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Tia Lessin and Carl Deal

Tia Lessin and Carl Deal are co-directors of 'Citizen Koch' and the Oscar-nominated 'Trouble the Water'

July 11th, 2013 2:45 PM

'Citizen Koch' Kickstarter, Day Three: A Growing Community

As Day Three of the “Citizen Koch” crowd-funding campaign begins, we are moved by the number of backers who are banding together — 502 at latest count — to help “Citizen Koch” (the movie). It’s truly exciting to watch this crowd grow bigger by the minute, by the hour, and by the day!

This campaign reminds us of how critical it is for independent filmmakers to have a supportive community of friends, other artists, allies, supporters and advocates in order to do the work we do, especially in this climate of scarce resources and, as we’ve seen, political intimidation and censorship.

And we are touched to see the names of the backers that have pledged money – neighbors we see every day, and friends we haven’t seen in years, family across the country and colleagues down the hall.

And then there are all the people we don’t yet know and haven’t yet met, but who are backing this film. Until today, we had no direct connection, but thanks to this campaign, we are part of a growing community -- pooling our resources to finish this film. And joining together to pool our resources to counter the big dollars deployed by one billionaire that effectively censored “Citizen Koch” from public television.

Yesterday, our friend and neighbor, Dan Nuxull, who is the Rooftop Films Program Director, a filmmaker and a kickstarter vet, took time out of his busy summer season to talk with us about crowd-funding. Not only did he share advice and encouragement, he posted this message on his Facebook page:

"I believe in all the Kickstarters I post about, but if you have been reading the The New Yorker lately you know that this is a project that REALLY needs and absolutely deserves your support. What Tia Lessin and Carl Deal do for documentaries and political discourse in the U.S. can't be overstated. They are the real deal and their films matter, so make sure that this movie gets out there, please."

Rooftop Films screened our last movie “Trouble the Water” in 2008 in Central Park’s Harlem Meers –such a memorable night. And their current summer series is in full swing – check it out if you are anywhere near New York this summer! http://rooftopfilms.com/2013/schedule/

For all of the rest of you who are backing this project -- in countless ways -- we thank you again for your generosity of spirit, of time and of resources.

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