Thank You! We are so excited to have met our goal only half way through this fundraising campaign. Please keep giving generously. The $15K goal was to ensure we receive our matching grant. We need so much more to finish this film.
We are back online again to raise funds for our film! Hopefully, many of you seeing this new campaign are our fans and strong supporters who've been rooting for us to get this film made for many months. And we pray that there are many more of you who are discovering (and donating) to our project for the first time.
Watch this additional video from behind the scenes on our first shoot to get a glimpse of why so many amazing people volunteered to be a part of the film.
A quick recap on this project...
We began work on this film in January of 2012, under the name Shamed. Here is a link to that original Kickstarter campaign so you can see where we started.
With the funds raised there, we started production by shooting 24 awesome, beautiful, and powerful interviews (which you can see a glimpse of in our teaser video above).
Now, we want to clarify the full budget of this film has always been $200K+. Understand there was no miss management of funds resulting in the request for more funds. We've always had a vision to create a film that will be the most engaging visually for viewers, and that takes a certain amount of spending!
In the summer of 2012, we applied to grants and film finishing funds/festivals; we met with interested organizations; we looked for distributors. We made some headway, but not to the extent we expected.
In the fall of 2012, we attempted an Indiegogo campaign. We think that the economy and concern over presidential politics kept our campaign from getting the results we hoped for.
We worked really hard in 2012, lots of sweat and tears (thankfully, no blood that we can recall) were spilt! We learned that independent documentary films are hard to fund and our hoped-for one-year-to-completion time table was not necessarily realistic.
Winter/Spring of 2013 was mostly a period for the producers to step back, refocus, and find the next best path for this project. We believe now that God has been waiting for us to make some important changes to continue to bless our efforts. One high note during this time period was receiving a grant for $15K in April. But we have to match it to get it, which is why we are here campaigning again!
This past summer, we brought on a new producing partner, Nathan D. Lee. We believe his participation on the project is what we need to see this film to completion. Since his arrival, we've renamed the project, refocused/refined our vision, looked more closely at budgets, and are now getting our feet on the pavement and running again.
We are so excited about the new title of the film, The Heart of the Matter. We feel it speaks more readily to hope and healing. Please forgive us as we are still transitioning our brand. You might notice some of our work out there still titled as Shamed. Some of the funds raised here will help us afford to complete that brand transition and build a new website.
Ok. Phew, long recap. Hopefully, you feel "in the know"!
Why this film? How is it different than what's already out there?
One our favorite interviewees from our initial shoot, Daniel Weiss of The Brushfires Foundation, wrote a blog post after his experience with us on set. This man has been working for well over a decade on the implications that pornography has on the Christian community. He said this of our work,
"When I first heard about Jessica Mockett’s documentary film, [The Heart of the Matter], I was intrigued. Too few people were addressing the harmful impact of pornography, so I wanted to learn more. When we spoke, I could tell she really had a heart for the issue. More than that, she seemed to understand the issue like few others. After talking a few times, we both felt it would be good to move our discussions to her set. Jessica was kind enough to send advance copy of her questions. As I read through them (about six pages worth) I marveled at her ability to get to the deepest and most crucial elements of recovery. No one is asking questions like this film does. And that is why we still have so few answers in the broader culture. If you ask the right questions you will get the right answers."
We know of no films out there that are talking about the importance of how as a culture (not just as an addict) we have to let go of toxic shame; we have to forgive; we have to be honest; we have to learn to talk about hard things. We can't leave our loved ones and children emotionally and spiritually blind when it comes to sexuality and expect them to survive our current pornified culture.
Our film will give the addict and non-addict alike an understanding of the importance and power of open, honest, non-shaming communication. It will bring hope to all that nothing is lost that cannot be restored through the love and grace of God.
How and why we need your help!
When a natural disaster hits a community, we see how beautifully that community pulls together. We see outside communities reaching in to offer support and service. While the disaster hurts and thousands might spend years recovering from their losses, there is ALWAYS so much beauty in the memory and knowledge that as brothers and sisters in the human family we will help each other in times of need.
We, the team of The Heart of the Matter, see pornography in our world today as a very serious modern day disaster - even a plague - that is ravaging hundreds of thousands of individuals, families, and congregations. Please believe us when we tell you that there are numerous people in your life who you know and love who are suffering from the effects of pornography. Most of them remain silent because of fear and shame, feeling paralyzed and trapped. We know that our film's message will bring such relief and hope to those effected by this specific "disaster".
In a natural disaster, there are those who work hard to organize relief efforts. But their organizing means nothing without the financial support and the service hours that individuals donate to the effort. The Heart of the Matter is organized, ready to work and implement our beautiful plan to help rescue everyone affected by pornography, but our plan cannot be carried out without the generosity and help of a much broader community.
Together, we bring relief to the plague of pornography. Together we save families and relationships. Please, be a part of this effort. We need you to move our work forward.
How to Help
- Donate a generous amount. We suggest $50-$100 or more if you can afford it.
- Post this campaign link on your social media accounts and encourage your friends to check it out.
- Pick 5-10 people in your close circle and personally email them about this fundraiser and tell them why you think it's a cause worth supporting.
Our continued gratitude and thanks!
Without all of you amazing past and future donors, this film's message would not be possible at all. This is truly a community effort. Topics that create a lot of shame tend to stay hidden. As a community of donors, you have lifted us up and made this journey possible. If we raise this campaign's intended $30K (with the grant match), we will have received over $85K in donor funds! This is amazing to us.
Together we are creating a message of hope for those Christians trapped in darkness because of pornography. Our donors see the undeniable value in giving money to bring light, hope, love, and compassion to an often terrifying subject.
It has warmed our hearts to see that so many of you have made repeated donations. Some of you sent portions from your paycheck for months at a time. We are humbled and so grateful for your trust.
Thank you ever so much for taking the time to visit our project page and for supporting a beautiful and needed message!
Risks and challenges
Our biggest risk and challenge is always financial. A secondary challenge has been timing. We know many of our initial supporters from early 2012 are saddened that we don't have the film done yet. Believe us, we are too! But this project is not without our tireless, persistent - even stubborn - commitment.
With the hoped-for $15K raised here and our $15K matching grant, we plan to implement the rebrand across all platforms, hire legal help, put together a rough cut of the film from footage captured thus far, and create a killer business plan to seek investors for our final funding.
If funding comes more swiftly now with our changes, we will need about another year to complete production and get this film distributed. So hang in there folks! We are dedicated to seeing this through and together we will change thousands upon thousands of lives for the better!
As producers on this project, we aren't here for personal gain. We are here because we are passionate about helping people understand how much hope is out there, that there is love. Many people, and more importantly God, will love you no matter what.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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