You may ask yourself, How can I support A Life’s Work?
You’re doing it now by reading this. But there are many other ways you can support this film, too.
- We are in the home stretch and are raising money for post-production: specifically, to pay for archival footage rights, animation, sound mixing, color correction, E&O insurance and a bunch of smaller things. When that’s done, the film is done! It’s really very VERY close!So here’s how you can help get this film out to the world. It’s very simple: Click the button…Donate Now!…
and enter the basic info and the amount you want to contribute (as little as $5, as much as $50,000). That’s it. No login or registration required. Your contribution does not line my pocket; because the film is fiscally sponsored by the New York Foundation for the Arts, all money given this way is overseen by them and is guaranteed to go toward the completion of this film. Being fiscally sponsored also means that your contribution is tax-deductible. *(Scroll down for more on fiscal sponsorship.) So why not do it? The amount doesn’t matter as much as the fact that you’re helping to bring a work of art into the world. And that, I think, is really exciting!
- You can subscribe to this blog. Just enter your email address right there on the left, where it says “Subscribe to This Blog.” You’ll get posts delivered right to your inbox. It’s awesome. I’ll never give out your email address or spam you. Promise.
- You can leave a comment on the blog. This is easy and fun. I respond to all comments.
- A Life’s Work has its own Facebook page. You can go there and click “Like.” You’ll see the interesting stuff we (yes, we) post related to the film and its subjects.
- You can leave a comment on the FB page. That’s easy and fun, too!
- If you already “Like” the FB page, you can suggest the page to a friend.
- You can put a favorite post on your FB wall or share the post on a friend’s wall.
- If you’re on Twitter, you can follow me, do the occasional retweet, or do the Follow Friday thing (#ff).
- You can tell a friend about the film and/or the blog. Who to tell? I have no doubt other filmmakers would find A Life’s Work interesting, but folks interested in space and technology, architecture, the environment, and American roots music might find the film and the information I post interesting.
- If you use Pinterest, consider pinning an image from this blog to one of your boards.
How does leaving a comment or liking the Facebook page support a film that is still a work-in-progress?
If you’re still reading this, you are one of the influential early adopters. You are a trendsetter, someone in the know. Your friends want to know what you’re reading and what films you’ve seen. You have the power to spread the word about A Life’s Work just by showing that you’re interested in the film. You can be pivotal in helping this small but ambitious work secure funding and after that, an audience. My pitch to grantmakers and producers becomes more potent when I can tell them a fan base is already established, when I can show them an active blog and FB Fan page.
What Do You Get Out of It?
The second you leave a comment you have become engaged not just with me, but with the film, the film’s subjects, and the people who are checking in on the film via these various portals. You have contributed to something bigger than yourself. You have become part of a community and a vital contributor to a work of art. If you contribute financially, even just $5, you get the tax deduction, but you also become a patron of the arts, and that is something to be very proud of. And if you give $5, you get my eternal thanks and an origami crane in the mail. Not a virtual one, a real paper origami crane made with my own hands. More money gets you more stuff.
What Does “Sponsored” Mean?
“Fiscal Sponsorship provides individual artists, artists’ collaborative projects, and emerging arts organizations in all disciplines with the ability to apply for funding and other resources usually available only to organizations with 501(c)(3)nonprofit status.”
To read more about NYFA’s sponsorship program, click here.