About the film
Turn on the news, talk to your friends, or scroll through Facebook, and within minutes you'll be thrust into the world of politics, whether you want to or not. For many Americans, being politically engaged means watching polarizing reports from CNN or Fox, reading an angry Trump tweet and laughing while Melissa McCarthy yells in front of a podium. It's no secret that there's a lot of division within our country. "Beyond Borders" is a feature-length political documentary that aims to heal some of that division by exposing Americans to new perspectives.
Our country has vast global impacts. By bringing Americans along for the ride as we travel to foreign nations, we hope to explore the extent of our country's impact abroad. Our film will highlight international voices, and explore cultures and ideologies that the average American may be unfamiliar with. We are a global society, yet so many of us are unaware and uncomfortable with our differences. America is so diverse, so we hope by familiarizing people with other cultures and viewpoints, we are able to promote unity back home and throughout the world.
This is an issue that affects everybody, and everybody has input on the current political landscape. Help us share the stories of so many incredible people that we otherwise wouldn't be able to hear from!
Why do we need the money?
For our film to be successful, we need to raise at least $10,000. Here's where that money will go:
1. Equipment Rentals: We need to rent a camera, a lighting kit, audio equipment, memory cards and hard drives to ensure that our production is successful when we begin our journey.
2. Editing Suites: Once we finish shooting the film, we need to rent space to edit the project so we can share our journey with you!
3. Hiring a Crew: We need to hire another crew member to assist us with the production.
4. Travel: Sticking to a minimalistic budget, we need to journey outside of the United States so we can accurately document international perspectives. We'll be traveling to Canada, Mexico, Britain, Spain and Germany.
5. Kickstarter Rewards: Lastly, we will use some of the budget to deliver on the rewards we promised our backers! That's the best part, because we'll be able to share the awesome details of our journey with all of you!
Meet the filmmakers:
"What's up guys I'm JJ. I've wanted to be a filmmaker ever since I first watched Star Wars. I've been working for Big Brick Productions for the last four years now. Outside of filmmaking, I'm a huge Patriots fan, play the guitar, and perform in a sketch comedy troupe called Who's Askin'."
"Hey guys, I'm Dave Apostolides. I first got into filmmaking when I was a sophomore in high school. I've always loved the feeling you get after watching a good movie, so I've been working for six years now to create moments and tell stories that people enjoy. Aside from working as a filmmaker, I play the keyboard in a band, love to cook and am an avid baseball (Red Sox) fan!"
Check out our work!
Check out two of our most successful projects over the past year:
THE MOVEMENT: https://vimeo.com/208226244
This film was shared by several Women's March organizations and highlights some of the people we interviewed in preparation for Beyond Borders.
GIVING UP THE GAME: https://vimeo.com/189346882
Giving Up The Game was featured on NESN (New England Sports Network) on their TV series NESN's Next Producer. It features student-athlete Jake Damphousse as he battles the notorious Tommy John surgery, an injury that plagues pitchers around the world.
Risks and challenges
When traveling is involved, there's always a degree of uncertainty. One of the biggest challenges that comes with a project like ours is staying organized and meeting deadlines while traveling. We've taken a number of steps to ensure our success and overcome these challenges.
1. The community here at Suffolk University is known for its amazing diversity. We are utilizing the knowledge and resources of Diversity Services and the international community at our school. We've already begun speaking with students who travel often, and are familiar with the countries we'll be including in our film.
2. Our experience working together is key. JJ and I have completed two successful films over the past year. One of them aired on NESN (New England Sports Network) and the other was shared by Women's March state organizations. If we reach our goal, we will be hiring another close friend of mine and talented cinematographer Colby Todisco.
3. Most importantly, we've already started working. Over the past three months, we've documented several protests and movements here in Boston, including the Women's March. We have interviewed and met with dozens of people that represent various cultures, and we have begun crafting the style that we want to demonstrate with BeyondBorders. If we are funded, we are ready to hit the ground running.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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