Czechxan is a documentary about the Texas Czech experience encompassing the overarching American identity and personal ethnic heritage. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on July 18, 2012.
About this project
In the isolation of modern American society it is nearly impossible to have a strong sense of one’s heritage. Our commercialized world projects an image that depicts Americans as if we originate from strip malls and housing developments. Consumer identity is about products, buying and selling and possessions over the creation of community and knowing yourself. In the story of Czechxan, one American woman sets out to contradict this blind isolation. The filmmaker sets forth on a sojourn to understand where her immigrant people came from and what still exists of their cultural heritage from their home-land.
Andy Zubik of the Czech food cart “Zubik House,” in Austin, Texas, is working hard to preserve his ethnic identity through making modernized Czech cuisine. Pavla Van Bibber keeps her identity alive by collecting folk art from the Czech Republic and teaching how to make Czech pastries. Sister Cornelia Marie Knezek is the rock of her family keeping extensive genealogical records and calendars of the Knezek family. These are a few of the stories that have been uncovered of this community that is rich with stories. Further exploration of the filmmaker’s personal journey will be shown in somatic shots documenting, in hand held Super 8, the filmmaker in the rural Czech countryside and the traditional, Czech, painted churches.
As the film shares the stories of the Czech Texan people it will merge with the larger picture of immigration in the US and Texas and inspire citizens to understand where their people came from. By understanding ones immigrant story one will feel more inclined to connect to others who share that identity and overcome the experience so many Americans have of not feeling connected to a culture. With the footage already shot, there is a wealth of good stories. The film exhibits how important it is to the younger generation to preserve their heritage. This documentary portrays a desire to look deeper into ones heritage as the US becomes more and more populated and homogenized.
My plan is to line up interviews and festivals starting fall of 2012. I will start production in early 2013 and have an extensive three-month shoot that will include going to festivals and church events as well as following around a few key figures. I am currently in the fundraising phase where I am securing funding from multiple ventures. The film has a Facebook fan page and is gaining notoriety around the USA and Europe. "Like" Czechxan at https://www.facebook.com/filmczechxan
Kickstarter is one way I am raising money for this film, not the only way. I love having this medium to work with in fund raising and it might not work. In that case, I will happily except independent donations and will also run the rewards system independent of Kickstarter.
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