KICKSTARTER

Kickstarter recently announced their exciting new partnership with Eastman Kodak on a collaboration that will help curious filmmakers shoot their projects on film stock. Digital advances have done wonders for the film industry but you can’t deny the magic of stories told on actual film. Though it’s not as strong as decades before, there is still a high demand and interest in shooting on the medium. The problem is overcoming the costs involved, especially for lower budget indie films. That’s where this new partnership comes in! Kodak and Kickstarter will provide selected filmmakers with discounted film stock and help them launch Kickstarter campaigns for their projects. Five filmmakers have already signed on, with some even sporting live campaigns ready for your support! For more info on these projects and for the rules on how to participate in future selections, read more here.

If you feel a bit unheard or misunderstood, it turns out you are not alone. There are many that would listen given the chance, but they may be hearing things at different frequencies. One of the humans that wants to get us all listening a bit more to the planet and its outsiders is Actor / Activist Adrian Grenier, who is on a quest to find the Lonely Whale.  This lonely whale has been calling out for his whole life in the Pacific Ocean at a frequency that no other whales can receive.

I will admit that I was initially skeptical about the idea of supporting a famous actor in a quest for a whale that at first glance seemed a bit trivial in the grand scheme of the world’s problems. Also, as the most Independent of outfits, it is difficult for Indie Street to support a successful Hollywood Actor when there are so many other more “needy” artists out there raising funds.

But in this case, I am thankful that my experience with Adrian’s campaign did not end with me as a typical Indie hater. I decided to attend an event where he was scheduled to speak about his journey through the crowdfunding campaign. I mostly went because my friends Dani & Alex (Founders of Big Vision Empty Wallet) were throwing the event and those ladies are always doing awesome things to help foster independent creators.

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To keep this concise, I wanted to mention a few quotes from Adrian during the conversation, that not only swayed me and our support for the project, but also swayed my general opinion of this human being, well, as a human being.

1. The story touched his heart, and will touch yours.

Hollywood Actors have hearts too, and I know he is trained in a craft of persuasion, but I am skilled in poker and reading people, and I’d bet the house that he has a genuine care for this whale and the message it represents. In comparison to any other A-list Actor kickstarter campaigns that I have come across this is the most selfless I have come across.

Adrian: “A whale that is swimming in the pacific all alone calling out constantly and never once receiving a response…I have never come across a project that has so immediately captured my heart.”

2. It’s a relatable story.

Relatable is a word that is thrown around a lot in the realm of story telling, but it is a rare occasion that something in the real natural world (during present day life) can be so organically captivating and relatable. So, for this reason alone, we hope this film gets funded so the story can be told in almost real time.

Adrian: “Unless you are a robot or a sociopath, you are going to feel soemthing about this story, because we can all relate to what it must be like to be in the abyss, in the darkness with no friends…being misunderstood, being an outsider.

3. There are ACTUAL big picture implications.

This was where I was mostly apprehensive about the project going in.  The lonely whale, however, will not only bring to light concerns of ocean noise pollution, but may have an even larger positive sociological impact.  There are certainly many human beings in our society who feel like they are speaking at 52 hz when the rest of the world is only receiving signals at 15-20. Within this age of connectivity, our youth are growing more and more disconnected to each other, and it is a truly important problem that we should try to investigate through whatever means necessary. Hopefully through getting the youth excited about a lonely whale that they relate to, it can slowly begin a culture change toward acceptance of natural differences.

Adrian: “there is something deeper about that, having tolerance and understanding for otherness, putting yourself in the shoes, or fins, of someone else, so that we can start to listen to not only what the lonely whale is trying to say…but also what the planet is trying to say that we are ignoring or not listening too."

So the short of it is, Indie Street will be supporting Adrian and the project and you should to! After re-analysis, this Indie producer’s humble opinion is that the story of the lonely whale is a personal one, and one that is very personal to Adrian as well. It may be that Adrian has always spoken at 52 hz in the land of Hollywood, and none of the other actor trophy fish or executive whales really understood what he was trying to say. Through his budding career as a documentary producer, he is starting to be heard by the minnows like you and me, and that is probably who he was trying to reach in the first place.

- Jay Webb, Indie Street

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HERE WE ARE, set in Austin, Texas, is the debut feature film of NYU film grad, writer/director David Bellarosa. It is inspired by his time living in Austin, Texas alongside other young, creative types trying not to slip through the cracks, as they struggle to hold onto their piece of a debased American Dream that seems to have little use for them or their aspirations in the first place. It also deals with what the writer calls "the epic poverty of ambivalence" amongst "Generation Why?" Americans. Fund it here

IndieStreet filmmaker Sean Dunne, winner of 2103 Tribeca award for best new documentary filmmaker, is at it again and tackling another challenging and complex subject matter. This edgy Doc discovers the real women and connections from behind the camera while exposing the intimate human side of internet sex. We are adamant about our community supporting this film because we know it will be an eye opening piece about a subject matter that too many are embarrassed to address. Street Creds Sean, we are happy to have you on board.

Sultana - Crowdfunding Campaign of the week.

In honor of memorial day, let's all support this film and the individuals who perished in the Sultana tragedy who never received their due recognition.  Greed and coverup have almost erased this tragic event from history, but this film to be produced by Mark Marshall and EP'd and narrated by Sean Astin aims to get the Sultana back into the history books.

The Sultana disaster is one of the most deadly events in U.S. history and yet few are aware that it even occurred.  A Mississippi steamboat that carried, the Sultana, exploded just north of Memphis, Tennessee in the early morning hours of April 27, 1865 killing over 1,800 souls.  Support the film here.

 

David Cross wants you to pay what you want to see his upcoming film Hits—but he needs $100,000 from Kickstarter supporters first. Cross took the film to Sundance but was unimpressed with offers from distributors, so he decided to take it into his own hands: The Hits team will be distributing the film themselves both in theaters and on BitTorrent, where viewers will be able to download the film for however much money they please. The $100,000 they’re asking for will go toward “theater rental fees” and “marketing and publicity efforts,” according to the Kickstarter. Rewards for donating include a mix CD made by Cross himself ($200) and Cross’ beard ($500).