Digital or Death: $10K down, $150K to go!

Project of
Moxie Cinema

Save our screens from going dark. The Moxie needs a $160K digital upgrade . . . or else.

This project has raised

$12,838

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Pledge Incentives


$1.00 Level

7 Supporters

Your gift of $1 or more will make an impact. Every donation of any size increases our project's momentum and takes us closer to our goal.


$10.00 Level

68 Supporters

With a gift of $10, we can pay for a new patch cable for our 8-channel cinema monitor. And you’ll get the first online listen of the Moxie’s band (Wrath of Cannes) record of favorite tunes from films. You’ll also get a full second of 35mm film (24 frames) to show the grandkids. Finally, you’ll receive our heartfelt thanks in a pre-show slide.


$35.00 Level

59 Supporters

With a gift of $35, we can pay for a new rack mount for the new light automator. And you’ll get all of the above goods as well as the option of reserving the movie poster of your choice for any movie playing in the next year.


$75.00 Level

52 Supporters

With a gift of $75, we can pay for an hour of the installation process. You’ll get all of the above rewards in addition to a downloadable file of the Wrath of Cannes smash hit(s) and a list of our favorite movies to play at the Moxie over the last 7 years. Hey, it’ll help you with your Netflix queue.


$250.00 Level

13 Supporters

With a gift of $250, we can pay for the touchscreen panel that programs the new projector. You’ll get all of the above plus special props on our pre-show thanks slide. We’ll also throw in two Moxie pint glasses and you’ll be our guest at the first Wrath of Cannes concert . . . which might be at a Moxie staff member’s house. And if the concert falls through, we’ll throw in a free copy of the novel “Winter’s Bone.”


$500.00 Level

1 Supporter

With a gift of $500, we can wire an entire auditorium for our new projection system. You’ll get all of the above plus special props on our pre-show thanks slide. We’ll also throw in a month-long pre-show slide (ideal for business owners).


$1,000.00 Level

1 Supporter

With a gift of $1000 or more we can pay for a powered pedestal for one of our new projectors. You'll get all of the goodies above PLUS a free party at the Moxie for 50 of your friends.

Project Overview

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UPDATE: We hit the $10,000 mark! But we still have a long way to go. The total price for converting both theaters to digital projection is $160K. The more we raise here and now the better our chances are for getting help from other sources such as foundations. So start spreading the news!

For nearly a century, films have primarily been . . . er, film. That is to say they were shot on film and then projected from film. That will soon change. By early 2013, we expect movies like "The Artist," "Midnight in Paris" and "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" to be delivered exclusively on digital hard drives. Distributing films digitally will save studios hundreds of millions of dollars and, in turn, cost us some money. We will need to buy two new pricey digital projectors just to be able to continue to show the sort of "art house hits" that keep our doors open.

The short of it:

To put it plainly: It's digital conversion or death. We have bids from a few companies already and are budgeting $160,000 to convert both auditoriums for digital projection. The big tickets items are the projectors and the dedicated servers that store and playback the movies. But even the smaller stuff adds up. Incidentals like spare bulbs, new cables and projector pedestals come to $5,000 per screen.

Gift level incentives and impact:

If we raise $10,000, we can cover these "incidental costs" for both screens. If we raise $40,000, we can pay for a projector. $80,000 fully converts our big auditorium for this new era of cinema. You get the idea. Moxie Cinema has been an icon of the Springfield art scene for the last seven years. With your help, we can continue to show the independent and international films that don't play at any other Springfield theaters.

With a gift of $10, we can pay for a new patch cable for our 8-channel cinema monitor. And you’ll get the first online listen of the Moxie’s band (Wrath of Cannes) record of favorite tunes from films. You’ll also get a full second of 35mm film (24 frames) to show the grandkids. Finally, you’ll receive our heartfelt thanks in a pre-show slide.

With a gift of $35, we can pay for a new rack mount for the new light automator. And you’ll get all of the above goods as well as the option of reserving the movie poster of your choice for any movie playing in the next year.

With a gift of $75, we can pay for an hour of the installation process. You’ll get all of the above rewards in addition to a downloadable file of the Wrath of Cannes smash hit(s) and a list of our favorite movies to play at the Moxie over the last 7 years. Hey, it’ll help you with your Netflix queue.

With a gift of $250, we can pay for the touchscreen panel that programs the new projector. You’ll get all of the above plus special props on our pre-show thanks slide. We’ll also throw in two Moxie pint glasses and you’ll be our guest at the first Wrath of Cannes concert . . . which might be at a Moxie staff member’s house. And if the concert falls through, we’ll throw in a free copy of the novel “Winter’s Bone.”

With a gift of $1000 or more we can pay for a powered pedestal for one of our new projectors. You'll get all of the goodies above PLUS a free party at the Moxie for 50 of your friends and a free pre-show slide (ideal for business owners).

Thank You

All funds raised over our $10,000 goal will go toward purchasing and installing a new digital projector for our large auditorium. Thank you for supporting Moxie Cinema.

Updates

An update from the Moxie

Thanks for your donation. Generous souls like you have helped us raise more than $10,000 through CauseMomentum.com. We also hosted an impromptu fundraiser at Mother's Brewery and had quite a few people dropping off checks here at the theater so our running total is closer to $18,000. But, we still have a long way to go to reach the $160,000 needed to convert to digital projection. Our success thus far has validated (and helped test!) an important new fundraising tool for local non-profits. So your donations did double duty. If you ran into problems while donating or have any comments, please let me know. Your input will make this website better.

We have 10 days left and the more we get now the easier it will be when we talk to big donors and foundations. So please share our fundraiser page with anyone you think might be willing to help us jump this digital divide. And come celebrate the end of this 45-day initial sprint on Sept. 22 when we'll screen Pulp Fiction ...for free. Really! Help us get any stragglers in the door to donate. It also marks the Moxie's 7th birthday...give or take a day. Start spreading the news!

Next Tue., the Moxie needs help

I wanted to give a huge thanks for helping us make the transition to digital projection two years ago. Without your help, the Moxie would no longer be open. But instead of shutting our doors, we are expanding what we can offer from free community screenings with local non-profits to the new "In Translation" series that showcases the best recent films from around the globe.

I am writing today because we need your help! Next Tuesday, May 5th, we'll try to raise $10,000 in 24 hours to kickstart our "Because [Stuff] Happens" Fund as part of the first annual Give Ozarks Day. Our new projectors are fantastic machines but they are glorified computers. As such, expensive upgrades (not to mention repairs!) are inevitable. We have already begun tucking away as much money as we can afford into this fund but the clock is ticking and we need to kickstart this emergency repair fund.

Help keep great cinema alive in the Ozarks, donate on Tue., May 5th here: https://giveozarks.org/2015/moxie-cinema.

Then spread the word because the more donors we get, regardless of amount given, the better our chances to win some of the $92,500 in prize money that the Give Ozarks Day organizers are using to boost involvement. In other words, we need you involved!

If everyone that reads this donates $1, $5 or $15 and then spreads the word via Facebook, texts or (gasp!) face-to-face conversations, we would likely win much more prize money than the total amount people donated. In short, your May 5th donation…your Give Ozarks Day plea to friends and family to join you…will do more than ever before because there is soooo much prize money out there.

Donate on Tue., May 5th here: https://giveozarks.org/2015/moxie-cinema.
Then multiply your impact by spreading the word.

Come down to the theater and join us for any and all of our Give Ozarks Day events:

*a massive poster giveaway (9a-midnight at the theater)
*secret Mondo Moxie screening (free and 11:45p on May 4)
*Stop Motion Kids Worksop at Jordan Valley Park (4-7p)
*free Cinema Paradiso screenings all day (2:15, 4:15, 7:30, 9:15pm)
*a Cinco de Moxie happy hour (5-7:30p)

Thank you for all your support.

We’ll see you at the Moxie!
Best,
Mike

PS-- a much delayed recording of Team Moxie covering a track from the “Drive” soundtrack: https://soundcloud.com/moxiecinema/nightcall-wrath-of-cannes

Supporters


About Moxie Cinema

The Moxie is a premier non-profit independent movie theater, bringing the best in cinema to Springfield, Missouri since 2004.

We exist to enrich our community through film's power to engage, educate, and inspire. Yes, we show movies and sell tickets, but at our core, we exist to make our community a better place to live.

OUR STORY
Open 7 days a week for 365 days of the year since Sept. 27, 2005. In that time, we have attracted 400,000+ people downtown to see more than 1,400 different movies. In 2019, we hosted 31,187 screenings of 128 different movies or collections of short films. 92% of those would otherwise never have screened in the Ozarks.

Over the past 10 years, the Moxie’s core offering has not changed. But our brand has. We started as a for-profit, local cinema. We were a scrappy, DIY, mom-and-pop, first run arthouse theater. We have grown into a mission and member-driven non-profit organization dedicated to bringing important, interesting and thoughtful films and events to town. Selling tickets is a means to achieving our mission and keeping our doors open, not our end goal – instead, we are focused on finding films and hosting events that ignite discussion and add value to the lives of our patrons.

We love film and believe in its power to transport viewers. It is a medium that thrusts us first-hand into someone else’s reality, giving us a tangible and emotional experience, whether positive, negative or neutral. Through film, we can expand our understanding of the world, and our place in it.

We see our role as that of curator, sorting through the mass of films across various genres to select those that will have the most impact and meaning to our audience. We know leisure time and money is finite so our goal is to show high-quality, insightful films that enrich our viewers. We want our patrons to leave the Moxie--whether they liked the film or not--feeling better for having the experience. It’s entertainment with substance.

But we do more than “show movies.” We use film to connect and enrich our community. We want to educate, advocate and inform about—and through--cinema. This translates into regular screenings of classic cinema with post-show discussions exploring the form. It also can be seen through our community partner screenings which use film as a jumping off point to explore and array of important issues through post show discussions.  Our ever-expanding kids programming educates (and entertains) through great animated shorts (Moxie Mornings); feature length classics (Moxie Flix); and actual classes with our Visual Literacy Experience Field Trips. And finally, we engage and promote local film talent through local screenings and kid workshops that explore the building blocks of visual storytelling.  

 

Moxie Cinema

http://www.moxiecinema.com/

Springfield, MO
(417) 429-0800
info@moxiecinema.com