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"Like visual poems from a speedy person" delMarvelous is an experimental documentary webseries by NYC photographer Katrina del Mar.
"Like visual poems from a speedy person" delMarvelous is an experimental documentary webseries by NYC photographer Katrina del Mar.
"Like visual poems from a speedy person" delMarvelous is an experimental documentary webseries by NYC photographer Katrina del Mar.
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Hi my name is Katrina del Mar, I'm an award winning experimental filmmaker, photographer and artist living in New York City. Some of you know about my work but for those who don't (and for those who want a quick rewind), here’s the dirt: I make girl gang movies that have played at film festivals, art venues and public screenings in at least 14 countries. I shoot pinup-style portraits of strong beautiful sexy women ...and men… I've had art exhibitions, solo shows, group shows and/or screenings in galleries in Portugal, Provincetown, Berlin, Reykjavik, New York City, and even the Contemporary Art Museum in Bordeaux, France.

In the press and other writings I've been called a "major league cutie" "a wild woman" "the lesbian Russ Meyer." My work has been described as "high octane" "transcendent as it is transgressive" "epic and dystopian" "erotic, empowered and electric" and as "filth of the highest quality"!

And now I'm making a WebSeries Called "delMARVELOUS." The subtitle is "A Day in the Life: Katrina del Mar".

It's going to be what I'd call an artless, non-narrative, non-linear, semi surreal, experimental documentary style series.

Filming for Season One is already well underway, and editing has begun, but I need your help to bring you the episodes! I plan to make 30 episodes which will launch in weekly installments per three 10-week seasons! 

If you've always wanted insight into the lifestyle of a lesbian gigolo, if you are bored at work and want something to watch besides a kitten in a bowl, You will love “del Marvelous!” You will get to see art, artists, sexy women, surfing, rants, insane ideas, stupid dance moves. Sometimes it will incorporate artists talking about their process and ideas, but it can also be about my grandma, or how the sky looked at sunset, or a surf trip.  

Because it’s a slice of life, made without much editorializing, it won’t have a planned story arc. Therefore any emergence of story line will necessarily be organic and revelatory. At the same time it will be fairly self-evident and almost unimportant. It appeals to me in this stage of my life, as I’m moving closer to the existentialist thought that life is inherently meaningless, and that authenticity is paramount. 

 I think what I really wish to bring into focus is the conflict between this existentialist, depressive thought pattern and my persistent, giddy adherence to magical thinking and my innocent belief in hope and humanism. It’s probably going to be a study of the staggering fight against aging, depression and hopelessness. Fun!

delMARVELOUS "Like visual poems from a speedy person." -Eileen Myles

xerox photo zines: your reward for donating
xerox photo zines: your reward for donating
Katrina del Mar Tote bags a marvelous reward
Katrina del Mar Tote bags a marvelous reward
Kim with Her Eyes Rolled Back (The Kiss) 1993 black and white print 11x14 a nice reward
Kim with Her Eyes Rolled Back (The Kiss) 1993 black and white print 11x14 a nice reward
full color chromogenic prints by Katrina del Mar on metallic paper 24x36" an excellent reward
full color chromogenic prints by Katrina del Mar on metallic paper 24x36" an excellent reward
for $150, an exquisite image as an archival pigment print "Sara with Lara, Delray"  5x7" (this preview image has been blurred to avoid censorship)
for $150, an exquisite image as an archival pigment print "Sara with Lara, Delray" 5x7" (this preview image has been blurred to avoid censorship)
HORSES PORTFOLIO 7 signed prints as a sweet reward!
HORSES PORTFOLIO 7 signed prints as a sweet reward!
HORSES portfolio. A sweet reward!
HORSES portfolio. A sweet reward!
HORSES portfolio. A sweet reward.
HORSES portfolio. A sweet reward.
Slayers girl gang logo tshirt; a nice reward!
Slayers girl gang logo tshirt; a nice reward!
OUTCASTS girl gang logo T shirt
OUTCASTS girl gang logo T shirt
New Reward "E.V. Ills" gang logo Tshirt! a freaked out cat on skates in hot pink on a black shirt!
New Reward "E.V. Ills" gang logo Tshirt! a freaked out cat on skates in hot pink on a black shirt!

Risks and challenges

The life of a New York City artist is often viewed as glamorous and exciting. It IS! However, another reality is that it's a tough and gritty blue collar job, and finances are often tight!
I am raising money to bring you this series, because it costs money to make video content!
I called Apple recently for tech support and they referred to my computer as "vintage." I need to get the updated video editing software, a computer that isn't crashing all the time, an audio device for recording good sound, and I'd like to hire an intern because slavery is outlawed! Also, I like to pay people when they help me.
My estimated costs average out to $600-700 per episode and we're slated for 30 episodes in three ten week installments! So that's ambitious but so is EVERYTHING ELSE I DO! (e.g. my last girl gang movie had a cast of 55 women on skateboards, roller-skates and bikes, battling it out in the streets and basements of New York! It got made, sold out its premiere screening, was shown around the world to acclaim and won an award.)

Thanks very much, I really appreciate it! I hope you'll help me meet my fundraising goal! Please share this widely.

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    A big "Thank You" with your name on the delMarvelous series web page.

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    Girl Gang T Shirts & Postcards! choose your gang! "The Slayers", "The E.V. Ills" or "the Outcasts" silkscreened on an all cotton T shirt* AND a set of Katrina del Mar MOVIE POSTCARDS & a big thank you on the delMarvelous series web page! *you get one t shirt; your choice of logo and size.

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    A set of Katrina del Mar's xeroxed photozines, and a big "Thank You" with your name on the DelMarvelous series web page!

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    A digital download of the delMarvelous WebSeries!

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    a limited edition "Katrina del Mar" tote bag, A set of Katrina del Mar's xeroxed photozines & a big "thank you" with your name on the delMarvelous series web page.

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    All of the above plus the amazing "Girl Gang Trilogy" on DVD: comprised of three films, "Gang Girls 2000", "SURF GANG" and "Hell on Wheels: Gang Girls Forever" directed and produced by Katrina del Mar: a series of three short films made over a ten year span shot on Super 8mm film and video. Get all three films (each approx 30 minutes in length) on one Chic Standard Definition DVD. PLUS a signed Gang Girls 2000 xeroxed zine "picture book."

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    All of the above, plus a signed and numbered 5x7"archival pigment photographic print of "Sara & Lara, Delray"

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    "Summer Sang in Me" a signed and numbered limited edition, hand-made, leather bound, full color, 200 page book of photographs by Katrina del Mar comprising 20+ years of work as a photographer. And a big "Thank You" with your name on the delMarvelous series web page.

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    A Photoshoot with Katrina del Mar. I will do a portrait photoshoot of you / your band / your family! You either come to my NYC studio or I will come to you*, or even more exciting, we can shoot on location! You'll get hi res files of up to three great images for your personal, press relations, social media or publicity use. *Travel limited to Manhattan or Brooklyn, NYC, (unless you're paying travel expenses to someplace really great and my schedule allows it.)

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    "The Kiss (Kim kissing Melissa)" a signed and numbered 11x14" black and white photographic print, limited to an edition of 12 ALSO Katrina del Mar Tote bag and A big "Thank You" with your name on the delMarvelous series web page.

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    HORSES PORTFOLIO. SEVEN beautiful signed photographs of beautiful icelandic ponies in a vast wild landscape. 8x10" archival pigment prints come in a small hand made folio. Do you love horses? me too.

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    YOU suggest the theme for an episode, and with my full creative control, I will execute an episode that YOU dictate thematically! It can be a color like blue, or a subject like plastic. And a big "Thank You" with your name on the delMarvelous series web page. And! Executive Producer Credit!

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    Signed, limited edition photographic print "Teresa Hula Hooping on her Grandmother's Bed" 24x30" (limited to 7 prints at this size) photographic print on archival metallic photo paper. ALSO A set of xeroxed photozines, a Katrina del Mar tote bag, The "Girl Gang Trilogy" DVD and a big "Thank You" with your name on the DelMarvelous series web page!

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    Signed, limited edition photographic print "Gina in the Bodega" 24x30" (limited to 7 prints at this size) photographic print on archival metallic photo paper. ALSO A set of xeroxed photozines, a Katrina del Mar tote bag, The "Girl Gang Trilogy" DVD and a big "Thank You" with your name on the DelMarvelous series web page!

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    Signed, limited edition photographic print "Melanie on the roof in Skates" 24x30" (limited to 7 prints at this size) photographic print on archival metallic photo paper. ALSO A set of xeroxed photozines, a Katrina del Mar tote bag, The "Girl Gang Trilogy" DVD and a big "Thank You" with your name on the DelMarvelous series web page!

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    Surf lesson with Katrina del Mar! I learned to surf as an adult, after a lifetime of late nights, rock n roll, and partying. I can teach you the basics of surfing, including etiquette, safety and the fun of it all. I'll drive us to the beach and back,* we can hang out on the beach and eat pizza afterwards. *Includes a RT drive to NYC adjacent beaches (probably Rockaway or Long Beach) from Manhattan or Brooklyn, with surfboards.

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    Signed, numbered, mounted, and FRAMED. "Otter with her dogs, Brooklyn" 30x40" photo print on metallic archival paper. limited edition print 1/7
    ALSO A set of xeroxed photozines, a Katrina del Mar tote bag and a big "Thank You" with your name on the DelMarvelous series web page!

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    A delMarvelous episode all about YOU. Limited to production within New York City, with my full creative control. I will come visit your home, event, business, studio or gallery, film you and/or it and make a cool 1-3 minute episode about you. Yes, I do weddings. You get a hi res export for your personal use. (naturally, this doesn't include 3rd party licensing of music, unless I make the music up on the spot while I'm filming but I'm not promising that.) And! A big "Thank You" with your name on the delMarvelous series web page with Executive Producer Credit!

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