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How quilt square trails changed America - and saved Donna Sue's life after job loss and breast cancer.

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We certainly hope so! Your help will continue to make the film better and we can make good use of the extra funds.  Plus, we always wanted this campaign to be a preview of the film. We've structured the rewards so that you can take pride in having your name on our website or in the credits...and then in time, your very own copy of the film to watch over and over again while you say, "hey, I was a part of that!"

Every $2 or $5 or $10 adds up and makes a HUGE difference!

The reality is that 24K is just a fraction of what it will take to bring the film to YOU. With about a week left in our campaign, I know we can build upon our success with what they call a "stretch goal" - let's AIM HIGH! Here is what additional monies will mean:

1ST STRETCH GOAL $36,000 = Sound mix and color correction/final post-production

2ND STRETCH GOAL $45,000 = Marketing/Promotion/PR - We have a lot of buzz behind us already, but in this day and age where the marketplace is so swamped with documentaries, the reality is that PR and marketing are hard costs which are worth their weight in gold. This will enable us to get an even larger audience outside of our community, get it into the documentary and film publications, blogs, and notices. Marketing materials such as DVD screeners, posters, postcards, buttons, tote bags all cost money to design and produce.

3RD STRETCH GOAL $85,000 = Film festival attendance/travel - we want to get into at least 12 film festivals - festivals do not provide travel for the filmmakers. It also can cost up to $100 just for submission fees to any one festival. You have to submit to many festivals in order to get your film into one.

Please continue to share, post, email, and tweet our link! You got us this far and for that, we are so very grateful. 

PIECED TOGETHER: DOCUMENTARY

Donna Sue Groves never planned on creating a cross-country community - but that is exactly what she did with some plywood, paint and a spark of genius! 

And she is humbled and grateful, for it is this very community of friends and strangers that has helped her put the pieces of her life back together as she fought through job loss, breast cancer and numerous health concerns. 

Pieced Together is the first documentary film about the American quilt square trail movement and Donna Sue Groves.

DONNA SUE & THE QUILT SQUARE

It all started with a simple idea: pretty up an old barn for her mother Nina Maxine, a celebrated quilter, by hanging a wooden square painted to look like a traditional quilt block. But why stop with just one square? So she got together with her neighbors in Adams County, Ohio and created a driving trail of squares hung on barns to attract tourists looking for a day trip who might then stop and spend money on gas or food or crafts made by local artists. The very first quilt square was hung in Adams County in 2001 - the Ohio Star at Lewis Mountain Herbs & Everlasting.

Lewis Mountain Herbs & Everlasting
Lewis Mountain Herbs & Everlasting

This innovative idea sparked a grassroots phenomenon and a new form of American folk art. Some people call them barn quilts, others call them quilt barns or quilt squares. Now over 10 years later, more than 40 states have organized quilt trails - all done by community organizers, volunteers, men and women, young and old. And there are countless squares found on barns, garages, and fences hung by people who simply wanted one of their own. From Ohio to California, Tennessee to Prince Edward Island, thousands of quilt squares are waiting to be discovered by enthusiastic travelers!

DONNA SUE'S JOURNEY

Filmmaker Julianne Donofrio stumbled upon a quilt square in the summer of 2009 and learned of Donna Sue through a “pink” web page created by the quilt trail organizers in Garrett County, Maryland to help raise funds for Donna Sue’s breast cancer battle.

Nina Maxine & Donna Sue ~ June 2009
Nina Maxine & Donna Sue ~ June 2009

Losing a job and fighting breast cancer would bring anyone to their knees. But what helped Donna Sue stand up again was the love and support of family, friends, and the community of strangers she united through the simple idea of hanging colorful, hand-painted, wooden squares on barns. Over the next four years, Julianne followed Donna Sue's journey, interviewed organizers and volunteers, and documented quilt trails and events in California, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland and Ohio.

Nina Maxine & Donna Sue ~ September 2013
Nina Maxine & Donna Sue ~ September 2013

Donna Sue has survived breast cancer but is now fighting bladder cancer and other health issues. She still struggles to make ends meet, as she is unable to work due to her condition. But that doesn’t stop her from looking forward, to helping others create and expand quilt trails. She’s on the phone and computer constantly, offering to lend a hand wherever she can.

Donna Sue hasn't made a profit from her idea. She shares it freely with others and is grateful that it has touched so many lives. The hundreds of new friends she has made is payment enough. She credits them and the quilt trail project with saving her life, giving her something to look forward to as she awakes each day. Donna Sue is forever comforted by their love as if wrapped in a quilt made of fabric and thread; only this quilt is special, it is made of plywood and paint.

WHERE THE PROJECT STANDS

We are thrilled to report that filming of this documentary completed as of September 2013! It is now, as we move into the editing phase, that we seek funding and your support so that additional personnel can be brought on board to finish the film. 

This is where you come in - we need your help in getting the word out and you can do so by following our progress and sharing the project and this campaign with your friends and family.

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WHAT YOU ARE SUPPORTING

  • Post-production editing and mastering of this documentary film
  • The rights to original music composed by and recorded under the guidance of Scott Pender
  • The creation of original graphics by Mark Rizzo

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  • Kickstarter and Amazon automatically get 5-8% of the money raised; reward disbursements and taxes 

Please be sure to review our stretch goals at the top.

REAPING THE REWARDS 

If you are interested, the items pictured below can be sent in time for the December 2013 holidays. The DVDs won't be available until next year when the film is finished - with your help!

Sorry, but the jewelry is all gone! Thank you to Randi Gish-Smith for the beautiful pieces.  

THE CREATIVES 

Julianne Donofrio spent more than a decade at ABC News after graduating with honors from Syracuse University where she earned dual degrees in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science. While at ABC, she worked on daily breaking news and live event coverage, as well as projects for “20/20,” “PrimeTime” and “Nightline.” As Field Producer for “Nightline: The Survivors,” which profiled two of the burn survivors from the 9-11 Pentagon attack and their rehabilitation, she received a 2002 George Foster Peabody Award and was cited in the Smithsonian Institution Exhibit “September 11: Bearing Witness to History.” In 2006, she was named a RIAS German / American Journalist Exchange Program Fellow. Julianne recently served as Senior Producer at Haddad Media. www.juliannedonofrio.com

Scott Pender holds degrees in philosophy from Georgetown University and music composition from Peabody Conservatory. He was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to study in the United Kingdom with the English composer Gavin Bryars. In addition to a MacDowell Colony residency, he has received honors from the Virginia Arts Festival John Duffy Composers Institute, the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, the American Music Center, ASCAP, BMI, Meet the Composer, the Southeastern Composers’ League, and others. He is the composer of theme music for the C-SPAN series “First Ladies: Influence & Image.” www.scottpender.net

Mark Rizzo is a Chicago based Emmy Award Winning Art Director / Motion Designer with 20 years of Broadcast Animation experience. www.markrizzo.com

WITH GREAT APPRECIATION 

Of course, there would be no actual film without the participation and unwavering faith of Donna Sue Groves and Nina Maxine Groves. My deepest and sincerest thanks to these two extraordinary women.

This film would also not be possible without the support of my own family and friends, which are too numerous to list and will receive my gratitude personally - but still deserve this shout out!

And a very special thanks to all the quilt trail organizers, volunteers and enthusiasts who welcomed this project into their lives. You made all of this possible.

Risks and challenges

When some people hear I’ve been working on this film for four years they shake their heads in wonder. Four years? Well, that’s what happens when you need to hold down a full-time job in order to pay for the “passion project” that you work on during vacation time and weekends. It’s also a story that kept growing and changing as time went by. And I don’t regret it one bit. Yes, I have dedicated my own time and money thus far to travel, shoot and preliminarily edit “Pieced Together.” But it has all been worth it, absolutely worth it. Why am I so passionate about telling Donna Sue’s story? Because she trusted me to share it with you.

Four years is nothing when I think about the five years Donna Sue waited until she could call herself a breast cancer survivor. And while she is very much alive and kicking, no one knows more than Donna Sue how precious this time on earth is for her - for all of us. She continues to battle multiple health issues and struggles to make ends meet, but she remains ever positive and hopeful because life has shown her that love and friendship can lift us up and carry us through the toughest times.

It is for Donna Sue’s sake that I wish to complete this film as soon as possible. And with your support it will be completed. I want her to know her legacy, to see how she will be remembered while she is still here among us and leaving her mark upon this world. As I head into the editing process, however, I realize that I am going to have to enlist help in order to complete this film properly. I quit my full-time job and went freelance so that I can devote the necessary time and energy to getting this film done. And with your support, we will have the funds needed to pay for music rights and recording, graphics, post-production editing and mastering, E&O insurance, legal fees, marketing and distribution.

There are still months of work ahead - but we are down to months, not years. Together we will get this film finished. You have embraced the barn quilt trails as your own and taken Donna Sue into your hearts and prayers. This film is for you and because of you.

On behalf of Donna Sue and myself, thank you. We can’t wait to share this film with all of you.

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    "JEWEL BOX" Receive an Adams County quilt sampler BRACELET with five charms including Snail's Trail and Ohio Star (silver-colored setting) handcrafted by artist Randi Gish-Smith from Maysville, KY (featured in the film). You’ll also receive a Thank You on our site, a personal email from the Director, and a DVD of the film + high-res download. www.randesignscustomjewelry.com

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    “MEMORY STAR” We wish to help you honor those quilters in your lives or brave individuals who have battled illness or anyone who has made your life better by being a part of it, by adding their *name to the In Tribute portion of the film credits. You’ll also receive a Thank You on our site, a personal email from the Director, a DVD of the film + high-res download, and a bookmark provided by Donna Sue Groves.
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    “OHIO STAR” Just imagine hanging up one of these beautiful blue recycled glass ornaments pressed with the Ohio Star design for all to see and envy! They're made in the Buckeye State by The Glass reFactory and were generously donated by Donna Sue Groves.
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    NEW REWARD! Receive a copy of “Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement” with a personalized message written JUST FOR YOU by DONNA SUE GROVES. You’ll also receive a Thank You on our site, a personal email from the Director, a DVD of the film + high-res download, and a bookmark provided by DSG.

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    “PEACE AND PLENTY” Pick this reward and you’ll spend plenty of hours perusing the book “Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement” signed by authors Suzi Parron and Donna Sue Groves. You’ll also receive a Thank You on our site, a personal email from the Director, a DVD of the film + high-res download, and a bookmark provided by DSG.

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