California’s San Luis Obispo Symphony reports that it is seeking funding to complete production of its film project BOTSO, using the crowdfunding site Kickstarter.com. BOTSO, a feature-length film about Wachtang “Botso” Korisheli, a teacher, musician, and sculptor who is founder of the San Luis Obispo County Youth Symphony, chronicles Korisheli’s life and legacy as a teacher to several generations of students on California’s Central Coast, including conductor Kent Nagano. BOTSO has been in production for four years; the orchestra’s goal is to raise $20,000 in pledged support by May 19, 2011. Kickstarter’s fundraising platform, where donors can pledge money to support a variety of creative projects, requires that the fundraising goal be reached by a specific date in order for funds to be released. Following the final edit and accompanying sound and color finishing, the producers plan to submit BOTSO to film festivals; all proceeds from the film will fund music education scholarships and educational programs of the San Luis Obispo Symphony. More information on the project is available at http://www.botsomovie.com and at the kickstarter website.
Posted March 14, 2011