I’m sure you’ve heard of it.
If you know me you might of even participated in some of my own attempts to raise some mula for a project or two. It ain’t easy to put a movie, an album or an experiment together without proper backing. At the indy level the cash usually comes from your pocket and the generosity of those around you.
Now it has a name: Crowdfunding.
Some look at it as being no different than standing on a street corner asking for change.
And it kind of is. No reason to sugarcoat it. You put yourself out naked to the world and hope some cash comes your way.
Some might see it as begging but others see it as a chance to get involved in something different, an opportunity to participate in the advancement of art and to put your money where your mouth is when you say you support creative people.
So many times we see and hear something that moves us, wakes us up, changes us (for a moment, anyway) but how many times have you had the chance to be partially responsible for that emotion. Be part of that change.
Sure, it’s a glorification of the transaction of giving but it’s so apt. For me it is.
I’ve been moved to support and participate in many projects via kickstarter and indiegogo. It always a proud moment to know that I’ve helped an artists do what they do. It’s an easy and very gratifying way to collaborate.
It’s easy to overlook the “why” to do this. A lot of these crowd funding situations are set up because the thing they’re working towards just doesn’t have that across the board appeal of something meant for the masses.
We have to jump in and help.
Last week something happened during the Oscars (not all the hubris around the event itself) but one of the night’s winners was a project that was partially funded through a kickstarter campaign. The FIRST time ever that has ever happened.
That movie was “Inocente” a documentary by Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine about an artistic 15 year old’s journey.
Here’s the official summary:
Inocente is an intensely personal coming of age feature documentary about a young artist’s fierce determination to never surrender to the bleakness of her surroundings. At 15, Inocente refuses to let her dream of becoming an artist be caged by her life as an undocumented immigrant forced to live homeless for the last nine years. Color is her personal revolution and its extraordinary sweep on her canvases creates a world that looks nothing like her own dark past – a past punctuated by a father deported for domestic abuse and an endless shuffle, year after year, through the city’s overcrowded homeless shelters and the constant threat of deportation. Told entirely in her words, and incorporating animation of her own design, we come to Inocente’s story as she realizes her life is at a turning point, and for the first time, she decides to take control of her own destiny. Inocente is both a timeless story about the transformative power of art and a timely snapshot of the new face of homelessness in America – children.
Let’s jump to what’s out there now.
There this little movie called “Killer Queen”.
It’s already got my interest just for naming itself after a song from one of my favorite bands of all time. What’s keeping me interested is that I know the creators behind this short, Crash (Mun2, Chicas Project) and Marcial Rios Salcido (Maquillaje, Claudio Maura y Yo).
These are two very talented individuals who have decided to produce a horror short that needs a little love. Of course, they have an indiegogo page and they need our help. They’re not asking for much – just $1500 (and they’re already up to $1000).
Let’s help them reach their goal.
If you visit their indiegogo page (http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/killer-queen) you’ll see that donations aren’t just open to money, they also accept food, water, snacks, c-stands (other gaffer materials), lights, audio equipment and horror-loving crew members.
Marcial is an award winning writer and director and Crash is a very cool Actress/TV Host and together I know “Killer Queen” will be incredible. “Killer Queen” probably won’t be up for an Oscar (Oscar’s not big on Horror) but I know it will hit the film festival circuit and kill. I love these guys and did my bit – get on board an do yours. If you can. Thank you.Share on Facebook