We have worked on Battle for Brooklyn for 8 years, during which we have seen the film slowly build support and gain momentum among a wide and diverse audience. Raising $25k on Kickstarter - after striking out on two dozen grant applications - was a big UP. Finishing the film and premiering at Hot Docs was a huge UP. Launching it in theaters in NYC and LA has led to critical acclaim. Self-distributing the film this way got us qualified for the Academy Awards. We also had an amazing time at the Brooklyn Film Festival, where the film won the Grand Chameleon Award.
Now that awards season is in full swing, Battle is in the running for some of the big ones. However, there are a lot of expenses involved with getting a film qualified for these awards. We need to make an expensive Digital Cinema Package ($6,000 for that alone!), advertise, travel, and hire publicists. At a bare minimum, we need to raise 9K. 100% of the money raised will go towards our efforts to bring the film to as wide an audience as possible.
Every time we have a screening, audiences stay until the last frame of the credits as they are deeply moved by the universal themes it explores. Battle for Brooklyn is an important film about an important story. Completing it was the first step, and we now have to give more people the chance to see it.
Thank you for your consideration and support. It means everything to us.
The great news is that all pledges to this project are tax deductible in the 2011 calendar year. We have partnered with our fiscal sponsor and all around supporter, the Moving Pictures Institute (MPI). If we reach our goal, pledges will be collected by MPI, which means they will count as a donation to a 501 3c.
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