Small Star Seminar will be a crowd-generated road film, concert film, documentary and narrative. I will travel across the US and through select countries as a singing representative of the Small Star Corporation, a company that urges people to give up their goals, stop reaching for the stars and start looking for the stars within their minds.
All live events will be crowd generated. I will be passed between event organizers and supporters like a baton in a relay race. Artists in each location will capture footage before, during and after the regional seminars that they will help coordinate. These images and recordings will be used to create our story.
In 2012 I began the global arts collaborative, Captain Ahab’s Motorcycle Club. The club was constructed through member-generated artwork, music, film, photos and live events. The objective was to create a global collective that could produce elements for a feature film. The club itself was a success. It was presented at festivals worldwide and was developed in part through the Sundance Institute. The Small Star Seminar film production will embrace the strengths of Captain Ahab’s Motorcycle Club while supplying the collaborative with a project that I am very excited about.
Small Star Seminar premiered as a musical stage performance in Wrocław, Poland in March 2015. The music was released as an album in April 2015. Both the performance and recordings have received critical acclaim. Lyrics from the Seminar have since been translated into different languages by artists and supporters throughout the world. The meanings behind these songs have been interpreted in various and surprising ways. The possibility of various interpretations opens a door for unexpected changes in this story. Though a plot-line is in place the story will undoubtedly mutate and evolve as the process continues. This promises to be a fun and entertaining film experience like no other. This campaign is to raise the bare minimum necessary to launch this project. You can preview the music for Small Star Seminar at corymcabee.net. The collection is also available on iTunes and Spotify.
Join the project. We need backers, contributors, creators, DPs, PAs, coordinators, audience members, friends on the road and more. Please sign up HERE.
The collaboration for Small Star Seminar has begun! In early April I posted the first "Small Star Corporation" video. The presentation embraces a growing trend in online entertainment and music. It is now common practice for record companies to pre-release songs online as lyric videos with text and music only. Since its release the lyrics have been translated by artists and supporters around the world. This video is currently available in English, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Korean, Swedish, Persian, Romanian, French, Hungarian and Maltese. A stage presentation can also be modified to any language with lyrics projected on screen in time with the music.
Risks and challenges
This entire project is both a risk and a challenge. These are two of the reasons why I find it interesting. I have never done a project like this before. I don’t know anyone who has, but as long as I continue to adapt as this film develops there will be no permanent problems. I have had to put projects on hold, but I have never quit one.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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