Hidden Cabinet Films

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October 10, 2021

We have returned from a very successful pre-production trip to Austria. 27 meetings over 14 weekdays! Salzburg, Innsbruck, Vienna, and places in between. Our ship is setting sail.

August 25, 2021

We have a sound man, we have a camera man, we have a composer, and we have a musician! Provisionally, anyway. They are excited about the project, and we are looking forward to working with them once we move into production in late 2021/early 2022.

August 9, 2021

We are delighted to welcome two new members to our board of directors! As our stalwart friend and wise counsel Mike Widener steps down and heads off to a glorious retirement, we welcome to our team Howard Kaplan, the former Director of Educational Programs at the American Bar Association, and William Stowe, Benjamin Waite Profess of the English Language, Emeritus, at Wesleyan University.

August 4, 2021

We are speaking with a composer whose music we greatly admire about the possibility of writing a score for “Tending the Wounded.” Stay tuned! The first meeting of our pre-production trip is now scheduled for September 23 in Berchtesgaden.

July 21, 2021

We are preparing for pre-production travel to Austria in mid-September, and we have engaged an audio engineer to conduct field recording in Austria—he is marvelous! Up, up and away!

March 1, 2021

We are thrilled to share that thanks to the generosity of over 120 individual contributors, we have exceeded our fundraising goal! Hidden Cabinet Films is now ready to set sail on its project “Tending the Wounded”—and we are able to absorb the two institutional grants we received from the Reid Hoffman Foundation and the Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies while remaining fully compliant with IRS regulations regarding the level of public support required of 501(c)(3) organizations. Thank you! We will always remember the donors who had our back from the very start. Further contributions will now go toward meeting a future challenge grant. Onward with a sweet wind in our billowing mainsail!

February 11, 2021

Thanks to the support of over 110 individual contributors, we have achieved our fundraising goal! We are overwhelmed with gratitude for the backing of our early contributors and their belief in our work. They will always hold a special place in the annals in Hidden Cabinet, and they will be foremost in our mind as we move ahead with “Tending the Wounded.” Work begins tomorrow. (Tonight, we allow ourselves some champagne.)

February 6, 2021

We have raised 90% of our fundraising goal in two weeks! Now we only need to raise about $3000 (+ $800 to cover credit card transaction fees and campaign administrative costs) and we’ll have reached the finish line. This may be too much to hope for, but if we could raise another $4000 on top of that, then Hidden Cabinet Films would be set through tax year 2022—and, we anticipate, well into the future. Up, plane, up!

February 1, 2021

As of 5:30 p.m., we have raised 75% of our fundraising goal! $22,620 in nine days! Thanks to our contributors for putting so much wind in our sails!

January 30, 2021

As of 10 p.m. this evening, we have raised $20,220 in our fundraising campaign—over two-thirds of our goal. Thanks to our donors for your enthusiastic support!

January 23, 2021

Our fundraiser for “Tending the Wounded” has begun!

January 2021

The pandemic may have slowed us down, but now Hidden Cabinet is back and raring to go! With light at the end of the viral tunnel, we are starting to plan our multi-media series on emergency medical services—which, under the circumstances, we believe is more relevant than ever. Stay tuned for our fundraising campaign. The campaign will enable us to comply with IRS rules about 501(c)(3) organizations in the wake of the grants we received from the Reid Hoffman Foundation and the Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies. Our intermediate goal is to raise $30,000. If we can raise more, then further funding awaits us from the Reid Hoffman Foundation in the form of a challenge grant.

August 2020

We are thrilled to announce that Hidden Cabinet has received a grant from the Reid Hoffman Foundation to create a series of videos and podcasts about the social and philosophical significance of emergency medical services.

July 2020

We are delighted to report that Hidden Cabinet has received a grant from the Botstiber Intstitute for Austrian-American Studies to conduct research and create a series of videos and podcasts about the philosophical significance of the Austrian mountain rescue service—the Bergrettung. We also are the in process of receiving a foundation grant to create a related series of videos and podcasts about the social and philosophical significance of emergency medical services. Stay tuned for our charitable campaign to help us meet our fundraising goals!

August 2017

We came close! But in the end, we didn’t receive that NEH project development grant. Our peer review panel was really encouraging, though, and its members wrote some very heartening things about our proposal and past work, like:

“I will give this proposal the highest accolade”; “I believe that this project is truly pioneering … The thoroughness of the treatment was exemplary”; “This is an exemplary proposal”; “This proposal is of the highest quality and relevance [and] the humanities scholarship informing the project is very high”; and “Each of Weiner’s four documentaries are marvelous. I find them beyond impressive.”

Those kind words took some of the sting out of the disappointment.

We don’t waste time in mourning. We have dusted ourselves off and are back in the saddle. Plus, our videos for the Grolier Club exhibit “Law’s Picture Books” are ready to go and will be set up on sit in early September. Forward!

July 2017

The films for “Law’s Picture Books” have a nifty new interface for viewing on our video kiosk.

May 2017

Our five short films for “Law’s Picture Books” are complete. Come see them at the Grolier Club in September 2017. More news will follow in coming months.

February 2017

We’re color correcting and grading “Love & Surprise” for the exhibit “Law’s Picture Books,” to open at the Grolier Club in New York in September. Everything is moving along nicely. See you there!

January 9, 2017

We’ve applied for a development grant to the National Endowment for the Humanities for a documentary project called “Islam and the Constitution: A Conversation Between Texts.” The project also was recently included as part of a major grant application by a Washington-based NGO to a private foundation. The NEH application includes a top-flight board of humanities advisors and media team.

December 15, 2016

We’ve completed rough cuts of “Love & Surprise: A Visit to the New York Antiquarian Book Fair,” “A Philosophical Question,” and “Two Ways to Work” for the “Law’s Picture Books.”

September 28, 2016

Post-production has begun on “Bookwork as Handwork,” which will accompany the exhibition “Law’s Picture Books” at the Grolier Club in New York City, which opens in September 2017. The exhibition examines illustrated law books from the 13th century to the present.

July 19, 2016

We’ve released our latest video, “Preservation Waltz.” Books, forests, and domestic architecture in Austria: it’s all about sustainability.

July 10, 2016

We are very pleased to have been granted 501(c)(3) status by the Internal Revenue Service. Forward & upward!

June 2016

Hidden Cabinet Films is delighted to have received its first commission: to produce “Bookwork as Handwork” to accompany the exhibition “Law’s Picture Books,” to open at The Grolier Club in New York City in September 2017.

We’re also in the midst of applying for two nonprofit grants to produce exciting films about legal history, the constitutional protection of religious pluralism, and rare books. Wish us luck!

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