Rolf Schulz decided at the age of 51 that he would leave the rigidity of the bureaucratic German society, to pursue his dream of building a castle in the Dominican Republic. Today, at the age of 72, Rolf lives in the Mundo King Art Gallery, a five-story castle atop a hill in Sosua. While there is no electricity or running water, the castle contains thousands of art works - sculptures of monsters and spaceships, paintings, murals and installations.
Rolf is a maker with wild ideas. Ultimately those creative ambitions may have cost him relationships, and his entire savings. He is now completely supported by donations from tourists drawn to his castle.
Rolf continues with wild ideas. We hope to give him the attention he has always desired as a creator. And, maybe help finish his life’s work. Join us on Facebook!
How Far Along Is the Film?
It's really incredible how far the film has come on limited financial resources. We've shot about 80% of the story and have invested around $20,000 of our own money to bring the project this far, but the final push will require outside help. We need a fuel-injection of funds to keep production rolling to the finish line. If this campaign is successful, we can complete shooting by July 2015. Onward and upward!
How Does Kickstarter Work?
Kickstarter is a safe and quick way for people to donate money to independent projects. But there is an exciting (if daunting) catch: it is an all-or-nothing proposition. We have 30 days to make the targeted goal of $15,000. If, for instance, we only raise $14,999 by the deadline, we get nothing. Yikes.
Where Will the Money Go?
Your money goes directly to our budget. Here’s the breakdown:
$5,000 goes towards travel. Three of us will be heading to the Dominican Republic at the end of June. Housing, car and flights are all a part of this. Luckily, we have made many connections down in the DR, making this not nearly as expensive as it could be.
$2,500 Will go towards gear rental and a day with a drone and drone operator.
$5,500 Will go towards post production. On average an editor is paid around $500-$600 a day. We have been doing a lot of the post work ourselves, but will need another editor to join the team. Color correction and sound editing will also be a part of this.
$2,000 Will go towards Kickstarter tax and rewards.
Director/Editor: Michael DeMinico is a filmmaker, musician and educator from Brooklyn, NY. During the winter Michael works at Quest To Learn in Chelsea where he is collaborating with artists and educators to start a Film and Theater program next school year. Recently, Michael’s first film as an Associate-producer came out on digital entitled “Let Timmy Smoke” a feature length documentary. Michael has a BS in Theater Arts from Skidmore College and a MA in Media Studies from the New School in New York City.
Writer/Photographer/Editor: Ty McMahan has spent the bulk of his career in newsrooms, including a 5-year run at Dow Jones contributing to the Wall Street Journal. Always on the hunt for a good story, Ty has covered everything from murder trials to county fairs. He currently runs marketing and content initiatives for a venture-backed start-up in Lower Manhattan. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Photographer/Editor: Jonathan Nesteruk believes a portrait photographer should strive to strike a balance between creating a distinct aesthetic and allowing his subject to be represented honestly. His work has appeared in New York Magazine, Slate and numerous national advertising campaigns. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife Danielle and the "Aston Martin of Dogs," Django.
Risks and challenges
This project has been something I have been working on for three years. Traveling to the Dominican Republic, shooting and editing the project all by myself has proven to be incredibly rewarding, but expensive and extremely time consuming. The time has not been a problem as I truly love and believe in the project, but the financials have been at times very difficult. Originally, the plan was to make a short video in order to practice the craft of filmmaking (something I teach in a NYC public school). As the project has grown both in terms of gigabytes and people we must ask for help to finish production, editing, festival fees and distribution. Thank you for your support!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (31 days)