House contributor Steven Boone (also a writer for Capital) needs your help. As he explains:
Film criticism has gotten a jolt of inspiration in recent years with the emergence of video essays, some of which are more cinematic and entertaining than the films they analyze. I have done my best to hold up my end of this amazing thousand-way conversation.
"The Best of Everything" is my latest and most ambitious video essay, a ten-chapter series. I use the format to lampoon, poeticize and dissect my own struggle to find love, meaning and a purpose during the tumultuous past decade in New York City. This is the story of a blue collar working stiff who insisted on writing and chasing his addiction (movies) against all reason—and even after I went homeless. In this video, you will hear cultural/social commentary you just can't get from The New Yorker or The Times, not only from myself but also the movie-mad folks down here in the streets with me. I'm coming from a place Shohei Imamura called "the lower half of society"—or, as I call it, the best seat in the house.
All my previous videos have been completed on borrowed, broken and public computers. (The New York Public Library and the Apple store will be thanked after God in my Oscar speech.) To bring off "The Best of Everything" I will require the following:
- a MacBook Pro with Final Cut Studio
- a Canon Vixia HF S20 camcorder
- a Sennheiser MKE 300 microphone
I pledge that the resulting video will be as thought-provoking, easy to digest and easy on the eyes as I can make it. It should also be pretty funny.
There's one week left to obtain Kickstarter funding for the project, so please click here to help Steve meet his goal. Need further impetus? Click here to read our man Jason Bellamy on Steve's project.