The StillLife - Taste is just the beginning...

The StillLife - Taste is just the beginning...

From Max Miller

The StillLife™ is a multimedia platform (a docuseries, website, live tastings, and photo book) that explores the intersection of spirits and culture across the United States and around the world.

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Update #6

5 months ago

This last year I've focused on the StillLife brand, membership and curated content. Now I am excited to have the opportunity to implement three amazing and necessary parts of this platform, with your help. The first is a StillLife docuseries that will explore the intersections of culture and spirits. I am working with a local film artist now to develop a sizzle reel to pitch to two major streaming services. The second project is the first photo book in a series that will highlight images of the spirits culture and the strong heritage of our region. The third is a cocktail competition called the StillLife Iconic Taste Competition™ where participants will seek to create a cocktail that pairs with an iconic photograph of a Pittsburgh Scene.

These media platforms, along with the existing StillLife Memberships are the culmination of a vision I’ve had for years, and, most importantly a mechanism to give back to the community while also highlighting our regions strengths! Please visit my crowd funding site - https://fundly.com/the-stilllife . Any level of support helps.!

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The first time I stepped into a rickhouse in Kentucky 15 years ago, I was overwhelmed with emotion as the aroma of aging Bourbon permeated my being. I knew then that I’d found my calling. The next fifteen years would be committed to educating others about spirits.  What I have come to understand over the last fifteen years is that distilled spirits are so much more than just a drink. They represent cultures, communities and relationships around the world.  

Those of you that have come to know me over the years know that I am passionate about spirits and their origins and elements. This project has been a longtime desire of mine, and now (with your help) I'd like to bring it to life.  This project will start as an exploration of how spirits integrate with culture in the United states over the next two years and then migrate towards either Europe, Canada or Mexico (depending on scheduling in the local markets).

Taste is just the beginning of this exploration. This project will bring spirits from around the globe into perspective as I explore the deep cultural and social elements.  I will designate a different cause to support for each year of the project.

This first fundraising will support:

  •  A two city beta test of this concept in Pittsburgh and Washington Pennsylvania  to interview distillers, historians, and artists  to awaken the untold stories of spirits as they've been woven through various cultures as well  visit and understand iconic locations and organizations in these cities..  I've already started testing the concept in Pittsburgh (www.stilllifetaste.com/pgh)
  • A new docuseries highlighting the cities featured
  • The first in a series of photobooks highlighting each city
  • Website design, development, and maintenance
  • Original video content development and editing
  • Membership tastings and venue expenses

(10% of everything raised in this initial round will be donated to one of three Pittsburgh organizations (your choice): the Kingsley Association (http://kingsleyassociation.org/),  in support of the Larimer community here in Pittsburgh; Global Pittsburgh https://www.globalpittsburgh.org/, or WQEDhttps://www.wqed.org/. As the project grows, it will support other communities around the nation and the world.)

Please support this campaign to follow my progress and share with your friends!  Thank you all for helping to make this dream a reality!

All the best

Max

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Max Miller posted a new update:
5 months ago

Update #6

This last year I've focused on the StillLife brand, membership and curated content. Now I am excited to have the opportunity to implement three amazing and necessary parts of this platform, with your help. The first is a StillLife docuseries that will explore the intersections of culture and spirits. I am working with a local film artist now to develop a sizzle reel to pitch to two major streaming services. The second project is the first photo book in a series that will highlight images of the spirits culture and the strong heritage of our region. The third is a cocktail competition called the StillLife Iconic Taste Competition™ where participants will seek to create a cocktail that pairs with an iconic photograph of a Pittsburgh Scene.

These media platforms, along with the existing StillLife Memberships are the culmination of a vision I’ve had for years, and, most importantly a mechanism to give back to the community while also highlighting our regions strengths! Please visit my crowd funding site - https://fundly.com/the-stilllife . Any level of support helps.!

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Max Miller posted a new update:
over 1 year ago

Update #5

Being a part of the StillLifeTM means learning something new, meeting interesting people, and doing good for others. Are you ready to live the StillLifeTM? Pllease spread the word to support this platform that will be a cultural anchor for cities across the nation and the world! https://www.stilllifetaste.com/

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Max Miller posted a new update:
over 1 year ago

Update #4

Good news! The 100 for $100 challenge is back on for the weekend! Help me unlock a $5000 contribution by helping to reach 100 donors this weekend. All donors this weekend will be entered into a raffle to win a 10-bottle basket of unique spirits expressions.. Thanks everyone for your support!

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Max Miller posted a new update:
over 1 year ago

Update #3

Here's a little taste of what I'll be exploring in more depth with the StillLife project! http://thestrippgh.com/raise-your-spirits-4/

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Max Miller posted a new update:
over 1 year ago

Update #2

The spirits industry is experiencing stellar growth, but behind that growth are so many compelling stories of culture, community and passion. Help me bring these stories to life and support communities around the world. Today there is a challenge to get 50 supporters to unlock a $1000 donation! Thanks so much to everyone for all the encouragement and support of this project!

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Max Miller posted a new update:
over 1 year ago

Update #1

Hello all! Thanks so much for your support and encouragement so far! Great news... I have a challenge donation of 100 for 100. If I can get 100 donations for $100+ over the next two days, I'll unlock a $5000 donation!

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