Let's make a film about what it means to be Cajun.. by listening to what real Cajuns have to say. Click the above video for more info.
THIS JUST IN! A DONOR HAS OFFERED $10,000 AT THE END OF THE CAMPAIGN IF WE CAN REACH $20,000. This means if we can get to 20k we get funded. CAN WE DO IT?!
The money we raise will hire an all-Acadiana film crew... $$ for Acadiana! It will also hire a grant writer to get additional funds and attention for the film. We'll still be putting a lot of our own time money and our best effort in creating today's most accurate comprehensive picture of the Cajun people.
NOTE: Don't forget to watch the whole fundraiser video. At the end is footage that I shot in April with my film crew... a sort of teaser film trailer for We Are Cajun.
I finished my last film after five years and spending several thousand dollars of my own money. It was a labor of love and it was hard but I'm finally reaping the rewards.
When I chose to do my next film on a topic very close to my heart, the Cajun culture... I knew I wanted to produce and finish it in a reasonable amount of time, accounting for all of the things I wanted to do but didn't have the money to do as well as capturing an image of the Cajun culture and lifestyle in the highest possible quality with as much thought and care as possible.
Rather than go a classic route and secure a loan from a bank or find a private investor, I want to do like many have done before and turn it over to crowd-sourcing. You have a very cool opportunity to be the investor in a movie! ... and I know you'll have a sense of pride seeing this more accurate picture of a unique and important culture be projected for the world to see.
Please watch the video to get an idea of what I'm trying to accomplish... and when you've decided that you want to help and receive cool rewards, you know what to do. Here's a description of the few but thoughtful rewards I've drummed up so that we can get this movie funded. Remember to also share this page with everyone you know to give us that chances to make our observations and statements about this important topic to me... and probably to you.
Here's some more detailed descriptions and pictures of some of the rewards for your help in funding this film:
NOW WE'RE COOKING! A comprehensive PDF cookbook featuring never before published family recipes from a host of Cajun families including my own! We are working on it as we speak and it will have all kinds of goodies for you to make at home. I'll also include a section on sourcing Cajun ingredients and some common Cajun household phrases and words.
Any contributor pledging 10$ or over will automatically get this eBook gem.
The Best of Valcour Records
Valcour Records is undoubtedly a musical enterprise founded by Cajun spirit and dedication. They've offered "The Best of Valcour Records" to aid the cause. You can either choose this as your only reward or up your pledge by just 20$ and we'll send you this and a few button-pins in addition to what you are already receiving! (If we can reach our goal!)
Be sure to go to http://valcourrecords.com to thank them for participating and don't forget to pledge!
LIMITED EDITION FESTIVAL POSTERS BY ROBERT T. CLEMENTS
My father is an artist and has done some fabulous work. You may have seen some of his "festival" posters around restaurants and office buildings in the South Louisiana region. Well, he's pulled out his limited stock and has offered them toward the completion of this film. Thanks Dad!
Here are the two amazing posters he is offering. Real lithograph prints on quality stock. Signed and numbers w/ artist proofs available. They'd look fantastic on the wall in your study, kitchen, or living room!
When you choose this reward, be sure to specify your size and color shirt.
Those who contribute 25$ or more will be able to access a private exclusive blog just for you through blogspot. In it you'll find all the gris-gris about the production, trials, tribulations, and victories! A sneak peak into a documentary production as a thanks for helping to make it happen.
How about a three button set? Anyone over 25$ will receive both!
Anyone who is contributing over 25$ will get a great sticker proclaiming that you are a Cajun... in Cajun French!
For our Honorary Producers, Interviewees, and big investors. Custom, Framable 8x10 certificate in Cajun French thanking you for your contribution to the film and preserving Cajun culture.
Do you have a Cajun Mom? I do. She taught me how to cook but this time, we're going to act as a cooking team. I'm the Sous Chef. Mom and I will fly to your house and prepare a full Cajun meal spanning several items and courses including Fresh baked french bread, hot gumbo, her homemade Cajun potato salad and more. Invite up to ten of your friends and then we'll all sit down and talk about Cajun!
NOTE TO INTERNATIONAL BIDDERS:
We may need to add a surcharge to some of the larger items for shipping outside of the US. Other rewards are considered PPD. Please don't let this stop you from bidding. We'll talk about that a little later in the campaign. Thanks for your support!
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on August 4, 2012.
Jul 10, 2012 - Aug 4, 2012 (25 days)
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It's just a dollar... but it helps! Merci Beaucoup! We appreciate you!Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $10 or more
CONTRIBUTOR Merci! You'll receive a personal thank you and be added to a list of contributors on the We Are Cajun website and Facebook page. We'll also send you some We Are Cajun stickers and buttons!Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $23 or more
The Best of Valcour Records 2006-2011. For a 25$ pledge you can receive a CD with great music from Cajun country featuring amazing & popular artists from the Acadiana and surrounding areas! Songs by Feufollet, Wayne Toups, Steve Riley, Cedric Watson, Pine Leaf Boys and more! 16 tracks and we'll also send you a set of We Are Cajun buttons to go with it. Special thanks to Valcour Records for making this possible. If you want to add this reward to your existing pledge, just up your pledge by $20.00 and mention it to us at the campaign's end and we'll make sure you get your CD.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $30 or more
T-SHIRT Merci! You'll receive a personal thank you and be added to a list of contributors on the We Are Cajun website and Facebook page. You'll receive access to the exclusive Cajun Documentary production blog. This will include the inside scoop on interviews being done, locations, content, pictures, planning and more. Even some transcripts from interviews will be posted here! You'll also get the fantastic We Are Cajun T-shirt picture in the description!Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $40 or more
DVD REWARD Merci Cher! Access to the exclusive Cajun Documentary production blog. (Immediately) Copy of the finished product on DVD. (When Complete!) You'll also get an 8.5 x 11 printed version of the finished film poster.Estimated delivery: Nov 2013
Pledge $75 or more
Super Supporter (100$ contribution equivalent reward) You'll get the We Are Cajun Family Recipes PDF Cookbook, Exclusive Production Blog access... A set of Cajun 1" Buttons, an On est' Cadien sticker, a copy of the DVD when complete, a T-shirt, and a film poster! Garde Dans!Estimated delivery: Nov 2013
Pledge $100 or more
BLU-RAY REWARD Merci Beaucoup! Access to the exclusive Cajun Documentary production blog. (Immediately) Copy of the finished product on BLU-RAY. (When Complete!) You'll also get access to the exclusive Cajun Documentary production blog. (Immediately)Estimated delivery: Nov 2013
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Haven't you ever wanted an email address that really speaks to who you are? Now you can have MESNOM@wearecajun.com for at least two years (thanks to tekhead.biz)! Exclusive Production Blog & Cajun Cookbook PDF... You'll get a small film poster print. You'll get the button pack and sticker and you'll get the T-shirt and a copy of the DVD when completed! Only 50 available because of limited email addresses.Estimated delivery: Nov 2013
Pledge $200 or more
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CAJUN FESTIVAL POSTER "NATIF D'ACADIANA" Merci Beaucoup! Added to a list of contributors on the website and fb page. YOU WILL NOW ALSO GET A COPY OF THE FILM ON DVD (OR DIGITAL... YOUR CHOICE) WHEN COMPLETE. Access to the exclusive Cajun Documentary production blog. (Immediately) “Natif d’Acadiana” (Native of Acadiana) is a 28”x22” signed & numbered limited edition 5-color silkscreen on bright-white dull stock. It highlights the plentiful crawfish crustacean (farm raised or Atchafalaya deep water) enjoyed seasonally by the Cajun people. Artist Proofs available) This poster was designed and printed by my father and favorite artist, Robert T. Clements. (Artists proofs, add $50 to contribution and specify) We've included shipping to the continental US. Additional shipping charges may apply to international contributors.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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CAJUN FESTIVAL POSTER "ACADIANA" Merci Beaucoup! Added to a list of contributors on the website and fb page. YOU WILL NOW ALSO GET A COPY OF THE FILM ON DVD (OR DIGITAL... YOUR CHOICE) WHEN COMPLETE. Access to the exclusive Cajun Documentary production blog. (Immediately) “Acadiana: Festival Capitol of the World” is a 21”x29.5”, signed & numbered limited edition 4-color lithograph on dull coated stock. It depicts many of the traditional community festivals that celebrates the Cajun life. This poster was designed and printed by my father and favorite artist, Robert T. Clements. (Artists proofs, add $50 to contribution and specify) We've included shipping to the continental US. Additional shipping charges may apply to international contributors.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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YOU ARE A PRODUCER CREDIT Merci Beaucoup! Access to the exclusive Cajun Documentary production blog. (Immediately) Cajun PDF Cookbook and Ex.clusive Production Blog Very official Producer certificate with many thanks. (Immediately) Your name in the end credits of the film. and/or a one-line dedication. IMDb Database Credit!! See your name up there with the stars at IMDb.com Copy of the finished product on BLU-RAY AND DVD. (When Complete)Estimated delivery: Nov 2013
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BON TEMPS REWARD These contributors will have made a huge impact on the film's budgetary needs! They'll get every available reward but will also get the following: Access to the exclusive Cajun Documentary production blog and We Are Cajun Cookbook PDF. (Immediately) Very official Producer certificate with many thanks. (Immediately) Your name (or business name) in the end credits of the film. and/or a one-line dedication. 5 Copies of the finished product on DVD 2 Copies on BLU-RAY or Digital HD (your choice). (When Complete) 10 We Are Cajun T-Shirts! A bag FULL of buttons and stickers. HERE'S THE GOOD PART: My mother and I will fly to your home (or business with equipped kitchen) anywhere in the U.S. (Moi, seul en Canada parce-que j'ai mon passport) and prepare for you an authentic Cajun meal for up to ten people including Gumbo (seafood or chicken-sausage) Homemade French Bread and more. Groceries, a clean kitchen, and libations included (if acceptable in your area) This will occur before the end of the filming at some point this year. Over dinner we can discuss all topics Cajun and how the film is going. I will provide my own accommodations and transportation. You'll also receive tickets to the closest screening in your area as our personal guests and your name will be included on the internet movie database listing. This would be a great reward for corporate donations as you will have a lot of great rewards to share and some good cajun food for a part of your workgroup!Estimated delivery: Feb 2013