Ivana is an experienced videographer who has been doing freelance work, as well as personal projects, for over 5 years. She is passionate about her projects, especially this one as it is close to her heart. She has been planning and preparing to begin filming for over two years and is excited to ask for your help in the final step. Once the Kickstarter campaign is funded successfully she will be traveling across the U.S. and out of the country for 3 to 5 months. While traveling she will be meeting with professionals and patients that have an important voice to add to the conversation of Crohn's disease, Ulcerative Colitis and IBD.
Ivana is looking for answers. She too struggles with the complicated symptoms of Crohn's, and wants to do everything in her power to educate herself on what options are available. She will be getting all sides of the story and presenting the information for the viewer's interpretation. Ivana believes that each individual knows what's best for their own body- what works for one person may not work for the next. Her main goal is to provide inspiration through sharing her journey and to combine dispersed information into one piece. Ivana hopes by bringing this information together into one film, she will make it easy on those who don't know where to start looking. Ivana understands how frightening these conditions can be, and how hopeless it feels at times. She wants nothing more than to bring a light back into the lives of those who feel at a loss right now.
Dr. Lawrence Brandt: "Research interests include ischemic and vascular disorders of the gastrointestinal system, inflammatory bowel diseases, colitis, and geriatric gastroenterology. Dr. Brandt has been on the editorial boards of numerous journals and has authored or edited more than 350 scientific publications and six books, the latest of which, Sleisenger and Fordtran's Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease (8th edition), just won first prize in the British Medical Association's Medical Book Competition."
Dr. Ed Bauman: "Dr. Ed Bauman has been a pioneer in the field of holistic nutrition for over 35 years. His vision and leadership have inspired thousands of people to transform their lives in the form of wellness, community, and peace. He received his M.Ed. from the University of Massachusetts, and a Ph.D. in Health Promotion from the University of New Mexico. Dr. Ed Bauman created the Eating for Health model to teach individuals to make nutritionally comprehensive food choices and founded Bauman College in 1989, with a mission to change the world through better nutrition and healthful living. He is a special advisor for the National Association of Nutrition Professionals and brings a wealth of knowledge, wisdom, and a love of good health and good taste to his work."
Kristina Campbell: "Science writer Kristina Campbell (M.Sc.) is a web editor for the Gut Microbiota for Health Experts Exchange. She has written about the microbiome and digestive health since 2011. Her work as a gut bacteria science critic has appeared in newspapers, magazines, and on her “Intestinal Gardener” blog"
Josh Gitalis: Clinical Nutritionist, is a recognized expert in the fields of clinical detoxification and therapeutic supplementation. He runs a Toronto-based, private practice, with a worldwide client base. As a leader in his field, Josh teaches Clinical Nutrition for several natural health colleges and is the first Canadian nutritionist to be accepted into the Institute of Functional Medicine where he is currently pursuing his certification as an Institute of Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner (IFMCP). Josh is a noted expert for various media outlets including CTV News and CityTV.
Dr. Emeran Mayer: "Dr. Emeran Mayer is a Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Physiology and Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Executive Director of the Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress, and Co-director of the CURE: Digestive Diseases Research Center at UCLA. He is a world renowned gastroenterologist and neuroscientist with 30 years of experience in the study of clinical and neurobiological aspects of how the digestive system and the nervous system interact in health and disease, and his work has been continuously supported by the NIH. He has published over 320 peer reviewed articles (average H index 89), including 100 chapters and reviews, co-edited four books, and organized several interdisciplinary symposia in the area of visceral pain and mind body interactions. His current research focus is on the role of the gut microbiota in brain gut interactions in emotion regulation, chronic visceral pain and in obesity."
Dr. Silvio Najt: Founded the Newbery Clinic in the heart of Buenos Aires. "I specialize in Internal Medicine and am board certified in Cardiology and Emergency Medicine. Around 2005 I became interested in the link between inflammation and the human microbiome. Since then I have devoted most of my practice to a diversity of inflammatory diseases, initially with a pharmacological approach and then incorporating a number of other sources to deal with the phenomena, including nutrition, supplements, enteral and parenteral nutrition, and finally FMTs." -Interview link
Jini Patel Thomspon: "Jini came from a family of doctors and pharmacists, and was taught to look at things using the scientific method. So when she began exploring natural healing for her gastrointestinal disease, she conducted multiple controlled trials to determine what worked and what didn’t, eventually developing tried and tested methods to successfully deal with each phase of her bowel syndrome. She published her first book, Listen To Your Gut, in 2000, and since then tens of thousands of people in over 40 different countries have learned how to listen to their own gut or body wisdom, and take a holistic approach to healing. The LTYG community (listen to your gut!) continues to grow."
*Additional Interview subjects will be added as the campaign runs- undisclosed subjects will be revealed at a later time.*
We will be gathering information on various topics through our knowledgable physicians as well as adding the patient's experience and opinion. These topics include, prescription drugs (antibiotics, steroids, immunosuppressants...) diet (covering an array of topics within), mind and body interconnection, gut microbiota, helminthic therapy, FMT, THC/CBD, LDN and many more. The topic list is likely to expand as we talk to more physicians and are exposed to ideas we've never even heard of. We encourage anybody who feels they have valuable information to contact us.
Ivana and her crew will be traveling across the U.S. and eventually visiting some out of country locations, filming and documenting. She will be stopping in various states to interview professionals and patients, gathering information she believes will be extremely valuable. Her main goal is to provide an inspiring story through her journey while bringing together information, making it easy to understand and absorb in one feature length film. Once her filming has been completed, she and her crew will spend months editing, fine tuning and tying everything together. The film will be submitted to various film festivals and after the world premiere it will be distributed to backers of this project. Final decisions on distribution will be made at a later time, making those who back this project some of the first to view the film.
The success of this project is a group effort. Backers are our team members. Without your support this project is just an idea- a dream- waiting to be executed. The IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) community is a tight knit family, we know one another's struggles and truly care for each-other's well being. The Crohn's Moans team has experienced the love and support as this project has been in it's developing stages. We are incredibly excited to contribute to this community in a powerful and impactful way. Those who step in to support will be appreciated more than one can imagine, especially those who have no relation to these conditions. There's a reason many of us call it an "invisible disease." One of the biggest struggles Crohn's, Colitis and IBD patients are dealing with is communicating the daily struggles we endure. Ivana and her partners are excited to build this team and community that not only interacts with those behind this project, but each-other as well.
Below is an expense breakdown of the minimum we need to make this film become a reality.
To say thanks for supporting our film we would like to offer some nice treats in return! Below you can see what's available, some options are limited in amount so check the reward sidebar to see what is still available. You can also donate any amount without choosing a reward option if you would like!
Below is a short blurb about The Crohn's Moans collaborators.
Stickers, bathroom card, "My Body" cards, and pamphlet designed by The Crohn's Moans' partner Guts Get Graphic. Cassandra Perry, the founder of GGG, takes a humorous approach to spreading awareness of Crohn's disease, Ulcerative Colitis and IBD. She enjoys making light of the hardships she has faced while living with Crohn's disease and strives to keep a positive attitude.
The "Blooming Scars" Crohn's Moans logo, designed by Wayland Media and Shirewood Supply co. speaks to the strength and beauty that comes from difficult experiences like Crohn's disease and Ulcerative Colitis. It was specifically designed with Ivana's stomach scar in mind, and her positive attitude towards her experience with Crohn's disease. We feel that anyone who has been through a difficult life experience and allowed it transform them for the better can relate to this design.
PopSocket has collaborated with the The Crohn's Moans to produce "Blooming Scars" PopSockets available to only backers of this project! It's great for a phone stand, taking group pictures, wrapping your headphones around or just for that extra grip on your phone!
The limited offer Rocks With Sass necklaces are designed by a fellow Crohn's fighter and The Crohn's Moans collaborator, who donates a portion of her sales profits to the CCFA.
Hand crafted bracelet is PMC (precious metal clay) sterling silver .960 plate with metallic bronze leather and sterling silver plated magnetic clasp made by Carol Ann Bosek.
Our T-Shirt and tote bag collaborators will be working with The Crohn's Moans to provide you with a quality hemp product. The material is certified hemp/organic cotton blend. T-shirts and bags will be a natural color with a black water-based ink print of the "Blooming Scars" design.
If you choose a reward option that includes a password to view the film online, please be aware that this will be not be available until after the world premiere of the film!
Take a peak at some of the rewards!
New Reward Added!
"Sage Leaf" bracelet, hand crafted. (See "Dancing Ladies" further down)
Risks and challenges
The main risk of this film is funding. We need the resources to not only gather the information but to bring it together into one piece that is of great quality.
There is also a risk with car/travel troubles. However, we believe any issues that arise we can overcome. We have worked a car maintenance cushion into the budget to be prepared for any unforeseen issues that may arise during the filming process.
In addition, gaining a community that is ready to help and support this project by spreading awareness is also of great importance. We recognize that this film will not be successful without the participation of this community. We cannot do this on our own. We need backers to become a part of our team, who share our passion for the completion of this film. This campaign will help build that team.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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