Kickstarter Campaign for Helen Levitt Documentary
Filmmaker Tanya Sleiman chronicles the life of the remarkable yet publicity-shy (and consequently barely documented) Helen Levitt, a pioneering New York street photographer and filmmaker who famously captured and celebrated NYC’s working cl
ass neighborhoods from the 1930s to 1990s.
Tanya Sleiman, a Stanford-educated documentary filmmaker, had the rare opportunity to sit down with Levitt not long before her death in 2009 to discuss her colorful, multifaceted life: as a photographer, poker player, cat rescuer, Lindy Hop lover and the art world’s discreet but no-nonsense darling. What followed was the film 95 Lives, a multi-year exploration of Levitt’s life, work, and impact as told through the New York personalities who knew her best. Street photographers such as Joel Meyerowitz and Leo Rubinfien are featured, as well as yours truly!
A vibrant chapter on contemporary NY street photographers working the pavements every day features Dave Beckerman.
95 Lives is slated for completion by December 2013. To assist in the final production scenes, a fundraiser is running now online. The fundraiser is all-or-nothing, which means if the goal is not fully raised by Dec 16, the film will get $0 support.
The quickest and best way you can support my inclusion in the film and the film’s advancement is by donating even one dollar, every bit counts! You can also help by sharing the film project with friends. The key for something like this to be successful is to spread the word to as many
people as possible. So post on your favorite social media, blog about it, mention it on Twitter, email it out to folks – help us spread our love of photography.
Limited-edition notecards featuring my NY images are going to be for sale on my website in 2013.
You can get them sooner and for free from the film’s director Tanya Sleiman. To show her appreciation to friends and fans of DAVE BECKERMAN who are able to back the fundraiser with $25 or more, Tanya will send you a trio of NY scenes from my images.
After the campaign concludes on Dec 16, and if you can pledge $25 or more, you receive the rewards package you selected such as the film’s DVD, plus the notecards sent straight to you after Dec 16. Because the campaign is all or nothing, you won’t get the cards if the campaign isn’t successful and your credit card is charged only after the campaign’s success.
To receive your notecards and support a film about street photography,simply leave a message on the film’s campaign saying “I saw your project on the page of DAVE BECKERMAN .”