Re: [Frameworks] Filmmaker need money..?

From: Chuck Kleinhans (email suppressed)
Date: Wed Feb 23 2011 - 19:45:08 PST

On Feb 23, 2011, at 6:19 PM, Shelly Silver wrote:

> dear all:
> slightly off topic, but what do people think of kickstart? i do know several people who have been able to get money that's really made the difference, and am thinking of doing it myself.
> my question - is it a kind of 'friend's tax'? (and if so, is a friend's tax ok?)
> best,
> shelly

I recently supported a kickstarter project by Vanessa Renwick which was successful. I have met her, but just briefly, at a film fest in Portland; but I have liked her films, and she has a nifty website and sense of humor. For my donation I could get one of her custom "Oregon Department of Kick Ass" T-shirts which I really wanted, at what was a kind of boutique price, but I also got to feel good about supporting an artist. Win-win. For a big donation she would cook dinner for you and some other folks.

I think what made this work for me was:
the project was very clear: to transfer some of her films to DVD, and just depended on getting the $
I had seen some of the films and liked them
I like her personality which comes through the films, talking to her, and the website
she has a track record of completing things
the "gift" was something I thought was neat and novel

Maybe it's also a "Portlandia" kind of thing (for those of you who have followed the IFC cable series)

Chuck Kleinhans

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