This week, let’s talk about two Kickstarter projects that you should pledge! This first one is related to the Civil Rights Movement from the 1960′s.
Dan Budnik – Marching To The Freedom Dream
Dan Budnik’s historic photographs covering the seminal marches of the Civil Rights movement from 1958-1965 is brought to life in a new book. The photographs by US photojournalist Dan Budnik, documenting three marches of the Civil Rights Movement, 1958-1965, present a unique body of work representing Dr. King’s legacy of non-violence as a way of affecting political and social change. Budnik’s Civil Rights work has rarely been seen. Now, on the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech, Trolley Books is proud to announce the publication of Marching To The Freedom Dream, in Spring 2014. They need your support, through pledges and pre-orders for the book to become a reality.
Recently Dan Budnik’s photographs from the 28th August 1963, March on Washington were rediscovered by the editors of TIME Magazine. On this day, Dr. King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech to a record crowd of 250,000 people who had assembled peacefully at the Lincoln Memorial from all cardinal points. TIME’s commemorative website and “I Have a Dream” anniversary issue prominently feature Budnik’s images.
Budnik will oversee the creation of this book filled with his wonderful and iconic images and hand-written captions. Each page will highlight the people, places and stories from this historic time. The unsung heroes who made tremendous sacrifices, particularly the young teenage foot soldiers, are honored in this intensely personal 264 page book. The anniversary of Dr. King’s “Dream” speech will launch the beginning of this Kickstarter campaign. August 28 is the first in a series of 50th anniversaries, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Selma to Montgomery March and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Dr. King’s non-violent message still resonates with contemporary struggles of many people’s throughout the world today. Dr. King emulated the success of Gandhi’s passive resistance in India which utilized soul force to combat brute force, as have modern heroes such as Nelson Mandela. Kickstarter will allow them to raise enough funds if supported by you to make this project a great reality.
As of September 10th, this Kickstarter project has raised around 11,900 pounds of the 10,000 pounds goal they need to be funded. And as you know in Kickstarter, a project is not funded until the fundraising goal is reached! This project only has 18 days left to raise as much as it can! For a pledge of 20 pounds, you will get a photo by Dan Budnik of Martin Luther King, in color. For a pledge of 40 pounds, you will get the book before it goes on sale to the public. To learn more about Marching To The Freedom Dream and to pledge money, go to: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/282566080/dan-budnik-marching-to-the-freedom-dream
Zombie Beach The Musical
Zombie Beach The Musical is a punk-infused, surf rock musical that tells a timeless story of young love. Also? There are zombies. The show debuted last summer as a series of rock opera events at a fantastic Tiki bar, Otto’s Shrunken Head in New York City. Now they would like to bring their little show to a wider audience, and they figure the best way for them to do that is by shooting it as a movie! The musical plot involves Freddie and Beebee who are enjoying their 1960′s summer vacation when they find a lost girl out on the beach at night. They have no idea that she’s here from beyond the stars, intent on raising the dead and enslaving the living. Before they know it, our lovestruck heroes find themselves in the middle of a zombie invasion of Earth!
What are the songs like in this musical? Imagine if The Ramones wrote the songs for The Rocky Horror Show. Imagine if The Cramps wrote the songs for Grease. Imagine if Little Shop of Horrors was made by Alice Cooper. Now imagine that the musicians and singers involved at every level were from among the very best talents NYC has to offer. That’s the songs you get from this musical! Zombie Beach the Musical will be shot on sets, instead of on location. This will keep the costs down (like, way down), and give them more control over the aesthetic of the movie. And the aesthetic will matter. They don’t even want to bother making it look realistic (for that, they would need way more money), but more like a dream. Their movie’s roots in live theatre will be embraced, and the sets will reflect this. They won’t green-screen backgrounds, but will design and build sets reminiscent of the work of 80′s cult filmmaker Stephen Sayadian.
Mostly everyone involved with the live shows will be a part of the movie including Elizabeth Aylsworth, Laura Rebel Angel, and Seth Kesel. Auditions will also be held to fill the entire cast in this movie. John Cecil will be the writer/director in this movie and they would hire a cinematographer, choreographer, set designer, costume designer, SFX technician, and makeup artist. Once Zombie Beach the Musical is completed, it will be shopped around to film festivals, distributors, and will be put online!
The Kickstarter funds would go towards sets, costumes, SFX, and all the performers and crew members who will need to be paid for their work. They believe their vision for this movie can be realized for a very low $80,000. They know that doesn’t sound like a “very low” amount, but for a movie, that really isn’t much. The craft services table on some movies costs more than that. They know what they want to achieve, they know how to do it, and they feel they can get it done for eighty grand. And that’s even with some wiggle room if things go wrong (more like when things go wrong, ahem). They really want to bring this project to light, and they need your help! So, please? Pretty please? With sugar on top?
As of September 10th, this Kickstarter project has raised around $1,100 of the $80,000 goal they need to be funded. And as you know in Kickstarter, a project is not funded until the fundraising goal is reached! This project only has 22 days left to reach the $80,000 goal. For a pledge of $10, you will get a full album download of the movie! For a pledge of $15, you will get a digital download of the movie! There are many more awesome pledge levels like screening tickets, posters, t-shirts, being in a song, signed guitar, voice greeting, naming a character, being a zombie, and more! To learn more about Zombie Beach the Musical, and to pledge money, go to: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/144029125/zombie-beach-the-musical
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