OWS / The Possibility of Miles

$400 of $1,000 goal

Raised by 11 people in 7 months
Jeffrey Higgins  VICTORIA, TX
Dear Friends,

I need your help making a movie, possibly more than one, and in the process hope to acquire some equipment for future use so that I can continue working on projects without 5-year gaps in between.  Microphones, stabilizers, storage, etc.  Some sort of light kit.  This stuff can also be used for audio work (the next Timewave Hero project, the Red Wire Medic ‘live’ album Steve Fletcher & I are working on).

The immediate concern is a short video for the Normal Film Festival, due mid-September. I hope to start shooting the week of August 15, traveling up north to get footage along Illinois Route 66.

At the moment the short has two titles, “One Way Street” & “The Possibility of Miles,” & is made up of two threaded parts:

1.
It is the future (November 11, 2026, the centenary of the founding of the US Numbered Highway System, which lies in ruins). An elderly, white-bearded janitor (me) gives an improvised secular horoscope of old Illinois Route 66 to a new intern who is hard at work making lunch (i.e., fixing a toaster). There is also a cat.

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An assemblage of documentary images, both still & live, of what's left of Illinois Route 66. Sound is recorded separately but is also captured on site (field recordings). There may or may not be some sort of voice-over; if there is, it is fragmented, reflective. History as a blur of inexplicable (?) events, randomly explicated through the intersection of found objects, most of them garbage, variously manipulated & left naked.

The money here will go mostly toward travel & makeup expenses, & also audio equipment.

Everyone who contributes will be thanked in the credits (unless they’d rather not be).

I appreciate the support.

 Jeffrey Higgins


 
BIO: Jeffrey Higgins was born in Alton and raised in Minier, Illinois. He currently lives in Victoria, Texas. With Steven Fletcher (& occasionally Jeff Bissing & Nathan Parks & whoever else is around) he performs free noise music as a member of the Red Wire Medic & the Emergent Properties Collective, & he records solo free punk collage improvisations under the name Timewave Hero.

He is the author of the poetry chapbook Things Are Tough All Over (2016, Press 254), and co-director of an unreleased short feature called Persistence of Vision (2003), which was meant to be a manifesto for the Cinema of Incompetence movement, his greatest failure. He has made around 23 short and medium-length works on film and video, of which only a few have publicly screened. He thinks it’s time to get out more.
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Update 3
Posted by Jeffrey Higgins
5 months ago
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Editing is well under way -- I was sick with bronchitis through most of September & missed the deadline for the Normal Film Festival, but turns out this is for the best. Now I can spend more time editing (& gathering more images, doing some re-shoots), etc.

Donations will now be spent covering post-production cost (storage). I also hope to get a nice (nicer than homemade, anyway) stabilizer for the re-shoots. We will see.

As always, thanks for your support.
Jeff
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Update 2
Posted by Jeffrey Higgins
6 months ago
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Hi, all --

The Illinois shoot went well, and I am now at home organizing the footage as I prepare for editing. We're still quite a bit short of what we need to pay for this project, though, so if you're at all inclined to donate, please do: it doesn't have to be much, $5 or $10 will be plenty.

This is going to be an interesting project: as usual, I was distracted from the ostensible subject (Route 66) by Illinois labor history, so there's going to be quite a bit covered in 15 minutes. There's one more piece that needs to be shot (hopefully Saturday), and after that it's all post (my fav -- montage, mon beau souci).

Thanks, as always,
Jeff
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Posted by Jeffrey Higgins
7 months ago
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Thanks to those who have donated! I'd like to make it to $160 by Tuesday (half way there) so that I can make the trip up north for the shoot -- if you're thinking of donating (doesn't have to be much), now's the most crucial time to do so. Thank you!
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$400 of $1,000 goal

Raised by 11 people in 7 months
Created August 12, 2016
CA
$50
Charles Alexander
5 months ago

Good fortune be with you!

$60
Anonymous
5 months ago
TJ
$50
Tena Jones
6 months ago
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Happy late birthday, Jeffrey!

KS
$25
Katharine Solheim
6 months ago
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JB
$50
John Borden
6 months ago
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It's what a good friend does.

$50
Anonymous
7 months ago
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$10
Marion Sakaluk
7 months ago
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$25
Royal Mansfield
7 months ago
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i can definitely imagine the soundtrack will be very interesting.

JK
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Jerrod Komnick
7 months ago
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Laura Villanueva
7 months ago
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Good luck with the project!

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