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9 holes of improvised conversation about international relations from look-a-like political impersonators.
9 holes of improvised conversation about international relations from look-a-like political impersonators.
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Premise

PowerPlays is a series of short films where look-a-like political impersonators improvise conversation on international relations during 9 holes of golf.

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Politicians and diplomats are guarded and very careful with their words. In PowerPlays, look-a-like actors are cast as political figures for pairings in a game of minimal physical ability and maximum conversational skills: golf.

The golf course can be seen as an outdoor board room — an area to discuss public matters in a leisurely situation. In PowerPlays, the actors assume the position of politicians. By using the knowledge developed during their research of the role, actors formulate conversation through the performance of 9 holes of golf, ending with a proposition that imagines how future personal and diplomatic relationships could progress for the two nations.

Through the simple satirical premise of 9 holes of golf, the project aims to propose an alternate platform for political conversation and decision-making.

Politicians do not meet without an agenda. Even if a meeting were to be over a game of golf, it would be to discuss a particular matter (or to give the impression they are).

PowerPlays offers a new alternative to political discussion and decision-making for both unlikely and likely politicians to meet on the golf course. The matches could be considered a networking event as politicians may discover unknown potential through discussion in an leisurely environment when they are removed from the pressure and formalities of traditional political systems. Or it could even be considered a political speed-dating as the politicians have the a set time constraint of a hole of golf to come to an agreement, resolution, or disagreement on multiple topics.

Rewards

For $50(£35) We'll mail you an autographed impersonator press photo, postcard, and stickers:

For $100(£70) We'll mail you custom golf balls used in the performance:

 For $800(£550) We'll mail you a custom caddy uniform:

For $1000(£685) You'll have a sponsorship in the project: 

Your name or companies name will occur in the film through existing on some golf memorabilia. And we will mail you the custom materials after the production. (Must be claimed before April 25th).

Production Team

The films are a mix of documentation of a performance and an absurd fiction. To get the films right we'll be working with a talented camera team to capture the interactions between the 6 actors involved in each performance, and a sound team to record the dialogue between politicians and supporting characters.

About the Director

Rachel Knoll arrived in London where she's pursuing an MA in Design Interactions from Royal College of Art through Minneapolis, Boulder, Montreal, and Zurich.

Her work has been exhibited in screenings and galleries from London, Zurich, Kuala Lumpar, Los Angeles, Minneapolis and New York, and has been featured Wired, Vice, Vimeo Staff Picks, The Atlantic, and Huffington Post.

She once tried (and failed) to win a Guinness World Record for most copies owned of the DVD Gigli (1 real, and many, many fakes).

Rachel's work can be viewed here: www.rachelknoll.com

About the Designer

Meredith Oberg is a designer working in Minneapolis. (And is catmom to Winnie.)

Meredith's work can be viewed here: www.meredithednalucille.com

About the Sound Recordist

Paul Freeman is a sound artist, sound designer and musician based in London. His work originates from a fascination with the aural connection to place, coupled with an interest in investigating the mediums through which we document and present these aural experiences.

Paul's work can be viewed here: www.paultqfreeman.com

Risks and challenges

The political look-a-likes have been casted and the scripts have been written. I'm working with a talented (and large) cast and crew to make sure we create an engaging and ambitious series of films. A lot of research is going in to briefing the characters and we are making something that I think is very challenging and we believe that the final outcome is well worth it and we are excited to share what we make with you!

I've already set aside $2,500 of my own funds to create this project and I'm hoping to use crowd-funding for the rest of the production cost of these films which includes compensation for cast and crew, location fees, craft services, transportation, wardrobe, equipment, and the creation of elaborate materials for use in the performance by the twelve characters.

Here's a very brief summary of where the money will go

Cast (compensation for 10 actors)
Crew (compensation for 10 crew members)
Coaching actors of various skill sets how to golf
Making actors in to look-a-like political impersonators (wardrobe, make-up, wigs)
Travel for cast and crew
Location fees
Art Direction: creating props and golf memorabilia to give PowerPlays a distinct style, separate from expectations of political interactions, separate from expectations of interactions on a golf course
Equipment Rental
Production Insurance
Lots of coffee lots of sandwiches
Post production: transcribing hours of political dialogue, editing, color.
Prop Creation, Kickstarter Fees

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    Campaign Supporter:

    We'll email you a hi5 and a personal thank you from the director.

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    Campaign Supporter x2 (Probably Voter Fraud):

    We'll email you a hi5 and a personal thank you from the director PLUS some sneak peek images!

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    Leaked Training Footage:

    You will receive a digital copy of the film when it is complete and a potentially scandalous short film of the less inept politicians and crew learning to play golf.

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    Letter from the President:

    You will receive an illustrious thank-you note from the director included with an autographed press photo from one of the political Impersonators, two PowerPlays stickers, plus the rewards below.

    Your name will also be listed under a 'Thank You' portion of the production booklet.

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    Spectator Sport:

    Want to show-off your attendance to your Angela Merkel's golf debut? We will mail you one of the custom golf balls used in the performances that strayed off target.

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    The Buy-In:

    You will receive a half page advertisement inside a production booklet highlighting behind the scenes production planning and legislative drawn up by the political impersonators (and the production booklet itself).

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    Political Agenda:

    Study the conversation from unlikely political pairings with a booklet documenting the transcribed conversation during 9 holes of golf, the accompanying script for the improvisation.

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    Chose a topic!:

    Time travel? Al Pacino? Kanye West's new album?

    You can chose a topic the politicians will talk about during one of the holes.

    MUST BE CLAIMED BEFORE MAY 1st.

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    Political Influence:

    A impersonator of a political figure in PowerPlays will record an endorsement or greeting of your wording (a list of politicians will be sent for to chose), plus the rewards below.

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    Ambassador Status:

    Start facilitating diplomatic discussion in a custom caddy uniform.

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    Big Wig Sponsorship:

    Your sponsorship for the film will also be a sponsorship for a politician of choice. Your name or company will appear in the films through existing on golf memorabilia: for example on driver sock, flags, towels, etc. You will be shipped the memorabilia after the production and receive an associate producer credit in the film.

    MUST BE CLAIMED BY APRIL 25TH.

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Funding period

- (27 days)