About this project
Stretch Goal $25,000
Our total budget is much higher than the $5,000; way higher! Not only do we need expenses for the directors to live while in Skopelos but we are lacking all of the equipment needed for filmmaking. Luckily we have very generous directors that bring everything with them but slowly we would like to build the equipment that the children can utilize year after year. Please help us reach our total goal!
What better way for kids to investigate and understand their world, their environment than to work collaboratively to create a documentary film. That’s exactly what is going to happen, with your help, at The Skopelos Foundation for the Arts in the Summer of 2013. 60 young Greeks (ages 13 to 18) from Skopelos and the surrounding islands will create a series of short films about clay. You know, that wonderful combination of aluminum phyllosilicates, metal oxides and water that we used to walk on before concrete sidewalks and asphalt streets were invented.
For thousands of years shaping, molding, painting and firing clay helped define the arts and developing cultures of humans: from ancient Mesopotamia to the Fertile Crescent to the ancient civilizations of Africa, to the Greek Islands and the civilizations of Greece and Rome. A walk through almost any museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York or the Archeological Museum in Athens will unfold the story of human history through the clay pottery that is our ancestor's gift to our generation.
The Greeks carried the practical and decorative arts of pottery to new heights. In our day, we have one of the most renowned pottery studios in all of Greece. Nikos Rodios throws magnificent pottery modeled on the work of ancient Greeks, using the same wheel and tools used by his grandfather decades ago.
The young documentary filmmakers will learn from Nikos Rodios, a third generation ceramist and other local artists and archeologists and will be mentored by an international group of film makers to create ten short documentaries on the rich history and art of clay pottery.
Each young participant in the project will take three 4-hour classes with professors of folklore and local history, under the supervision of Professor Kostas Siros. They will be asked to obtain oral histories from parents, family or friends who whose memories stretch back beyond the age of plastic – when clay pitchers for water, canters for wine and clay pots for olives were everyday items.
Some project participants may want to document a time when life was simpler (or so it seems now). Others may be attracted to explore the amazing history of clay decorative art on the Island. Some may want to dig into the geology of the region or explore how our ancestors devised strategies for more efficient survival using the soil under their feet.
Participants will work in small groups of 6 with a mentor-filmmaker. The final films, each with a unique perspective on ‘Clay” will be shown at the Skopelos International Film Festival for Youth (SIFFY) on August 4th, 2013.
Where the Money Will Go
We are asking you to support this project - the creation of these short documentaries and their exhibition at the Festival.
We need to raise $25,000 in the next two months to make this happen. Part of the money raised will go for transportation and expenses to bring the filmmaker mentors to Skopelos. The balance will be used to purchase LCD projector, cameras, tape stock or hard drives and 2 editing stations.
The topic seems simple. But when engaged by the creative minds of young people from the Greek Islands of the Northern Sporades exploring their own rich land and history, the results will be exciting.
So please, give as generously as you can. Right now! Don’t wait. Statistically people who don’t contribute to a Kickstarter campaign when they finish reading about the project, forget to contribute.
You are required to sign up with Amazon.com in order to make a donation. I apologize for the extra work involved but it will be worth it!
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge will be to make sure all of the pieces come together. We have to have enough invited professionals to students and volunteers from Skopelos. We have built a solid reputation within the community so we have approximately fifty people from the island that will volunteer so we now have a good team in place. The professionals that we invite have participated in film festivals around the world so they are used to being flexible in all types of situations. This will be my third time organizing an event like this so I have learned what works and what doesn't. There will be so many bumps along the way but we will keep going by focusing on the end result.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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