About this project
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$36,000 -- Expand our ability to finish interviews out of state.
$42,000 -- Basic website development and licensing of media footage.
$50,000 -- Marketing of finished documentary and website expansion.
$75,000 -- Distribution to multiple platforms, including streaming and cable TV.
$100,000 and up -- Video-based website that will become a portal for people to exchange stories and provide up to the moment support and expert knowledge.
“The Celiac Project” is an engaging new feature-length documentary about Celiac Disease, gluten intolerance and the obstacles people with these conditions face in safely living a gluten-free life. While avoiding gluten has become a trendy dietary choice, people with Celiac literally cannot tolerate it in their diet. Even a crumb of bread can cause irritation in the small intestine, which will trigger an immune system reaction that worsens over time. Many people with the condition suffer for years with mysterious, debilitating symptoms before obtaining an accurate diagnosis.
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I am one of those people. I experienced years of unexplained health problems before being diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2009. I went through just about every emotion, from happiness and relief to sadness and anger. But more than anything else, I was shocked that the diagnosis could have been so easy. If my doctor had known anything about this condition, he would have ordered the simple blood test that leads to a diagnosis. I wonder many times what my life might have been like had I not spent the past 20 years struggling.
At the time I was diagnosed, my oldest daughter was 9 months old. When she was 3, a blood test and an endoscopy showed she already had Celiac Disease. It was bittersweet. My wife and I were sad that she has this condition but happy she will be able to avoid the health problems I suffered. Then, just one year later, when my sister's middle child had stomach problems, all three of her kids got tested and we received the biggest shock of all: the oldest boy, who was essentially symptom-free and thriving, had it as well. People with asymptomatic Celiac Disease face the same long-term risks as those with symptoms.
When I started talking to others with Celiac I was blown away by the unbelievable stories that I heard--so many of them worse than mine. They were hospitalized, unable to keep food down, misdiagnosed with MS (and other serious conditions), had multiple miscarriages; the list goes on and on. When I learned that 83 percent of Celiacs in this country are either undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, I felt compelled as a filmmaker to unravel the mystery of this illness. We have talked with dozens of people who struggled to get diagnosed and also interviewed the top Celiac doctors in the world and are excited to share their stories in this compelling documentary.
Some of our great team:
Our Kickstarter funds will be used in the following ways:
Production: This is where we capture the raw stories.
- Travel! We have done a majority of the local filming, but we still need a handful of interviews from people in distant locations who are instrumental to this story.
- A cameraman, producer and director.
- Equipment purchase and/or rental.
Post Production: This is where most of the funds will be used.
- Editor and Assistant Editor
- On-line Editor
- Color Correction
- Animator, to show the physical processes that take place in someone with Celiac, in a creative and dynamic way.
Reward fulfillment and payment of fees to Kickstarter and Amazon for helping us run our campaign online.
Our goal is to raise a minimum of $33,800 . Up until now my wife, Ellen and I have been, for the most part, a two person crew. We have also boot-strapped the production ourselves. At this point in production, we have shot approximately 65 percent of the film. To do this, we’ve scraped together whatever we can and put in hundreds of hours of time and effort on this and will continue to do so. Meeting our funding goals will enable us to finish the film in a timely manner by having the assistance we need.
Ideally, we would like to be able to raise up to $75,000. The extra funding would enable us to pay for a graphic designer, marketing and for our website, so we can have the best chance at having the most people see the film and distribute it to multiple channels. Many thanks for making a pledge!
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"The Celiac Project" t-shirts come in Men's, Women's and Youth sizes. Please remember to let us know your specific size.
We would like to thank the great folks at Triumph Dining for pitching in copies of their bestselling Gluten Free Grocery Guide to support us. You guys rock!!!
We would especially like to thank Inn on Randolph for helping us create a deluxe Napa getaway package!
Risks and challenges
I have yet to hear of an independent film that went off without a hitch. It's almost to be expected. The good news is that I'm a professional, I know what I'm doing and the people collaborating with me are incredibly talented. That said, with all of the favors I am asking, I don't have complete control over the timing. I can only estimate our finish date based on our projections for completion. Everyone on board is passionate about this film and all are hard workers. I believe in them and my wonderfully supportive family to get over any challenges that might present themselves along the way.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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