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We need money to pay for footage rights for a documentary short on "The Smut Capital of America" -- San Francisco in the 1970s

***UPDATE***
We're almost there, at least for this round of funding! That's not to say that we won't take your hard-earned dollars over the $5000 mark -- to be sure, the actual budget will end up be significantly higher, not counting our sanity and our credit history. So as we enter the home stretch, thanks again for your continued support, and thanks for all the pledges! Keep 'em coming -- I'm not busking outside the BART yet, but I will if it means I can get this movie done!

Mike
More about 'Smut" We're raising money to pay for footage for our documentary about 'the Smut Capital of America' -- San Francisco in the late 60s and early 70s -- and we need your help!

While researching a project on pornographer-philanthropist Chuck Holmes, we came across a 1971 NYTimes article on the city, and on then-Supervisor Dianne Feinstein's attempt to clean it up. We've been talking to people who were there -- porno house operators, models, filmmakers -- from San Francisco's Tenderloin, trying to figure out how porn came out of the closet, and why it happened in San Francisco.

We're close to finishing the project -- in fact, the interviews are complete and we've pieced together a clip from our 15 minute opus above -- but the footage that we need to use to tell the story is very expensive. Much of that footage from that era is on old 16mm reels which costs a lot of money to reconstitute and digitize. And rights to other footage, like news footage, can cost up to $150 PER SECOND. Even the rights to photos cost money.

The fifteen minute short will screen at festivals this winter, but only if we're able to raise the money to pay for the footage. We're making deals to get discounts on this footage now and are paying for it out of pocket as well, but we still need more than $7,500 to make our actual budget. Help us excavate one of the forgotten sites from the Sexual Revolution -- San Francisco's Tenderloin.

Getting Our Rocks Off: A Historical Perspective (SF Bay Guardian)
http://www.sfbg.com/sexsf/2010/09/27/getting-our-rocks-historical-perspective

SF Lovingly Called "Smut Capital of America"
http://sfist.com/2010/09/30/san_francisco_was_once_lovingly_cal.php>

San Francisco: The Real Smut Capital? (Violet Blue's Open Source Sex)
http://www.tinynibbles.com/blogarchives/2010/09/san-francisco-the-real-smut-capital-of-america.html

A Historical Look at Hardcore (The Sword)
http://www.thesword.com/index.php/all-stories/42-depts/3990-a-historical-look-at-hardcore-porn.html

Mike

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    Our dossier of articles, including the Porn Capital of America article that inspired the piece, from NY Times, SF Chronicle, The Berkeley Barb, Playboy and others about San Francisco's role as the center of porn in America in the late 60s and early 70s.

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    A digital copy of the finished short, Smut Capital of America (delivered right to your in-box without FBI interference).

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    The articles above, as well as a copy of the full short once footage has been paid for.

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    Invitation to the SF Premiere of 'Smut Capital' as well as the above.

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    Associate Producer Credit and a night out with the filmmakers in the Tenderloin, plus all of the above and our undying appreciation.

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