This is for all lovers of cinema in Boston and beyond...
I'm raising money to make a movie about a man whose life revolves around movies, my father, David Kleiler Sr.
For a deeper dive into the project, please read this:
Films in the Living Room Proposal
Many know Kleiler as the driving force behind saving Boston's famous Coolidge Corner Theater. Some know him as their favorite film professor. All know him as an eccentric film enthusiast who spreads a love of film wherever he goes.
Films in the Living Room documents Kleiler's current film club called the Salon Saloon that includes It also tells the story of his cinema-enmeshed life where he's had home screenings for nearly fifty years and lines between life and art always blur.
It's a movie shines the light on a microculture of film obsessives, but in a larger sense, explores the transformative power of art and people's deeply personal relationship to it. It also tells a story about how one man's passion, at once infectious and inspiring to so many, complicates his own career and family life.
I've already started shooting and have been paying out of pocket, but additional funds are necessary to get a fully-realized version in the can.
The next round of shooting starts on July 6th, so I'm hoping to raise at least $15,000 by then.
ANY DONATION: receives a Special Thanks in the end titles of the film. (If you have an imdb page it will be added to that.)
$25 OR MORE: “The List”: David Kleiler Sr. loves to write lists. Here we send you his curated list of the most important movies and of all time including a reading list of crucial cinema studies books. Trust me, it’s a syllabus worth having.
$50 OR MORE: “The Playlist”: You will receive a privately-hosted web-based, playlist that includes all of the cinema music that inspired the soundtrack, from movies they talk about on the soundtrack PLUS downloadable versions of the exclusively produced score for the film (more on this as it involves, but there may be truly rockstar musicians involved.
$100 OR MORE: Tickets to an invitation-only premiere of the film including David Kleiler Sr. and the cast at a yet TBD theater in Boston.
$200 OR MORE: Exclusive links to ongoing cuts of the film, work-in-progress scenes, BTS bits, etc.
$2,500 OR MORE: Executive Producer Credit. Yes, with those ongoing links, you can even give notes. C’mon, you want to be a producer….
The support would mean so much to me, and a great way to celebrate Kleiler, who has inspired so many.
Come on a journey of cinematic obsession, psychology, fatherhood, memory, and mortality in this intimate documentary portrait of a beloved Boston figure, cineast David Kleiler.
I will be adding a link to a sizzle reel soon.
So, so grateful in advance for your help.
David Kleiler Jr.