Stitching it together

knit_stitchYesterday was the best day of our crowdfunding campaign so far. Not because the dollar amount raised was so high, but rather because we added seven new supporters. Every new supporter is like another cable of stitched yarn in the warm, soft blanket being knitted over me. As the esteemed Mr. Ed Vedder sings in his very grown-up ballad:

I’m a lucky man to count on both hands the ones I love
Some folks just have one; others they’ve got none.


Another fortuitous happening this week was a Crowdfunding panel event at the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC). I listened to five experts, including the Operations Czar at Seed & Spark, offer insights and encouragement on running a campaign. It turns out we are on track and doing mostly everything right. Phew!

So I’ve decided to add a new incentive to our Thank You gifts program.

Incentive: For a contribution of $300, I will offer you one day of consulting on crowdfunding.

I would like to think that most people will contribute to our art project for the sheer pleasure of giving. I give to others because I feel it’s the right thing to do. Period.  I know many of our supporters have a similar philanthropic ethic, whether they contribute $25 or $2,500.

I know there is a sizeable community of artists out there struggling to discover ways to survive and thrive on their own artistic merits. This is a subject of endless interest for me, and as soon as I’m done with this film, I’ll be releasing a ten-part series of articles on the plight of the working artist in the U.S. today. I have many talented friends driven to create, driven to make the world a more beautiful, more enlightened place. They are perpetually distracted by hunger. They are taunted and beleaguered by the few mega-stars that “make it” in their respective arts industry. They are under constant pressure to evaluate their creative energies in terms of marketable pop culture assets.

If we are going to build new artist-centric business models in the film, music, and publishing industries, we are going to have to stick together and support one another.

Every artist that contributes to our campaign is further validation that a new model of an artist-led, community-driven, audience-as-benefactor creative industry is possible.

Turn off the TV and Make Art. I will support you.