THERE'S STILL TIME TO JOIN US ON OUR JOURNEY! And, there are still plenty of rewards left! (Plus new additions/adjustments.)
We are overflowing with gratitude to the backers who helped us reach our goal before our January 10 deadline. Over the next two days, we are going to continue to invite backers to pledge--- right up to the very end! The $6,000 is a "by the skin of our teeth" budget. Every dollar we raise above this amount will help offset any additional film licensing fees we've acquired since launching this project. It will also give us more leverage to work with the several month long post production process. (I.e. final film editing.)
All backers of course, will be kept up to date with any news about The Final Journey: Saying Farewell to Xena. News will include things like what film festival(s) invite us for world premiere screenings, any special events we may have or attend, etc. And, we will also continue giving the rewards associated with each pledge amount.
On the topic of rewards--- we will have an update shortly on new reward adjustments that you don't want to miss.
We want to thank you again, for being a part of our journey. We are eternally grateful to you. There is no way this could have been done without you.
Sending BIG, BIG love to you all,
Annabella and Bridgett
A Special thanks goes out to Mary D, creator of the fantastic Xena site, Ausxip.com, for allowing us to use and modify her graphic artwork. Also to the creators of the fan page, Xena 2011 Movie Campaign, for their efforts and support, and to Amber Harris and Renee Carson, for allowing us to use their personal photos from past conventions.
We are forever in debt to you!
If you "like" us, please consider supporting us any way you can! Remember, if our project isn't fully funded, your money will go directly back to you. Unfortunately, that means we won't receive anything either. We want this project to be a success as much as you do! Thanks for your support!
The Final Journey: Saying Farewell to Xena is slated to become a feature length documentary. The aim of the film is to capture the essence and magic behind the Xena: Warrior Princess series and its fandom.
Originally a character made for the series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena was so well received by the public, producers decided to create a spin off focusing on the life and travels of the warlord turned heroine.
Its inception in 1995 was met with only a few mixed reviews- likely from Hercules diehards, and the few men who were still threatened by the idea of women being the protagonists in a television show that had them kicking butt daily.
The Birth of a World Wide Phenomenon
By the series end in 2001, Xena: Warrior Princess had aired in over 108 countries and was ranked number two in network syndication ratings.
As impressive as all of this was however, even more impressive were the things going on outside of the series.
In 2004 and 2007, a few years after the series end, Xena: Warrior Princessranked #9 and #10 on TV Guide’s "Top Cult Shows Ever."
Yes, Xena had managed to gain one of the largest cult followings ever seen- briefly knocking “Trekkies” off the map.
There were also comics, books, video games, dolls, clothing, costumes...you name it, they had it.
On the farther side of the spectrum- Xena is the subject in many areas of academia; lovingly referred to as "Xenademia."
Included in "Xenademia" is the International Association of Xena Studies (IAXS.)It is headed by one of the oldest online Xena publications, Whoosh. This alone has cemented Xena in pop culture history forever.
Although Xena has been off the air for 10 years, there are an incalculable number of websites and fan pages dedicated to the series. Type "Xena" into Google and you'll get about 3, 330,000 results in 20 seconds.
At the center of the "Xenaverse" is Creation Entertainment, the company responsible for bringing Xena to reality. Creation has hosted their annual Xena Conventions for nearly 15 years.
Always wildly successful, the Xena Cons swarm with loyal fans dressed in costume, and cast and crew humbly eager to oblige them. There has never been a trace of disappointment...until recently.
Aptly titled, "The Final Journey," the 2012 Xena Convention will be the last. The end.
Or, is it?
As a long time fan of Xena myself, and acquaintance to one of the wonderful actresses of the series, it was hard to ignore all of the disenchanted rumblings. And thus, The Final Journey: Saying Farewell to Xena was born.
With no Xena: Warrior Princess movie in sight, we decided to take fate into our own hands, and we need YOUR help to make it a complete success!
If successful, we will begin filming on January 25, 2012, as we journey from Nashville to LA. Filming will resume through out the convention, including the pre-party on the 26th.
What to Expect
- A lot of emphasis on the fans (costumes etc.)
- An in- depth look at the characters of Xena.
- The cultural phenomenon behind the series.
- The series significance in pop culture history and beyond.
- Personal perspective.
- The emotional impact it has had on so many people's lives. (Including the LBGT community.)
CREATOR/SCREENWRITER ANNABELLA HARGROVE PHOTOGRAPHY
For those of you who have chosen to pledge with the reward of exclusive photo stills from the documentary- examples of the artist's photography.
- (19 days)