I’m going to make an art film. The stunning Koko D’Estrella will translate the poems from “Elite Speaking Turquoise Monkey” into American Sign Language and perform the poems for a film in costumes inspired by the three sub-demographics responsible for creating the underground text + chat acronym language. Drawings of Christopher Paul Russell will also be featured as the set for the entire film.
A.) Please see complete description of project under “FILM PROJECT” on the Navigation Bar of this site.
B.) Please visit this project’s fundraising campaign by clicking HERE.
ON WITH THE SHOW. . . !
Step 1: Write 60 poems using only the vocabulary found in text message and chat acronyms abbreviations (source: www.netlingo.com). DONE.
Here’s another one to tickle your funny bone: BHIMBGO SLOM HBASTD MEH BL GBU PC KYSOTI. Need a Translation? Ok.
Bloody hell I must be getting old, sticking leeches on myself, hitting bottom and starting to dig teachers in the room. I shrug my shoulders. I belly laugh. God bless you player. Keep your stick on the ice.
Step 2: Find Organic Title in Manuscript that Catches People’s Attention + will translate well visually into a film adaptation. DONE. Elite Speaking Turquoise Monkey. People who use text/chat acronyms fluently refer to themselves as “Elite Speakers,” and the acronym BISFLATM (boy I sure feel like a turquoise monkey) speaks to that awkward feeling of being out of place, like a duck out of water, or a pig in pant suit.
Step 3: Publish poems in literary journals. DONE. More than half of these poems have already been published in WESTWIND Review, Toad Suck Review, Botticelli Magazine, and Poets on Site’s Anthology “WilsonFest.”
Step 4: Translate those 60 poems into American Sign Language. Working with Shoshannah Stern, these text message poems (a language meant to be seen and not heard) will be translated into American Sign Language (ASL) – also a visual language.
Step 5: Have Hair, Costume, and Makeup designed such that it represents an “Elite Speaking Turquoise Monkey.” Costume & Makeup is being designed/produced by West Williams.
Step 6: VIDEO Shoshannah Stern performing the text message poems in American Sign Language while wearing the Turquoise Monkey costume and makeup.
Step 7: Post-Production. Edit. CG. Smoke. Mirrors. Ta Dah!
Step 8: Host Public & Private Screenings in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York.
FYI: There’s more details about the manuscript and me below. But that’s really for reading after you’ve contributed to the campaign! So, here’s the skinny on my givebacks if you contribute:
CONTRIBUTE $10 & you’ll be invited to the Film’s Private Web-Screening.
CONTRIBUTE $20 & you’ll receive one (1) pass to a Private Theatre-Screening in Los Angeles, San Francisco, or New York (your choice).
CONTRIBUTE $50 & you’ll receive a signed film poster AND (2) passes to a Private Theatre-Screening in Los Angeles, San Francisco, or New York (your choice). OR a box DVD of film, signed by Just Kibbe.
CONTRIBUTE $100 & you’ll receive a signed film poster AND two (2) passes to a Private Theatre-Screening in Los Angeles, San Francisco, or New York (your choice) AND a box DVD of film, signed by Just Kibbe.
CONTRIBUTE $500 & you’ll receive “Associate Producer” Credit, AND a signed film poster AND four (4) passes to a Private Theatre-Screening in Los Angeles, San Francisco, or New York (your choice) AND a box DVD of film, signed by Just Kibbe.
CONTRIBUTE $1,000 & you’ll receive “Co-Producer” Credit, AND a signed film poster AND eight (8) passes to a Private Theatre-Screening in Los Angeles, San Francisco, or New York (your choice) AND two (2)box DVDs of film, signed by Just Kibbe.
*If anyone is interested in reviewing my line budget for this production, all you need do is ask.
To visit fundraising campaign site: http://tilt.tc/GW80