A doc about returning a surrendered sword from WWII. Making peace with the past. We plan to do this by knocking on the door of Japan.
Each of us has a personal story regarding forgiveness, whether it be asking for it, or having the courage to give it. Forgive-Don't Forget attempts to examine that theme as it relates to the dynamic between Japan and America since World War II. When Japan surrendered to the U.S. in 1945, numerous swords--powerful symbols of both honor and aggression--were taken from the Japanese soldiers and turned over to American officers stationed in the Pacific where the weapons were then sent to the states. Almost 70 years later, do you think family members of the men who owned these swords would want them back? What would returning them mean, both to the families in Japan and America? Even more, should these swords be given back at all? Journey with us as we attempt to give a voice to the story of one Japanese sword in particular, a story we hope will give us all of us a better understanding of forgiveness.
Why we need your pledge and support:
- Traveling to Japan with a three man production crew for 2-4 weeks
- Traveling to Alabama, San Diego, and Los Angeles for a week
- Licensing archive film footage & music
- Color correction & sound mixing
- DVD/Blu-ray replication
- Film festival submissions
- Paying production team(animators, sound/field recordist,translator)
YouTube sensation Kailene Danae plugs FDF!
ABC 13 NEWS features our documentary story
Meet our team.
Paul Ufema- During Paul's senior year in college he was activated into the U.S. Army and sent to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; it was there he was introduced to video journalism. After returning to the U.S., was hired by a local ABC affiliate, and then landed a job as a Production Assistant with the Discovery Channel. Out of that came Ufema Productions, which specializes in non-profit films. Five years later, Paul shared an idea about returning his grandfather's sword with Brad Bennett. Ufema currently resides in Virginia with his wife and three kids.
Brad Bennett- Having spent most of his later teen years as a video freelancer, Brad is now a seasoned video producer with a passion for telling stories through the medium of film. He is the owner of Shaking Hands Productions, LLC, an award winning video production company in Virginia. Brad has a direct link to this documentary, as he himself is a quarter Japanese. He also serves as the DP for this documentary, as well as a contributing video editor.
Jonah Guelzo- Jonah has worked for and collaborated with many production companies across the East Coast, working on numerous short films, indie features, documentaries, as well as commercial productions for local, regional, and national levels. Jonah currently resides in Los Angeles attending a post production school specializing in Audio Engineering. Jonah serves as our field sound recordist and technical supervisor for this project.
Won Novalis- Won started his career doing freelance video work in college, eventually discovering that he had a passion for bringing stories to life by crafting and polishing final edits. After graduating, he co-founded Abandon Films, an award-winning production company in Central Virginia that works with clients nationwide. Won has experience as a post-production supervisor, DIT, online & offline editor, and colorist. He has worked on numerous commercial and independent shorts, documentaries, promotional videos, and feature films. Won served as the Online Editor and Colorist for FDF Trailer.
Our AMAZING incentives:
We have worked so hard to offer you some awesome incentives in exchange for your support. Please take a moment to see all that we are offering, and if you believe in our project...please become a supporter!
Remember this is an ALL OR NOTHING funding campaign, so every pledge counts!
Thank you so much for your support!
Taryn Möller Nicoll was born and raised in beautiful Cape Town, South Africa. After immigrating to the United States of America, she received a scholarship to Otis College of Art and Design and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting. In addition, she holds Associate of Art degrees in Art, Illustration, Graphic Design, Multimedia and Liberal Arts.
We were so thrilled when Taryn offered her time and talents to our project by creating this classic piece of art seen below. There will only be one spot available in this incentive category, as we are giving away the original art piece.
Adam Barnes is an immensely gifted photographer who took the original photos seen in our exclusive photo book as well as the original polaroids of these swords seen below. We are only offering two available spots for this incentive category. You are guaranteed at least two original polaroids in a matted frame(signed by the Director, Producer, and Photographer of the polaroids)with one of the original polaroids being the actual sword that we are giving back to the Japanese family.
We are almost there...
-Pledges $25-$5000 shipping will be FREE in both the US & Internationally
Asking for money, or to have faith in someone else's passion is not an easy task to sell or convey, but we have worked very hard to get to where we are in our project, and money is the only thing holding us back. If we do not raise the full 30,000 by June 13th, 2012 we will not receive any funds from Kickstarter. So please contribute to our project! We are offering you some awesome incentives for your generous contribution to our documentary project. In order to complete our documentary we need your support! Many thanks for the believing in our cause!
We need your pledge to fund the following:
-Traveling to Japan w/ a three man crew for 2-4 weeks
-Traveling to Alabama, and parts of California during the course of one week
-Licensing archive WWII footage as well as music for the soundtrack of FDF
-Color correction & sound mixing
-Film festival submissions
-Paying our production team( animators,sound/field recordists, translators)
pledged of $30,000 goal
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May 14, 2012 - Jun 13, 2012 (30 days)
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Digital download link to the finished film Listed as a supporter in the creditsEstimated delivery: Nov 2012
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Copy of finished dvd shipped to you Listed as a supporter in the creditsEstimated delivery: Dec 2012
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Special Edition Blu-ray/dvd combo FDF T-shirt Listed as a supporter in the creditsEstimated delivery: Dec 2012
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Exclusive photo booklet: detailed pictures of the swords and behind the scenes photos Copy of hand-drawn sword art Special Edition Blu-ray/dvd combo FDF T-shirt Listed as a supporter in the creditsEstimated delivery: Dec 2012
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Custom framed 27X40 movie poster of film signed by director, producer and the family member that receives the returned sword Copy of hand-drawn sword art Special Edition Blu-ray/dvd combo FDF T-shirt Exclusive photo booklet Listed as a supporter in the creditsEstimated delivery: Dec 2012
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Original hand-drawn art of the swords Two VIP tickets to the premiere Special Edition Blu-ray/dvd combo FDF T-shirt Custom embroidered FDF Patagonia jacket Exclusive photo booklet Listed above general supporters in creditsEstimated delivery: Nov 2012
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The original polaroids of swords matted, framed and signed by the director, producer, and photographer Granted title of Associate Producer Four VIP tickets to premiere Special Edition Blu-ray/dvd combo Exclusive photo booklet FDF T-shirt Custom embroidered FDF Patagonia jacket Copy of hand drawn sword artEstimated delivery: Nov 2012
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Granted title of Executive Producer in the credits plus all (available) incentives mentioned above You'll have exclusive involvement with the editing and post production of the film, and will be able to view a rough cut of the documentary months before anyone else canEstimated delivery: Sep 2012