The first week of the New Year and we here at The Winding Stream project are feeling pretty good about what’s up ahead. That’s in no small part thanks to the successful “crowdfunding” campaign on Kickstarter that just wrapped up. We were hoping to get to a $10,000 goal. In fact, we were able to raise that and $3,300 more (plus other donations that have come in from our party at Art Department and directly to our fiscal sponsor, the Center for Independent Documentary). So a huge thanks to everyone for the support!
This funding will allow us – with some judicious planning – to finish filming The Winding Stream.
This campaign also introduced us to a whole other universe of people who love the Carters and the Cashes and have enormous enthusiasm for this film. And that’s critical. Money’s great but the knowledge that there is a large, dedicated audience out there is really thrilling. Many people offered to write about us (thanks, No Depression!), interview us, or forward the information about the film to friends on email, Facebook, Twitter and other social media. That word-of-mouth made all the difference, I gotta say. So, please continue to let people know about the film. Subscribe to the blog and friend/follow us! It’s how films get made these days. Really.
Anyway, in the coming weeks and months, your intrepid producer/director (that’d be me) will keep you informed of our plans and our accomplishments. There’s definitely another trip to Nashville in our future and probably a Virginia, a North Carolina, an LA and a NY trip as well. May do some couch surfing to make it work financially. But we will make it work! That’s our resolution for 2011.
Meanwhile, folks are asking if they can still contribute to the project (since our next hurdle is to raise money to finish the edit and pay for archival footage and photos).
And the answer is Yes! Absoloutely! Right Here! Even though the Kickstarter campaign has ended, we have an ongoing way of accepting donations! It’s as easy as clicking on this PayPal button.
And remember, your donation is tax-deductible because of our association with the Center for Independent Documentary.
Thanks for you patience during this “drive” to raise money. I know it gets a little “Viewers Like You”-ish but I am sincere when I say the success of this film depends on all of you.
Next week we’ll be back with a new video clip and a photo feature on the blog. And I’ll get back to writing about what we’re really here for – the celebration of American roots music.