Anyone that knows Timm knows that he is larger than life. This is why we are committed to making Timm's dream of documenting his life and work a reality, even in the wake of his passing.
Inspired by Norman Rockwell’s famous 322 paintings for The Saturday Evening Post, a young artist from the Midwest set out to create 323 murals. This young artist was Timm Etters, a colorblind muralist and break-dancer from a small town northwest of Chicago who fought a lifelong battle with cancer. Fans of Timm’s work describe his murals as larger than life, intricate, and surreal. In contrast to his work and success as an artist, Timm’s battles with cancer and uncanny misfortunes set the stage for a story that is equally intriguing and inspiring.
We have broken the project into six stages with individual budgets. Each time a stage is funded, the project is one step closer to not only capturing and telling Timm's story, but distributing it to a wider audience so that Timm's work and legacy are not forgotten. We hope that you will partner with us by financially supporting the project.
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PRE-PRODUCTION AND STORY DEVELOPMENT (LIVE)
-Film remaining interviews
During this stage we will capture approximately forty interviews for the film (with eight completed as of 11/1/21). Support raised during this stage will cover the cost of interviews which includes: research and preparation for interviews, production crews to film interviews, and hard drive storage for recordings.
Goal : $25,700
''Timm is the best airbrush artist in the world, I have seen some incredible stuff but he is the prodigy'' -Asend
Listen to what Timm himself had to say about this project:
Timm dreamed of creating a documentary to inspire up and coming artists and highlight those who supported his journey as an artist.
Finishing the documentary was
Timm's final wish. We hope that you will support our work to make his dream a reality.
STAGE 2 - STYLIZED B-ROLL
-Purchase 120tb storage
-Archive Timm's loose art work and newspaper clippings
-Build b-roll set
-Film CREWMASTERS photos
-Print and film Timm' photos
-Film Timm's supplies/items
STAGE 3 - TIMM'S MURALS & AUDIO TRANSCRIPTION
-Hire crew for 10 days
to film Timm's most iconic
-Transcribe 20+ hours of
phone conversations with Timm
STAGE 4 - REENACTMENTS & FILMING EXPENSES
-Hire an 11 person crew for 5 days of filming
-Location/set and production costs
STAGE 5 - POST PRODUCTION
-Cover the cost of post production: editor, colorist, composer, audio engineer, animator,
-Finalize film and prepare for distribution
STAGE 6 - DISTRIBUTION
-Film festival submissions
Timm’s lifelong goal was to surpass Norman Rockwell by completing 323 murals.
This film will follow that journey - the ups and downs, the achievements and challenges, and the countless lives he touched along the way.
From a teenage graffiti artist to an award winning muralist, Pursuing 323 is the Timm Etters story.
DIRECTOR, WRITER & EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Andy Adames is a Director and an Emmy-nominated Producer & Editor. He is the Director, Writer, and Executive Producer for Pursuing 323. Timm and Andy met by chance in 2018 and quickly began discussing a documentary based on Timm’s life and works. They became fast friends after they began formally working on the documentary in fall 2020, connecting over their love of music and art. Andy began his career as a performing and recording artist in his late teens, spending most of his twenties performing in the Chicagoland area. After reconnecting with his childhood passion for film, he began working as a composer and audio engineer in the indie film industry before launching his own production company, Sonic Palette Productions, in 2017. Andy has worked on hundreds of projects ranging from end-to-end production to sound design and podcasts. In recent years, he found his true passion of filming, editing, and producing documentary style projects for various clients.
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER AND EDITOR
Christian is an Emmy-nominated Producer & Editor who has worked on projects for organizations such as T-Mobile, TEDx, and YMCA totaling over 8 million views online. He is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and runs a post-focused production company near Chicago which has served over 50 clients since 2018. An editor at heart, Christian pairs technical expertise with a passion for authentic, compelling documentary storytelling that recognizes the dignity of each individual and their story. A longtime friend and colleague of Andy, Christian first met Timm while working on Pursuing 323 and is honored to help further Timm's legacy through the film.