On October 18, 1990 a small child was born in a valley in the Northern Region of Colombia. For 20 years of her life, she hadn't had any explanation of whose care she was in before she was adopted to the United States. Now she's decided to go back home to tell her story and to be prepared to dive into some of her biggest questions about life. This short film is the telling of that story and a call for the adopted, the fostered, the adventurers, the parentless, the lonely and the brave to join her on her mission that dares to discover the path that leads to Life.
Kickstarter Video song: "Take My Heart" original song, can be downloaded here: www.lexihilandmusic.com/kickster-track/
THE FILM: I've asked myself many times what might my life had been like, had I not been adopted? I really don't know, and I'm not sure I can answer that and be confident that I would believe I would still be where I am today.
But I can explore what it means to build on the idea that all of our lives are connected. That all over the world, similar stories are being told by someone just like you. That all over the world, there is opportunity and chance around every corner if we allow ourselves to learn from one another, to both give up things we may have to--and to receive things that come in it's place.
With Grassroots Films I am heading straight into this story and am asking for your help to make this film possible. For better or for worse, I will go back to the place I was born, with a solid team, a camera in hand, and a quiet hope of determination to believe in the power of it's possibilities.
Thank you so much for your support.
FINANCES GO TOWARDS:
- Festival Submissions
Lexi graduated from Purdue University last May receiving her B.A. in Film/Video Studies She began an internship with Grassroots Films last summer which drove her to leave Indiana for New York City. After her move, she found a part time job working for Squarespace, a highly esteemed website company. She worked with the cuddly dog named Dug (well the man behind the voice at least, Bob Peterson) who is an animator, director, voice actor and screenwriter at Pixar as well as award-winning film director, Danny Boyle at the 2012 London Olympics. Under Associate Producer, Steve Boyd she held an internship on the Mass Movement team in London for the ceremonies. Her mentorship from Emmy winning documentary film producer Leonard Cox was also a huge part of her success over the past couple of years. She has done free-lance music composing for different organizations and directed promotional shorts. She is currently living in Brooklyn, New York working on fundraising for the short film project.
Co Director- Chuck Kinnane
A native of Rhode Island, Kinnane spent much of his youth filming on the East Coast. He directed the award-winning documentary The Human Experience, traveling across the world from New York to Lima to Ghana. Kinnane also directed the spiritual short films, Fishers of Men, and God In the Streets of New York City. Charles is also a surfer and advocate for Surf for the Cause, a surfing organization that aims to alleviate suffering in impoverished coastal communities.
Producer, Camera/Sound OP
Paula is an integral key to this project as a native of Costa Rica, where she currently lives and studies. She is our spanish maven and has an enormous drive for production. She has been key in budgeting, travel plans and organizing contacts on the ground in Colombia. I met her last summer when we both interned for Grassroots Films.
Director of Photography, Post Production
Tom Shannon has worked with Grassroots Films on a number of projects over the years. He was an intern a couple years back and has become a beautiful Director of Photography and joins the team on many of their shoots around the world.
Original Composition, "You Are A Miracle" by Lexi Hiland made for the film with montage of previous work along with Grassroots Films previous work (mainly clips taken from The Human Experience as well as the Tell Your Story reel below)
Grassroots Films, "The Human Experience" trailer:
Grassroots Films Reel:
Why this adoption story? There's something special about adoption stories because they all have different outcomes. In some cases, the child learns why they were given up and the pain in that runs deeper than it did before. In other cases, some are re-united with their parents and continue those relationships for the rest of their lives. It can be a tricky subject, because on one hand you have the the giving away of a child, and on the other you have the receiving of the child. Once you are received, does it matter if you find out how or why you were given away? Is it better to not dive into that? I think this is a question that most adopted children struggle with.
As an adopted child to two wonderful parents, it has of course been my fear that I will hurt my parent's in my relentless drive to own my story. To own that somehow twenty three years ago there was a man and a woman who I in return have no connection with, but yet they gave me life. It is my fear to learn that I am not wanted, and will never be wanted by those two individuals, whoever they are. However, as a filmmaker with a creative mind, I believe that there is something there, no matter how deep I may have to go to find it.
Risks and challenges
The risks my team and I foresee in the future are really just being able to navigate our way throughout Colombia and more specifically Pamplona. We have a native Spanish speaker on our team, but there's always ways that information can get lost in translation. From getting a ride up to Pamplona, to having a place to stay in the town itself. Monetary wise, we hope to raise enough money for things to run smoothly. We have a very short deadline once the filming is complete, and it will be long nights of editing and running through the footage and piecing together a story once we have all the footage. This will be my first personal directing gig and will be done in documentary style overseas. Thankfully, I have the talented Chuck Kinnane of Grassroots Films to really help drive the direction of the film creatively and technically. On another note, emotionally, I really don't know what to expect. The first time I went back, I met a very important person in my life. Now, going back again, I really don't know what will come about.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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