Kickstarter is becoming an increasingly legitimate and plausible way for artists to earn the necessary funds to finance most small scale art projects. This space should prove increasingly relevant to ski movie producers. Even aspiring ones.
People these days are not only hesitant to spend money on films, the music they listen to and the articles they read online, they're nearly allergic to it. It sort of does go against the culture of being online in the first place. It's free. For this reason it's kind of surprising that platforms that enable collective fundraising (who want would do that??) like Kickstarter are producing real money for artists with big (or small) dreams. Projects on the site are earning 10s of thousands of dollars from anonymous donators (my friend has an idea he is sure can earn $50k in donations) who come fourth from the digital ether to - kind of inexplicably - lend financial support to under-financed, often times peculiar, art experiments. And benefactors get little more than to see a pitched idea come to life.
This is a promising space for ski movies, magazines, even apparel projects, to come to life. I dont know if kids here even talk about Ostness anymore. But I was kind of under the impression that he lacked funding to keep making ski flicks. There's no question his were the most interesting and I would love to see another release from him. A site like Kickstarter could prove to be a legitimate jumping off point for the snow auteur to develop his next film. Were he so inclined to make another one, of course.
Just throwing the idea out here. I think it's a realistic possibility that something like this could get financed were the NS community to collectively get behind it. This isn't bullshit, real people are getting real financing behind projects way less cool than an Ostness flick.
Think about it. This could happen. Someone call Ostness, ASAP!