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Born to Heal

PROJECT CANCELLATION

Born to Heal

PROJECT CANCELLATION

$30,885
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128
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, May 7 2014 1:00 AM UTC +00:00

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PROJECT CANCELLATION

Despite our clear vision and undiminished enthusiasm for what could have been, we are terminating our efforts to complete this film. While it has appeared unlikely that we will achieve our funding goal, it is because of other unanticipated factors that we have come to this disappointing conclusion. If you have questions or are interested in where we go from here, visit our website www.russellfoureagles.com and leave your contact information.

Two plus years ago, a friend introduced us to Russell FourEagles. We came to know a humble man whose life is devoted to helping people through the practice of Native American healing traditions. Over time, we met many people who told us deeply grateful stories of having been helped by Russell. Our initial intrigue was fueled by these inspiring stories, and intertwining all of it was the beautifully rich fabric of the Native American culture.

In our unintended journey down the Red Road, we were exposed to a belief system grounded in the spiritual interconnection between all things. As we gained a broader exposure within the Native American community, we were invited to take part in beautiful ceremonies of ancient heritage. For nearly 100 years, these ceremonies had been demonized and declared illegal on this continent. We were welcomed by a number of indigenous leaders who felt compelled to bring their ceremonies out of the darkness. They sought a greater awareness of their traditions in an effort to promote a more healthy existence between all people, all nations, and all things. This connection between all things is expressed in the Lakota phrase, All My Relations, which refers to each of us being inseparably connected to every person, plant, animal, object and energy on this planet.

Our intention to tell this story of a Native American healer expanded into the additional goal of bringing a broader awareness to a rich culture centered in treating our planet and one another with love and respect. I know this sounds flowery and overly ambitious, but our experience was that simply by being exposed to the beauty and traditions of this movement, it was impossible not to be moved yourself.

While our motives were born out of respect and good intention, some have found offense with our execution and we are deeply apologetic for that. If we have exhibited disrespect in any way, we offer our sincere apologies.

Despite our exposure to many who expressed a need for all people to walk together in prayer, others have expressed a territorial unwillingness to share the majesty of their culture. We regret that this is the case, but our efforts have created controversy and it is an unmistakable truth that this is not our culture to share. Consequently, we are terminating our efforts to produce a documentary on an amazing man of healing and his Native American culture.

Thank you to all of our supporters. We are deeply appreciative of your generosity as well as your faith in our mission. Thank you to the people who embraced us and exposed us to the Native American culture. It has been an incredibly rewarding experience. Thank you to Russell, who has helped numerous friends and family in their pursuit of wellness. It’s been a gift to spend time with you and it is an honor to know you as a friend.

Again, if you have questions or are interested in where we go from here, please visit our website www.russellfoureagles.com and leave your contact information. Additionally, if you backed of our project in lieu of making a donation to Russell, please consider redirecting your donation to him. This can be done using a Pay Pal button, also at our website. 

Be well. All my relations ~

Todd & Tim

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Growing up in a tarpaper shack in the north woods, Russell FourEagles was born to be a healer. His grandmother chose him to learn the accumulated wisdom from over 200 generations of family healers. 

Russell’s life journey bridges the traditions of his ancestors with the realities of modern times in a fascinating story of conflict, sacrifice, insight, and inspiration. Imagine a young man, trained as a healer, on high alert as he walks point through the war-torn jungles of Vietnam. Throughout his life, the challenge of straddling two very different worlds has been a consistent theme. 

But above it all, his is a story of an amazing man dedicated to bringing hope and healing to people in need.

By helping us document Russell's fascinating journey, you could be paying forward a second chance, a new direction, or a new hope to someone searching and unaware of the promise offered from telling this untold story.

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                                       Russell introduces himself and his healing practice

We're committed to telling the story of this amazing man along with a handful of stories from some of the many lives he has touched. We've recorded many emotional and inspiring testimonies of renewed wellness from Russell's clients, including one real-time battle with brain cancer that is still playing out. The accounts we've collected provide a convincing mosaic of a Native American providing hope and healing for those in search of emotional, spiritual and physical wellness. 

Over the past two years, we’ve made great progress collecting content. We've driven thousands of miles doing research and interviews. We’ve slept many nights in tents with our equipment locked up in our cars right beside us and we’ve missed too many meals to count. Throughout our efforts, we’ve been swept up and pushed along by the stories, sounds and images of Russell's life journey. 

When combining Russell's life journey with inspiring testimony from just some of the many people he has touched, his story elevates from one of fascination, to one that quite simply needs to be told.

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                                                    A client of Russell's relates her experience

We’ve made great progress to date. We've amassed many hours of video footage, filmed several stories of clients' healing experiences, recorded several soundtracks of original music, completed a nearly ten minute clip previewing our documentary and researched film festivals relevant to our project .

We’re committed to telling this story, but we need your help to finish

Only with your support will we be able to finish this film and ensure that that it gets seen by as wide an audience as possible. Below, we've outlined our goals in obtaining the necessary funds to finish this project. We have both a minimum goal as well as a stretch goal which will allow us to tell this story with the full detail and artistic beauty it so richly deserves. 

 MINIMUM GOAL  $52,000   Our base line goal will provide us enough funding to complete a 30-45 minute film. We will tell the fascinating and ongoing life story of Russell FourEagles and will document the experiences from several of his clients. Specific expenses include:

  • travel expenses needed to capture more meetings with Russell Four Eagles and his clients 
  • rental of additional video production equipment
  • procuring licensing rights for additional music to layer into the film
  • postproduction editing, use of captions, color correction, sound mixing, and DVD production
  • post production PR  
  • two film festival application fees and associated travel expenses

STRETCH GOAL  $97,000   In addition to the above, achieving our stretch goal will allow us to delve more deeply into Russell's story and capture a wider variety of the stories of how his healings have helped people.  We anticipate the film would extend to 60-90 minutes. This level of funding will allow us to: 

  • expand on Russell's story in a more thorough and artistic fashion 
  • explore doing reenactments of some client stories
  • travel to meet with other Native American elders and healers 
  • more completely tell the story of a woman who is currently in an uncertain battle against stage IV brain cancer 
  • capture more original soundtracks and license additional music to layer into the film
  • access resources to enhance the production value of the film 
  • two film festival application fees and associated travel expenses

Any additional funding over and above our stretch goal will allow us to shift our content capture form a regional basis to more of a national focus while enabling us to further upgrade the production value of this film. 

We have been gifted unique access into a fascinating story. This includes a trustful intimacy into the life and times of a modern day medicine man, his ancient indigenous healing traditions, and many emotional and inspiring stories of renewed wellness. Given this access, we feel we have a bountiful trove of content to pursue. 

It's been a fascinating, enlightening and deeply rewarding journey for us and we very much look forward to sharing it with you. 

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                                                                     Join the tribe!

Russell's Teepee - used for healing and counseling sessions
Russell's Teepee - used for healing and counseling sessions
Russell's birch bark longhouse - used as a bunk house as well as for storing of herbs and other therapeutic tools
Russell's birch bark longhouse - used as a bunk house as well as for storing of herbs and other therapeutic tools
Russell performing energy work
Russell performing energy work
Drums
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Russell performing an Oneida Fire Ceremony
Russell performing an Oneida Fire Ceremony
Luna (woof!), Todd, Russell and Tim getting ready for a day of filming
Luna (woof!), Todd, Russell and Tim getting ready for a day of filming

 For ongoing updates, check out www.facebook.borntohealmovie

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Risks and challenges

We have made great progress, there remains much to be done in completing this documentary. We think the video clips of our film progress, as well as the track record of Dacquisto Photography and Coach House Creative, demonstrates our passion which will be applied in the successful completion of this film.

While it is our goal and sincere intent to have this film finished in December of 2014, concurrent with Russell's book release, The Making of a Healer, we cannot guarantee this date. Since you are intimately tied to our success, if delays do occur, we'll make sure you are the first to know and we'll commit to keeping your updated on our headway with updates and progress reports.

Lastly, your contribution only gets collected if we have enough funding to finish our project. If we don’t get all of what we are asking for, we won’t get any of it and this story will not be told.

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    "MEGWICH" - This is the Ojibwa word for thanks and this is what we feel for your contribution. While Native Americans would traditionally demonstrate their gratitude versus expressing it, we intend to demonstrate ours by completing this film with the attention and artistic beauty it so richly deserves. You can follow our progress on our Facebook page www.facebook/borntohealmovie

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    "VIP BACKER PREVIEW" - We will send you a link, good for 48 hours, so that you can preview "Russell FourEagles - Born to Heal" in your home prior to the release date for the general public. In addition you will of course receive"MEGWICH".

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    "ONEIDA FIRE CEREMONY" - We will email you the instructions for performing an Oneida Fire Ceremony. This ceremony is used for releasing emotions that have been bottled up inside you and also for making a request of the Creator. This is the ceremony that cleansed Russell FourEagles from his Post Traumatic Stress Disorder he incurred as a result of his service in Vietnam. In addition you will receive the "VIP BACKER PREVIEW" and of course, "MEGWICH".

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    "SIGNED DVD" - Act swiftly and get one of the DVDs from the first pressing. For those quick enough to act while the sun is just a burst of red on the eastern horizon, we will mail you a DVD copy of "Russell FourEagles - Born to Heal," signed by Russell FourEagles. In addition you will receive "ONEIDA FIRE CEREMONY", "VIP BACKER PREVIEW" and of course, "MEGWICH".

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    "PRAYER" - Write a prayer (25 words or less) and Russell FourEagles will include your prayer in his prayers to the Creator. In addition you will receive the "DVD", "ONEDIA FIRE CEREMONY", "VIP BACKER PREVIEW" and of course, "MEGWICH".

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    "THE MAKING OF A HEALER" - Receive a signed copy of Russell FourEagles' upcoming book, "The Making of a Healer" which is being published by Quest Books in December, 2014. You will also receive the "DVD", "ONEIDA FIRE CEREMONY", "VIP BACKER PREVIEW" and of course, "MEGWICH".

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    "THE MAKING OF A HEALER" - Receive a signed copy of Russell FourEagles' upcoming book, "The Making of a Healer" which is being published by Quest Books in December, 2014. You will also receive the "DVD", "ONEIDA FIRE CEREMONY", "VIP BACKER PREVIEW" and of course, "MEGWICH".

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    "EARTH ART" - Receive a necklace pendant hand crafted by Russell FourEagles . Throughout the history of mankind, precious and semi-precious gemstones have been used for spiritual, emotional and physical healing and healers throughout the world continue to use them today. Your pendant will be a stone cut and polished by Russell FourEagles such as agate, amethyst, bloodstone, hematite, jasper, obsidian, or tigers eye. While you will not be able to specify which stone you will receive, each pendant is a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry. You will also receive the "DVD", "ONEIDA FIRE CEREMONY", "VIP BACKER PREVIEW"and of course, "MEGWICH."

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    "PERSONAL EARTH ART" - Wake with the sun, act quickly, and receive a necklace pendant hand crafted by Russell FourEagles and specifically chosen by him for you. Please provide a one sentence description of the properties you are seeking. Your pendant will be a stone cut and polished by Russell FourEagles such as agate, amethyst, bloodstone, hematite, jasper, obsidian, or tigers eye. You will also receive the "DVD", "ONEIDA FIRE CEREMONY", "VIP BACKER PREVIEW"and of course, "MEGWICH."

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    "PRODUCERS CALL" - We will contact you by telephone to talk for about 30 minutes about the making of the film and to answer whatever questions you may have. In addition you will receive the "DVD", the "PRAYER", "ONEIDA FIRE CEREMONY", "VIP BACKER PREVIEW" and of course, "MEGWICH".

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    "RUSSELL CALL" - We will arrange for you to have a consultive phone call with Russell FourEagles lasting 45-60 minutes. In addition you will also receive the "DVD", "ONEIDA FIRE CEREMONY", "VIP BACKER PREVIEW" and of course, "MEGWICH".

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    "IN PERSON SESSION WITH RUSSELL FOUREAGLES" - Receive an in person session with Russell FourEagles, transportation and lodging not included. In addition you will receive The "DVD", "ONEIDA FIRE CEREMONY", "VIP BACKER PREVIEW" and of course, "MEGWICH".

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    "DINNER WITH RUSSELL" - Bring someone and have a private dinner in Spooner, Wisconsin with Russell and his wife, Shelly. This is a dinner meeting, not a healing session. Travel and accommodations not included. Scheduling will be according to Russell's availably.

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    "HEALING FAIR" - Receive two tickets for admission to the healing fair that Russell FourEagles hosts on his property in Spooner, WI in the late summer along with two, in-person sessions from Russell FourEagles. Transportation and lodging are not included. The healing fair is a collection of healing practitioners who work in a wide variety of modalities typically including other Native American Healers, Reiki masters, massage therapists, channelers, herbalists, aroma therapists, and others. In addition you will receive the "DVD", "ONEIDA FIRE CEREMONY", "VIP BACKER PREVIEW" and of course, "MEGWICH".

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    "SPHERE" - Receive a polished stone sphere, sculpted by Russell FourEagles. These stones will vary in size but typically range in size from 2.5" to 6.25". These spheres will typically be made of agate, jasper, opal, gold mountain thunder eggs, or granite. In addition you will receive the "DVD", "ONEIDA FIRE CEREMONY", "VIP BACKER PREVIEW" and of course, "MEGWICH".

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    "THE CREW" - This is your chance to join us on a film shoot to be a part of our crew, post updates to the other backers and document your experience along the way. We will coordinate a day and time during our filming when you can join us as a crew member, very likely in northern Wisconsin. Travel and accommodations not included. No film experience is required. In addition you will receive "THE MAKING OF A HEALER", "DVD", "ONEIDA FIRE CEREMONY", "VIP BACKER PREVIEW" and of course, "MEGWICH".

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    "CASTING CALL" - Join us for a film shoot, very likely in Northern Wisconsin. In addition to hanging out with Russell, cast and crew, you can actually be in the film! Scene possibilities may include a Oneida Fire Ceremony, a drum circle, a healing session or attendance at a healing fair. Travel and lodging is not included. In addition you will receive "THE MAKING OF A HEALER", "DVD", "ONEIDA FIRE CEREMONY", "VIP BACKER PREVIEW" and of course, "MEGWICH".

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    "ASSOCIATE PRODUCER" - Your name will also appear on the credits of the film an Associate Producer. In addition you will receive two tickets for a screening of "Russell FourEagles - Born to Heal" at a film festival and grab some dinner with producers Todd, Tim and hopefully Russell. Regional film festivals shall likely include the Wisconsin Film Festival in Madison, WI and the Milwaukee Film Festival in Milwaukee, WI. In addition you will receive "THE MAKING OF A HEALER", "DVD", "ONEIDA FIRE CEREMONY", "VIP BACKER PREVIEW" and of course, "MEGWICH".

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    Our directors will host a theatrical screening in YOUR hometown including a Q&A session at the conclusion of the film. We will let everyone know that you are the star that helped bring this film to the big screen and you will get to keep the ticket sales. In addition you will receive "THE MAKING OF A HEALER", "DVD", "ONEIDA FIRE CEREMONY", "VIP BACKER PREVIEW" and of course, "MEGWICH".

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    "CUSTOM REWARD" - For anyone interested, we're happy to discuss special terms for a pledge of $10,000 or more. This reward tier has been created to allow such a pledge to be processed and while we don't know what it will be, we can promise it will be spectacular.

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