Just because we took a few days off to enjoy the beautiful central Texas weather, doesn't mean we haven't been busy!
We have new photos with Bijoy Goswami as Benjamin Franklin and David Hess as John Durang.
There's also an ICYMI behind the scenes videos with Johnny Moeller and Dorsey & Susan (with #GustavotheGoose.)
And much more!
Both Bijoy Goswami and Benjamin Franklin are ideas guys - grand thoughts on a wide foray topics - with action plans to go with them all. According to his Wikipedia entry, Bijoy is an "entrepreneurial philosopher," which includes thinking, writing, speaking, connecting, coaching and strategizing on a variety of topics. Most recently, he has co-founded the ATX Equation, a group of Austinites currently in the process of identifying and mapping Austin's scenes.
We thought Bijoy was the perfect Ben Franklin, with Franklin's accessible intellectualism and consistent tinkering being the perfect pairing with Bijoy's modernity.
As we mentioned in our last update, David Hess is a local musician, comedian, producer we had portray the first American born actor John Durang. The concept of comedy/tragedy was David's idea, and we were happy to oblige.
ICYMI: We have behind the scenes videos from our sessions with Johnny Moeller, which you can check out here and our video with Dorsey & Susan can be found here.
If you like what we're doing, please consider sharing this with your social networks and/or donating to the project (click the link below.)
Thanks so much,
Our project is on a roll, and our second Revolutionary was Rudy Malveaux, filmaker, political activist and community organizer. We photographed Rudy at Marshall's Barber Shop on 12th and Chicon in East Austin this past weekend. (Big thanks to Jermaine and the crew, who were extraordinarily helpful and accomodating!)
Rudy is portraying Paul Cuffee, Sr. (also written Cuffe), a free African-American man from Colonial America who built a maritime fleet and organized other free blacks to oppose the tea tax placed on imported tea in Boston, among other accomplishments (which you can learn about at the exhibit!)
Rudy also wanted to have some fun with our Colonial wigs, so we took some time out to have some fun during the session. (Mr. Cuffee, to our knowledge, did not wear a wig, as traditional for men in that era, but we can bust a mold a bit!)
Don't forget to check out our IndieGoGo page: http://igg.me/at/revolutionaryatx/x/8281690 to see more about the project and to help us reach out goal of $5000 by the end of August. Please forward this project on to friends and we can make it happen!
We have more sessions planned in the next few weeks...stay tuned!
Our first photo session for Revolutionary Austin went off flawlessly Friday evening in downtown Austin, with the fantastic Glenn Gadbois, Executive Director of Movability Austin. Glenn is at the forefront of trying to find alternative transportation options for Austinites, instead of relying on single occupant automobiles.
Now much like Paul Revere, Glenn is also a craftsman, which was one of the many reasons I chose Glenn to portray Revere in this series.
Here are some behind the scenes shots and outtakes, with the final exhibit photo coming soon...stay tuned! And don't forget to help us continue the project by donating to our IndieGoGo campaign here: http://igg.me/at/revolutionaryatx/x/8281690
We've had such great support since we've launched our IndieGoGo campaign, and I'm very grateful for everyone who has stopped by the page, taken a look at what we're doing, and donated to the campaign. We've reached over 25% of our goal in the first week!
Social media is the main way we are reaching out to folks, and many have posted their own support for the project. Here's a few we'd like to share:
Heather McKissick: "Austin is Revolutionary in SO many ways. And there are so many incredible people in Austin who take a revolutionary approach to their work, life, and influence in this city. The #RevolutionaryATX project by Sandra Buzanowski Ramos is shaping up to be an amazing tribute to our city and its leadership, and I am humbled to be a part of such a funky, cool, super-Austin-y thing with leaders like Art Acevedo, David Escamilla Glenn Gadbois Bijoy Goswami and others! Check it out!"
Katherine Nicely: "What an amazing project. Sandra Buzanowski Ramos is creating an art project called Revolutionary Austin. They are taking people from across the civic spectrum (public figures, musicians, actors, activists, etc) and matching them up with historical figures from the Revolutionary War era and photographic them with a modern twist. Imagine Glenn Gadbois' as Paul Revere's posing as historical figures. Love the idea."
David Hess: "if you think for a moment that you're gonna run for office without consulting sandra ramos, you're a joke. in other news: sandra's [taking photos and] publishing a book and unless i'm dreaming, my face is gonna be in that book. no no no: the pleasure really is all mine."
Also a big thank you to David Barrow (@anchorhd) and Adrian Miller (@soulfoodscholar) for their tweets about #revolutionaryATX.
I'd really appreciate it if you could give us a shout out to your networks, and maybe donate a little to show your support.
I'd like to take a moment to thank everyone for the great encouragement on this project. It's my first art exhibit, and without your support, none of this would be possible.
It's also important to recognize some folks behind the scenes who have been really awesome: Allison from Coco Coquette, who has done an amazing job finding and styling our wigs; the folks at Austin B-cycle, who are gracious enough to loan us a bike for one of our shoots on location, and Dolly at Costume World, who has talked me off the ledge and helped me find the perfect costumes from their huge selection.
Thanks everyone. Don't forget to check out our Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for this fun project.
With the Indiegogo campaign, that is.
We start our first shoots next weekend- Paul Revere! - and are now in the fundraising stage as well. The budget is just under $10k, so if you would help out a bit, I'd appreciate it and you'll get some cool incentives of your choosing.
Check it out, pass it on, and thanks so much!