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      > Project Update #12: Why?
      > Posted by beth harrington
      > People ask why? Why do you have to do this Kickstarter thing to get The Winding Stream done? Why isn’t the money just there to make this film? Isn’t this just like some weird arts “bake sale”?
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      > I’ve asked myself these questions a lot.
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      > The short answer is that things are different now. How films get funded, how they get distributed and viewed. I hope it doesn’t sound immodest to say that I’ve been making films for 30 years and have a reputable track record in my field and I’m shocked at how hard this has been. Of course, with the changes, the expenses to make a film have not changed all that significantly. But the upfront money to pay those expenses is gone. Hard costs like archival footage and photos are still there. Footage costs can average about $2500 a minute (and we have at least 10 minutes of archival footage in the cut now). Music rights? Don’t even ask.
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      > And as I say all this, I admit that we’ve been one of the luckier projects. We’ve received funds from some of the remaining grantors standing. For example, last summer we were honored to receive funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. It’s a real feather in our cap to have been selected by this prestigious funder. But because of serious cutbacks, the NEA could only give a fraction of what they wanted to provide.
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      > Things are shifting. Now Kickstarter holds a very prominent place in the arts funding ecosystem. And even though at times it may seem like a crazy reality game show (“Will they make their goal?”) the truth is for anyone seriously making independent films these days, it’s not only a place of possibility for funding, Kickstarter is a place we must go to to complete our work.
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      > Here’s an interesting article about the role Kickstarter is playing for projects like ours. It outlines the realities rather nicely, I think.
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      > http://gigaom.com/2012/02/27/kickstarter-is-a-crowdsourced-endowment-for-the-arts/
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      > We have 11 days left to our Kickstarter campaign and $23,000 still to raise. We won’t get any money if we don’t reach our goal.
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      > We know that you've already been supportive. But if anyone you know is on the fence about donating because of the "Why?" question, maybe sharing this update with them will help. Please remind them that no matter the amount, it all helps.
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      > Crowdfunding shows that people care about a film’s subject enough to pay something for it.
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      > The Winding Stream is our American roots music story.
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      > Thanks for everything you’ve all done for us to get us this far.
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      > With your help, we can make it!
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      > Beth and The Winding Stream Team
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      > Care to comment? View this update on Kickstarter →
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