On Oct 1, 2011 a few award-winning filmmakers in NY teamed up to make a collaborative film about the Occupy Wall Street Movement. They called and wrote to their filmmaker friends, and they to theirs. Soon, there were over 60 people across the country who had come together to join the collaborative film.
It started with a few filmmakers in NY, but within a couple weeks people were joining in Denver, Portland, LA, Boston, Seattle, Philly, DC, Kansas City, Miami, Pittsburgh, Austin, Dallas, Rhode Island, Nashville, Chicago, San Francisco, Oakland, in short: it took off all over the country. Skilled editors got onboard, PR people, producers, post production supervisors, a supervising editor signed on, post production services were donated by Metropolis Post, Duotone contributed library music, and everyone started pitching in what they could. As more and more people joined the project, people started helping each other with their shoots, with equipment and contacts. This film had taken off; the experimental process was working!
The thing all the contributors share is a desire to make a compelling, cohesive and honest film; a film that documents the movement from many perspectives, from many angles, from many cities and towns, and that joins these many voices into a singular and unique portrait. Guided by award-winning filmmakers and editors, this exciting, independent collaborative film needs your help to make it a reality.
With a feature documentary film, there would normally be many months of pre-production and fundraising. Because of the spontaneity and urgency of this movement, we did not have that. We jumped into this because we felt a need to do so and now we are donating our time and energy while covering expenses ourselves. But that can only go so far.
$17,500 is our immediate goal. It’s the amount we need to buy the hard drive storage and editing space that will allow us to begin the massive process of sorting and editing. This will get us to the point that we can, at the very least, put together a promo reel to bring in additional funding.
Kickstarter is an all-or nothing crowd-funding platform. Either we hit our goal, receive the funding and send out all the rewards, or, if we fall even one dollar short of our goal, your card isn’t charged and we get nothing.
Support so far has been tremendous. We’ve already got post production services donated by Metropolis Post (guaranteeing that this film will be completed), library music donated by Duotone, and close to 100 people around the country are donating skills and service, work, time and maybe even a little bit of love. We just need to get enough funding together right now to get our storage needs covered, and to start the process of sorting and editing footage.