Musician/filmmaker/mischievous imp Olga Nunes (creator of, among other things, the brilliant live action re-creation of XKCD's 'I Love the Internet' strip) has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $3,000 for her first album, which includes an episodic set of videos that tell a love story that is shaped by random occurrences and audience participation.
I see a lot of interesting Kickstarter pitches, but very few of them come from people whom I know to have a track record for successful execution of their projects (and almost none of them ever stress the projects' principals' execution track record). Having employed Olga as a freelancer for various things over the year, I'm very confident in her capacity to actually spend the money she raises to successfully make something. And having seen the kinds of media that Olga's made, I'm equally confident that what she makes will be great.
LAMP is a full-length album by Olga Nunes-- and it's also a story built around the music, told through letters, art installations, and short films. In Chapter One of LAMP, you are introduced to Lamp and Lux, two people who haven't spoken to each other in a very long time. One day Lux receives a package that she thinks can only have come from him. So, she decides to write him a letter. The only problem is, she doesn't know how or where to find him-- so she puts a message in a bottle, ties it to a balloon, and releases it into the sky.
What happens next? I want you to be part of the story.
Every person who donates to the LAMP Kickstarter (to help turn the album and story into reality!) will be invited to submit their old love letters, and help create the backstory of Lamp and Lux. Additionally, I'm holding a balloon release event in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, where people (and maybe you!) will release one hundred of Lux's letters into the sky. Not in SF? No problem. I'll be documenting all the letters in the story and filming the event, so you can follow it through YouTube and through the website.
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