THANK YOU to all our supporters who have contributed to our film project. Even though we have not reached out fundraising goal on this Indiegogo campaign, we will put this fund to good use.
We will continue to accept donations via other means. Please visit our official site for more information on how to send your support:
Capital é‡‘è¿·éƒ½ is a fictionalization of actual events – personal and political - that took place in Greater China between 2004 and 2007, around the time of a momentous shift in China's geopolitical stature and economic standing. The story focuses on the disappearance of a documentary filmmaker, the breakup of cross-cultural relationships, and a screenplay embellished with unique drawings, which suddenly becomes valuable, causing rifts among friends and lovers.
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Who are the characters?
Qiang, an MIT-educated, China-born Silicon Valley executive, derails his career to shoot films in China, and underestimates the sensitivity of a government resistant to new forms of popular expression. Dawei, a struggling Mainland Chinese drifter, knows only that he has nothing and will go to any length to secure a future for himself. Jennifer, a Chinese-American bilingual and bi-cultural photographer, tries to understand the country of her heritage through her work. Jake, an American journalist, has lost the idealism he had brought to China as a student and revels in the hedonistic lifestyle that has exploded in China.
With these characters and storylines, Capital explores the intersection of politics, culture, love, and sexuality.
What we've accomplished so far
We spent about $25,000 to shoot half of this film in Hong Kong, Macau, Shenzhen, and Beijing. Seems like a small amount to shoot half a feature film in many locations... half a world away from our Toronto base? Indeed, it is. We drained our frequent flier miles. We slept three to a room. We ate as local as possible. We worked well into the night to limit the number of shooting days. In the end, we managed to stay within budget and keep brewing crew mutinies at bay.
Frugal as we were, we still must replenish our account. We need more funds to shoot the remaining half of the film in Toronto. The amount we're seeking through this campaign would cover camera and lighting equipment rentals, meals, accommodation, and transportation for overseas actors.
We have also submitted strong funding applications to various funding agencies in Asia and North America, and will continue to explore other potential funding sources in the coming months. Please feel free to suggest any potential funding sources to us, your suggestions, advice, and insights will be very much appreciated.
Why this project is worth supportingToo many films about China either demonize, exoticize, or overly politicize the country in a one-sided manner. The drive behind this project is a desire to present a more objective view of China, the West, and the characters who inhabit both. This film also examines how the pursuit of capital by individuals, corporations, and governments can alter morality and ideology. As such, this project is genuinely independent.
How else can you help?
There are many ways to support this project. If you can't donate any money, please spread the word about Capital. Recommend us to organizations that might be interested in sponsoring or funding us. We're still trying to secure locations for the remaining scenes to be shot in Toronto. We could also use volunteers on various areas of production. Or just simply "like" us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.
About Red Canvas Productions
Toronto- and Hong Kong-based Red Canvas Productions makes films that explore the intersections of cultural, sexual, and geopolitical orientations.The company comprises a group of innovators from Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Uganda, Canada, and the U.S. The members have backgrounds that include transmedia, theatre, film, dance, journalism, creative non-fiction, music composition, academic research, and drama. This grounding helps Red Canvas focus on cross-cultural issues and narratives, particularly those relevant to the Greater China Region and the Chinese diasporic communities in Asia and around the world. The company aims to bring the many combined years of experience of its members to produce films that fuse compelling, socially relevant narratives and artistic visuals. Red Canvas also seeks to discover and support emerging talent interested in developing cross-cultural themes. Red Canvas has two short films in post-production, (Skin and Saint Joseph's Six-Inch Miracle); Capital is the company's first feature-length film. Please visit: www.redcanvasproductions.com