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The true story about one amazing but ordinary woman who helped change the world and the way we live in it today. Read more

Lehi, UT Documentary
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The true story about one amazing but ordinary woman who helped change the world and the way we live in it today.

Lehi, UT Documentary
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About this project

"An Ordinary Hero" is the amazing true story of one woman's courage to choose the right and help change the world. That woman happens to also be my mother: Joan Trumpauer Mulholland.

Joan was never a proper Southern woman. She didn't see things the way most Whites in the South did. She believed Segregation and Racism were wrong and set out to do something about it. For that, she was cursed at, shot at, attacked, imprisoned on death row, disowned by her family and hunted down for execution. However, through all of this she never wavered from her convictions.

We've traveled all over the United States to tell this incredible story. We've spent countless nights in hotel rooms and spare bed rooms to gather all the interviews we could in order to share what Joan did because it's an important lesson for all us to know.

We shot at the Smithsonian, Tougaloo College, Arlington Cemetery, Glen Echo Park, and followed Joan as she returned for the last time to the very cell where she was held on death row over 50 years ago at Parchman Penitentiary.

Now we want to finish this film and so we're looking for a little help so we can get it all done in time for the 50th Anniversary of the Jackson Woolworth Sit-in; probably the most famous sit-in of the Civil Rights Movement of which Joan was a part of. 

We need to raise at least $20,000 to get everything done in time for some very special opportunities/film festivals that independent filmmakers only dream of. However, the more we raise the better off the finished product will be.

A little bit from a lot of people will get us there so we hope you can contribute and share this with everyone you know.

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    A digital download of a song from the soundtrack (when completed) + "An Ordinary Hero" postcard signed by the filmmakers + thanks on the website + our eternal gratitude!

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    Autographed DVD of film (when complete) + digital download of a song from the soundtrack (when completed) + postcard + thanks on the website + our eternal gratitude! (Includes shipping within continental US. Additional shipping for other locales.)

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    Signed movie poster (when completed) + autographed DVD of film (when complete) + song (when completed) + postcard + thanks on the website + our eternal gratitude! (Includes shipping within continental US. Additional shipping for other locales.)

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    "Thank you" in film credits + signed movie poster (when completed) + autographed DVD of film (when complete) + song (when completed) + postcard + thanks on the website + our eternal gratitude! (Includes shipping within continental US. Additional shipping for other locales.)

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    Mugshot of Joan Trumpauer (autographed by Joan) + "Thank you" in film credits + signed movie poster (when completed) + autographed DVD of film (when complete) + song (when completed) + postcard + thanks on the website + our eternal gratitude! (Includes shipping within continental US. Additional shipping for other locales.)

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    Exclusive Package - 15 minute private phone call with Joan and filmmaker + autographed mugshot + signed movie poster (when completed) + autographed DVD of completed film (when complete) + song (when completed) + postcard + thanks on the website + our eternal gratitude! (Includes shipping within continental US. Additional shipping for other locales.)

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    Your name in the film's credit and on IMDB as "Associate Producer" + 30 minute private phone call with Joan and filmmaker + autographed copy of "Jackson, Mississippi" by John Salter + autographed mugshot + signed movie poster (when completed) + autographed DVD of completed film (when complete) + song + postcard + thanks on the website + our eternal gratitude! (Includes shipping within continental US. Additional shipping for other locales.)

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    The Co-Producer Package:

    2 tickets to a screening (transportation and accommodations not provided) + your name in the film's credit and on IMDB as "Co-Producer" + 30 minute private phone call with Joan and filmmaker + autographed copy of "Jackson, Mississippi" by John Salter + autographed copy of "Breach of Peace" by Eric Etheridge + autographed mugshot + signed movie poster (when completed) + autographed DVD of completed film (when complete) + song (when completed) + postcard + thanks on the website + our eternal gratitude! (Includes shipping within continental US. Additional shipping for other locales.)

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    Premiere Package:

    Personal meeting with Joan Trumpauer and filmmaker at Premiere + 2 tickets to the Premiere (travel and accommodation not provided) + autographed copy of "Jackson, Mississippi" by John Salter + autographed copy of "Breach of Peace" by Eric Etheridge + your name in the film's credit and on IMDB as "Co-Producer" + autographed mugshot + signed movie poster (when completed) + autographed DVD of completed film (when complete) + song (when completed) + postcard + thanks on the website + our eternal gratitude! (Includes shipping within continental US. Additional shipping for other locales.)

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    Executive Package:

    Personal dinner with Joan, filmmaker three of your guests + 4 tickets to Premiere (travel and accommodation not provided) + autographed copy of "Jackson, Mississippi" by John Salter + autographed copy of "Breach of Peace" by Eric Etheridge + your name in the film's credit and on IMDB as "Co-Producer" + autographed mugshot + signed movie poster (when completed) + autographed DVD of completed film (when complete) + song (when completed) + postcard + thanks on the website + our eternal gratitude! (Includes shipping within continental US. Additional shipping for other locales.)

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Funding period

- (45 days)