A feature length documentary about two American philanthropists who set out to build a school in rural Haiti.
UPDATE (03.16.12) - This project has an incredibly bright future because of everyone's generous contributions. There are four days left, and still plenty of time to be a part of it.
UPDATE (03.15.12) - Five days away from the trip and the end of the Kickstarter. Check out below for details about the project.
UPDATE (03.10.12) - Gotten some questions about where this film's idea started. It all started with Planet Money.
You can read the blog and listen to that fateful podcast here - http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2011/04/29/135750053/the-tuesday-podcast-how-to-build-a-school-in-haiti
UPDATE (03.08.12) - Feeling a bit silly today, so I've done something I've always wanted to do, set the fundraising goal to a very weird number. Nothing ever costs exactly $5, $10, $1,500, or $5,000.
So, give irregular amounts, and let's get to:
UPDATE (03.07.12) - $210 away from the new goal. Thanks to everyone who has been a part of the project so far, and thanks to you, for reading this far. If you want to know more about the project, scccrroooollllll down.
UPDATE (03.06.12) - We are up to 81 backers and $4,470. So close to the new $5,000 goal.
If you're looking to be a part of this project, now is the time. I want to make it to $5,000 this week.
UPDATE (02.27.12) - We've done incredibly well so far. With twenty-two days to go, we're setting a new fundraising goal:
Let's do this, people.
UPDATE (02.24.12) - Check it out - there are still 4 dinners available for those of you waiting to donate $1,000 to the project. Get them before they're gone! Pool your donations with some friends and get more bang for your buck!
UPDATE (02.22.12) - Well, we made our funding goal in the first 24 hours (brief celebration). We still need to raise more. This Kickstarter was for my next trip to Haiti, but not all my trips to Haiti - if you give now we can fund the next 5 trips down.
How to Build a School in Haiti is a feature documentary about two Americans who set out to build a school in rural Haiti. The film is a political, historical and social examination of Haiti through the microcosm of the school’s construction.
What happens once a tragedy is no longer deemed newsworthy? How does a poor village deal with abject poverty everyday? At what point does the American do-gooder approach fall apart?
We want to examine the power of the media in determining world priorities, and how these priorities become unimportant when the glare of the cameras turn elsewhere.
Funding received through Kickstarter will be applied to the production stage of the film; covering travel expenses, immunizations, and translation services.
IMPORTANT NOTE - Fundraising for this documentary is different than the fundraising going on for the school. If you want to donate to the Haiti School Project, please go to their website and make a donation - http://haitischoolproject.org/
Great question, now that the urgency to hit that $1,500 goal is gone why would anyone give? Well, for the same reason you would give in the first place, because you believe in the project.
The scope of this funding campaign was my next trip down to Haiti, not all my trips down to Haiti. So, if we continue the giving I won't ever have to ask for money for this project again. Which means less emails for you (and who doesn't like that?)
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"Special Thanks" in the credits, "Producer" Credit in the credits, a DVD copy of the film when available, and.... If you live in/near Chicago, IL I will cook you dinner. (details to be agreed upon). Yes, I am a good cook.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012