NEWS: "IndieStardust" the Documentary

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"I have been watching everyone in the Indie Industry struggle for the past 10 years or so, and it is not getting easier, is it? Well it is time to make a change and understand how the next level of new media will be able to work for you! So here we go!!  We are all making a movie together!!"
karen"IndieStardust" is an exploration of the wild dance that Indie Artists have to navigate. Artists in all creative genres are struggling to keep creating their art as the landscape of the digital revolution emerges as a fast paced artform within itself. - Karen A. Brown, Director/Producer "IndieStardust" US Producer #whilewewatch(2012) Soon to be published Indie Author, CEO StardustBlue Media Producer/ Writer/ Creative/ Marketing/Branding SAG/AFTRA
Frank Howson"Today’s young filmmakers don’t think “genre” films are a dirty word. To place any style over another is a meaningless and snobbish attitude. The real art comes not in the genre but in how bold and inspired you can be working within those restrictions. So, I salute all the brave, new, original outsiders who are finding their own voice and way in the current film industry. I salute their talent, their guts and lead the applause in their honour. They inspire me to be better. Karen A Brown's film is timely and documents the struggle and elation of working totally independently. It is a film that celebrates the outsiders - the bold ones who keep push pushing the barriers and going into uncharted waters in the hope of finding the magic to inspire those that follow." Frank Howson Actor/Writer/Director "Flynn" (1996) Recipient of the Melbourne Underground Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award

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What this Film hopes to achieve is to not only share your stories with others, but to also give many of you a solution and eventually a way to market, share your projects and to get funding for your own projects. So below is the basic breakdown of what we need from you!


What we are doing: We are making a feature documentry.  The film will have solutions and will be used for a larger campaign to see if we can help the Indie creative industry as a whole with even more solutions.

Topic: Are you working other jobs now just to pay for what you used to do for a living? How hard is it to raise funds for your projects? Are you having to pay to play? Are you paying for your own travel and promo? Are you having to pay to make your own films, write your own books, get your act on stage, etc.?

What we need: Footage of Filmmakers, Musicians/Bands, Comedians, Writers, Bloggers, Artists, Producers, Directors, Engineers ...anyone who is in a creative industry trying to figure this all out as the tech industry has inadvertantly slammed the old ways to complete disfunction! We want footage from YOU anywhere in the world, any age, race etc.. If you have a "famous face" it will help us greatly!

billy amendola"This film will help independent artists find ways to get their projects off the ground. Get on board with Karen A. Brown and be part of positive change in your industry."  -Billy Amendola - Drummer/Songwriter/Producer

How to film yourself:

1. Environment: When you film yourself, please be in your creative environment and try to film the footage using great lighting, angles, sound. Look at your background, please be sure it looks balanced and the cat isn't hanging from a picture frame. ;) You can shoot outside with natural lighting as well, just be aware of natural sounds.

2. Your Image: Keep your own image "off" center to one side or the other of your screen. Cut the screen in half in your mind and then center yourself in one half. If you are not a filmmaker, make sure your iPhone is set to HD on a tripod or even a friend with a very steady hand will do it!

3. Important for non- filmmakers: Please make sure your iPhone is turned sideways when you are filming to get a full screen shot. * Note if your footage cannot be used for some reason we won't  be able to place it in the film. So be sure to film in HD [There is an HD setting on your iPhone for Video] with a steady hand or tripod and be clear when you speak and be sure your lighting is good too!

Josh Gottsegen"Being an artist doesn't just mean to create anymore... There is a sense of entrepreneurial spirit that has emerged from technology. If one wants to succeed they need to take appropriate steps in digital marketing and development... And to believe in luck! Here's to "IndieStardust", a doc that shines light on the artist's journey. - Josh Gottsegen, Author, "Joosh's Juice Bar" children's book series. Co-Founder"

Questions to answer is: Can you tell me about the struggle of an Indie Creative in today's environment? What are your personal challenges? Begin with your name and occupation and if you have worked with anyone with a public presence, awards, etc..  [ Discuss anything pertaining to the costs to and from jobs/gigs to the lack of payment as a blogger to not being able to promote your project without working two jobs etc.. How hard it is to hold down a job you hate to pay for your art because it no longer pays you your worth or at all. Feel free to discuss schooling, past successes, basic health issues. Topics that make things more difficult, etc.]

What we are looking for from you: Sound bytes! Great one-liners on what you have been going through!

Time: No more than 2- 3 minutes

Schedule: We hope to have all the footage in by mid - April or sooner for Phase 1 and get a Trailer up soon after!

Sending in Footage: Send me your footage via skype/ dropbox/ YouSendIt

Release forms must be signed for us to use your footage. As soon as you send in footage we will send the release.:) 

Credits: Everyone we use in the film will be credited on IMDb and in the film credits!  Everyone that sends us footage that we use in the film will be credited as an additional photographer!

Crowd Funding: We are looking for 50k to get this up and started for the"first round" of funding. Anything you can do is appreciated! Do not donate funds unless you are comfortable doing so. I don't want to worry about all of you more than I already do! If you are interested in supporting the film at a higher level please email Karen at

*See PayPal button below * Important: Please check *this button* on the paypal website when sending! Otherwise the fees might outweight the donation. It says, "I'm sending money to family or friends $0.00 USD fee if you use your PayPal balance and/or a bank account. Or you can check the button that says you will pay a 59 cent fee for sending with a credit card."

And Thank you!! This is truly a worthwhile project that will help everyone!!

I send appreciation from my heart to all of you.. for all of you.

Let's make a positive solution movie!

Karen and The Crew of "Indiestardust " The Documentary

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Bonnie Raitt. jones beach 1999"This film will be a triumphant reveal of the trials and tribulations of what independant artists must now go through in order to get any recognition from the vast media frenzy on the internet and beyond." Gigi Shapiro, AP Woodstock '99, VP A&R November Records, Personal Assistant to Phil Ramone, TV Producer and now AP on "Indistardust" The Documentary

billy valentine"Indie filmmakers eat, sleep and give every ounce of mind, body and soul to their project. Karen A. Brown's film peels back the curtain to give the consumer the ride of their lives...while allowing every producer to wonder why he or she hasn't already stuck their head in a microwave. If you just love the business of making independent films... And want to understand what it really takes to make the magic happen... You will absolutely despise your existence if you don't get involved with this project." - Billy Valentine Author/Writer  Award-Winning Stand-up Comedian and former Producing  Partner to Merv Griffin & Showtime's Jerry Offsay.

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