The Whispering Forest

Plain Songs: An American Journey

A project in Hartford, CT by Brian Spellman & Daniel Levine

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PLAIN SONGS: Essaying America will be a continuation of two previous essay-films, Speaking Directly and Plain Talk & Common Sense.
Backers: 58
Average Pledge Per Backer: $65

Funded: $3,785 of $3,500
Dates: Apr 22nd -> May 22nd (30 days)
Project By: Brian Spellman & Daniel Levine
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May 17th - via:
95% funded with 4 days left. On my way out the door, many thanks and an update in a day or two, perhaps some more footage.  More soon, I am floored right now. Thanks again! Keep spreading the word for now It's clearly working! Best, Brian  (Read More)

The Final Stretch

May 10th - via:
Brian here, As I write this, we are at $2,160, that's 61% of our goal, with approximately 12 days and 16 hours to go. Huge thanks to all of you who have donated, passed this along, or helped in any way you can.  For starters, here is yet another... (Read More)

Daily | Brooklyn Rail and Punk Rock Girls

May 7th - via:
In 1973, Jon Jost made Speaking Directly, which he called “a kind of State of the Nation address,” and then followed it up in 1987 with Plain Talk and Common Sense (Uncommon Senses). Now Brian Spellman and Daniel Levine have launched a Kickstarter campaign to help him complete Plain Songs, which “will explore what America has become since 1987; what undercurrents have predominated. In some ways this will be a surveying of the wreckage.” (Read More)

An Inside Look

May 5th - via:
Brian here, Here is a recut of a recent video with some new footage. As has been the case lately, I will include a few notes. It's been an interesting experience giving people an inside look at a sequence that is still in the very early stages of... (Read More)

20 Days to Go

May 2nd - via:
Special Thanks to our recent backers for getting us out of a slump! We feared the worst. With many thanks to those that shared before or have helped out in any way as well. We are now on Instagram , we have an idea for a new approach:... (Read More)

What Is America? Where Is It Going?

April 28th - via:
 An example of on-the-fly street interviews for a sequence idea Jon Jost has been tossing around with us. Feedback is appreciated. Aspect ratio and integrity of the shots will be given greater care as we practice using these mediums. More women... (Read More)

Occupy: On the Road to Meet America

April 28th - via:
Cue award-winning filmmaker Jon Jost, who in 2013, at the age of 71 - had thrown in the towel on his internationally famous #indie film career. Not because of his age, but rather due to today's corporate, dust-bowl climate for independent films. So sad. [ But wait! Enter #Occupy, stage left.... ] (Read More)

A 24/hr Mark Thanks

April 22nd - via:
It's been a little over 24 hours since we first launched. Thanks to our backers, we have reached nearly 20% of our goal on the first day. That's incredible! We can't express our gratitude enough! While this certainly has us optimistic it's still a... (Read More)

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