Birth Story wins the Audience Award!
We were shocked and more than a little teary-eyed when we were called up to accept the Audience Award for Feature Documentary Film at the LA Film Festival on Sunday--who knew when we started this project that audiences would respond so enthusiastically and that you all would be so motivated to help us get this film out into the world?! It's been a long journey, and like all filmmakers, we have endured a lot of "nos" along the way, so this is a BIG HUGE YES, and it helps us to understand even more deeply than we did before how important it is that this film be seen by the largest possible audience. We are emboldened and excited!
To top it all off, over 740 of you have donated to this campaign. We have raised nearly 54K! And we still have 22 days to go--so we have taken a deep breath, broadened our goals, and committed ourselves to raising another 40K by July 18th--the additional funds will help us hire the support staff we need to ensure that the film reaches every corner of Planet Earth!
To that end, WE HAVE ADDED A NEW REWARD to help incentivize new donors (and donors who wish to increase their pledges). For $60, donors will receive the DVD, an official Birth Story button, and a LIMITED EDITION YOUR BODY IS NOT A LEMON POSTER, 14x22, signed by the directors and screen printed from the historic Colby printers in LA.
You are the best about spreading the word to friends--please keep it up! Let them know they can get a DVD, an educational license for ongoing screenings in classroom environments, and now a collector's item LEMON poster all at the link below:
Meanwhile, we want to share with you a little taste of what it was like last week at the World Premiere of Birth Story! This video was shot by dear friends Jessica Collins and Jenae Wilkens--two fans of Ina May's, who wanted to help us out. Wish all of you could have been there with us!
Sending love and continued amazement at your generosity,
Sara and Mary
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Official commemorative "I helped make Birth Story" postcard, signed by the directors, and your name on our website donor page.Estimated delivery:
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Be the first to receive a copy of the DVD, hot off the presses, as soon as we have them available! (International Orders: Please add $15 for shipping.)Estimated delivery:
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A DVD and a "Your body is Not a Lemon!" Birth Story button. International Orders: Please add $15 for shipping.Estimated delivery:
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JUST ADDED! A LIMITED-EDITION, signed-by-the-filmmakers POSTER, 14x22, emblazoned with Ina May's slogan "YOUR BODY IS NOT A LEMON," beautifully screen printed at LA's historic Colby Printing! Will inspire you and every woman who sees it hanging on your wall! (also includes the buttons, and the DVD.)Estimated delivery:
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A special Birth Story tote bag, plus the DVD and two "Your Body is Not a Lemon" Birth Story buttons (one to share!) International Orders: Please add $15 for shipping.Estimated delivery:
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ALL OF THE ABOVE + An autographed copy of Ina May's newest book, Birth Matters. International Orders: Please add $15 for shipping.Estimated delivery:
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ALL OF THE ABOVE + A limited edition Birth Story movie poster, signed by the filmmakers and Ina May. International Orders: Please add $15 for shipping.Estimated delivery:
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All of the above plus AN OFFICIAL EDUCATIONAL LICENSE TO SCREEN THE FILM IN EDUCATIONAL SETTINGS--whether you specialize in childbirth education, women's studies, public health, or prenatal yoga, you will receive the ongoing, official license to screen the film in classrooms, plus the DVD and educational package.Estimated delivery:
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MENTORING PHONE CALL WITH ONE OF THE DIRECTORS--Have a film you want to make but don't know how to get it off the ground? Already mid-project but hitting some road bumps? Not interested in film, but wanting to talk about the challenges of balancing mothering and art-making? Sara or Mary will call you to listen and discuss! (Plus, you will receive the tote, the buttons, and the DVD!) International Orders: Please add $15 for shipping.Estimated delivery:
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All of the above + HOST YOUR OWN PUBLIC SCREENING OF THE FILM--A perfect awareness or fundraiser for your birth organization or within your own community. Your favorite group can be among the first outside Film Festivals to publicly screen the film. Includes a community screener package, educational materials, and DVD. Plus, your name or group on our donor page. (Some restrictions may apply with regard to size of venue and date of event--email us to be sure).Estimated delivery:
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An inspiring portrait of Ina May as a young woman, printed and signed by the photographer. Ina May keeps an image of Grand Midwife Margaret Charles Smith in her bedroom--you can keep a photo of Ina May! A great reminder of the hard work and dedication of midwives everywhere. Plus, a tote bag, the magic buttons, and of course, a DVD.Estimated delivery:
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A historic photograph, printed and signed by the photographer, of Ina May and her colleagues, sitting on Ina May's bed, at a meeting of the Farm Midwifery Crew. A great reminder of what women can do when we work together! Plus, a tote bag, the magic buttons, and of course, a DVD.Estimated delivery:
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A rare hardcover copy of the second printing of Spiritual Midwifery, complete with colorful and beautiful center fold-out, subsequently cut from later editions, and featured in the film. Signed by Ina May. Plus, a tote bag, the magic buttons, and of course, a DVD.Estimated delivery:
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YOUR NAME IN OUR SPECIAL THANKS, PLUS--a rare, beautifully-framed print, signed and numbered by the artist and former Farm resident Bernice Davidson, of the early center-foldout image from the original Spiritual Midwifery featured in the film. It captures the incredible energy of birth, in unique Farm style. (Plus, a tote bag, the magic buttons, and of course, a DVD.)Estimated delivery:
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BECOME AN OFFICIAL GODMOTHER (or Godfather). Your name will appear as such in our end credits for all future screenings, including television broadcast, educational, and on the DVD. You will be celebrated on our donor page, and we will think about you every day for the rest of our lives. Plus, you will get that special tote bag, and the special buttons (a bunch of em) and the DVD--hooray!Estimated delivery:
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BECOME AN ASSOCIATE PRODUCER and the filmmakers will personally deliver your baby! (Just kidding--whew) Your name will appear in our end credits for all future screenings, including television broadcast, educational, DVD and on IMDB. We will celebrate you on our donor page, and write you ten thousand deeply felt thank you letters (or at least four) plus Director Mary Wigmore, who is also a painter, will send you a one-of-a-kind painting of one of the Farm Buses! (You will also receive a tote bag, several magic buttons, and a DVD!)Estimated delivery:
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