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Update #9

It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times...

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"I am not a champion of lost causes, but of causes not yet won." - Norman Thomas

Well, we didn't make it.  I guess we'll just have to pack up and go home, resigned to our sad darkrooms-in-boxes and darkrooms-in-basements.  Tears roll gently down our faces, as we gaze into the darkroom-less abyss.

Ha, just kidding.

We are absolutely floored that we hit $15,000.  We are absolutely floored by the support we got in the community, and the press we got.  We have had major artists such as Ben Folds, Alan Messer, Jerry Atnip, Jim Herrington and a whole mess of others supporting us and donating to us. This whole thing was a major gamble by a small but determined band of die-hard film rebels, and we have been overwhelmed by the support we've gotten.  This this is going to happen, no question.

So here's the plan.

We had a successful silent auction in Nashville on Tuesday.  We're still building up buzz in the community.  I met a couple folks last night who were incredibly excited about the concept (and pledged), but told me that they just hadn't heard about the project until the last day or two.

We're going to capitalize on this, and launch a two-stage plan:

(1) Stage 1: Live events in and around Nashville.  We have some wicked awesome things in the works, some along the lines of pop-up gallery shows, some along the lines of the silent auction we just did, and some along the lines of ragin' parties.  Our goal will be to raise between $5,000 and $10,000 with these events.

(2) Stage 2: Relaunch the Kickstarter, with a more modest goal.  Heckfire -- if we'd only gone after $10,000 (or even $15,000), we'd be there.  All you backers, I hope you're still interested in supporting us (and don't worry, we'll give you a shout when we relaunch), 'cause none of us are going to stop until this thing's a reality.

We really want to capitalize on the momentum we've got going here (I think that if we'd had another week, we'd have hit our $20,000 goal), so it's not going to be a long time before we relaunch--just enough time to get organized, start getting the live events on the calendar, and line up some more press.

Here's how to stay involved until the relaunch:

(1) Sign up for our mailing list.  Easy.  You'll be kept abreast of everything, but we only email every 1-2 weeks, so your inbox won't be overwhelmed.

(2) Watch our website.  Major announcements will be posted there, on the front page, but also on the blog.

(3) Like our facebook page.  Events will appear there, as well as other announcements.

Again, we can't thank all of you enough -- you showed incredible passion in supporting us, and we can't wait to make the Nashville Community Darkroom a reality with your help!

ONWARD AND UPWARD!

John Haubenreich

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    ----------------- "Pinhole" ----------------- Your 3rd grade lunch money. Thanks so much! This also makes you eligible for any digital rewards that go to all backers (unlocked during stretch goals).

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    ------------ "Kodak Fun Saver" ----------- Disposable fun! Experience eternal glory, as we list you as a founding sponsor in a very special section of our website FOREVER. Also, a totally rad Nashville Community Darkroom sticker! (Note: Please ignore the conflict between "disposable fun!" and "eternal glory...FOREVER.")

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    ----------------- "Vivitar 110" --------------- You want a little bit more from your pledge. In addition to the "Kodak Fun Saver" rewards (website listing, sticker), you'll get a high-quality digital scan of one of our Founding Nashville Community Darkroom artist's art prints. We'll give you a couple choices -- use it as a desktop background, phone background, or what-have-you (just don't sell it, please).

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    ----------------- "Polaroid" ----------------- Who doesn't like mail? In addition to the "Vivitar 110" rewards (website sponsor, sticker, digital scan), you'll get a set of 5 hand-printed post-cards, made IN THE NASHVILLE COMMUNITY DARKROOM by a founding Nashville Community Darkroom member. With literally hundreds of negatives being used, no two 5-card packages will be the same! Keep 'em as mementos, or send them to your friends and family. We're sure they'll appreciate them. Finally, you get an invite to our EXCLUSIVE NASHVILLE COMMUNITY DARKROOM LAUNCH PARTY! It will be a high-class catered affair, where you'll get to mix and mingle with Nashville's finest, tour the completed darkroom, and network with Nashville photographers and artists. Not to be missed!

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    ---------- "Kodak Instamatic" ---------- For those wanting to give it a try: A founding member of the Nashville Community Darkroom will give you a STEP-BY-STEP TUTORIAL on printmaking IN THE NASHVILLE COMMUNITY DARKROOM. You will receive hands-on training in a one-hour session, among a group of no more than 15 people. You will have the opportunity to work with negatives, an enlarger, and the appropriate chemicals in this step-by-step tutorial. Asking questions, and individual attention are, of course, a part of the deal. We will offer multiple times to choose from for your class, but will attempt to work with all backers at this tier to make sure they can attend. [Note: Beginners welcome. No need to bring anything with you; we'll supply the negative and the paper, though if you have a B&W negative you'd like to use, bring it!] You also get an invite to our EXCLUSIVE NASHVILLE COMMUNITY DARKROOM LAUNCH PARTY, as described in the "Polaroid" tier.

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    ----------- "Kodak Brownie" ----------- For those wanting a memento: A founding member of the Nashville Community Darkroom will TAKE YOUR PICTURE (or that of someone else), and make you a one-of-a-kind print IN THE NASHVILLE COMMUNITY DARKROOM (you choose: 4x6 or 5x7). We will offer several times and locations to choose from to get your picture taken. You also get an invite to our EXCLUSIVE NASHVILLE COMMUNITY DARKROOM LAUNCH PARTY, as described in the "Polaroid" tier.

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    ----------------- "Olympus" ----------------- The package deal. You get all the awesome tangible rewards: An EXCLUSIVE Nashville Community Darkroom T-SHIRT, a 5-pack of our AWESOME HAND-PRINTED POSTCARDS, and a Nashville Community Darkroom sticker. BUT THAT'S NOT ALL: You'll also attain eternal digital glory, listed, as you will be, as a founding sponsor FOREVER on our website. You'll also get the high-quality digital scan described in the "Vivitar 110" tier and, finally, you get an invite to our EXCLUSIVE NASHVILLE COMMUNITY DARKROOM LAUNCH PARTY, as described in the "Polaroid" tier.

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    ---------- "The Original Kodak" ---------- A combination of the "Kodak Brownie" and "Kodak Instamatic" tiers: A founding Nashville Community Darkroom member will shoot a photo of you, and then you will join us at the NASHVILLE COMMUNITY DARKROOM for a one-hour, step-by-step tutorial as you/we collectively make the print of the photo we took! You also get an invite to our EXCLUSIVE NASHVILLE COMMUNITY DARKROOM LAUNCH PARTY, as described in the "Polaroid" tier.

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    ----------------- "Canon" ----------------- What about those that swing both ways? AC/DCs? Not everything can be analog, we get that. That's why two of our founding members (Allen and Emily) are offering to convert your old analog video footage to digital! They've done this before (trust them; they are experts), and can handle 16mm, 8mm, Super 8, VHS, and more. They'll physically clean your video (to make a clean transfer and preserve it), repair it as needed, and get it to you how you want it (digital files, DVDs, etc.). They'll do up to 10 "pieces" (i.e., reels, VHS tapes, etc.) for you. You also get an invite to our EXCLUSIVE NASHVILLE COMMUNITY DARKROOM LAUNCH PARTY, as described in the "Polaroid" tier. Finally, you'll receive a set of our HAND-PRINTED POSTCARDS, to get a little of that AC/DC feel. Analog? Digital? A little of both, please. [Note: If out-of-town, shipping of the film is not included (shipping of the post-cards is, however). You must either drop off/pick up your film or pay shipping to/from us -- we will contact you directly regarding shipping prices, as they will vary significantly depending on what you send.]

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    ----------------- "Rolleiflex" ----------------- A discount version of the combined "Olympus" and "Canon" tiers! If you want some AC/DC conversion, but also some Nashville Community Darkroom swag, this is the reward for you. You get the t-shirt, the post cards, the sticker, ETERNAL thanks on our website, and the digital scan, in addition to your video conversions. Finally, you get an invite to our EXCLUSIVE NASHVILLE COMMUNITY DARKROOM LAUNCH PARTY, as described in the "Polaroid" tier. [Note: As in the "Canon" tier, this price includes shipping of the NCD items, but not shipping costs of your film, if you are out of town. We will contact you directly about those.]

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    ----------------- "Mamiya" ----------------- Your walls are a little empty. You will work with a founding member of the Nashville Community Darkroom to select an image from a collection, and that member will hand-make a 16x20 print of that image IN THE NASHVILLE COMMUNITY DARKROOM. The finished print will be suitable for framing, and will almost certainly class up whatever living space you currently inhabit. You also get an invite to our EXCLUSIVE NASHVILLE COMMUNITY DARKROOM LAUNCH PARTY, as described in the "Polaroid" tier. [Note: International shipping not included, because prices will vary substantially. We will discuss shipping costs with you directly.]

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    ----------------- "Nikon" ----------------- For the connoisseur. Founding Nashville Community Darkroom member (and NCD Board Member) Andrea Behrends (check her out: http://www.andreabehrends.com/) will do a photo session (e.g., headshot or album cover) with you. This typically runs around $500, so you're getting a heck of a discount, pardner! You also get an invite to our EXCLUSIVE NASHVILLE COMMUNITY DARKROOM LAUNCH PARTY, as described in the "Polaroid" tier.

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    ------------------- "Leica" ------------------- A one-year membership to the Nashville Community Darkroom. This covers chemicals, orientation/training classes, and gallery fees (if you want to exhibit). A mad discount over what it will cost once the Kickstarter is over ($35/month for 12 months = $420, but you only pay $320! THE MATH JUST WORKS OUT). You also get an invite to our EXCLUSIVE NASHVILLE COMMUNITY DARKROOM LAUNCH PARTY, as described in the "Polaroid" tier.

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    ------------------- "Diana" ------------------- Bring out your inner Bettie Page and receive a two-hour portrait session of your choice with NCD supporter Jillian at Bombs Over Betty Photography! (check them out at http://www.bombsoverbettyphoto.com) This comes complete with hair and makeup by the amazing Tarryn (check out her work at www.tarrynfeldman.com). Normally, this runs around $650 so one lucky backer will be getting a staggering discount! And that's not all, you also get an invite to our EXCLUSIVE NASHVILLE COMMUNITY DARKROOM LAUNCH PARTY, as described in the "Polaroid" tier.

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    --------------- "Hasselblad" --------------- For the serious artiste and/or fancy-pants collector. You will receive one fine art print PRINTED AT THE NASHVILLE COMMUNITY DARKROOM (and at least 11x14) EVERY MONTH FOR A YEAR. That's 12 high-quality prints from a mixture of professional and accomplished amateur artists, delivered to you, in your fancy leather chair, over the course of the year. ********************************************** Also, a piece of Nashville Community Darkroom Equipment will be named in your honor, along the lines of "The J. Rockwell Merryfeather Memorial Enlarger" (Note: You do not have to be dead to claim this reward). You will get to choose which piece of equipment, and how you want the inscription to read (No profanity, please. This is a family establishment). Finally, you also get an invite to our EXCLUSIVE NASHVILLE COMMUNITY DARKROOM LAUNCH PARTY, as described in the "Polaroid" tier. In addition to public recognition and thanks at the event, you may even get a special chair.

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    ------ "Linhof Master Technika" ------ You are Ansel Adams and/or have inherited his estate. You will receive one fine art print PRINTED AT THE NASHVILLE COMMUNITY DARKROOM (and at least 11x14) EVERY MONTH FOR A YEAR. Your prints will be one-of-a-kind, and different from those sent to the "Hasselblad" backers. ********************************************** Furthermore, the entryway to the Nashville Community Darkroom will have a plaque or other engraving, listing you as a "founding dynasty" member (or some such verbiage -- we'll discuss it with you). You get first dibs on naming a piece of Nashville Community Darkroom equipment in your (or someone else's) honor, as described in the "Hasselblad" tier. You can choose any or all rewards you want from the "Leica" tier and below. Finally, you also get an invite to our EXCLUSIVE NASHVILLE COMMUNITY DARKROOM LAUNCH PARTY, as described in the "Polaroid" tier. You *definitely* get a special chair, as well as public recognition and thanks.

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