Revolution #251, November 27, 2011
Sample Fundraising Letter for
"Occasioned by the Publication of BAsics:
A Celebration of Revolution and the Vision of a New World."
I am writing you with a little over two weeks remaining to raise $21,000 for an important film that won't be made without your support. Please consider making a tax deductible contribution at indiegogo.com/basicsevent.
Last April, a range of artists, musicians, dancers and actors came together from a diversity of perspectives in a unique cultural event: On the Occasion of the Publication of BAsics: A Celebration of Revolution and the Vision of a New World. BAsics is a book of quotations and short essays from Bob Avakian, the revolutionary leader who has developed a new synthesis of communism. This event brought people together who hadn't shared a stage before, and a remarkable connection was forged between these artists and the hundreds in the audience that night.
This film will tell the story of what those artists did and why they did it. What brought together some of the top avant-garde jazz musicians today, a cutting edge "tropical punk" singer, a former member of the Black Panther Party, poets with their roots in the 60s and poets who shaped the more recent spoken word movement? And why was all this occasioned by the release of a book from the leader who has re-envisioned revolution and communism?
The film will weave footage from this beautiful event with interviews from artists and other participants, and it will speak powerfully to the question of how art and culture can be part of creating a different and better world. It will speak to why and how all this diversity was brought together around celebrating revolution and envisioning a new world.
Getting this film made and out into the world will be a significant contribution to the discourse and a source of inspiration to those lifting their heads and asking if there is a different way for people to think, feel and be. After leaving the event, a student described it this way, "It feels like hope. That’s honestly what it feels like..."
This film needs to be made, and needs to be seen, but this will only happen if we reach this crucial goal of $21,000 in the next two weeks. There are two things you can do NOW which will make all the difference:
1. Make a tax-deductible contribution at indiegogo.com/basicsevent. Contributions at any level—from $10 to $5,000—make a big difference.
2. Help spread the word. Post this on your facebook page and twitter feed. Share the trailer, favorite the page and link to the campaign, indiegogo.com/basicsevent.
Thank you in advance for your support and participation.
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