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War Zone/Comfort Zone is on the verge of national distribution through PBS.

What's the deal? 

War Zone/Comfort Zone, a co-production of Connecticut Public Television and Squidface Films, is a documentary about homeless women veterans. It tells a groundbreaking story of activism and persistence in the face of tragedy. With footage from intense public meetings as well as in-depth portraits of women veterans on the verge of homelessness, the documentary is both raw and intimate. It charts the struggle of one small group to create something completely new: a transitional, supportive house for homeless women veterans in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Why did you make this movie?
In January of 2010, I saw a notice in the Connecticut Post about a zoning meeting. A local non-profit was going before the Bridgeport Zoning Board to get a single family house re-zoned for use as a transitional home for women veterans. Something clicked.

While I had studied the experiences of women in the military, I’d always wondered about what it was like when they came home. I grabbed a cameraman and we were off to Bridgeport. City Hall was filled to the brim with passionate supporters and opponents, with flags and veterans and homeowners groups, with shouting and crying. It didn’t adjourn until after midnight. 

Three years later...War Zone/Comfort Zone is a documentary about homeless women veterans. The film follows two women as they fight to open the first transitional, supportive house for women veterans in the state of Connecticut -- despite some serious neighborhood opposition. The film also includes a number of women veterans struggling to transition back into civilian life. The face joblessness, homelessness, PTSD from sexual trauma and combat, traumatic brain injury and a VA system that sees them as second class citizens.

What are you doing now?
Our goal has always been to reach the widest possible audience. And we’re on the verge of a huge breakthrough, but we need your help. War Zone/Comfort Zone is a co-production of Connecticut Public Television and Squidface Films.* We’re currently entering a deal with American Public Television wherein the doc can be shown by every public television station in America starting in the Spring of 2013. We just need a little push. We need money for closed captioning, reformatting and marketing. We’re also hoping to do short follow up stories with each of our featured veterans that we’ll post to our website.

It’s going to take some serious leg work to get the show onto the air across the US and your donations will help us do that.

*War Zone/Comfort Zone has aired on Connecticut Public Television and was nominated for a New England Emmy for Outstanding Documentary 2012.

Where can I learn more about the project?
On the Squidface Films website. There, you can read an in-depth synopsis, learn about the filmmakers, the production and more. You can also listen to a WNPR interview with me (Lizzie) and Lucy Nalpathanchil here.

Why use Kickstarter?
We’re trying to raise awareness as well as funds. Making this movie entailed a huge community of people and we’d like for Kickstarter to help us grow that community.

What if I can’t donate money right now, can I still help?
Yes! Please share this page via your favorite social media and email it to others who might be interested. P.S. You can also do this if you’ve donated money.

When will I get my reward?
In January...like an after-Christmas present. 

Can you raise more than your goal? Is pie delicious?! Yes! 

What if you don’t raise the entirety of your goal?
Then we don’t get any of the money and your card won’t be charged.

Is there anyone that can’t donate?
If you appeared in the movie (you know who you are!) you can’t donate. If there are any questions, please contact me.

Yay! Thanks so much for your time!

Lizzie Warren and Karen Silverstein

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

We are currently entering into a distribution plan with American Public Television. Once we finalize distribution through American Public Television, that’s only the first step. That just means that individual public television stations will have access to the show. We’ll need to do a sustained grassroots push to get as many PBS stations as possible to air the documentary. Then, in each area, once we have a broadcast date, we’ll need to generate local public awareness and press coverage in each market to encourage people to actually watch the movie.

That’s a lot of moving pieces and there will certainly be numerous problems along the way. We could be aired in fewer areas than we'd hoped, for example. Or, we could get overwhelmed trying to push the documentary in numerous markets. In preparation, I have assembled a few public relations professionals who have graciously agreed to help me through the process. I have been marshalling resources for over a year and feel ready to launch this movie. Although the process will be challenging and will take a lot of planning and effort, my team and I are dedicated to reaching as many viewers as possible.

Finally, if there are delays in getting out rewards or any other issues, I will be happy to communicate with my backers.

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