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Crowdsourced Film Lets Fans Share in Profits

Neither the Veil Nor the Four Walls

Neither The Veil, Nor The Four Walls is a new film with a very cool new business model my friend Rene Bastian (Funny Games, Transamerica, A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints) is producing.

The film is about a young mother from rural Pakistan who goes on an extraordinary and dangerous journey to protect her eight-year-old daughter from an arranged marriage to a powerful warlord. It’s a great story that’s already won a slew of awards, but what’s also amazing is the way the film is being funded.

To raise the money to make it, fans of the project can sponsor frames, seconds or minutes of the film. A single frame can be sponsored for as little as $15, for which you get a digital copy of your frame and a free download of the movie. The more you donate, the more you get in return, from having your name in the end credits to invites to screenings, and even a chance to earn a share in the film’s profits.

It’s a cool idea, exactly the kind of solution independent film-making needs. And it sounds like it’s going to be a great movie. Rene and his team are planning on using the Crowdrazor software they developed for this to power more projects. Find out more here.

Abstract No. 1

Wire Abstract No 1

I just received a copy of ABSTRACT, the micro-magazine of W.I.R.E., a think tank based in Switzerland and London I did an interview for. It’s a really nice magazine, one of the coolest I’ve seen in a while.

This issue is on pirates and there is some fascinating stuff in there, from the metamap showing the evolution of piracy from buccaneers to p2p, to articles on German football pirates. There’s a lot of other cool non-piratey stuff too, including a piece on committing Facebook hari-kiri, something I’ve been thinking about a lot this week in light of recent developments.

Anyway check out W.I.R.E. here, Abstract is a great read, beautifully designed and well worth tracking down.

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