A universal story of courage and compassion as a Vietnam veteran, a peace advocate, and a community struggle to find common ground.
For the LAST DAYS of our Kickstarter campaign, we will be giving away a pack of four beautiful “9 Pieces of Peace” postcards to anyone who pledges $50 or more by September 30th!
And for those who have already pledged before Sept. 24, if you increase your pledge by Sept. 30th, you will be getting these postcards as well!
Our campaign ends very soon, so every little bit helps!
Jan and the 9 Pieces of Peace team
“People can disagree -- and passionately disagree -- and still find common ground if they’ll just communicate with one another.” – Dan Gallagher, Vietnam veteran
“Just like I wouldn’t want to be judged for the whole peace movement, I wouldn’t judge a veteran for the whole war.” – Betsy Mulligan-Dague, peace advocate
WHAT IS 9 PIECES OF PEACE?
9 Pieces of Peace (9piecesfilm.com) is a documentary film and community engagement project that will inspire dialogue about what it means to find common ground. Set in a beautiful Montana valley, this film will tell a universal story of courage and compassion.
9 Pieces of Peace will tell the story of Dan Gallagher, a Vietnam veteran, and his journey from feeling despised by peace activists to receiving the Peacemaker of the Year award from the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center. His growth and strength to work beyond adversarial relationships will inspire others to find the courage to stand for a greater cause of peace, tolerance, and honoring every individual’s dignity. His path toward finding common ground has led to an unexpected friendship with Betsy Mulligan-Dague, the Executive Director of the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center in Missoula, Montana, centered around their shared goal to promote a greater understanding of peace.
This film is also about an extraordinary story of how the Missoula community reacted to a 30-foot-high graffiti peace symbol, which was painted on a Qwest telecommunications panel overlooking the valley. It unintentionally became a controversial public conversation about the subjective meanings of the peace symbol among veterans, peace activists and others within the community. The sign was both hated and revered for decades, serving as a metaphor for the conflict resolution process between peace advocates and veterans, and in general, the conflict resolution process on a larger scale.
As these two stories intertwine, we observe and learn from the universal challenges experienced by individuals and communities in their unique struggles to find common ground.
WHY AM I MAKING THIS FILM?
My aim is to make a documentary film that will inspire dialogue about the courage to work toward finding common ground in the face of conflict.
When I first learned about the Missoula Peace Sign story, I saw it as an opportunity to demonstrate the transformative power of listening with compassion. Since then, the story has developed into something that is so much more.
As role models for honoring the divide between opposing perspectives, Dan and Betsy help us see beyond the usual approach of being close-minded when people disagree.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN ONCE THE FILM IS DONE?
Once the film is done, I will explore screening opportunities and create an outreach program for schools, youth organizations, veterans' groups, peace groups, and more. I hope this film can contribute to the learning process of finding different ways to approach conflict, helping to reveal a path from polarization to peacemaking.
WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP
With your support, we’ll be able to finish the film that we’ve been working on for more than two years. We are now in the final stage of production and we need to raise at least $20,000 to cover the costs involved in editing, creating graphics, music composition, sound design, color correction, and making final files for submission to film festivals. If we exceed our goal, the additional money will be used to submit to film festivals, explore broadcast opportunities, create community engagement materials for screenings in schools, youth groups, community/veterans/peace centers, and more.
So far, I’ve raised money through the generous support of individuals and grants (thank you!). To see our list of supporters, visit our website. We’ve done everything to stretch the money as far as possible. If we raise at least $20,000, I’ll be able to finish the film and YOU will have helped make this happen.
GREAT THANK-YOU REWARDS!
We are excited to offer great thank-you rewards such as film credit, a signed DVD, the original music soundtrack, tickets to the VIP sneak preview screening and party, and much more! Check out all the rewards on the right side of this page. To find out how to receive these rewards, see the "What is Kickstarter" section below.
WHAT IS KICKSTARTER?
Kickstarter is a new way to raise money for creative projects based on an all-or-nothing funding method. If you choose to become a supporter, you make a pledge by selecting the “BACK THIS PROJECT” button. Choose a reward level and then pledge the corresponding amount. You’ll be asked to enter payment information, but you won’t be charged unless we reach our goal.
If we meet (or exceed!) our goal of $20,000, you'll be charged and will receive an email message from Kickstarter notifying you that your payment has been finalized. Once you pledge, you’ll get regular updates about our progress.
IFP Minnesota is the fiscal sponsor for 9 Pieces of Peace. If you prefer to make a more traditional tax-deductible contribution, please contact Jan (email@example.com).
WHAT ELSE CAN I DO TO SUPPORT THIS PROJECT?
Since Kickstarter is an “all or nothing” funding method, we need to get the word out as soon as possible and to as many people as we can. Please help us spread the word! Here’s what you can do:
- Email your family and friends
- "Like" us on Facebook
- Follow and retweet @janselby #9PiecesFilm
- Share our trailer and subscribe on Youtube
- Blog about the film and our Kickstarter campaign
- Follow and repin the film on Pinterest
MEET THE TEAM
Here are just a few of our amazing team members. To see everyone involved, visit the film’s website.
THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING ORGANIZATIONS FOR SUPPORTING OUR FILM SO FAR!
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