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Funding
The Lonnie Holley Story
A journey from survival to triumph that will challenge your view of what art is and who makes it.
George King
Atlanta, United States
$20,209 USD raised by 103 backers
101% of $20,000 
flexible goal
24 days left
Overview
"Thumbs up for Mother Universe: The Lonnie Holley Story" is a documentary feature about one human being’s drive to prevail against all odds. A naturally, intuitively gifted artist, Holley is a lifelong gleaner and recycler who transforms outcast objects and materials fused with history and memory into poignant expressions of the human condition. A creative powerhouse with an agenda to save the planet, Holley sums up his philosophy in the trademark phrase, "Thumbs up for Mother Universe!"

Our great supporters have now funded our initial goal of $20,000, but as you will know if you read on—we need $45,000 to finish this inspiring documentary. So now, we are adding a S-t-r-e-t-c-h Goal to the campaign. If we reach $27,500, we will also be able to fund:

  • Completing the animated shadow puppet sequences (est $2,500)·
  • Creating all titling and credits (est $1,000)
  • Color correcting the film (est $4,000)

The $20K we have already raised will enable us to get to a rough cut—a critical point in the genesis of a documentary film, and perhaps to the picture lock. Help us secure this next vital $7,500 and move a step closer to releasing the film. And, here at the year's end, all donations are tax-deductible in the USA!

Holley is hotter than pancakes on Sunday...

For Holley, 2017 began with a solo show at the Atlanta Center for Contemporary Art, followed by two solo shows at N.Y’s Fuentes Gallery, a two-person show at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (with Dawn DeDeaux), and a group show at San Francisco’s deYoung Museum. All the while he was recording a new album scheduled for release in 2018. Also, in case you missed it, Lonnie’s art is now in the collection of the world-renowned Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

If you already are acquainted with Lonnie, you probably know what a remarkable artist he is. If this is your first encounter, prepare to be amazed. Even those closest to Holley will discover new aspects of his life and art in this film. We have been filming Lonnie and his family for 21 years. During that time Holley has been beaten-up by police, shot at by neighbors, and jailed and evicted from the land homesteaded by his grandfather. His famed “art environment” was bulldozed under, his art stolen and destroyed. Yet somehow, Holley has outwitted history, circumstance, and the ignorance of others to emerge as a twinkling star in the firmament of American culture.

After 21 years, it’s time to wrap up this documentary observation of one of America's greatest living artists! Join us as we raise funds to bring The Lonnie Holley Story to communities around the world and share his courageous journey.

What we have…

Over the years we have gathered a unique archive of Lonnie making art, including the first recording of his making music in 1997. The Lonnie Holley Story extensively chronicles long-significant themes in his work, particularly his commitment to recycling discarded materials and stewardship of the environment. We documented family events including reunions, parties, funerals and births. Then there are the stories told by and about Lonnie, which will simultaneously horrify, astonish and inspire awe. We have acquired the rights to additional footage shot by other filmmakers in the 1980s, as well as still images from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation and some of America's finest photographers. We have footage of Holley performing his unique music with kindred spirits, including indie-rockers The Black Lips and Deerhunter, cellist Dave Eggar, Daniel Lanois and Brian Blade.

Who are we?

Producer/Director George King, a British documentary filmmaker based in Atlanta, Georgia, is a Peabody award-winner with prime time U.S. TV and radio credits as an independent producer. The rest of the team have national EMMYs, major festival awards and at least two Oscar nominations between them, so you can expect a terrific film!

What we need…

Since our first Indiegogo campaign three and a half years ago, we have raised $135,000, including an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Since then, we have cut over 200 hours of footage into a two-hour edit. To finish the film, we need to raise approximately $45,000: the funds will be used to shoot a final interview with Holley, create 10 minutes of animated sequences, license music and other media, finish the edit, hit the festival circuit and get the film out to audiences. With that amount of funding in place, we will have the resources to complete the film within three months.

Why, then are we asking for $20,000 here? It's a strategic move. Indiegogo adds 4% to their fee if a campaign does not reach its target and we want to be sure that we will meet our goal. Assuming that we are successful in raising $20,000 (or more!) with this campaign, we can then leverage the funds to complete the project and bring Lonnie’s story to the world.

What you get…

In exchange for helping us reach our goals, you will receive some unique and interesting perks. Among the fabulous offerings are original artworks, never before heard recordings of Lonnie’s music, clips from the film, consultations, autographed merchandise, credits in the film, personal visits, art swag -- even opportunities to meet Lonnie in person.

So ideally, we would like to raise much more than $20,000 through this campaign. Consider a couple of options to get this film finished: As a backer, adding 15% to your contribution covers our campaign expenses. To forego a perk, simply hit "Back It" and enter the amount you wish to give. It all helps!

And even if you can't give at this time, read on...
These days, some incomes are stretched to the limit. Even if you cannot donate money at this time, you can still help by getting the word out. Tell your friends about the campaign on social media. Indiegogo has ‘share tools’ built into the program. Use Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to pass on messages from the campaign. Make some NOISE!

We need your support through donations large and small. We need your help to reach others to swell the ranks. It’s a movement! Get on board with Lonnie! "Thumbs up for Mother Universe!" Your contribution is tax-deductible in the U.S.A.

Perks
$10
USD
A Facebook Thank-you!
Backers will receive a thank-you on the film's Facebook Page
Items included:
  • A Facebook thank-you
4 claimed
Estimated January 2018
Estimated January 2018
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$15
USD
The not-so-secret handshake
Learn from the master: Lonnie Holley's Thumbs Up handshake video.
Items included:
  • A Facebook thank-you
1 claimed
Estimated January 2018
Estimated January 2018
Get this perk
$25
USD
Your name in the credits
Your mom will be so proud! Your name in the onscreen credits of the film. Think Italian TV, Sundance, The Kennedy Center...O.K. we have to finish the film first!
Items included:
  • A Facebook thank-you
16 claimed
Get this perk
$30
USD
3 music cuts MP3
You will be able to download three original MP3 tracks of Lonnie Holley in performance.
Items included:
  • A Facebook thank-you
  • Your name in the credits!
1 claimed
Estimated January 2018
Estimated January 2018
Get this perk
$35
USD
+ Shipping
Autographed Lonnie Holley CD
*Holiday Special* Select this perk and you will receive a signed copy of 'Keeping a Record of it' on the Dust-to-Digital label. Send you address via email and your perk will be mailed on December 15th. A great holiday gift for someone on your list! Sorry, cannot guarantee pre-Xmas delivery outside of USA.
Items included:
  • A Facebook Thank-you!
  • Your name in the credits!
0 out of 40 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated December 2020
Estimated December 2020
Get this perk
$50
USD
+ Shipping
Signed DVD from George King
Choose from either: "Goin' to Chicago" The story of America's Great Migrations "Ten Thousand Points of Light" A tribute to those unsung artistes working with Xmas lights "Who's That Stranger?" The story of the man with the longest recording career in history Dedicated and signed by Producer Director George King
Items included:
  • A Facebook thank-you
  • Your name in the credits!
13 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated January 2018
Estimated January 2018
Get this perk
$50
USD
+ Shipping
Autographed photo of Lonnie H.
An autographed 8 x 10 limited edition color photographic print of artist and musician Lonnie Holley.
Items included:
  • A Facebook thank-you
  • Your name in the credits!
3 out of 50 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated January 2018
Estimated January 2018
Get this perk
$75
USD
+ Shipping
Autographed photo Holley art
An autographed 8 x 10 limited edition color photographic print of a Lonnie Holley sculpture. Choose from 3. We will load images.
Items included:
  • A Facebook Thank-you!
  • Your name in the credits!
3 out of 75 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated January 2018
Estimated January 2018
Get this perk
$100
USD
+ Shipping
DVD: The Lonnie Holley Story
A dedicated and signed DVD of the film you are backing!
Items included:
  • A Facebook thank-you
  • Your name in the credits!
14 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Get this perk
$125
USD
Rough Cut Party!
You and a guest get to attend a party and watch the rough cut of this 21-years-in-the-making documentary. An opportunity to share your thoughts on the work-in-process!
Items included:
  • A Facebook thank-you
  • Your name in the credits!
9 out of 30 claimed
Get this perk
$300
USD
Skype consultation: George K.
A one hour Skype consultancy with Peabody award-winning documentary writer/producer/director George King. A chance to figure out how to start that project, look at your rough cut, advise on funding etc.
Items included:
  • A Facebook thank-you
  • Your name in the credits!
1 out of 10 claimed
Estimated January 2018
Estimated January 2018
Get this perk
$500
USD
+ Shipping
Signed Holley Print
A limited edition (35) of a signed and numbered 16 x 24 Lonnie Holley print. The image features a heart/leaf and a Holley handprint--the perfect gift for a special someone on Valentine's Day! The image below is cropped and discoloration on right does not exist--the print is gorgeous!
Items included:
  • A Facebook thank-you
  • Your name in the credits!
3 out of 10 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated January 2018
Estimated January 2018
Get this perk
$500
USD
Private tour of studio
Enjoy a private small group tour of Lonnie's new studio with the artist himself!
Items included:
  • A Facebook thank-you
  • Your name in the credits!
0 out of 5 claimed
Estimated February 2018
Estimated February 2018
Get this perk
$1000
USD
2 Tickets to Premiere + Dinner
A VIP dinner and 2 tickets to the Premiere of the documentary. Recognition from the stage. This event will take place in Atlanta, USA, but may also be available in other cities later in 2018.
Items included:
  • A Facebook thank-you
  • Your name in the credits!
1 out of 10 claimed
Get this perk
$5000
USD
Executive Producer title
Backers at this level will receive an onscreen title as an executive producer of the film. Listed on IMDB. Join us onstage at the Premiere for recognition.
Items included:
  • A Facebook thank-you
0 out of 5 claimed
Estimated April 2018
Estimated April 2018
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$10000
USD
$15,000 (33% Off)
I will make a film about you!
Multi-award winning documentary producer director George King (5 awards from the National Endowment for the Arts alone) will make a 5 minute film about you, your dog, your wedding, your fishing shack, your business, or all of the above. We're talking art here people! I promise it won't take 21 years. NB Possible added travel costs outside Atlanta.
Items included:
  • A Facebook Thank-you!
  • Executive Producer title!
0 out of 2 claimed
Get this perk
Overview
"Thumbs up for Mother Universe: The Lonnie Holley Story" is a documentary feature about one human being’s drive to prevail against all odds. A naturally, intuitively gifted artist, Holley is a lifelong gleaner and recycler who transforms outcast objects and materials fused with history and memory into poignant expressions of the human condition. A creative powerhouse with an agenda to save the planet, Holley sums up his philosophy in the trademark phrase, "Thumbs up for Mother Universe!"
Perks
$10
USD
A Facebook Thank-you!
Backers will receive a thank-you on the film's Facebook Page
Items included:
  • A Facebook thank-you
4 claimed
Estimated January 2018
Estimated January 2018
Get this perk
$15
USD
The not-so-secret handshake
Learn from the master: Lonnie Holley's Thumbs Up handshake video.
Items included:
  • A Facebook thank-you
1 claimed
Estimated January 2018
Estimated January 2018
Get this perk
$25
USD
Your name in the credits
Your mom will be so proud! Your name in the onscreen credits of the film. Think Italian TV, Sundance, The Kennedy Center...O.K. we have to finish the film first!
Items included:
  • A Facebook thank-you
16 claimed
Get this perk
$30
USD
3 music cuts MP3
You will be able to download three original MP3 tracks of Lonnie Holley in performance.
Items included:
  • A Facebook thank-you
  • Your name in the credits!
1 claimed
Estimated January 2018
Estimated January 2018
Get this perk
$35
USD
+ Shipping
Autographed Lonnie Holley CD
*Holiday Special* Select this perk and you will receive a signed copy of 'Keeping a Record of it' on the Dust-to-Digital label. Send you address via email and your perk will be mailed on December 15th. A great holiday gift for someone on your list! Sorry, cannot guarantee pre-Xmas delivery outside of USA.
Items included:
  • A Facebook Thank-you!
  • Your name in the credits!
0 out of 40 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated December 2020
Estimated December 2020
Get this perk
$50
USD
+ Shipping
Signed DVD from George King
Choose from either: "Goin' to Chicago" The story of America's Great Migrations "Ten Thousand Points of Light" A tribute to those unsung artistes working with Xmas lights "Who's That Stranger?" The story of the man with the longest recording career in history Dedicated and signed by Producer Director George King
Items included:
  • A Facebook thank-you
  • Your name in the credits!
13 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated January 2018
Estimated January 2018
Get this perk
$50
USD
+ Shipping
Autographed photo of Lonnie H.
An autographed 8 x 10 limited edition color photographic print of artist and musician Lonnie Holley.
Items included:
  • A Facebook thank-you
  • Your name in the credits!
3 out of 50 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated January 2018
Estimated January 2018
Get this perk
$75
USD
+ Shipping
Autographed photo Holley art
An autographed 8 x 10 limited edition color photographic print of a Lonnie Holley sculpture. Choose from 3. We will load images.
Items included:
  • A Facebook Thank-you!
  • Your name in the credits!
3 out of 75 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated January 2018
Estimated January 2018
Get this perk
$100
USD
+ Shipping
DVD: The Lonnie Holley Story
A dedicated and signed DVD of the film you are backing!
Items included:
  • A Facebook thank-you
  • Your name in the credits!
14 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Get this perk
$125
USD
Rough Cut Party!
You and a guest get to attend a party and watch the rough cut of this 21-years-in-the-making documentary. An opportunity to share your thoughts on the work-in-process!
Items included:
  • A Facebook thank-you
  • Your name in the credits!
9 out of 30 claimed
Get this perk
$300
USD
Skype consultation: George K.
A one hour Skype consultancy with Peabody award-winning documentary writer/producer/director George King. A chance to figure out how to start that project, look at your rough cut, advise on funding etc.
Items included:
  • A Facebook thank-you
  • Your name in the credits!
1 out of 10 claimed
Estimated January 2018
Estimated January 2018
Get this perk
$500
USD
+ Shipping
Signed Holley Print
A limited edition (35) of a signed and numbered 16 x 24 Lonnie Holley print. The image features a heart/leaf and a Holley handprint--the perfect gift for a special someone on Valentine's Day! The image below is cropped and discoloration on right does not exist--the print is gorgeous!
Items included:
  • A Facebook thank-you
  • Your name in the credits!
3 out of 10 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated January 2018
Estimated January 2018
Get this perk
$500
USD
Private tour of studio
Enjoy a private small group tour of Lonnie's new studio with the artist himself!
Items included:
  • A Facebook thank-you
  • Your name in the credits!
0 out of 5 claimed
Estimated February 2018
Estimated February 2018
Get this perk
$1000
USD
2 Tickets to Premiere + Dinner
A VIP dinner and 2 tickets to the Premiere of the documentary. Recognition from the stage. This event will take place in Atlanta, USA, but may also be available in other cities later in 2018.
Items included:
  • A Facebook thank-you
  • Your name in the credits!
1 out of 10 claimed
Get this perk
$5000
USD
Executive Producer title
Backers at this level will receive an onscreen title as an executive producer of the film. Listed on IMDB. Join us onstage at the Premiere for recognition.
Items included:
  • A Facebook thank-you
0 out of 5 claimed
Estimated April 2018
Estimated April 2018
Get this perk
$10000
USD
$15,000 (33% Off)
I will make a film about you!
Multi-award winning documentary producer director George King (5 awards from the National Endowment for the Arts alone) will make a 5 minute film about you, your dog, your wedding, your fishing shack, your business, or all of the above. We're talking art here people! I promise it won't take 21 years. NB Possible added travel costs outside Atlanta.
Items included:
  • A Facebook Thank-you!
  • Executive Producer title!
0 out of 2 claimed
Get this perk
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