Hola dear backers!
We're plugging away (still!). Boy this is a long process - again one that would have never happened without you all. But we see light at the end of the tunnel.
Since our last message in February, we've successfully raised another tranche of money to fund post-production (animation, editing, music), this time thanks directly to our Executive Producer Eva Longoria who held a fundraiser for us in New York City. See our FB page for photos (www.facebook.com/FoodChainsFilm).
We would LOVE to have 1 of our Kickstarter backers (plus one guest) at our next event with her - on April 23rd in Los Angeles. To that effect we're going to do a mock drawing from our all our backers this week. We'll email the winner directly. Hopefully we'll reach them! If not, we'll draw another name.
We don't have the means to fly people to LA or provide transportation in general, but if you happen to live out there - well, you'll be in luck. But feel free to pass your ticket to a buddy out there if you're not able to make it.
We'll do the drawing this weekend and contact the winner. Hopefully we can announce the lucky person next week!
Team Food Chains
We're excited to update you! After pouring over nearly 400 hours of footage and editing for 9 months, we finally finished a rough cut in early January. With the notes of some tremendous filmmakers, Emily (our wonderful editor) has begun revising the film accordingly. A few other things in this update:
- Graphics/Animation Team
- Film Name Change
- Photo Book
We are really excited to bring in our graphics and animation team! As you might know, in many films complex information becomes easily digestible by the usage of simple and concise graphics and animation. We found some tremendous designers and are excited to start working with them. Here's a sneak peak into some of the stunning work they've created:
- David Hobizal (animator) www.hobizal.com
- Sissy Emmons Hobizal (illustrator) www.sissyemmons.com
- Mark Thompson (creative director) www.skylab5.com
- Drew Jordan (animator) www.drewjordanphoto.com
Film Name Change
Some of you might have noticed that we've changed the name of the film from Food Chain, to Food Chains. A good friend suggested the plural version would allude more powerfully to the concept of chains binding different elements within our food system.
As always, we love sharing news on our film so please Like Us on Facebook where we share more regular updates. https://www.facebook.com/FoodChainsFilm
One of the rewards we offered was a photo book and although we've been slightly delayed, we promise to send it out very soon! Attached is a photo of our Director of Photography and the man behind the photographs holding one of the prototypes - it'll be yours soon enough! If any of you want to buy more, please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Man, films cost money. When we're not putting together the story, editing, shooting and writing, we're meeting with potential funders! These have ranged from foundations to individuals who are inspired to help. We could really use your help if you know of any individual or organization that believes in farmworker rights or loves socially relevant films.
- Team Food Chains
[Eva Longoria before and during our interview with her on Election Day, November 6th]
Many many many many apologies for not having issued your well-deserved rewards yet! The summer just flew by!!! We were super busy but that's no excuse. We'll begin sending them out this week. We promise!!
With your incredible generosity, we began editing in April as you know. We had assumed that all our filming was finished, but several of our narratives kept developing. So while we edited in June, July, and August and are still in the edit room now, we continued to film.
We went to Maine, for example, and spent time with Somali refugees, here in the United States with work permits and who are now farming. While we haven't edited that piece yet into our film, Matt Danzico of the BBC did an excellent piece on that community earlier this year. It can be viewed at:
We are on track to finish the film by mid-winter 2013 for a premiere at an early spring film festival.
We will be back in touch shortly.
Very gratefully yours,
Team Food Chain
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Food Chain DVD, a coffee table book, the two signed films, 8x10 portrait and a thank you in the credits. We will also offer a call with the Director to discuss your opinions on the project or your film project (we have tons of experience and advice on what to do and what NOT to do!!) In addition, we will offer you 2 tickets to a film festival at which we screen. Sanjay's last two films have screened at over 100 festivals, so you will have a great selection. (transportation not included)Estimated delivery:
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