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The Closer We Get - Karen's latest Indiegogo campaign update

Happy New Year to all our Friends & Film Backers.
For me and the rest of my family, this was a poignant festive season, without our Mum Ann with us, for the first time. My sister Alison found herself having a little weep at the local Christmas church service, remembering Mum's love of carol-singing, and my brother Sean published this lovely article in the Herald Scotland about grieving for her. His words touched so many that the column & film in fact trended for a spell on Twitter that weekend. But some things don't change even in our family - my Dad Ian again stunned us with the vast quantity of booze he is able to amalgamate into his famous brandy butter. I can't remember a Christmas where this concoction didn't literally take your breath away!

Though last Christmas (2012), my Mum wasn't in the best of health, I remember her appearing to be snoozing mid-meal (how many of us fancy doing that during Christmas dinner ?!), when my Dad read aloud a classic cracker joke:
"Why would you invite a mushroom to a Christmas party?"
Without opening her eyes, Mum replied before anyone else even tried - correctly - "Cos he's a fun guy"
Much of Ann's charm in person and - of course - on camera in her later years was this kind of funny and unexpected interjection when you least expected it - as if she was reminding everyone 'I'm not a deaf old lady in a wheelchair, I'm still a real person". This is very much the Ann you will get to know in the film.
I wrote more about this last Christmas together on my Blog, which you can read here.

So, after an inevitably rather quiet spell over the festive season, things are hotting up again here, and it's been a thrilling weekend with pledges climbing towards £4000 - we are so grateful and with your help we know we can reach the £15,000 target. Our quirkiest Perk, the Month of Heirloom Cakes is beginning to sell just like the proverbial hotcakes, so if someone you know would appreciate this sweet treat, get in there soon before they sell out!

We really appreciate the work so many of you are doing on the project's behalf, on Twitter, Facebook and in person.

If every Backer we have so far persuades even 2 friends to pledge £20, the campaign gains over £4000. This is the power of us!

I've posted up a video Campaign Update here - do watch!

Lastly, I wanted to remind you all that Nina and I welcome your feedback and suggestions about the campaign and the issues it raises - just get in touch here.

Onwards and upwards! xxx

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18 days into our Indiegogo funding campaign….

...and we are really feeling the love as we have nearly 50 Backers and nearly £2000 for our new film The Closer We Get already.

We have still to raise another £13,000 by Jan. 18th, but we are going at it hammer and tong so please help spread the word!

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A Jaywick Week

It's been such a nice week sending out copies of Jaywick Escapes to all our DVD buyers and catching up with lots of folk who helped make the film happen, also talking to journalists who've been writing nice reviews of the film:

Flicks and the City here
Britflicks here
Plus a good review of the DVD plus an interview with us about making the film - both on The Film Review.

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Karen's interview on BBC radio Essex

Recently broadcast - a nice piece about our new DVD Jaywick Escapes

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Friends, Romans, etc - help us fund this film!

Here's our pitch video to convince you that here is a project of a lifetime.
Please, some time during the festive period, sit down with a cup of tea quietly and watch this.
And if you can afford to, even £5 given to our Indiegogo campaign here helps get this film finished.

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"Connectedness"

So far it's a funny thing crowd funding - as most of you will hopefully (!) know by now we're currently running an Indiegogo campaign for our new film The Closer We Get which centers on Karen's own family. I may come to regret saying this but the £725 we've raised so far has made me very happy, it certainly beats writing the many many funding applications we've previously made for the project!

Why is that? Well it's something about 'connectedness'. I've read other crowd funders comment on this but until you see your own friends and colleagues backing you it's hard to really 'get'. It reminds me in a funny way of the first piece of work Karen and I made together some 18 odd years ago A Hypertext Journal. This work was all about connecting directly to your audience and 'letting them into the studio at the production stage'. The Internet was still a fresh place to us then rather than where we spent most of our admin-heavy lives and I'll never forget just how exciting it was to open up a direct dialogue with other people connected to our journey (following Boswell and Johnson's travels to the Western Isles) and what we were saying and making. Now everyone has a blog and it's hard to return to a time when even conceptualising what this might be was tricky. Anyway, as far as an audience experience goes we still like to feel this connection as we're making work and we're still in fact in touch with many of the people who became the Somewhere audience with that piece.

So to the film ... and getting closer to people. Because with some of the donations to the film it has really clarified for me why it's so special and what will really touch many people when they see it - and has, it seems, already started to make those connections.

When someone you are really close to is ill everything around you shifts, sometimes for a short and shocking time, sometimes - like with Karen's Mum - for some years. Sometimes it's hard to see it shifting but to me it's a falling away of other things that don't matter so much and it leaves you in a space with that person where you can really be together. Often this has to happen in a hospital and this whole experience can feel so brutalised that when it's over all you want to do is forget about it, move on and return to the rest of your world. But in my experience this return can also be hard because to have this close connectedness to another person is undoubtedly a privilege and one that in someways you can miss just as you miss the person. There's something very liberating about cutting out all the unimportant things in life and it can be difficult to return to the world which is all just ticking along as before.

Some of the people who have given to the film maybe have connected to this. Many people experience this feeling of growing closer to someone through a shocking or sad situation - it's just it's hard to bring those feelings out of that world and to re-connect it much more broadly to that of others.

We hope the film can do this and we're very glad that some of you do too.

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Is there anybody there?

Waiting in a BBC studio to go live on BBC Radio Essex to talk about Jaywick Escapes!

Please support my new film
THE CLOSER WE GET http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-closer-we-get

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Please support our next film - Indiegogo goes live!



For the first time we are turning to our public to help fund our new film, The Closer We Get - please have a look at our video and share, share, share :-)

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YAYYYYY!! Jaywick DVD hot of the press!

Preview copies going out now to a few VIPs then very soon (December 16th) available to the planet :-)
You can pre-order your copies from today on the lovely Somewhere shop - enjoy!

Tomorrow night Thursday the 12th of December a free screening to celebrate the launch of the DVD. 7.00pm sharp in Lecture Theatre 1 at the Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2EU - come to the entrance on Jays Mews and ask for the screening at reception.

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What HAVE we been doing in Cambridge?

Well quite a lot (!) and recently we gave a talk about this residency and the projects we are proposing from it. The event was in the fantastic Sackler Lecture Theatre in the Institute of Astronomy right by the site where we're working - quite a daunting venue!

You can watch the 20 min talk here and see more about Hannah Rickards and Tanya Kovat's projects too.

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Structure on Current NWC site, Photo: Nina Pope

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