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Crowdfunding a documentary

by eurogreen Sun Mar 31st, 2013 at 04:31:24 PM EST

Funding film making has always been a challenge. Government assistance is welcome, but opens up possibilites for some interesting scams :
Film tax-credit fraudsters jailed | UK news | guardian.co.uk

Five fraudsters who pretended to be making a Hollywood blockbuster as part of a £2.8m VAT and film tax credits scam have been jailed.

Tax inspectors were told that A-listers from Hollywood were starring in a £19.6m production that would be shot in the UK.

But the film, Landscape of Lies, was never made and the only footage shot was seven minutes of "completely unusable quality" filmed in a flat and costing just £5,000.

In the USA, copyright trolling appears to be a viable way to extract a revenue stream from any film that people can be persuaded to download; and circumstantial evindence suggest that there exists an industry of producing industrial-grade movies for the sole purpose of sending people threatening letters to obtain money.

It is pretty much the conventional wisdom that downloading films on the internet is damaging to the "film industry". Is it damaging to the art of film? That's less clear. The internet is also, of course, immensely enriching for cinema fans, and for all who work in the medium.

One of the most transformational ways the internet is useful to cinema is as a means of raising finance.

This diary is basically a plug for a film which needs funding if it is to be completed : Je suis une peau rouge [I am a redskin] by Virginie Valissant-Brylinski.

The subject of the film :

giselski presents Je suis une peau-rouge -- KissKissBankBank

She is a woman, Caroline Amoros. Fifty, small, rather quiet. Married and has a daughter. She lives in a small village in the Jura (eastern France). She works. Her profession: performance  artist, actress ... committed artist. His work is recognized, she has won the SACD prize three times. Programmers book her, and her creations: soft-toy princesses. At first there are three princesses: Rose, Mrs. Lejaune and Kristin. As in fairy tales, along the way these modern heroines encounter obstacles, pitfalls. Censorship rears its head, in various forms, more or less diffuse. The space for artistic expression shrinks. Will the artist let herself be impressed, deterred? Will she make concessions, accept compromises, pare down her convictions, so as to adapt her cultural offer to the ambient demand? Or will she find new ways, new places to express herself?

Technically, as president of the Princesses Peluches association, I am her employer.

She has been mentioned before on the ET,
here (2008)
here (2010) and
here. (2012)

Her own work is hard enough to fund: she is a street artist, but not a busker. She relies principally on public money : sale of her performances to municipalities, residencies in cultural institutions, grants from regional or national funding bodies. Both the funding and the public space in which she works are constantly under threat, often in retreat.

The film-maker has been following her work, on her own time, for five years, between other projects. Now the princely sum of €7000 is required to do the post-production, and enable distribution of her feature-length film.

All contributions, starting at 10 euros, gratefully acknowleged!

What's the best way to make a contribution? How will the film be distributed?  On the internet?

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Apr 1st, 2013 at 04:44:05 PM EST
If you follow the link to the "kiss kiss bank bank" site, you will find the director's presentation of the project (awkward translation by the present writer). Click the "Back this project" button, and choose your level of contribution (€10, €25 or whatever). Then of course, they make you sign up for the site before they let you enter your credit card details.

[A big in the site's content management system prevented me from translating all of the "rewards". I'll have to have another try.]

Donors' money is reimbursed if the target is not reached. If it is, then you get goodies corresponding to your contribution. All levels of contribution give the right to download the completed film (which will be subtitled in English!)

The film will do the rounds of festivals etc. and may or may not get a general release in France, then TV depending on who's interested (probably Arte).

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Tue Apr 2nd, 2013 at 05:36:34 AM EST
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