January 19, 2011

This is the site where you will read posts from Nate Rulf about Jon Foy, documentary filmmaker of Resurrect Dead. Both are independent filmmakers from Philadelphia, active in the indie film community and members of PIFVA. This blog chronicles their encounters, experiences and observations at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles film Synopsis:
Strangeness is afoot. Most people don’t notice the hundreds of cryptic tiled messages about resurrecting the dead that have been appearing in city streets over the past three decades. But Justin Duerr does. For years, finding an answer to this long-standing urban mystery has been his obsession. He has been collecting clues that the tiler has embedded in the streets of major cities across the U.S. and South America. But as Justin starts piecing together key events of the past he finds a story that is more surreal than he imagined, and one that hits disturbingly close to home.

Jon’s comments: ” The project is staying afloat, despite the fact that money is so tight, because people can see that things are going well and are willing to be flexible with payment. That’s huge! And it’s how I am able to get by day to day despite these absurd circumstances. I simply had no idea how many people are following this campaign, but it seems to have lit up interest in circles of people everywhere I go.

In a weird way, it feels like I’m living an episode of “This is your life.” That’s very humbling, and it means a lot to me to think of how many people I’ve known over the years who are standing with me now.”

Read more and contribute, if you can, to his fundraising campaign on Kickstarter.

Brought to you by the Philadelphia Independent Film and Video Association: PIFVA is a membership organization started by filmmakers whose mission is to strengthen, promote and serve Philadelphia’s independent media community through programs which provide opportunities to learn, mentor, produce and screen work, advocate for the community and network. PIFVA is dedicated to increasing the creative capacity of the Philadelphia region by supporting and expanding the work of regionally based media makers. PIFVA’s education programs promote public appreciation of independent media making and encourage the talent and ability of area’s creative community of filmmakers.



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