About this project
Jaye Allison-Zamrzla was a brilliant underrated contemporary artist. His work predominantly consisted of portraits of Native American icons as well as himself. Since his passing 5 years ago, Jaye’s oldest daughter, Rachel Allison, has been trying to find a way to keep his art and stories alive. Rachel has uncovered more of these since his passing, none of which have been documented thus far. She is now seeking out friends and family across the country in order to gather insight and stories from Jaye’s closest companions to share with the world. She will also be documenting and collecting his lost art along the way with help from collaborator Jess Hogan. She now needs financial support in this incredible endeavor, as well as help spreading the word about this journey as much as possible!!
Not all the pieces fit together in the stories Rachel has heard over the years about her father, and she now wishes to honor his legacy by connecting the dots through his history. It is vitally important to interview people who knew him best that are still with us. It has been increasingly difficult to stay in touch with the characters of Jaye’s past, and as time slips away, the risk of not having the opportunity to document his stories and art quickly advances. They are the key to unlocking the mysteries of this fabulous artist. This August she will be interviewing close friends and family in Montana, Washington, California and Arizona. She will travel by car with her sister, Alyssa, and Jessica to record these precious stories on film. Some of the people she is seeking out have Jaye’s artwork that is yet to be seen by her or the world. Using all forms of media available, photos, video and audio, they will piece together a quintessential tribute to an otherwise lost american artist. She then plans to edit the footage into a breathtaking documentary and tour with the film and his art around the world.
This project is totally realistic to accomplish. Rachel and Jess have been talking to friends and family about it now for months and have been met with nothing but positive feedback. They have been strategically planning the details of the road trip and the only thing they need help with at this point is funding for the trip!
Your donations at work will provide: *
* Traveling- gas, food, lodging, maintaining the vehicle we will be using and emergency fund $3,000
* Memory cards for camera, battery packs, boom mic/sound equipment, lights $600
* Editing program for finalizing the project $75-100/hr
*Sending out rewards to backers $300
* Promoting the finished product $500
There are more photos of Jaye and his art on the website: www.dustygravesfilm.com
Risks and challenges
Overall this project will not be too difficult to actualize, but of course there are a few challenges we are keeping in the realm of possibility. While others may think it a challenge to go through all this documentation when finished, we are actually delighted for the challenge of making his life a masterpiece! Thankfully, Rachel and Jessica have an amazing community and supportive friends that will help them through this. We also might have to make more than one trip to get ahold of people we want to be a part of this project. We really hope this is not the case, but are keeping it in mind as a possibility.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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