In June, the Analog Man crowdfunding campaign finished without reaching its target, so we are continuing to fundraise directly paypal.me/askewpictures78 !
WHY I NEED YOUR SUPPORT?
My film Analog Man has recently been selected as a finalist in the ARFF Film Festival in Berlin and I super proud because this is the first film I’ve made that has made it into a film festival. This is an important milestone in my career and I couldn’t be happier to finally be able to share it with an audience.
BUT, I will only be able to do so if I can raise the money to pay for music clearance and to finalize the film. Early on I made the artistic decision to use incredible artists like Louis Armstrong, Cecil Taylor, and Duke Ellington as the soundtrack for the film because this film is all about Sander’s love of music.
NOW, I’ve hired a music supervisor to obtain permission from record labels and then pay the record labels for the music licensing for festival use only.
Also, the film needs the final bells and whistles with a color grade and final sound mix so it is ready to be played in the cinema.
Up until now, I have fully funded this project out of pocket, but I am at the point where I need your help to finally make this film a reality.
GOAL: To obtain festival level clearance for the film and then, fingers crossed, it will be picked up by a distributor and shown on a screen near you.
WHERE IS THE MONEY GOING?
There are 3 tiers to the fundraising.
First priority is to get music clearance for the film. These are exact costs, no fluff added, on what it will cost to get the film on screens.
- Music Supervision: $3500
- Music Licensing: $5000
Second step, get money for finalizing film, so it looks and sounds its best! AND submit to more film festivals.
- Finishing Film ( Colorgrading, Sound Mix ): $3000
- Festival Fees: $500
I’ve been a successful television producer/director for nearly 20 years keeping projects on time and on budget. This my first foray into crowdfunding and I am going to approach this, in the same way, I would budget for television shows or commercials. Source the best talent for the best price, make sure legally all of the boxes have been ticked and make sure the film looks its best.
WHY MUSIC MATTERS
The music in this film is integral to telling the story of Sanders Chase. Each song continues whatever discussion was being had by the characters and ties the story together. The artist I chose is hugely significant to my life in some way or I discovered through the process of making the film.
Growing up, I listened to Louis Armstrong and his album with Ella Fitzgerald was my absolute favorite. When I graduated from university, I was fortunate to get an internship, through my best friend Ioana Friedman at Magnum Photos. Magnum is a photo agency that represents some of the most famous photographers in the world. One of which, I became friends with who I adored and was a sort of mentor for me, Dennis Stock. He was best known for photographing James Dean in Times Square or Audrey Hepburn on the set of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Dennis would tell me hilarious stories about his good friend Louis. He photographed Louis Armstrong extensively and captured him in beautifully private and personal moments that have stayed with me to this day. Dennis was one of the first people who encouraged me to become a filmmaker and believed in me when I didn’t. In Analog Man, I open and close the film in tribute to him and Louis Armstrong. Two artists that I respect and admire and whose example continue to inspire me.
One of my proudest achievements is graduating from Duke Ellington School of the Arts, in Washington D.C. It is an incredible institution where I learned about African American culture, history, music, and artistic tradition. Every morning our school ‘bell’, that singled its was time to go to our first class was Duke Ellington’s song, ‘The A Train.’ This education shaped me and I could never do enough to pay homage to him as an artist or the school. So, there was no question I had to include him in this film.
The song, ‘I Wonder’ by Cecil Taylor, I discovered when I was editing the film. I’d never heard of him and immediately fell in love with his sound and melancholy. It was important to include this song because I wanted more people to experience him and also it fits perfectly with Henry, the Archivists, demeanor. It is my favorite scene in the film and I often just skip to the section just to watch it.
Fundamentally, this film is about not forgetting where we come from and music is a repository where we store our lives. The music matters because we matter.
OTHER WAYS TO HELP
If donating isn’t possible, I would be so grateful if you could…
WATCHED & SHARED THE ANALOG MAN TRAILER
SUBSCRIBED TO MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL
SHARE MY INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN WITH FAMILY & FRIENDS
Thank you so much for supporting my project, I can’t say thank you enough.