Michael Scott, here. Drew Lindgren and I co-conceived the plan for an independent movie theater in downtown Savannah earlier this year. Based on a shared love of great movies, particularly ones created outside of the studio system, we thought it would be an absolutely excellent thing to add to the downtown community.
The seed of the idea was planted during my education at SCAD. Being a part of such a wonderful artistic community, but not having access to wonderful independent movies in a theater setting was unbelievable to me. Movies like 127 Hours, Prince Avalanche, Wrong, Beasts of the Southern Wild, and Moonrise Kingdom practically passed us up entirely.
Our plan is to make available the movies that would not normally come near Savannah, and we believe there is a great desire for this. We will concentrate on showing first-run independent films. To use recent releases as examples, 12 Years a Slave, Blackfish and Enough Said are simply unavailable to Savannah and the surrounding areas. But we will also be bringing older movies back to a big screen, movies like Pulp Fiction, Big Trouble in Little China, City Lights, Happy-Go-Lucky, and Rear Window.
We are not blind to the magnitude or cost of what we aim to achieve. We have been doing extensive research on the inner workings of a successful independent theater, and have arrived at the conclusion that it can be done for no less than our asking amount. The experience we aim to deliver is that of the highest quality, and we will be more than happy to share any details surrounding costs and planning. Really, anything you're interested in knowing, just contact us!
What We Need & What You Get
All of the funding you provide will go toward creating this high-quality theater experience. Building auditorium-style risers, purchasing the seats that go on them (nearly 500 dollars apiece), selecting the high-quality audio and projection equipment expected by audiences, insulating the theater to prevent noise pollution, and creating a fantastic concession area are some of the tasks ahead. A full build-out will be required in any of the spaces available to us, and we plan to have at least one hundred seats in the auditorium.
Drew and I would like to make it perfectly clear that absolutely zero dollars of the donations will go into our pockets. We have separate incomes to support our lives. The money you donate will transform into an experience we are building for you.
The perks we have made available were designed in accordance to the total money required. The cost of producing and shipping the physical items has been considered and this is how we've built the packages. Of course, we would love to have absolutely everyone who contributes at the theater on opening night, but with only one hundred seats, some difficult choices were made.
The Linscott Builder tees are entirely exclusive to the Indiegogo campaign. If the theater is the success we believe it will be, the tee shirts will be evidence of your contribution to the creation of a powerhouse of modern cinema.
The ImpactWe see this theater as a wonderful addition to the growing repertoire of Savannah mainstays. We intend to make the theater a uniquely Savannian experience and we will be making ourselves available to the larger community in big ways. Say a class from a nearby school desired a high-quality screening of "To Kill a Mockingbird". This is something we could easily provide. Considering our location, we'd be more than happy to be a part of the Savannah Film Festival, and could easily be a venue for panels, as well as talks and guests before and after screenings.
Also, if we are successful, we will be the first entirely crowd-funded movie theater in the world, and you'll be able to say you were a part of it. That's pretty neat.
We intend to have a very tangible relationship with our community and audiences, and through various forums, make sure to provide the movies that you want to see. We are so excited to bring this experience to you. We intend to always make sure that when we say "our movie theater", that we are including all of you.
We want it to be your theater.
Other Ways You Can Help
Every single contribution is valuable. Desmond Tutu said "The sea is really only drops of water that have come together."
And your contribution makes a very real and considerable difference, even if that contribution isn't monetary.
Share this campaign on Facebook, click the 'like' button (it helps us get closer to the Featured Projects section), email it to someone who loves and cares about movies, Tweet it, tell people about the theater, about the importance of movies, ask us a question, send us an email, we would love to talk with you.
Thank you so much. If you have any questions or comments or suggestions, contact us through the site or send and email to Drew & me at email@example.com (three 't's in there). We check it daily. Make sure to include a statement about whether we can publish your question or comment on the page, complete with a response! We'll be updating the page regularly.