Update 6/16/11We made our funding target! But if this is your first time looking at this page, and you're were considering pledging but figured we've got all the money we need, please still go ahead and pledge!
Our funding target was the bare minimum we could get away with and your continued support in this final week could help raise production values and give this film and even better shot at bringing the story of this Boston institution to a national audience.
24 Hours At The South Street Diner is a short documentary that will shoot in Boston this summer.
Thank you for taking the time to look at our page and thank you even more if you pledge!
The South Street Diner, in the city's downtown Leather District, is notable for a number of reasons, but the one that springs to mind for most Boston residents - particularly students, waitstaff and club-goers - is that it's always open, 24 hours a day.
Here's what the movie is about:
We'll spend a full 24-hours in the diner, shooting from midnight on a Friday night through midnight on Saturday. We'll be there at 2:15am when the line outside snakes around the block, at 6am when the first breakfast customers come in, and at 6pm when the evening shift begins. We'll speak to regulars who've been coming for years, and to tourists making their first visit to South Street.
Along the way we'll interview owner Sol Sidell about the history of the diner - from its inception as a place for local factory workers through to its current incarnation as an after-hours hotspot. It's a fascinating story about the changing face of Boston and you can learn more on their own website: dinerboston.com.
Here's what we'll do with the movie when it's finished:
We intend to take the finished movie to US film festivals in 2012 - not least to the Independent Film Festival of Boston (iffboston.org), which will hopefully allow local pledgers the chance to see the movie on a big screen. Other targets include SXSW, Sundance, True/False - all the usual suspects.
Here's some stuff about the money:
We set our funding goal deliberately low. We have sunk a fair amount of our own money into the project, and our funding goal represents the lowest additional amount we could really get away with. Please don't stop pledging if we reach our funding goal - the more money we get the better we can make this movie.
The money will be used to fund equipment purchases that will help us deal with the logistical and physical challenges of shooting for 24 hours straight. Afterwards the kit will be recycled for use in our ongoing feature documentary, The Long Haul Project (thelonghaulproject.com) - our exploration of the role and importance of modern marriage.
Thank you for listening!
Thank you in advance to anyone who even thinks about pledging. More thanks if you actually follow through on that thought, but as our mothers taught us, it's the thought that counts. Except in this case, where it's the money that counts, especially if we're getting close to our funding target.
Tom & Melissa
- (30 days)