NOTE: SO WE DIDN'T REACH OUR ENTIRE FUNDING GOAL, BUT THAT'S OK. We got some great support, heard some amazing stories, and saw the generosity of over 90 people who believed in the cause and wanted to help. ANYBODY THAT WANTS TO DONATE STILL CAN DO SO THOUGH OUR NON PROFIT SPONSOR (IT'S 100% TAX DEDUCTIBLE). WE WILL GET THIS FILM FINISHED!
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We've been working on The Invisible Class for 18 months now and we've been traveling around the US to tell the story. It has been an eye-opening and fantastic experience working with the homeless population, and the organizations that help them, and even more importantly finding out what causes homelessness and what can be done that actually helps. It's amazing how incorrect our understanding of homelessness is and that there actually is a clear cut solution to solving it (and spending less while doing so).
The goal of The Invisible Class is to help the homeless people of America (and hopefully other countries as well). Though we've been almost a no budget film, and we've mostly been spending our own money (other than some much needed help from Tapout), we've had fantastic success so far. We were lucky enough to interview Howard Zinn a few months before he passed, as well as Professor Noam Chomsky, we've got Saul Williams (the spoken word artist and musician) on board to help us do some narration, and it looks like Shepard Fairey may help us as well.
But plain and simple we need more money to continue. We need money to finish shooting the rest of the film, for post-production and and for getting our film entered into film festivals. I've been a cameraman for a living for 6 years, and I've worked on a lot of projects (both professionally and personally), but this is the first that has such an amazing amount of potential to help others, as well as change some unjust stereotypes we've all been taught.
Our team has been sleeping on couches and floors, dealing with equipment failures we don't have the money to replace, filming out on the streets, and we're very proud of that. But we simply don't have the budget to continue without your help. We've asked for $11,500 to be donated because it's the bare minimum we need to finish the film, and we'd be absolutely delighted to reach that amount. However, if we receive more, rest assured there are more than enough areas of the film that can improve to make it a better farther reaching film.
If you're looking for a good cause, you've found it :)