YWIPU Week 12: The World Premiere Edition

ywipu9 November 2015

World Premiere. World Premiere. World Premiere.


We ROCKED the Red Carpet.

From left: director Kathleen M. Ryan, photographer Mitzi Valenzuela and pin ups Pinup Little Bit and Erica Vaughn at our world premiere.

From left: director Kathleen M. Ryan, photographer Mitzi Valenzuela and pin ups Pinup Little Bit and Erica Vaughn at our world premiere.

Mitzi (left) with some of the pin ups she's shot with (and who are in the film) on the red carpet: Ashleeta, Bang Bang Von Loola (who hope to shoot with MItzi in August), Miss Emilie, Leslye Rox, Miss Rockwell De Vil and Sydney Ralston (with slurpee).

Mitzi (left) with some of the pin ups she’s shot with (and who are in the film) on the red carpet: Ashleeta, Bang Bang Von Loola (who hope to shoot with MItzi in August), Miss Emilie, Leslye Rox, Miss Rockwell De Vil and Sydney Ralston (with slurpee).

Miss Emilie, derby girl and pin up extraordinaire.

Miss Emilie, derby girl and pin up extraordinaire.

From left: Pinup Little Bit, Big House LA's Moises Granados, and Ashleeta.

From left: Pinup Little Bit, Big House LA’s Moises Granados, and Ashleeta.

Pin Up Belle Bee at the Pin Up! The Movie premiere.

Pin Up Belle Bee at the Pin Up! The Movie premiere.

Kat Stroud with Miss Rockwell De Vil and Honey VooDoo on the red carpet.
Kat Stroud with Miss Rockwell De Vil and Honey VooDoo on the red carpet.

 

From left: Ashleeta, Eva, Ziegfield Sydney Ralston, Carolin vonPetzholdt (director, "The Boom Boom Girls"), and Kathleen M. Ryan on the red carpet at Big House LA.

From left: Ashleeta, Eva, Ziegfield Sydney Ralston, Carolin vonPetzholdt (director, “The Boom Boom Girls”), and Kathleen M. Ryan on the red carpet at Big House LA

We know style.


 

We ROCKED the After Party.

The gals at the after party.

The gals at the after party.

Charlotte La Bell Araigne at our after party.

Charlotte La Bell Araigne at our after party.

Charlotte La Bell Araigne at our after party.

Charlotte La Bell Araigne at our after party.

Miss Maxi Millions at our after party.

Miss Maxi Millions at our after party.

Miss Maxi Millions at our after party.

Miss Maxi Millions at our after party.

Miss Maxi Millions at our after party.

Miss Maxi Millions at our after party.

Ruby Champagne at our after party.

Ruby Champagne at our after party.

Ruby Champagne at our after party.

Ruby Champagne at our after party.

Things started to get a little fuzzy at some point.

Things started to get a little fuzzy at some point.

Bang Bang Von Loola at our after party.

Bang Bang Von Loola at our after party.

Bang Bang Von Loola at our after party.

Bang Bang Von Loola at our after party.

Bang Bang Von Loola at our after party.

Bang Bang Von Loola at our after party.

Thanks for the blast, Mitzi & Co. And enjoy the leftovers!


This Article.

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Thank you, Mardi Gras Magazine!


This Milestone.

We hit our goal with 9 days left in our campaign. LOVE our backers.

We hit our goal with 9 days left in our campaign. LOVE our backers.

We did it. We really did it!

You can still #BeABacker through Friday on our Kickstarter.


This Song.

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Just a snippet of the love we’re getting for “Calendar Girls.” Blowing up the hip hop charts. Featuring, us! Love Devin “Gastby” James and JCA Beats Productions.


This GIF.

Me. At least in my mind.

Me. At least in my mind.

Sums up our week nicely.

*SWAK*

 

$25 or Less

Let’s start with really simple idea. Every. Single. Backer. Counts. Even (or especially) small amounts. They really add up.

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With that in mind, here’s the list of what you can get for $25 or less on the Kickstarter:

  • SWAK. This is the cheapest of our premiums. For one buck, we’ll give you a shout out on social media once the campaign ends. Promise.
    • This comes with all other premiums too.
  • SWAK Attack. Number two if you’re looking for an affordable premium. Five bucks. For this you get a postcard with LIPSTICK KISSES by one of our pin up modelsred lips isolated in white
    • This comes with all premiums $10 or higher too.
  • The Sneak Peek. Digital Streaming: Stepping up a little bit here – this premium costs ten bucks. Once our Kickstarter funds, we’ll give you a password and link to watch the film on Vimeo. That’s before it gets released to theaters, television, DVD, whatever.
    • This comes with all premiums $25 or higher too.
  • The Pre-Release Party. Once we finish our festival run (sometime in 2016), we’ll send you a pre-release copy of Pin Up! The Movie. And we’ll thank you in the credits. Twenty-five bucks.
  • Joker’s Wild. Oh. My. God. This is my favorite premium. This is a set of pin up playing cards featuring the women
    Some of our pin up playing cards.

    Some of our pin up playing cards.

    seen in Pin Up! the Movie. And we’ll thank you in the credits. Twenty-five bucks. It is guaranteed to deliver before the holidays, so if you have any gift giving you need to do…….

  • Calendar Girls. I’m featuring Mitzi and Co. Photography in the film and she’s sharing her 2016 calendar with us as a premium. And we’ll thank you in the credits. Twenty-five bucks. Speaking of holiday gift giving, this one will ship in time for the holidays too. Just an idea.

These are all super fun premiums, plus there are ways to package them together if you want to spend a bit more than the $25.

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This is where I get surprised about Kickstarter and other crowdfunding platforms. My pin up sites have approximately 6,200 followers. Mitzi has 9,000 likes on her page and 10,000 followers on Instagram, and the pin ups in the film range from a couple of hundred people to 14,000 across each of their social media sites. And this doesn’t even begin to include sites like Delicious Dolls, Ivy or Classic and Kustom Bombs, all of whom are sharing the information about the project (because they’re part of the premium packages) and all of whom have tens (or hundreds) of thousands of fans.

Of course there’s a lot of overlap.

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This is the card we’ll send out to you with pin up kisses.

But let’s just say between our immediate circles (me, photographers, pin ups) we have about 7,000 unique fans who are not in the film and who currently haven’t backed. That seems realistic, right?

If each of those 7,000 people backed at just $1, the Kickstarter would be OVER it’s goal by more than $2,000. If they each backed at $5, that would mean the campaign would be at $42,000 – that’s OVER the amount of my first stretch goal.

Let me say that again. Over. The. Amount. Of. My. First. Stretch. Goal.

Ten bucks each? HOLY CRAP!! That’s over the amount of my second stretch goal. I’d need to do a third stretch goal. (Oh, I have plans).

Maybe I need this dog working on the campaign.

Maybe I need this dog working on the campaign.

Here’s something to keep in mind – none of this money is going to pay me a salary. I’ve got a salary from my full time gig – I work as a professor at a university. I’m able to afford to do passion projects like this, and do them well, because I don’t need to worry about making a living off of it.

But I know what it takes to make it better.

So little from you. But it’s like a snowball – little tiny particles can have an amazing effect.

The basic idea. Minus the Santa hat. Via Behance.net

The basic idea. Minus the Santa hat. Via Behance.net

One more thing – if you back by November 5th AT ANY AMOUNT, you’ll get an invite to our preview party in LA. We won’t include transportation (obviously), but we will have beer courtesy of  Lagunitas and vodka courtesy of Deep Eddy. That $10 backing? Not looking so expensive any more, is it?

#BeABacker

 

 

Into the Bush

mr-patterns

There are films showing all over the world as part of the Directed by Women global viewing party. Click the link – they keep adding films EVERY SINGLE DAY.

But this film by Catriona McKenzie caught my eye.

Mr. Patterns is a documentary set in the 1970s at the Aboriginal settlement of Papunya in Australia’s Western Desert, where a teacher named Geoff Bardon helped start one of the most significant art movements of the 20th century by encouraging the community to paint their traditional dot designs using western materials.

It’s playing September 3rd as part of the Museum of Contemporary Art Film Series in Sydney, Australia.

Or you can buy it here.