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Please help us finish this documentary about the fragility of places in the modern world.
Sarah Marder
6 Team Members
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raised by 129 people in 3 months
103% funded
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Verified Nonprofit
$20,000 USD goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
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This campaign ended on December 31, 2011
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  • $10USD
    noble soul (everywhere)

    For your contribution you'll get three immaterial things: 1.) an email expressing the filmmakers' heartfelt "grazie!" with a printable digital behind-the-scenes photo 2.) bragging rights about helping produce a cool movie filmed in Tuscany and 3.) inclusion among the ranks of people helping us finish the film purely for the satisfaction of knowing they're part of the Genius team. You're not one to say 'all I got was a lousy photo'. You're helping us more than you can know and we love you for it!

    11 claimed
  • $20USD
    charitable soul (everywhere)

    for your generosity you'll get a big "grazie" and digital photo from the crew, bragging rights about helping make this film PLUS a recipe for panzanella, a humble yet delicious Tuscan dish. Sarah will send you her own recipe, which almost always gets thumbs up from Italians (notoriously never shy about criticizing food). You can see a picture here: http://tinyurl.com/62hlusv Sure you can download recipes for free, but here you're helping a film be made!

    25 claimed
  • $30USD
    brave soul (everywhere)

    Here you'll get something of questionable value: a digital 6-minute video called "Postcards from Venice". This unique work chronicles Sarah's recent day at the Venice Film Festival via vaporetto with views of St. Marks, Venetian facades and arched bridges. Stream-of-consciousness text annotates each scene, sharing Sarah's every thought, such as a sudden concern that frumpy sandals aren't suited to the occasion. This is a LIMITED EDITION because Sarah doesn't want many copies floating around...

    10 out of 15 claimed
  • $40USD
    sweet soul (everywhere)

    If you love chocolate, this is the perk for you because you'll get something Sarah was dying to have herself: the secret (yet unbelievably easy) recipe for pastry chef Alessio Burroni's trademark chocolate dessert. Alessio entrusted us with his recipe to show his support for 'The Genius'. When your friends beg you for it, we hope you'll be a good sport and send them back to us! LIMITED EDITION because it's meant to be kept a secret.

    20 out of 25 claimed
  • $60USD
    epicurean soul (everywhere)

    Brag about how you've become a Movie Producer PLUS we'll send you a link to ten gorgeous, high-resolution food photos that'll make your mouth water. Print these and hang them in your kitchen and you'll feel like you're surrounded by produce from Cortona's Saturday market. The pictures are by Milanese photographer Martina Bragadin, who dedicated two days to capturing the 'genius' of Cortona. Martina selected these images from over 500 and donated them to show her support for 'The Genius'.

    9 out of 10 claimed
  • $75USD
    information-seeking soul

    With this perk you'll be able to arrange a phone call with Sarah who will answer any questions you have. Maybe you'd like to hear "what it's really like to live in Italy" or how she ended up moving to Milan after graduating from college. Or maybe you're interested in knowing more about "The Genius of a Place". No matter what, this would be an opportunity to chat about whatever you have on your mind. The call will either by on Skype or Sarah will call you.

    2 out of 5 claimed

    easy-going soul

    Spend some time with Sarah the next time you're in Milan or she's in London, New York or some other mutually convenient place. Sarah will regale you with stories, write you a limerick on-the-spot, draw you a picture, sign a crew photo or anything else along those lines that'll make you feel your $100 has been well-spent. And even if she doesn't manage to produce anything of museum quality or that tickles your fancy, feel proud knowing that your contribution is helping the crew finish the film.

    5 out of 5 claimed

    generous soul

    We'll send you a collection of 5 miniature Tuscan watercolor paintings 12x12cm (4.5x4.5 inches) incl. mat frame. While each unique, this photo gives a sense. http://tinyurl.com/c3d5dvj They'll each come with a note from Sarah saying the purchase contributed to work on The Genius of a Place. You can enjoy them yourself or keep them on hand when you have a gift-giving occasion. They're not fancy but are very nice looking and definitely express something of the 'genius' of Tuscany.

    2 out of 2 claimed

    knowledge-seeking soul

    When in Cortona, would you like to learn about the town’s ancient past from experts? You’ll be treated to a tour of Cortona’s MAEC Museum, which houses Etruscan masterpieces, and also of the Etruscan monumental tomb Il Sodo, led by archaeologists Helena Fracchia (Univ. of Alberta) and Maurizio Gualtieri (Univ. of Perugia). Helena and Maurizio are donating their time to accompany 3 lucky groups (maximum 10 people each) and the MAEC is donating tickets to support our fundraising efforts.

    5 out of 5 claimed
  • $1,000USD
    luxury-living soul

    Want to spend a wonderful week in Cortona? With this contribution you'll get a 20% discount on a week's rent plus a free welcome dinner for 6 at one of Cortona's most beautiful properties, Villa Ugo. The value of the discount varies by season and rental property. In many cases you'll save money. No matter what, you're helping a film be made. You can see the properties on www.villaugo.com and can contact them for rates. The discount is good through 31 Dec 2013. This is a LIMITED EDITION.

    1 out of 2 claimed
  • $2,000USD
    advocate & patron of the arts

    You see this independent film as a way to support the Arts and/or strengthen your advocacy work. We will thank you in the film's closing credits. If you're considering supporting THE GENIUS OF A PLACE with this substantial contribution and want more information or a tailor-made perk, contact Sarah at sarah@thegeniusofaplace.com and strike a Genius deal. Or maybe you'd like to consider contributing far more for an honorary Associate Producer or Co-Producer role? If so, again, please contact Sarah

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