By Indiewire | Indiewire July 1, 2011 at 1:51AM
Every day this week, we’ve highlighted projects in the works seeking support from people like you. Below find the four profiled this week; you can learn more about them by clicking on the film title.
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This Week’s Projects:
Pitch: Imagine if your favorite website was blocked or slowed down because it competed with the corporation that “owned” the Internet bandwidth. How would you react if your posts on Facebook were censored by the government? What would happen if independent blogs and news media became priced out of the Internet because they couldn’t afford the rates charged for a new Internet fast lane? What kind of power should lie within the governments? Should they have the ability to have a virtual Kill Switch? We find these threats to the free and open Internet to be the single greatest danger to democracy today. #killswitch the film will inform and inspire action in a population largely unaware of these important issues.
“Plato’s Reality Machine”
Pitch: The life you live. The life you dream. The life you remember. “Plato’s Reality Machine” explores the inner lives of six New Yorkers via three distinct perspectives. In the first, we follow our characters as they crash into each other in the giant blender that is New York City. In the second, each character will have their day in court, a chance to explain themselves. But are they telling the truth? Or is it just a game like…the third part of the film. Join our video-game hero as he fights his way to the HEART of Space Station Plato.
Pitch: Before entire networks were built on populist personalities, the masses fixated on a single, small-screen star: controversial talk-show host Morton Downey, Jr. Ironbound Films’ “Évocateur” dissects the mind and motivation of the 1980s’ most notorious agitator. Through never-before-seen footage, Heavy Metal-style animation, and interviews with Mort’s friends, colleagues, guests, and fans, “Évocateur” is a rollercoaster ride through Downey’s euphoric ascent to fame and nauseating plummet to infamy.
“I Am the Water, You Are the Sea”
Pitch: My uncle Alex went to Iran with the Peace Corps in 1967. While there, he met and fell in love with Ali, an Iranian Muslim man. They were together in secret for 10 years until they were separated by the Islamic Revolution. They have kept in touch - and in love - ever since. This fall, I’ll be accompanying my uncle to the Middle East where he and Ali are going to be reunited for the first time in over 33 years.
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