Fellow Kubrickians: You talk the talk! Do you walk the walk?
[At the last meetup, everyone contributed a little bit towards towards the project described below; the following is an further email appeal sent out to our membership yesterday.]
On behalf of all Kubrick fans, the attendees at our last Meetup collectively contributed $25 to Matthew Modine’s “Full Metal Jacket Diary” Audio Diary, thus becoming the Kickstarter project’s 200th “backer”. Here is the project page.
What do we get for 25 dollars, for all of us? Everything? Everything we want? Yes, everything: an advanced digital download of the FMJ Audio book, photo booklet PDF, AND the 4-disc FMJ Audiobook with the hardcopy photobooklet, AND a limited edition 5x5-inch mini-print of Modine’s famous photo, “Kubrick’s Director’s Chair”, signed by Modine. (Possibly the best single Kubrick photo ever taken by anyone other than Kubrick himself!)
We will be sharing all these things amongst ourselves — each of our 95 members will get to keep them for one month, and within eight years everyone will have had a turn.
But just now, I received an urgent message from Adam Rackoff, the project’s producer, fellow Kubrickian, and fellow NYC-er! Currently (at the time of this writing) the project is funded at $11,269, it is in its last weekend, and there are just six more days to reach the $12,000 goal, and to ensure that the project happens.
[Note: the project met its goal late last night! So now we are hoping for the “stretch goal” of $15K, because, as the Kickstarter page says:
Keep pledging! The more we raise, the more CDs we can produce. And extra funds will allow us to update our website and run a successful social media and marketing campaign for the audiobook’s release. Thanks everyone!
As an aside, immediately after I sent this out, I realized I had accidentally left the ”reply-to” address set to the group mailing list, very bad because it means any replies get spammed to the whole group, then somebody says stop sending me these e’s and THAT gets spammed too. So I disabled the group mailing list until the heat dies down!]
One way to ensure this, and perhaps even meet one of the “stretch” goals, is if all current backers raise their pledge by just $12.
Because Kubrick, “Full Metal Jacket”, AND Matthew Modine as Private Joker have raised my own quality of life by a factor of twelve thousand times $12, I have no qualms about personally adding in that amount to our collective contribution.
HOWEVER — you are ALL Kubrickians! You all pack the gear to serve in our beloved Corps! Let’s ALL jump on the team and come on in for the big win!
If every single one of us were to SEPARATELY and INDIVIDUALLY pledge $1, $5, $15, $25, whatever we can afford, not ONLY would we each get some or all of the stuff above for OURSELVES alone…
PLUS have the supreme satisfaction that we, as Kubrickians, helped make this project happen, but ALSO…
If you each mention, as part of your pledge, that you are doing this in the name of the Stanley Kubrick Meetup, you will be bringing in a LARGE amount of very good publicity to our group.
Adam (@FMJDiary) will favorite your tweet and become your follower; and there is a darn good chance that Matthew Modine will favorite it too! Here’s what that looks like:
This year we want to double our Membership — if we can do this, we will finally become the bottomless bag of Chex Party Mix that we all know this group can be!
We have a million “friends in Kubrick” living in NYC, who just don’t know about the 94 of us living here on the little Meetup dandelion. Now is the time to make our voices heard!
[Then I threw in the whole ending of Dr. Seuss’s “Horton Hears A Who”, which I’ll just include a bit of here:]
The time for all Whos who have blood that is red to come to the aid of their country!” he said. “We’ve GOT to make noises in greater amounts! So, open your mouth, lad! For every voice counts!” Thus he spoke as he climbed.
When they got to the top, the lad cleared his throat and he shouted out, “Yopp!” And that Yopp… That one small extra Yopp put it over! Finally, at last! From that speck on that clover their voices were heard! They rang out clear and clean.
It took me practically all day to write that, a day when, as always, I am behind on a work project deadline.
But Adam, when he retweeted about SKM’s contribution to the Kickstarter, gave the link to our group, and I started to think of it as a way of publicizing the group through a different channels — we need more channels! We need more members, and from them, more “regulars”, and from them, more “organizers”.
So, to all of you Kubrick fans reading this — if you make a pledge of at least $15 to this Kickstarter campaign before it closes in five days, and you mention both doing that and this blog on YOUR Tumblr, and let me know about it — I am going to add in this additional premium to your pledge:
The first time we get twelve attendees at a Meetup, I will take pictures of all of us with our mugs raised in a toast to you, collect everyone’s autographs, and from that, create a signed 6”x9” postcard on Fuji Pearl paper with Lustre coating, captioned “Wish You Were Here At The SKM Meetup”. And send it to you.
And also I will buy you a beer if you come to NYC and join us at The Ginger Man.