Director Matt Kaiser looks into his sister's adoption as he decides whether or not to seek out his own birth parents.
In this documentary we will be taking a close look at how my sister's adoption affected her life, as well as the lives of her birth mother, and our parents. When looking at my sister's experience, I will be deciding whether or not I should follow my her example, and try to connect with my own birth parents.
Even though my sister and I grew up in the same home, we had very different takes on being adopted. She had a hard time coming to grips with her adoption, and to gain a sense of closure, she eventually sought out and met her birth mother. I, on the other hand, was always comfortable with my adoption, and had little interest in finding my birth parents.
But then, something happened. I grew up. I got married, and we had a little boy. And when I held my new-born son in my arms, I realized just how brave my birth-mother must have been. I couldn't imagine giving up an infant to the world, and just hoping everything was going to be okay. Maybe the time has come to find the truth.
Here's the plan: We are in the early stages of production for this video. Jake Elsas, my right hand man and cameraman extraordinaire, and I have already gathered footage in New York. We will also need to film here in Oregon, as well as Virginia, Florida, and Indiana, to talk to some adoption agencies, and interview various family members, including my sister's birth mother. By that point, I should have enough information to decide whether or not I actually fill the release forms with the State of Indiana, allowing the search for my birth parents to commence.
To make this documentary come to life, I am looking to raise $7,000 in 28 days on Kickstarter. The money you contribute will go primarily to airfare, food, hotel, rental cars, and since my day-job is stay-at-home-dad, I need baby sitter for my two-year-old son.
So please give. It is my belief that this will be an interesting story about family, and I hope it might help other adoptees decide whether or not they should meet their birth parents.
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