How exciting, we have our first $1000 backer and new Associate Producer. Even though we only have three days to go, this gives me hope. I also have more important good news. I have just spoken with someone who has committed to pledging the final $3000 if we can make it to $12,000. So, please help us spread the word and expand our much needed support of this important documentary story. Please also keep in mind that if you have already made a pledge, it is possible to increase your support before our deadline on December 6. Once again, thank you for your support and all your efforts to help us make this film.
Hello supporters of Hakela "The Last One." I just wanted to take a moment to clear up a possible misunderstanding. The goal of our Kickstarter campaign is to raise funding for the documentary, Hakela "The Last One", specifically for an essential production trip to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in late December and early January. The funds will be used directly for the production; travel, lodging, and hiring of crew, renting production equipment, and for editing a new work in progress sample with the new footage. The funds will not be used for Calvin's legal costs, or other related expenses he will incur in his quest to regain legal administrative trusteeship of the Spotted Elk name. If you have any questions please email me.
On Wed. Nov. 16th there was a tribal court proceeding on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation hearing Calvin's case to reverse the original court order which wrongfully granted trusteeship of the Spotted Elk name to another tribal member, whom Calvin contends is not a blood descendant of Chief Spotted Elk. This individual attempted to have Calvin's case dismissed on technical grounds. The good news is that although the Tribal Judge did not reverse the original court order, she also refused to dismiss Calvin's case, and instead ordered a continuance and set a new court date for mid January. This is one of the events we need to film.
In addition, during the traditional Big Foot Memorial Ride, which retraces on horseback the final journey of Chief Spotted Elk and his band before the massacre at Wounded Knee at the end of December, there will a special ceremony honoring Calvin, and acknowledging him as the great-g-g-grandson of Chief Spotted Elk. It is essential that we are also there to film this historic event. Calvin will be there. Your pledges and additional pledges will go towards travel and lodging expenses for the film crew for a ten day production trip, hiring of additional crew members, and for editing a new work in progress sample that will then be used to reapply for completion funding from several sources such as Native American Telecommunications, ITVS (PBS), and National Geographic.
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on December 7, 2011.
Nov 6, 2011 - Dec 7, 2011
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Create Community Caring People “Oyate Chante Wacanteognake” (literally, people-heart-generosity) Contribute $5 and get your name on the film's website and Facebook pages. Spread the word, write a comment and help continue production on this important story!Estimated delivery: Jan 2012
Pledge $10 or more
Warm your heart and ours to. “Chante okaliya ma ya ye” (literally, you warm my heart) Together, we can make great things happen by shedding light onto this important story. A Big Thank you on the film's website and Facebook Page and a promotional postcard from the producer.Estimated delivery: Jan 2012
Pledge $25 or more
Grateful Filmmakers “Pila ma ya” A Special Thank you on the film's website and Facebook pages, a personal e-postcard from the Calvin Spotted Elk, and promotional T-Shirt from artwork designed by Calvin Spotted Elk featuring Chief Spotted Elk.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
Pledge $50 or more
Special Thanks To… “Wopila” All of the above plus your name in films credits “Special Thanks To…”Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
Pledge $75 or more
Big Smile From Filmmakers A Special Thank you on the film's website and Facebook pages, a personal e-postcard from Calvin, your name in the films credits, and a DVD of Hakela: The Last One, upon completion.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $100 or more
Pi la ma ya from all of us “Thanks” A Special Thank you on the film's website and Facebook pages, a personal e-postcard from Calvin, and promotional T-Shirt from artwork designed by Calvin Spotted Elk featuring Chief Spotted Elk, your name in the credits, and a DVD of Hakela: The Last One, upon completion.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $200 or more
Ojioula Wopila Tanka “Very Big Thanks” All the above plus a hand made porcupine quill Lakota medicine wheel 2 x 2.. Support the film and support Lakota artists.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $300 or more
Making Hearts Glad All the above and plus a custom made beaded deer skin bracelet, a personal thank you letter from Calvin. Unemployment among the Lakota is the highest in the nation, so your donation can help out a few Lakota artists while helping us reach our goal too.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $400 or more
A Tear of Joy All the above and plus a custom made beaded deer skin bracelet and dream catcher, a personal thank you letter and signed photograph from Calvin. Support the film and support Lakota artists: your donation can help out a couple of Lakota artists while helping us get back to the reservation to interview and get more voices for this important film.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $500 or more
One Feather Honor A Special Thank you on the film's website and Facebook pages, a personal thank you letter, signed photo and small gift from Calvin, a personal e-postcard from the producer, and promotional T-Shirt from artwork designed by Calvin Spotted Elk featuring Chief Spotted Elk, your name in the credits, and a DVD of Hakela: The Last One, upon completion, Plus a handcrafted traditional Lakota Star Quilt.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $1,000 or more
Associate Producer All of the above plus a credit on the film as Associate Producer, including a custom version of the Chief Spotted Elk T-Shirt with your “Associate Producer” title and a medicine shield handmade made by Calvin Spotted Elk.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $3,000 or more
Executive Producer All the above and front row seats to the premier where you will be honored; plus a personal guided tour (travel and lodging not included) of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation with Calvin Spotted Elk, including the historical account of Chief Spotted Elk’s final days.Estimated delivery: Jun 2013