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We’re planning a super special festival this year to celebrate Dallas VideoFest’s 25th anniversary! Will you help us raise $5,000?
We’re planning a super special festival this year to celebrate Dallas VideoFest’s 25th anniversary! Will you help us raise $5,000?
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Why Support Dallas Videofest 25th Anniversary?

For 25 years, we’ve been celebrating the invention of video, film and new media. Why? Because with video, ideas and images become more accessible than ever before. It's powerful, provocative, and flexible. Media makers can play—witness Ernie Kovac’s pioneering TV series. We can convey significant ideas: Barbara Kopple’s seminal Harlan County USA. We can showcase talent: witness the advent of music videos. As video becomes increasingly portable and affordable, people from all backgrounds can create and manipulate visual stories like never before. And with HD, video and film have merged, for all intents and purposes.

Dallas VideoFest celebrates this culture of creation every year by presenting new work from emerging and established artists. We seek out independent, non-commercial media. We ferret out hard-to-find films. You won’t see most of the work we show on TV or in movie theaters. If it’s culturally or socially relevant, we’re interested. If it’s beautifully made, we’re excited. If it’s fall-on-your-ass funny, oh yes!

Bottom line: we love the medium and the makers. And we love sharing both with you.

We’re planning a super special festival this year to celebrate Dallas VideoFest’s 25th anniversary (holy smokes, we can’t quite believe it either!). 

What’s in the Works for the 25th
• A return to our roots at the Dallas Museum of Art. The DMA hosted VideoFest for our first 10 years. It’s only fitting to return there for this momentous occasion. Plus, it is gorgeous and accessible by public transportation.

• Going interactive with our festival program: we’re embracing new technology to make an e-book/iBook. You'll be able to customize your festival experience in a brand-new way.

• A sneak preview of a major narrative film by a Dallas maker (we can’t tell you who or what, or we’d have to kill you!)

• A digital mural downtown! We’re turning the outside of the Omni Hotel into a video art gallery to share with all of Dallas.

• Awesome after-parties at cool venues

• Dozens of screenings of new works by emerging and established media makers

And, as always, at Videofest 25, you can expect a communal environment for real-time, face-to-face dialogue between makers and audiences.

Will you help us raise $5,000 to make this festival the best ever?

Your contribution will help support all the endeavors above. You’ll also help celebrate the artist. Funds from this campaign will go to bringing in filmmakers, like Alex Karpovsky, from across the world to share and discuss their work. As you know, there’s no substitute for being able to talk directly with the filmmaker. In the past, we’ve hosted notable guests like Monty Python’s Terry Gilliam and TV icon and actor Paul Reubens. Our goal this year is bring as many makers as we can to enrich everyone’s experience.

You can support Dallas VideoFest at many levels, from $5 to $1,000. And we’ve got a bunch of gifts you can choose from. Choose the level that works for you.

And then please tell 10 friends!

Thanks so much for your support! See you in September!

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    A hearty thank you in this year's Program Guides: ibook, e-book & hard copy versions plus on website.

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    A limited edition artist-designed 25th Anniversary t-shirt. This is going to be cool. You can then show your support for VideoFest wherever you go!

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    A Ticket package - 5 movie tickets for VideoFest 2012...see the movies of your choice!

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    Rad VideoFest T-shirts from from different years. Wear our history on your back! A multi-pack of wearing fun! Mix of some of our most collectible T-shirts.

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    1-year membership (1-day pass for festival, merchandise specials, special invites & events) + one 2012 VAD poster: fun pack!

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    One-of-a-kind, Brad Oldham-designed pen stand. The written word isn't dead! Make a bold stand yourself with this pen stand designed by an artist known for his work in metal.

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    2-year membership to VAD, VideoFest & its associated events (Festival Day Pass, merchandise specials, special offers, parties, the works!).

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    Misti Chambers shot a gorgeous series of photos of the already-iconic Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. Choose a photo from the series: support one icon & own another!

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    Limited-edition glass artwork by artist Brad Abrams. His pieces are an homage to the history of VideoFest. Own your own piece of Videofest! Makes an AMAZING gift!

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    Limited edition Brad Oldham artist designed commemorative 25th Anniversary necklace. Brad has been designing a special piece for VideoFest and each year's becomes a collectors item

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    Do you have a film just launched or in the works? Get an hour-and-a-half consultation with Angela Alston to jumpstart your community engagement campaign. Through her company MocaMedia, Angela advises filmmakers on social media strategy, partnerships & more: get concrete ideas you can implement immediately to connect with your audience!

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    Behind-the-scenes tour of AMS Studios! AMS Pictures Studio is a Texas-based creative media company staffed with master storytellers who use digital media tools to create unique experiences that engage, enlighten & entertain audiences. And the space itself is like an awesome movie set, with its own theater. A unique opportunity!

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    One-on-one class with Videofest founder & artistic director Bart Weiss. Choose between a Final Cut Pro lesson or how to use your i-Pad for shooting & editing. Or get one of each! Bart knows an unbelievable number of strategies, tricks & shortcuts for milking these tools DRY.

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    Elegant pair of mermaid hoop earrings designed by Susan Rockefeller. 24K gold-dipped sterling silver with two .01 carat diamonds, hand-crafted in New York. French wire closure. A versatile lady, Susan also directed MISSION OF MERMAIDS, which makes its TX premiere in Videofest 25! She believes the ocean is a sacred place & her debut jewelry collection reflects that. Susan sits on the Board of Oceana, the largest organization devoted to marine conservation in the world--a portion of jewelry sales go to Oceana.

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    2 tickets to the special 25th Anniversary Bash (mini-fest & fun!) plus 2 tickets to an exclusive VIP Party, Omni video art viewing event.

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    All Fest Pass, 2 tickets to the VIP Party, 2 tickets to our 25th Anniversary Bash, plus the limited-edition Brad Oldham necklace. You like us, you really like us!

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    Pulling out the stops! You'll get: 2 All Fest Passes, 2 tickets to the special 25th Anniversary Bash (mini-fest & fun!) 2 tickets to a limited invite VIP Party, Omni viewing party event, Brad Abrams-designed glass art, Brad Oldham limited-edition necklace PLUS the Misti Chambers photo series of the Margaret Hunt Bridge. This gift just keeps giving: great parties, amazing videos, art to look at & to wear!

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