An oral history documentary featuring five fabulous African-American women from Philadelphia who are between the ages of 90 and 105!
Our goal is to produce a thirty-minute version of Porches, our documentary featuring five African-American women living in Philadelphia who range in age from 90 to 105. We previously completed the five-minute version you see above. Ms. Mabel, Ms. Violet, Ms. Beulah, Ms. Wilma and Ms. India Lee live in the same retirement community yet have markedly different stories. These ladies are beautiful, vibrant, funny, graceful and wise.
Ms. India Lee was in the first integrated Air Force, went to Harriet Beecher Stowe Teachers College and got a Masters Degree in Special Education! Ms. Violet was the accompanist for the Philadelphia Boys Choir and traveled overseas twice as a young woman - where she was often asked if she was Josephine Baker and where her group had the fortune to score an audience with Pope Leo. We had access to the collective wisdom of almost 500 years of life! The ladies share their memories on the Great Depression, the Mississippi flood of 1927, race, education, spirituality, parenting, careers, family and world travel.
In layman's terms we'll take a look at what we have in the can, see what story develops, find supporting pictures and videos and then have some of the best people in the business assemble the shots, music and narration into an inspiring and educational documentary. In industry terms
we will use our team of post production professionals from Philadelphia and LA to create transcripts and video logs, review footage, find our moments, get additional interviews and Broll, research and select archival footage/photos, edit, develop script, music supervision/composition, VO recording, audio mix & mastering, closed captioning (for broadcast copies), duplication and marketing via website.
The funds raised will be used for transcription, footage log, script development, producer salaries, narrator, off-line editing, on-line editing, music composer, Sound Editor, narration record, audio mix & master, graphic design - title cards, stock footage & archival footage licensing fees, E&O insurance, closed captioning, screening copies, web hosting fee for Porches page.
We have elders throughout this world who are the keepers of precious wisdom. We experienced that firsthand by sitting down with these ladies. As grandparents get younger each generation the wisdom of the ages seems to be slipping away. We wish to capture this wisdom , share it and inspire viewers - now and for generations to come.
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A thanks on our Porches FaceBook Fan Page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Porches/129090528435 and a DVD of our completed documentary. Shipping to Canada add $3, other International destinations add $8.
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All of the previous goodies PLUS a pack of Porches legacy postcards. Each card in this five card set features a photo of one of our phenomenal ladies with a quote of her wisdom! Shipping to Canada add $3, other International destinations add $8.
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Screening of completed 30-minute documentary at the school of your choice, followed by Q&A with the Producers (Hour long program - recommended for Jr & Sr High students). PA, NJ, NY City & Long Island area only (Producers will travel outside listed area if expenses are covered). Shipping to Canada add $3, other International destinations add $8.
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Along with the great stuff listed above this pledge also includes a 90-minute in class session for one classroom with Producers. (Recommended for high school level students with interest in television & film). Producers will facilitate a brief discussion of the importance of capturing oral histories, break students into groups and work with them to begin the foundation of creating their own oral history documentaries. Students will be assigned production roles and a sample interview will be conducted, reviewed and critiqued. This short exercise can be broadened into a larger lesson long after the producers have left your school. PA, NJ, NY City & Long Island area only (Producers will travel outside listed area if expenses are covered). Finally you will receive Executive Producer credit. Shipping to Canada add $3, other International destinations add $8.
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