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Isaac Ho'opi'i is a nationally recognized K9 Unit Officer, responsible for saving many people from the Pentagon during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Countless articles were written about his heroism following 9/11. He was photographed by Richard Avedon for a spread in USA Today. He appeared on NBC's Today show. And he ran the Olympic Torch on its way to Salt Lake City for the 2002 Winter Olympics.
This, however, is only a small slice of Isaac's story. As close friends of the Ho'opi'i family, however, we have known that his biggest struggle came before the news took notice and that his struggle continues to this day.
Stephen wanted to start his research from the very beginning of Isaac's story and hear everything. He didn't want to make any assumptions based on material that already existed regarding Isaac. So, from June until December of 2014, he conducted 13 pre-interviews with Isaac and his family and friends.
It was through these phone interviews that Stephen came to realize Isaac's story went much deeper than his September 11, 2001 heroism. His true conflict involved the post traumatic stress disorder he experienced immediately afterward, the time he spent learning to cope and live with it, the people who helped him along the way, and the window that his experience and his co-workers' experiences would open to others who have a limited understanding of what PTSD is and how survivors learn to live with it.
We began filming in May 2015. Because we have such a close relationship with Isaac and his family, they opened up to us even more in front of the camera. Isaac told us stories we had never heard before regarding the people he saved on 9/11 and both his and his co-worker's struggles in grappling with the event's aftermath. He put us in touch with many of these co-workers whose stories are now represented in the film.
We've been close with the Ho'opi'i family for a long time (Maria has know him since she was 13 years old), and we have been planning this documentary for some time now. Last year, we finally had the time and monetary resources to move forward with pre-production and production. We just wrapped up filming, and we are in need of funds to finish post-production.
We believe so strongly in bringing Isaac's story to the world. It runs the range of emotions--from being tragic to inspiring and encouraging. Isaac's story is one of courage and perseverance in the face of overwhelming trauma. We believe that his story can bring strength to those who have experienced trauma in their own lives and educate those who are unaware of the struggle these people endure on a day-to-day basis.
We need to raise $35,000 in order to film the final interviews, hire an editor, and get post-production rolling. If we raise beyond this goal, we can also start to cover the costs of color correction, sound editing, scoring, etc.
We have already finished filming the majority of the documentary, which involved shooting approximately 110 hours of footage, and 28 interviews over 5 states (Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Hawaii) and the District of Columbia.
We were able to complete this on a shoestring budget without compromising the quality of the piece because of our previous experience in the film industry (Stephen works as a freelance cinematographer and previously as a Local 600 focus puller and Maria assists two showrunners in TV). However, high quality post-production services are not cheap. We want to make sure this film looks and sounds as best as it possibly can, and this is why we are asking for your support.
Any amount would be greatly appreciated - even if you can only donate $5.
You can also help spread the word about the campaign through twitter, Facebook, and email. Word of mouth is invaluable.
All of the money donated to this campaign will go directly toward the costs of finishing this film. If we reach this goal, we will have enough funds to do the following:
- Film the final interviews that will complete the story. We still need to interview experts on PTSD and a few more of Isaac's co-workers. Though the number of interviews left is small, this will still involve the costs of traveling back to the east coast, hiring crew, and renting equipment.
- Hire an editor to cut the film together. We are not cutting this ourselves on iMovie in our basement - we are hiring a professional editor whose valuable time and experience come with a cost.
- Submit the film to documentary-specific labs and grants, which will aid us in completing the finishing touches (color correction, sound design, score, etc.) before sending the film to festivals.
SOUNDTRACK SCORED BY ROB RUSLI
MOVIE POSTERS AND T-SHIRT DESIGNED BY MICHAEL SINCAVAGE
HARDCOVER PHOTO BOOK OF STILLS FROM THE FILM (printed by Artifact Uprising):
HARDCOVER PHOTO BOOK OF 35MM STILLS TAKEN BY STEPHEN TRINGALI (printed by Artifact Uprising):
ONE-OF-A-KIND SCENIC PAINTING BY MARIA'S DAD, STEVE BISSELL. BELOW IS ONE OF HIS PAINTINGS.
Thank you for your support!
- Stephen & Maria
Risks and challenges
Independent filmmaking is rife with risks and challenges. In having already shot 90% of this documentary, we have confronted many of them already. However, post-production, festival submissions, and distribution offer their own unique set of problems:
ENDURANCE - Production may have been the most physically strenuous part of this filmmaking process. However, post-production and beyond is an endurance test. Maria spent 4 years as a long distance swimmer and Stephen spent 7 years running cross country, so we think we have this covered.
FINDING AN AUDIENCE - Capturing an audience's attention amidst the deluge of digital news and banter has never been more difficult. But we have the confidence that this story will resonate with a more universal struggle - that belonging to the daily battle of moving on after a traumatic event.
FINANCING - Financing a movie is not an easy or simple task. If it were, we wouldn't be here on Kickstarter humbly asking for your support. We have faith, however, that there are people out there who will feel as strongly about this project as we do.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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