STRETCH GOAL! $4,750
First of all we are INCREDIBLY grateful to everyone who has supported this project so far and helped us reach our initial goal! We've decided to launch a stretch goal of $4,750 to cover Kickstarter fees and a few extra production costs. We are so excited to make this film and the support that we've been shown thus far is extremely encouraging. If you are excited about this project as well, please consider donating to help us meet our stretch goal. Thank you!!!
You're going to do WHAT?
On August 1st, 2013 we are hitting the road to film a short documentary on the world's longest yard sale. It’s called the 127 Sale and it runs the first weekend of every August from Addison, Michigan to Gadsden, Alabama. Since 1987 people have cleaned out their closets and set out goods for sale alongside antique vendors in the fields, parking lots, and towns along US Highway 127. Shoppers come from neighboring towns and across the U.S. to scour the spread for affordable necessities and unique collector’s items. The result is a massive exchange of not only goods, but also cultures, customs, ideas, and narratives.
The yard sale is a fascinating American tradition, and a perfect setting for a documentary film. An object is a time capsule of stories. An old rocking chair, a fondue fork, a pink shag carpet — every item has its own narrative, and that is the focus of our documentary. As we travel the length of the sale, we will document the stories behind items sold and bought — where they’ve been, why they’re here, and where they will go next. Through the lens of these "object narratives," the film will reveal personal stories about the people buying and selling them — universal stories of family histories, love, loss, nostalgia, and the human experience.
We believe in the power of stories to incite empathy, understanding, and open-mindedness across cultures. The object narratives in our film will be entertaining, but they also have the potential to stir up memories, provoke thoughts, and remind us of our own lives. Documentary films allow strangers to feel like neighbors and friends. Stories help to connect us, to relate to one another's struggles, and to share in moments of happiness and sadness.
WHO are you?
We are Riley Hooper and Katrina Sorrentino. We are friends, roommates, and documentary filmmakers. We love to shop at flea markets and thrift stores, to wear vintage sun dresses, and to decorate our Brooklyn apartment with second-hand treasures.
Riley's most recent documentary short FLO has screened internationally at such prestigious film festivals as Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival and Palm Springs International ShortFest, and has garnered top prizes, including the Grand Jury Prize at the 2012 DOC NYC festival.
In 2010 she filmed a short documentary at a yard sale in Los Angeles. It’s a fun, quirky piece full of delightful characters. Check out the teaser, or watch the full film here.
Katrina studied cinematography at NYU and has has produced work for PBS Nature and Cabin Creek Films. Through her photography she celebrates the overlooked and restful moments of daily life, and she promises to bring a strong photographic eye to the aesthetic of this film. She is the director of photography and producer of Crossing Over, a feature documentary currently in post-production that follows three transgender immigrants from Mexico as they struggle to receive political asylum in the U.S.
Joining us to assist with sound recording and camera operating are recording engineer Jonathan Seale and filmmaker/editor Bryan Chang. Jonathan is the co-founder of Mason Jar Music, an audio/visual production company that has collaborated with such talents as Feist and Andrew Bird. Bryan is a member-owner of Meerkat Media, a film collective specializing in independent documentary and works for clients such as HBO, MTV, TIME Magazine, and Google. Most recently he was the lead editor on the feature documentary Narco Cultura.
We are a self-sufficent documentary filmmaking team, and have most equipment and production costs handled. However, this project involves quite a bit of travel. We are raising funds for airfare, gas, and accommodation during the sale. The money will also go toward post-production. Things like sound mixing, color correcting, and film festival submissions are expensive, so every little bit helps.
What's in it for ME?
We hope that you are interested in the narratives our film will capture, and anticipate that you will relate to them on a very personal level, and in unforeseen ways.
Also, did we mention the trinkets? We love buying unique gifts for people, and are excited to purchase items along this year’s sale for YOU! If you like the aesthetic of our video and photos, then you’ll like what we pick out for you! So you know it's unique and special, each item will be stamped with an official "Riley and Katrina 127 Sale" seal of approval.
Risks and challenges
The premise of our film rests in a faith that there will amazing stories to find along highway 127, and that we will be able to capture them. Of course there is no way for us to stop everywhere and tell every story. But we've been meticulously planning out our route on Google Maps, and have been thinking hard about the types of stories we want to capture and the themes we want to touch upon. We are researching extensively and thoroughly, so that when it's go time we will have the confidence to make purposeful decisions in terms of where to stop and what to film in order to make a great film.
Driving 690 miles in four days is a challenge in and of itself. Add making a documentary film into the mix and we've got a lot on our plate. But we're young and energetic! If ever there was a time to hit the road and make a film, this is it.
In terms of rewards, the items we've listed here are just examples chosen to portray the size and value of things we will be buying at the sale for each reward level. We cannot guarantee that you will receive an item we've mentioned, or even that you'll like what you get! But remember, we have good taste in trinkets.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter