For those who were following along, I'm pleased to report that Carl Weese's epic western journey did indeed get funded, and then some.
An excerpt from his message to backers:
The American Drive-in Theater Kickstarter campaign ended with an amazing 196% of the initial funding goal. This means that I'll be able to cover many more theaters than allowed by the original bare-bones itinerary. I'll also add an additional loop later in the fall to work with theaters in the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida. The response has been wonderful, with a total of 272 Kickstarter Backers. People around the country are looking up theaters and sending me scouting pictures by email. Theater owners, when I can make contact with them, are enthusiastic about being included in the project.
It's been quite an experience. There have been a number of media interviews about the project. An arts organization in Florida has invited me to do a week-long Artist in Residence session in the fall. An arts and culture magazine in Paris has asked to publish a portfolio of the pictures. And I can't wait to hit the road, though because of the way the funds are handled through Amazon Payments the trip won't be able to begin until about May 18th. Thanks to everyone who has participated in the smallest to the largest ways. Every backer at every level is important because the support shows how much public interest there is in the subject and this project. Again, thanks to everyone.
Carl tells me that an important percentage of his backers (though not the majority) arrived from TOP, so you can pat yourself on the back!
If he's able to do it, I'll ask him if he can provide a progress report or two for us from the road.
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Featured Comment by Carl Blesch: "Drive-ins aren't really my thing; while I dimly remember a few from my childhood, I was a bit young for their heyday. Still, I made a modest contribution to Carl's project because I admire the way he has a theme, a goal, and a historically valid and worthwhile mission. As such, he sets a good example for me to look for themes in my endeavors and to focus my efforts. Best wishes for success!"