An indie documentary about a wandering traveler turned full-time maker magician. Monkeybots, suitcase machines, and more.
NOTE: Each and every one of our backers will be listed on the Building Magic website. ALL BACKERS Of $100 or more will be listed in the CREDITS OF THE FILM!
Building Magic: an indie documentary about inventor Mario the Magician. It's a deeply personal story, yet speaks to anyone who has ever pursued a dream.
"This is one of those great meetings of art and technology that illuminates the maker movement so well." -MAKE Magazine
In discussing ideas for a feature-length documentary, we realized right away that in expanding Building Magic from a 5 minute short film to a 60 minute documentary, we would have to delve into Mario's past, a time before his first magic trick, a time when Mario wrestled with his faith and hitchhiked across the United States searching for identity and meaning in his life. Set to the rhythm of an original soundtrack provided by THE HEADLOCKS, we see the film as a story with a rich past and a fascinating present, a story that would resonate with young and mature audiences alike. As Kal describes it, Mario's journey trips into darkness and then is flooded with light like a tractor trailer's high beams thrown on in the middle of a cold night.
About the project:
Building Magic has evolved from a 5 minute short film, to an 11 minute short film, to what we hope will become a feature-length 60 minute documentary. In December of 2012, the 5 minute version debuted to wild applause at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center in New York City. Since then, thousands more have watched the short film online. Mario has received hundreds of emails, comments, tweets, and Facebook messages from people all around the world who have been genuinely touched and inspired by his story. Based on this overwhelming feedback, Kal suggested extending Building Magic to an 11 minute exclusive version for film festivals. On July 1st Building Magic became an official selection of the 2013 DC Shorts Film Festival and will screen at the US NAVY Memorial Museum Theater at Penn Quarters in Washington, DC this September. The extended short received a perfect score of 100 from all three admission judges! These are their comments:
"This entertaining narrative film about a street magician is a must see film. It is highly creative, well done and keeps your interest throughout the film. Definitely a magical film!"
"This is a wonderful documentary about Mario the Magician, a self-taught magician in New York City who entertains children. The film is narrated by Mario and the narration is superb including descriptions of his philosophy of magic, how he designs and builds his magic tricks from common materials, and how he entertains children. Mario is incredibly creative and this comes through. This is a film that will be thoroughly enjoyed by both children and adults. Highly recommended!!"
"The magician gives a personal account as to how he builds his magic tricks and carries them to his largely child audiences. This film is a crowd pleaser on all counts. I liked everything about it."
Our dream is to make Building Magic into a feature length documentary. We have the stories. We need your help to raise the funds to complete this film.
About our subject:
Mario "the Magician" Marchese is a husband, father, performer, maker, inventor, artist, creator. His livelihood is his children's magic show, which has influenced many an NYC area child. His performance style reminds many of old-time vaudevillians, but his presence is way more than a throw-back. He has earned attention from the likes of MAKE Magazine for his unique, handmade props, many of which include cutting edge technology like 3D printing and Arduino microcontrollers. NYC's renowned Lincoln Center has hosted several of Mario's performances for their public programming, and he just completed a run of NYTimes-recommended performances at Metropolitan Room as well. Read a review.
Here is Mario's website: www.mariothemagician.com
What we need:
Filmmaking is expensive! We are trying to raise a relatively humble amount of $35,000 to complete the feature-length version of Building Magic. After Kickstarter/Amazon Payment fees, that amount goes toward:
• pre-shoot creative development and location scouting
• audio narration
• post-production logging, editing, color correction, audio editing, revision
• compensation for music rights
• DVD production + duplication
We have kept our budget at a minimum for this campaign, because we REALLY want to make this movie! But, if we are able to raise an extra $5,000, we'll be able to include 1-2 trips to shoot on location at areas significant to Mario's story. If we raise an extra $10,000, we'll be able to do even more traveling, tracing some of Mario's past, and/or get awesome design work done for posters/DVD, and maybe even some free live events for our supporters.
THANK YOU. Sincerely. We've been overwhelmed by the response to our promo version of Building Magic. Our thanks to each and every person who reached out to give us their feedback. We're absolutely humbled. The feature-length version of this would be a dream come true for all involved, and we appreciate every single pledge so much, no matter the amount.
Among the options, we are offering:
• Mario the Magician wooden nickel
• Mario the Magician portrait by artist Johanna Goodman
• tickets to a LIVE NYC show by Mario the Magician
• handmade wooden magic wand by Mario
• 3D printed three shell game, designed by Mario, printed on his own personal MakerBot Replicator 2
• live levitation at your event
• 3D printed Astor Place NYC Cube, designed by Mario, printed on his own personal MakerBot Replicator 2
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
As our project is quite straightforward, with few people involved, our risks are minimal. As long as Marcel the Mechanical Monkey doesn't come to life and devour us all, the movie WILL get made in a timely manner. Please, see the progress of our film up to this point, with the short versions already completed, and take that as evidence that we are serious about this!
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