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We have always tried to highlight interesting crowdfunding projects on our blog. So far most of the posts have been on films. This one is a film related project. Over to Nandita Dutta (Associate Editor of DC) for more on it.

Dear CinemaDearCinema, India’s leading independent cinema portal, is crowdfunding to become faster, smarter and more resourceful for its readers.

Our crowdfunding campaign started on September 6 and so far we have been supported by 43 contributors from 17 cities, and 61% of the target amount has been raised.

We’re sure you want to know why we are going the crowdfunding way, so here you go-

In its lifespan of seven years, DearCinema has never compromised on its independence. We are sitting on several offers for sponsorship and acquisition but we prefer to be a user-funded website so that we can remain true to the interests of our readers.

With your contributions, we plan to introduce these new features:

India’s first Indie film and project database :

We have been dedicatedly covering all news related to Indian independent films and projects. Now our aim is to go a step ahead and launch India’s first Indie film and project database so that your films get discovered easily by festival programmers and distributors.

Festival and funding guide :

A new service that will guide Indian filmmakers in finding the perfect festivals, labs, markets and funds for their projects.  You will no longer need to hunt for information; it will all be up-to-date and listed for you.

Faster and smarter website :

With time our readership has increased to such an extent that our current server isn’t able to cope with the kind of traffic we attract. We need to upgrade so that you don’t ever have issues accessing our website. Also, to keep pace with technology, we intend to launch DearCinema Apps for iPhone, iPad and Android devices.

Rewards :

We appreciate the support of every contributor and so, we have some very cool rewards to offer :

– DearCinema Festival guide, a comprehensive directory of 100 film festivals

– DearCinema Market and Funding Guide

– An exclusive workshop on pitching your film and international funding by industry experts

– Invites for the opening or closing ceremony of the prestigious Mumbai Film Festival 2013

– A thank you video clip from one of our celeb friends in the film fraternity

– Having your name on the masthead of our website for one whole week and a host of other rewards!

So, what are you waiting for? Support the indie film movement by contributing to DearCinema.com. Click here and do your good deed for the day.

Through this blog we have always tried to spread the good word about various crowd-funded (Kickstarter, wishberry and such) projects. Not sure how much it helps those projects but even if its in a small way, it feels good to get the acknowledgement. We hope at least the information reaches some kind souls (with deep pockets) who are pursuing similar interest. Here’s the latest one in our “Fund A Film” page – Supriti Malhotra’s Shakti – of science and traditions.

About the film : A documentary on the concept of Shakti, as seen in mythology, religious practices, social influence, and modern scientific theories.

Video Preview : Currently, the trailer only includes footage pertaining to modern scientific theory

More on the film (from its Kickstarter page) – This feature length documentary explores the concept of Shakti, the Hindu Mother Goddess, whilst looking at various versions of her myth. A parallel search in the scientific world, a world of empirical enquiry, reveals a similarity of concepts. This film also explores the idea that women are active manifestations of the Goddess, believed by those practicing Shaktism or worshipping the Mother Goddess.

In India, the worlds largest democracy, with close to 80% Hindus, religion finds expression not just as personal belief; it also plays a role in politics and media; as well as dictating social traditions as per its code of conduct.

I have always questioned the idea of women’s empowerment. Is it simply about equal rights and opportunities? Is it not also the right to decide the course of your life?

In a country seeped in rituals of tradition and modern economics, the role of women has changed in recent times. I seek to largely examine whether it has filtered to those living outside urban areas.

As I search through the villages and small towns, through temples and traditions, the film is hopeful of finding a new perspective on women, Shakti and their relationships in a fast changing India. The film also hopes to show that some mythical and scientific concepts may not be that different after all.

In order to make academic data interesting, I would like to present them through animation. The animation will include characters based on avatars of Shakti. A fictionalized story of events will be written based on myth, scientific theories, archaeological and anthropological data. There was a simultaneity of changes in mythologies around the world, given the trade that existed between early civilisations – Supriti Malhotra

– To know more about the film, the filmmaker and how you can contribute to it, click here to go to its Kickstarter page.

– She has just 27 days to get her funding.

If you want us to feature your project, you can send us the details at moifightclub [at] gmail dot com. We will put out the posts with the interesting ones.

And she has just 9 days to go.

We are starting a new segment on the blog – Fund A Film (FAF). With social media changing the way we communicate and crowd-funding in vogue, we thought it would be nice to highlight the projects that we find interesting. So if you want to contribute and fund a film, you know where to look.

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Today’s Project is “The Tiger Hunter” by Lena Khan.

Over to Lena for an intro..

Years ago, if I had told somebody about the idea of my film, they might have asked, “Is this for Bollywood?” So, for that reason, when I came up with the idea for it…I put it aside. “Who wants to see a movie with brown people,” I thought.

But now, things are different. In America, at least, Indians are the new cool. Sure, we always had a few stand-out successes—the success of The Namesake or the popularity of Bend it Like Beckham. But the market is changing.

Now, we’re mainstream. We’re popular. Sure, we all knew about the popularity of Slumdog Millionaire, but now we’re cool even when we aren’t playing characters that revolve around our skin color. People stand in line to go see Aziz Ansari’s comedy tour. Kal Pen can still headline a Harold and Kumar sequel and stay on How I Met Your Mother for nearly an entire season. Kunal Nayyer is one of the stars of the most popular sitcom on television, The Big Bang Theory. And I’m not sure if you’ve watched FOX lately…but there’s a brown girl named Mindy Kalin heading up her own show there!

My movie, The Tiger Hunter, is about a young Indian man who comes to 1970s America on a quest for success. Is it a story for Indians? Sure. But mostly, now that times have changed—it’s a story for everyone else, too. And I’m moving forward at full speed to get it made.

And here’s more on the film :

The Tiger Hunter is the story of Sami Malik, an ambitious young man with an engineering degree who travels to 1970s Chicago to impress his childhood crush and live up to the legacy of his father, a local legend and tiger hunter. When Sami ends up living in a tiny co-op with two oddball roommates and taking a job as a lowly mail clerk, what ensues is a series of adventures involving outlandish schemes, an arch-nemesis in an absurd office environment, and a variety of misfits that Sami may soon call friends.

– Click here to go its Kickstarter page where you can read more about the film, people attached to it and watch videos. And if you can, contribute. If you can’t, do spread the word.

– She is also blogging about her entire experience. Her blog is Lena Makes A Movie.

– Scott Myers of that awesome blog GoIntoTheStory has also given his endorsement for the film. Click here.

– Click on the play button to watch the pitch video.