Heal Myself depicts folk singer Kate Reid as a powerful role model, passionate about getting what she wants and not compromising any part of herself to get it. Her second (of four) studio albums, I'm Just Warming Up, clearly denotes that Reid is a force to be reckoned with. Having felt patronized and ridiculed as a young girl, this courageous woman stopped compromising the moment she armed herself with a guitar and reclaimed her voice. The film joins Kate on her musical journey of self healing as she articulates stand out moments from her life through song. Once teacher, then musician, now activist, Kate combines her talents to break down stereotypes by facilitating anti-homophobia workshops, spreading her messages of acceptance in schools and providing support to people from all walks of life.
Why back this movie?
This is a critical moment in our world for a film like this. Yes, leaps and bounds of progress have been made in relation to equal rights for: women; those who suffer from mental illness; ethnic minorities; gay, lesbian and transgender citizens but there is still much work to be done. There is a unique opportunity presenting itself to contribute to an educational movement that will put a powerful resource in the hands of educators, students and parents.
The work Kate does in schools is profound and life-altering. Her work provides an open forum for students to learn and discuss major identity issues in a safe and encouraging environment. By combating misinformation Kate provides resources for all students, regardless of their own personal identities. I have seen the result of her efforts with my own eyes, as well as from behind my camera lens. We need to spread these important messages to as great an audience as possible and this film can help make that happen.
To reach even further with the topics discussed in the film we have joined forces with a curriculum developer to help us create a variety of educational components to accompany the film. Considering we have over 200 hours of footage this resource will be filled with vibrant additional DVD material featuring Kate speaking to GSAs (Gay-Straight Alliances), demonstrating how to implement the included workshops as well as many other valuable production clips.
We still live in a society where same sex couples have to hide their sexuality from an employer or risk being fired, youth are ending their lives because of bullying, and musicians like Kate are told to play it, "a little less gay", if they want to make it in the music industry. We are in desperate need of role models who have met with adversity but are persevering to demonstrate hope, determination, and fight for change.
The nature of Kate's music is exactly why she struggles to be heard. Let's embrace authenticity just as much as Kate does and share it with an audience so they too can feel the freedom of being honest with themselves and others. If this message speaks to you, please support this project knowing your contribution is part of a community for change.
Where will the $25,000 go?
This film has been a labour of love, literally. My husband Colin, the Director of Photography for the film, and I forwent our honeymoon this year to obtain all of the vital footage. Now that we've been able to wrap up shooting we have all of these amazing shots to create the film. The problem is we've tapped out our personal resources completing the shooting all over North America. Now we need your help. With such a small budget, every contribution helps bring us one step closer to our goal - sharing this amazing story with as many people as possible.
Here is how your monetary support will be broken down to help us bring Heal Myself to the screen:
- $14000 will be put towards editing the film
- $3000 will be used to complete all of our Kickstarter reward designations
- $2500 goes to Kickstarter and Amazon Payments for processing and facilitating our project
- $2500 goes towards colour correction for the film
- $2500 is needed for sound editing
- $500 will be earmarked for DVD duplication and print costs
What kind of rewards are we offering?
We've created a variety of different rewards centered around the film and Kate's music. We wanted to offer some unique items from the documentary along with the usual DVDs and Digital Downloads. Below is a little more in depth explanation of some of our rewards.
Special Kickstarter DVD edition
This bad boy has it all: A DVD of Heal Myself; A CD of the film's soundtrack; A special features DVD featuring loads of interviews, behind the scenes footage and deleted scenes. All of this wrapped up in a special packaging just for Kickstarter supporters. This will be an awesome collectors edition of all things Heal Myself!
Exclusive Private Screening
Grab your ticket while you can, to be in the audience during the FIRST intimate viewing of Heal Myself. The event will be hosted in the spring of 2014 in the Greater Toronto Area. It will feature a private screening of the film as well as a live performance by Kate Reid. We'll have the red carpet rolled out, food and beverages to be served, film memorabilia on display and surprises to demonstrate our gratitude. This is an event not to be missed and is exclusively for supporters who've helped us make this film possible!
Creating this film has been the quite the experience so far, lots of lessons learned from everyone's perspective. This reward allows you the opportunity to chat with the key people responsible for the documentary and ask them any questions you have about their lives and work. A great way to gain insight into music and film!
For those mega fans, Kate has agreed to perform a private concert for you and your friends! This concert can include up to 10 people and will allow for a very personal connection with the star of our film. This can be funded by an individual supporter of the film or a group of friends who want to pool their contributions together. What a great way to get up close and personal with such an amazing individual!
Appreciation from the Production Crew
We want to start out by saying Thank You for taking the time to look at our project. We appreciate everyone's support - whether its making a donation, spreading the word about the film or just sending us some mental high fives to encourage us in our endeavor. This film wouldn't exist without your support and you have our gratitude! It has been an amazing journey for us thus far and we're really excited to where it will lead next. We'll be in touch soon with all the new updates!
~Carla, Colin and Richard
Risks and challenges
As the story unfolds in the editing suite, new ideas, last minute additions and creative blocks are all very possible and actually expected realities. You learn quickly in the film industry that things can end up taking longer than expected to create the polished vision we've set out to achieve. We are fortunate to have a dedicated team who are very supportive and share the same goal. The dream feels so close we can almost touch it, there's no way we'd let that slip away.
I suppose another challenge is the potential risk that, like Kate's music, the film may be subject to criticism due to the content matter. I also have faith in the supporters of this piece. I've already been blown away by the response to the production thus far and am delighted at how often I have someone say to me "I can't wait to see the finished film!" and I reply "Me too!!!".
Be prepared to hear about how the story takes shape as we will be sending out newsletters every month updating our progress.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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