Hello! We are Kate Marshall and Camila Alvarado, the creators of "The Radiant Project." Over the last two years we have quit our jobs, started a production company, invested over $20,000, and have worked some 100 hour weeks to produce, shoot, and edit short documentaries that shine some light in the world. Each episode of our series features one human being nominated for our project because they have dedicated their lives to empowering others.
Why did we create this?
We all know the movies, tv, and media we watch impact how we think about ourselves, as well as the people and world around us; so much of what we consume conveys stories of crime, drama, manipulation, and the emotion behind all of that: fear. Can we really be surprised when that fear is then reflected in our communities, and even our own homes and minds?
Our mission is to use film to show YOU that you can be fearless, that you can be the type of person who lifts those around you to a higher level. When we were on the road we asked everyone we met, "who has impacted your life and empowered you the most?" The Radiant Humans who were nominated could well be your next door neighbor, but they're extraordinary leaders because they're the type of person who takes responsibility to love the most.
Here are our short term goals:
1. Release the rest of our documentaries! We have over 300 hours of uncut footage waiting to be edited so we can share more of these powerful stories
2. Bring these stories to audiences around the country! We are doing a screening tour around the US, to challenge each audience member to think about the kind of person he or she is choosing to be every day.
3. Create more compelling documentaries! We have some further production for episodes we hope to make about compassionate leaders who were nominated.
How do you know we can do this? Well, we already have. Here's some of our work:
Omar Iribe (released when we raised $12,000!):
For more examples go visit: www.theradiantproject.com
What you can do:
- Donate! Every dollar helps us toward our goal, which helps us to challenge more people to choose love over fear.
- Share this campaign on your social media. Share our video. Let people know you believe in this mission. Use your influence to spread warmth and connection.
- Book a screening at your school, business, or organization so we can spread the good vibes everywhere.
- Volunteer your skills and work with us! We can always use anyone with production or post-production skills, social media/marketing, organization, design, nunchuck skills.
- Be radiant. This means take responsibility to be the kind of person you want others to be towards you. Give yourself to the people around you. Be compassionate, active, observant, courageous, vulnerable, kind.
Our long-term vision:
To establish a mass social movement. We want to have a nation-wide program, using our documentaries, to teach social and emotional intelligence in schools and organizations based on the concepts of compassionate leadership, to empower the next generation to find their power and use it to move the world to a higher consciousness of connection and equality.
Pictures of this Campaign's Perks:
Radiant T-Shirts (for donated $50 and above): Strut around town with one of these and make the world a brighter place. Here are the design options:
Cami's Airbnb apt (1 or 2 nights for donated $250 or $500. 2 bed, 1 bath):
Coaching call with one of the following Radiant Humans (for donating $300 or more). These people are known for bringing out the power in others, which is why they were nominated for our project:
Randy Patterson: CEO of Northwest Doulas and Prodoula; built herself from homelessness to a woman who empowers thousands every day through the fire of modern entrepreneurship and owning what they want.
Casey Fenton: Co-Founder of Couchsurfing.com, an online community with over 13 million users, startup consultant; he's a wild, uninhibited, ultra logical wizard, empowers people to trust each other and passes zero judgement.
Treger Strasberg: CEO of Humble Design; she's a firecracker and empath that saw a hole in the system and took responsibility to solve it. Has reduced homelessness by 46% in Detroit.
Nancy Wright Maxwell: Sales manager and spiritual life coach; she built a sales empire on a foundation of love and empowerment, challenging everyone around her to "love along the way" by showing them how.
Tim Hartshorne: Psychology professor; a professional counselor himself, he empowers his students, through vulnerability, to learn counseling and to do research for humans with CHARGE syndrome.
Omar Iribe: Sales consultant and life coach; an openly gay, Mexican immigrant who empowers everyone he meets through his joy, unconditional love and dance.
Lewis Randa: Peace advocate; he fearlessly founded a school for disabilities, the Peace Abbey, Stonewalk, and the International Courage of Conscience awards, with no thought for himself- only a prayer for peace.
Stacy Jewell-Lewis: Actress, director, survivor; she was stolen and trafficked for two years, at age 19. 10 years after escaping she empowers other survivors to own their stories and to heal. Wrote and performs a one woman show called "7 Layers Captive," about her own story.
Jeff Croley: A high school theatre and leadership educator; he empowers students to question everything, to think for themselves, to solve problems creatively, to fight the system through art and entrepreneurship.
Scott Thomas: High School debate and communications Educator; born with Cerebral Palsy, suffers from chronic pain with Stills Disease, but manages to have the best attitude we've ever seen and empowers students to see their gifts.
Sandy Richards: Author and mother; she lost her 16-year-old son, Tyler, took that pain and used it to empower other grieving parents by bravely writing a book about her experience: "A Far Cry... From Home."
When we reach $12,000, we will release our next completed documentary, about Omar Iribe: The radiant, Mexican, gay, master salesman, coach, and dancer.
When we reach our goal on Sunday 10/6, we release our documentary on Treger Strasberg: The courageous, spitfire entrepreneur with a heart the size of Detroit. Founder of Humble Design.
(Video song: "The Fire" by Seryn, Kickstarter video edited by Devin Spahn, Thumbnail artwork by Norville Parchment-- all you guys rock!)
Risks and challenges
Living as a artists and entrepreneurs is always risky. However, we can't imagine anything that would stop us from making the Radiant movement become a reality-- whether we hit our goal or not. We believe there are two kinds of people in this world: those who find an excuse and those who find a way.
We want to make our work with "The Radiant Project" a full time endeavor, where we get paid to facilitate screenings of our work, engage in social and emotional education (especially for youth). Our dream is to find our way into the school system, and challenge young people to be responsible for creating a peaceful world, starting with themselves and their own relationships and communities. It will be challenging to break our way into this industry, but we will persist until we succeed.
It's also challenging to get people to watch inspirational, empowering media that isn't 3 minutes long or less (or at all!). We will also connect with as many people as possible and pour as much of ourselves as we can into compelling people to be interested in real stories about powerful human beings by taking risks and putting ourselves out there, and by continuing to create!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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