Hispanic Art Scene Art Blog
by hispanic_arts , October 12, 2011—07:12 AM
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HERB & DOROTHY 50X50 - FOLLOW-UP TO AWARD-WINNING DOCUMENTARY LAUNCHES FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN WITH UNIQUE INCENTIVES Brooklyn, NY (September 27, 2011) " The award-winning documentary team of HERB & DOROTHY (2008), a film loved by audiences worldwide featuring unlikely art collector couple Herb (a postal clerk) and Dorothy (a librarian) Vogel, is creating a follow-up film HERB & DOROTHY 50X50. The new film chronicles the Vogels™ continuing commitment to art as philanthropists, as well as an inside look at their collection, further exploring their belief that art be accessible to everyone.
Director/Producer Megumi Sasaki began production of the follow-up film in 2008, when a surprise announcement was made by the National Gallery of Art: a historic gift project whereby 50 of the Vogels__™ works would be ___gifted___ to one museum in each of the 50 states__"a total of 2500 works. In the sixteen years since Herb & Dorothy first transferred their entire collection to the National Gallery, the couple continued to collect, increasing the total number of works to over 4000. This was more than the Gallery, one of the biggest museums in the country, could handle. The national gift project, Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: 50 Works For 50 States, was launched as a solution.
In order to complete the film, Sasaki has launched a Kickstarter fundraising campaign to raise $55,000 in 60 days. In support of the campaign, notable artists from the Vogel collection including Lawrence Weiner and Lynda Benglis have donated their unique works.
Kickstarter is a crowd-funding website allowing creative projects a platform to raise funds and in exchange, offer rewards to backers based upon their amount of donation. An all-or-nothing challenge, the project must meet its financial goal within a specified time frame or all donations are refunded. 45% of the goal amount has been raised as of October 11, 2011. The campaign ends November 6th, 2011. ___The spirit of Kickstarter is art being supported by the people for the people, which speaks exactly to Herb & Dorothy__™s gift project and this new film,___ says Director/Producer Megumi Sasaki. ___What makes this campaign unique are the amazing incentives, one of-a-kind artwork by notable artists that are not available anywhere else. You can start collecting like Herb & Dorothy by supporting the project.___
Depending on the pledge level, the works offered are: a sketchbook designed by Lawrence Weiner (Pledge of $200 for a non-signed copy, $750 for a signed copy), limited edition prints by Charles Clough ($400 each), an original wax painting by Lynda Benglis ($7500), and a sculpture of the Vogels__™ cat Archie by young artist Kaylyn Gerenz ($2500).
Megumi Sasaki is an independent documentary filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. Starting her career as a print journalist, Sasaki later joined NHK, Japanese public broadcaster, as a reporter, anchor and news director. In 2008, Sasaki__™s directorial debut, HERB & DOROTHY, received a worldwide theatrical release and won numerous festival awards: Golden Starfish Best Documentary Award and Audience award at 2008 Hamptons International Film Festival, Audience Award at 2008 SILVERDOCS Film Festival, Audience Award __" 2009 Philadelphia CineFest, and Best Documentary Award at 2009 Provincetown Film Festival.
To find out more, visit the film__™s KICKSTARTER SITE: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1960505270/herb-and-dorothy-50×50