A million thanks to the 93 funders of MEN OF THE CLOTH's campaign! (If we include those generous individuals who mailed in checks, our total is over 100 funders!) Our campaign has concluded, but we are still accepting credit card donations through our fiscal sponsor, Fractured Atlas.
U.S. residents can also make a tax-deductible donation by check: Make the check out to Fractured Atlas, with Men of the Cloth in the memo line. Include your mailing address and send your check to the following address:
MEN OF THE CLOTH
34 Appleton Place
Glen Ridge, NJ 07028
If you prefer to make a contribution with PayPal, please go to our Men of the Cloth Contribution Page.
If you have any questions, please email email@example.com or call Vicki at 973-743-1045.
Thank you for your generous support! Your contribution is incredibly meaningful and will have a direct impact on getting the film edited.
ABOUT THE FILM
I'm Vicki Vasilopoulos, producer and director of Men of the Cloth, an inspiring documentary film about Italian master tailors. Men of the Cloth is currently in post-production, and so far we've completed an initial rough cut of the film (a rough draft in the editing phase).
Now I need to raise $20,000 to finish editing my film in time to meet the fall deadline for several important film festivals and launch it on the world stage. So I'm turning to my fans, supporters and new film friends to ask for contributions. In exchange, I'm offering some amazing perks.
Your contribution will help us finish this independently produced film so that I can share the story of the pride and passion of these amazing Italian master tailors.
Men of the Cloth weaves together the stories of three Italian master tailors: Nino Corvato, Joe Centofanti and Checchino Fonticoli. These humble men make truly exalted clothing. My film unravels the mystery of their artistry, and reveals how their passionate devotion to their craft sustains them in the face of mass production and the decline of the apprentice system.
The whir of the sewing
machine, the clank of the steam iron, and the sharp slicing of the tailor's
scissors create an aural symphony in Men
of the Cloth. A visual feast is provided by these master tailors working
in studied concentration: sewing, pressing, cutting, marking and pinning.
Scenes of the construction of a suit and multiple fittings on customers unravel
the complexity of the tailor's artistry and how he crafts a garment in such a
way that it moves and breathes with the person who's wearing it. (Watch the film trailer). Read an interview with filmmaker Vicki Vasilopoulos on Styleforum. Visit the Men
of the Cloth Web site and read more about my characters.
There are very few funding sources for documentaries that are not social issue films. Apart from a few small grants from the National Italian American Foundation and The American Society of the Italian Legions of Merit, most of the funding has come from dozens of individuals around the world who care about this subject or feel a kinship with my film's characters.
My goal is to create a nuanced and complex portrait of these master tailors. I hope that my film will spark an inter-generational dialogue on the value of artisanship, and what we're losing as our society moves increasingly to a globalized economy devoid of a personal connection between the creator and consumer. Men of the Cloth has a mailing list of individuals from all over the world. And so I know that my film's engaging characters and visual artistry will resonate with a culturally diverse audience.
The distribution plan for
of the Cloth includes screening events, film festivals in the U.S
and Europe, a television broadcast, a DVD
release, and educational outreach through universities and cultural
WHAT WE NEED & WHAT YOU GET
The goal of this campaign is to raise the funds to finish editing the film, which will take about three months. The money will pay the salary for my editor, Sandrine Isambert, who recently resumed her work on editing the film.
One of my most generous donors has already pledged the post-production finishing funds that will pay for having the musical score composed and recorded, the graphics and titles created, and other finishing steps such as the color correction and sound mix. Once I submit my completion date to him I can then access those finishing funds. When we have a final cut of the film I will submit it to some important film festivals and begin the distribution phase for Men of the Cloth.
We have some wonderful perks or incentives for making a contribution; many of them are donated by
like-minded companies that make fine fabrics and high-quality hand-crafted
clothing and accessories.
Some of the perks (the postcard, poster and DVD) will be mailed out
as soon as they are created when the film is in distribution.
OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP