After 37 days, the Fixed Kickstarter campaign has just come to a close. What an amazing journey it has been: 371 of you came together and raised a grand total of $29,138, which means we reached 116% of our goal! Incredible!
Your generosity will make all the difference in finishing the film and also gives us a great start for our curriculum development to facilitate classroom discussions about Fixed and related topics.
Thank you all!
It has been so encouraging, thrilling and humbling to receive your support. You should have seen my face on Friday when we reached the $25K mark and donations just kept coming in. My jaw was on the ground...and pretty much has been since. :)
There are a whole host of reasons for why I think this film is important, but what has motivated me more than anything is my deep respect for the individuals you will meet in this film and the work they are each doing in the world. I am truly honored that they opened their lives to me and my camera and hope that this film will start a conversation that both honors their work and creates space for more to join.
I'm equally touched that you all have chosen to become a part of the growing Fixed community. We are making this film happen together.
How neat is that?!!!
I want to give a HUGE shout out to everyone on Team FIXED. I'm so grateful for these amazing rock stars: one of my oldest and dearest pals, brilliant writer and social media strategist, Cielo Lutino, who shared her editorial prowess and worked tirelessly on media outreach; my sweetheart, Dave Graham-Squire, who offered up his union phone-banking skills and knack for spreadsheets to create an awesome phone-banking machine and who has been absolutely wonderful through this incredibly intense month; the fabulously talented Fixed production assistant, Jessica Fuh, who helped with the research for all of the rewards, created the captions for the trailer and who has spent a better part of the summer hunting down archival footage rights for the film; my Making Change Media partner & dear friend, Jamie LeJeune, who spent many hours helping me shoot and edit the trailer; my dear friend, Dominika Bednarska, who really went above and beyond for the film talking it up with many colleagues in the larger disability studies community; my fabulous friends, Kevin & Jody Christensen, who incorporated Fixed fundraising into their party in early August; my dear friend, Tiffany Worthington, for organizing a wonderful Fixed FUNraising party in Santa Cruz; my incredibly supportive father and stepmother, Jerry Brashear and Pam Newton, for their brainstorming and editorial assistance and their encouragement of me through the entire 4+ years of this project, and to the rest of TEAM FIXED(!) who volunteered their time and services to help make this campaign a rockin' success: Max Bell Alper, Jen Angel, Scottee Angel, Emily Beitiks, Corbin Brashear, Tracey Brieger, Liz Butler, Mia Duquet, Alexa Hall, Nathaniel Klein, Scott LaMorte, Manjula Martin, Florencia Marchetti, Alexis Mazon, Austin Putnam, Doug Pet, Emma Rubin, Steph St. Clair, John St. Louis, and G-rant Wilson.
Now YOU are all a part of Team FIXED! :)
So what's next?
First, I need to take a few days off and heal my body. One of my reasons for my interest in disability issues is because I deal with fibromyalgia and chronic pain. (Hidden disabilities = another subject which begs more public awareness). Living on the computer around the clock for these last 6 weeks has taken a toll. So I need to take a few days offline and rest my paws. I'm also mentioning this because it has been killing me that I haven't been able to write you all individually yet to thank you for your support! I want to very much, and will do so, but I ask for your patience and understanding here. Apparently, it takes a long time to write 371 thank you letters! :)
Then we jump into action on several fronts: shooting a few more interviews, coordinating all the archival footage, and diving into the final round of editing, sound mixing, etc... We are shooting to have the film finished by the end of this year or early 2012.
A word on rewards: the packages that include the DVD will be mailed when the film is completed. Please be patient. Believe me, I'm as eager to see this film done and out in the world as you are! We will be working on achieving this final goal as efficiently as possible. The posters and T-shirts will be sent in October. I will be sending out surveys soon to ask you for all the pertinent details, mailing addresses, the exact name you would like in the film credits, etc. So please stay tuned.
If you know anyone who would still like to donate to the Fixed, we can receive tax-deductible donations through our fiscal sponsor, the International Documentary Association @ http://documentary.org/fsp/3309.
I hope that you will all stay in touch as the film progresses into these final stages and heads out into the world. Please join our Facebook page and/or follow us on Twitter.
With much love and gratitude,