Every day at Indiewire, we get emails from filmmakers and innovators sharing their projects on Kickstarter, IndieGoGo and other crowdfunding sites. We've carved out a place for film projects that are in-production with our Project of the Day column, but we didn't have a good place to profile projects centered on finished and premiered films or filmmaking tools…until now.
Indiewire's Crowdfunding Market will scour Kickstarter, IndieGoGo and other crowdfunding sites to find awesome films looking for distribution and outreach funds and filmmaking tools that deserve your support. Because these projects will be for films and helpful filmmaking tools that have already been made, we'll focus more on what you'll get for your donation. For Kickstarter projects, we'll be sure to add each week's project onto Indiewire's curated page.
So without further ado…here's the inaugural project in Indiewire's Crowdfunding Market:
What is it?
From the filmmakers of "Made in China" (a Sundance premiere) and "Downeast" (Tribeca 2012), "Girl Model" is the tale of the market for Siberian teenage girl models in Japan. The film, which premeired at last year's Toronto International Film Festival and was broadcast earlier this year on PBS' POV, chronicles young girls who go through the competitive process of a modeling contract in Japan. Often these promises of a modeling career don't end up the way the girls and their family would like. The story shown in the film is at once fascinating and slightly terrifying.
What are funds being raised for?
In the course of shooting the film, the filmmakers met the model Rachel Blais, who has been out to stop what she sees as the detrimental trade in young girls across national borders. The filmmakers are looking to raise $12,000 for outreach for the film and to help Rachel's fight for tougher laws for modeling agencies looking to use underage models.
What can you get for donating?
For $60, the filmmakers will send a copy of the film to the library of educational institution of your choice. For $100, the filmmakers will send you a DVD of the film.
More prizes can be found on the project's Kickstarter page!