We've moved. And we have to say, we couldn't be in better company. Our new office is located inside of Earth House Collective, an Indianapolis community hub that collaborates with local organizations and artists to support the arts, encourage healthy living and promote sustainable community. We're sharing the office space with the very forward thinking Big Car, who we've partnered with on The Big Picture Show in the past.
The Earth House building is an inspiring place to be - gorgeous stained glass and woodwork, ever-changing art exhibits and a great cup of fair-trade, organic coffee is always on hand. Did I mention there's a foosball table in the area where our screening committee is meeting to view films? Oh yes.
When they call it a "hub" they aren't kidding. In one visit you might find a belly dancer departing after teaching a class while a crowd gathers for an all ages rock show. In December we held our first event there, screening Being Elmo to a very enthusiastic crowd. Look for more to come from us there. We're only just beginning to visualize what all will be possible within that space.
In the mean time, take note of our new address:
237 N. East Street
We are not opposed to love letters and sweet everythings from you!
In December, we embarked on a mini-fundraiser for a Grand Holiday. The goal was simple - raise $1,000 before ringing in the New Year. Can we just say, you guys rock! We made it with time to spare, with a final total of $1,099.
Where do these donations go? Each gift supports our programming efforts, covering anything from film screening fees to filmmaker travel. Additional support covers less sexy things like postage, which never the less make what we do possible.
We stretch every dollar as far as we can by powering the festival with an army of volunteers, keeping our operating expenses low and through some very generous in-kind gifts and pro bono work from partners like Lodge, who donates loads of creative time and expertise and SmallBox, who covers our email marketing expenses.
We're getting super-excited for what's in store for this Fest in 2012, but for now, we're still celebrating your generosity. Thank you, thank you, thank you! A Grand Holiday, indeed.
p.s. If you didn't get a chance to give and wish to do so, we'll gladly accept your gift in 2012, just go here. All donations are fully tax-deductible and come with sweet, sweet Karma magic.