and pocorn and Indywood stickers for your laptop or water bottle.

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    LOGO ON THE BIG SCEEN: Your business' logo on the Indywood screen for a month. Plus a free ticket and small popcorn!

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    ELYSIAN MEMBERSHIP (for a month): All Indywood shows and events are free (except private events), and a free small popcorn at every show. Plus your name on the big screen for a year as an "original member," and a subscription to our weekly newsletter.

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    ROYAL MEMBERSHIP: (for a month): All Indywood shows and events are free (except private events), a free LARGE popcorn at every show, as well as four comp tickets for your friends. Plus your name on the big screen for a year as an "original member," and a subscription to our weekly newsletter.

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    FULL-SCREEN AD (for a month): A big ad on the Indywood screen for your brand or event. It'll play for 15 seconds on a loop before every. 800 people will see your message on the glowing screen. We can make the ad for you if you'd like for an extra $25. Plus, you'll get two free tickets to an Indywood show and free popcorn!

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    PRIVATE SCREENING on a weekday afternoon: Bring us a movie (a DVD, Bluray, VHS or digital file) and we'll screen it for you and your friends (Monday-Friday, 12:00p-4:00p).

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    PRIVATE PARTY ANY DAY OF THE WEEK: Have a film or favorite movie you want to show friends? Rent Indywood for your private screening, birthday party, fundraiser, puppet show, whatever you want, any day of the week April and beyond. Hours 4pm - midnight. Just send us your dates and we'll get you on the calendar. Catering not included.
    + An Invite to our Kickstarter Party, Your Name on The Big Screen, and Indywood Stickers

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    PRIVATE SCREENING on a week day evening (Monday-Friday, 5:00p-11:00p). Food and drink catered, up to 50 people. Solange Knowles brought in Gene's daiquiris - we'll bring in local food and drink just for your party.

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    ELYSIAN MEMBERSHIP (all year): All Indywood shows and events are free (except private events), and a free small popcorn at every show. Plus your name on the big screen for a year as an "original member," and a subscription to our weekly newsletter. And we'll throw in an Indywood T-shirt too. And YOUR NAME ON THE WALL for the rest of time.

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    MOVIE SPONSOR: Choose any movie you want and we'll get the rights to show it to the world!

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    INDYWOOD SPONSORSHIP: We will advertise your brand/event on our website, social media, newsletter and posters, as well as a full page ad on the Indywood screen for one month. Plus, you'll get two free tickets to an Indywood show and free popcorn.

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    ROYAL MEMBERSHIP (all year): All Indywood shows and events are free (except private events), a free LARGE popcorn at every show, as well as four comp ticket every month for your friends. Plus your name on the big screen for a year as an "original member," and a subscription to our weekly newsletter. And we'll throw in a T-shirt too! And YOUR NAME ON THE WALL for the rest of time.

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    VIDEO AD: We'll make you a minute long video and play it on the Indywood screen. We'll screen the ad amungst our trailers and put it on our website for a month.

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    THROWN-TOP MEMBERSHIP: Buy an Indywood chair. We'll put you name on the chair, and you'll get to sit in that chair no matter who's sitting there for a whole year. Even if it's Beyonce. Plus all the perks of a Year Long ROYAL MEMBERSHIP.

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Funding period

- (32 days)