Big ups and mad props to everyone making donations large and small to Sita Sings the Blues. This is really our film, not just mine – a community project. Most films are financed by big corporations, perpetuating the top-down model of American entertainment: they dictate content from above, and audiences consume what they’re handed below. But Sita seems to be funded by viewers, individual human beings who want to see it get out there. The audience is financing this film! It’s not just touching, it’s thrilling to be part of this. Thank you!!
Everyone who donates gets their name in the credits. Donors of $1,000 or more (like lenders of $2K or more) get a credit of their choosing!
Update: Credits are locking Tuesday night. Big, big thanks to you amazing generous kind wonderful donors – a post of pure gratitude is coming soon.
So the good news is, Sita is in the Berlinale. The bad news is, she’s programmed in a theater that doesn’t do Digital Cinema. That means unless I have a 35mm print by February, her one and only World Premiere will be on, well…video. I can’t let that happen.
The 35mm master will still cost about $30,000 – more if we do surround sound, which is much better audio. I still need to raise $20,000. I’m looking into bouncing credit card debt – you know, putting it all on a few credit cards, then continually applying for new credit cards and shifting the balances from one to another. It would be much better if some rich person just lent me the money. Or if some supernatural being just gave me the money – but honestly, a loan would be plenty. Big ol’ credit in the film, you can attend the Berlinale with me as part of the film team, my undying gratitude…
Here are Sita‘s Berlinale screening dates, just in:
11.02.08 17:00 Kino Babylon
13.02.08 11:30 Kino Babylon
14.02.08 19:30 Kino Babylon
Let’s give all those broken-hearted Germans who are seeing the Greatest Break-Up Story Ever Told on Valentine’s Day the real 35mm experience!
Tax-deductible donations (not loans) can still be made here.
That’s right people, I’m not a Berliner, so I can’t hit up my neighbors to offer crash pads for some of Sita’s voice artists and musicians who want to attend the premiere at Berlinale ’08. But I can hit up complete strangers in cyberspace! The festival only covers my hotel for 5 days (of a 10-day event) and isn’t covering any of the actors and musicians. If you’re in Berlin and want to hear the pitter-patter of creative feet in your guest room, please contact me! Sofas and floor mats are fine too – these are artists, used to bohemian living. Everyone who worked on Sita is sweet, talented, intelligent, mature, responsible, and lots of fun – I really lucked out.
Sita is in! It’s programmed in the “Generation” section, 14-Plus, but hopefully older people will come too (the film is intended for adults). The festival is February 7-17; I don’t know yet exactly when and where my screenings will take place. If you’re in Berlin, give me a holler. If you’re a publicist in Berlin, please be my friend.
Have I forgotten to send my dear readers to Cold Hard Flash? It’s pretty much a one-stop info-shop for all things Flash-animation-production-related. Wondering what TV shows and movies are produced with Flash? Look no further. (And yes, they mentioned Sita.)
It turns out my Moms is a good photographer. All those years growing up it was my Dad who carried cameras everywhere, built a darkroom in the basement, walked around in a khaki vest stuffed with oversized lenses… but last year my Moms decides to get a digital camera, and the next thing you know she’s sweeping all the awards at my Dad’s camera club competitions. Here’s why.
My parental units still live in Urbana, IL. As my sister once said, “I’m glad I grew up in Central Illinois, otherwise I never would have seen it.”
Speaking of my hometown, I recently read Finding Iris Chang by Paula Kamen. Iris Chang was also from Urbana; we were the same age and attended the same High School, which I discovered we both hated. But I barely knew her. Iris went on to write the famous book The Rape of Nanking. She committed suicide in 2004. That’s a conversation stopper, huh? Um, anyway…I liked the book. And not just because I’m quoted in it. It’s a good read.