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Joekenneth MuseauBy Joekenneth Museau
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Joekenneth MuseauBy Joekenneth Museau
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About

I started ideating for this project, almost immediately after my mother passed away on May 14, 2012. I initially wanted to create a work that would directly celebrate her legacy. I saw the potential for such an undertaking after crafting a two-week digital tribute on Instagram with the hashtag #MayFlowersByJK during the one-year anniversary of her death.

 

 

The theme of the book would continue to change over the years. In the interim, I released a limited-run anthology entitled "Tales of a Troubled Romantic" (2013); a coming of age exploration of lessons learned in the arena of relationships. Piecing together that book was my way of trying to achieve some kind of normalcy; distracting myself from the grieving process. Less than a year after the release of Tales, I was presented with the opportunity to create a new book, this time, with some financial backing. In July 2014, I became a member of VSCO's Artist Initiative program; with the hope of publishing the work-in-progress book for my mom, now entitled "Days After Your Departure." (DAYD) That same year, VSCO sponsored my trip to Haiti so that I could find more depth to the story I was attempting to tell.

 

 

I went through my share of trials and scraped drafts before finally figuring out the direction of DAYD. Then the writing came with ease and I submitted a final draft to VSCO in the fall of 2016. While waiting for it to be reviewed, I was informed that the Artist Initiative program was being discontinued; leaving me to figure out how to print, publish and market the work. So, here I am petitioning you - the people - for your assistance.

As my most personal project to date, "Days After Your Departure" is a 132-page multimedia memoir - written over the course of four years - formed by a tapestry of prose, poetry, and photography (Rog Walker). Like a work within a work, the book's design (Cleon Grey) adds a layer of visual storytelling that accentuates the written content. Little is left behind as I write about my struggles with faith, grief, and mental health. The work truly challenges all readers to look inward; encouraging everyone to confront the delicate nature of their own lives.

"Days After Your Departure" cover by Cleon Grey
"Days After Your Departure" cover by Cleon Grey

I will officially self-publish the book in hopes of having it available in bookstores and/or online retailers in the near future. In addition to the written element of the work, I would like to create a short film to capture the essence of what is expressed in the book. The film will feature emotive imagery, poignant dialogue, and poetic performances, where I'll play the lead role in telling my story. Fellow creatives and good friends of mine, Sam and Chad of We Are Not Pilgrims (WANP) have volunteered to help me produce the film. However, we'll need the necessary funds to get the equipment and film crew to create a piece that respectfully honors the delicacy of my story; especially during the fifth anniversary of my mom's passing. Below you'll find two examples of WANP's work. View more on their website.

 

 

I have some pretty cool incentives being offered in exchange for your pledges. From limited-edition bookmarks to help you process reading the work to being on set as we film. My favorite piece is probably the "Mum's Smile" T-shirt which was carefully designed by Rob Heights.

 

"Our mothers were how we first learned to smile."
"Our mothers were how we first learned to smile."

I've invested my life - time, energy and resources - to creating this work and I hope that you can help me bring it life. I am dedicated to releasing this project and finding closure when it's all said and done. Regardless of the outcome of this campaign, I find strength in knowing that I am another year closer to seeing my mother again. That alone brings an inexplicable amount of joy.

Thank you for your time! Be sure to follow me for more content surrounding the project @joekenneth_!

With a heart filled with love, 

Joekenneth M.

P.S. If you're eager to see/read the first few pages of the book, visit Joekenneth.com.

Risks and challenges

The challenges with this project are admittedly, very few. I've done my due diligence to calculate the cost and necessities to make good on my promised incentives. At the end of the campaign, all funds will immediately go towards fulfilling orders. The production of the book will require the most time to complete, seeing that printing + shipping takes about 8-9 weeks, hence the reason why most of you will receive your copies during the first week of August.

There is a good chance that the film will prelude the arrival of the book but I am aware that reshoots and editing can tack on days to its completion. Let's just say August for the film as well.

But, of course, the most intimidating challenge is not reaching my goal. Kickstarter is all or nothing. Therefore, if we don't hit at least $25K, everyone gets their pledge refunded. So, please pass on the word!

I will be sure to keep everyone abreast with updates regarding all aspects of the project.

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    A high five!

    For those who aren't in a position to purchase a book but would still like to show their support. Thank you!

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    Bronze

    You will receive a signed copy of
    "Days After Your Departure."
    • Hardcover
    • 132 pages
    • Full color

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    Silver

    - A signed copy of "Days After Your Departure"
    - Limited Edition DAYD bookmark
    - Exclusive DAYD "Mum's Smile" T-shirt. Full-color image on a ring spun cotton t-shirt. Designed by Rob Heights. Please indicate your size.

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    Gold

    - A signed copy of "Days After Your Departure"
    - Limited Edition DAYD bookmark
    - (3) Pack DAYD Postcards
    - Commemorative canvas tote Bag.
    - Exclusive DAYD "Mum's Smile" T-shirt. Full-color image on a ring spun cotton t-shirt. Designed by Rob Heights. Please indicate your size.

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    Platinum

    - A signed copy of "Days After Your Departure"
    - Limited Edition DAYD bookmark
    - (5) Pack DAYD Postcards
    - Commemorative canvas tote bag.
    - Collectible DAYD ceramic coffee mug with a quote by me.
    - Exclusive DAYD "Mum's Smile" T-shirt. Full-color image on a ring spun cotton t-shirt. Designed by Rob Heights. Please indicate your size.

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    Double Platinum

    - A signed copy of "Days After Your Departure"
    - Limited Edition DAYD bookmark
    - (5) Pack of DAYD Postcards
    - Commemorative canvas tote bag.
    - Collectible DAYD ceramic coffee mug with a quote by me.
    - Exclusive DAYD "Mum's Smile" T-shirt. Full-color image on a ring spun cotton t-shirt. Designed by Rob Heights. Please indicate your size
    - An original poem by yours truly for you only! You tell me the theme, background information and I'll take it from there. Poems will be handwritten and framed.

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    Diamond

    - A signed copy of "Days After Your Departure"
    - Limited Edition DAYD bookmark
    - (5) Pack of DAYD Postcards
    - Commemorative canvas tote bag.
    - Collectible DAYD ceramic coffee mug with a quote by me.
    - Exclusive DAYD "Mum's Smile" T-shirt. Full-color image on a ring spun cotton t-shirt. Designed by Rob Heights. Please indicate your size.
    - An original poem by yours truly for you only! You tell me the theme, background information and I'll take it from there. Poems will be handwritten and framed.
    - Special acknowledgment in all first-run copies of DAYD and in film credits.

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    Bling Bling

    - A signed copy of "Days After Your Departure"
    - Limited Edition DAYD bookmark
    - (10) Pack of DAYD Postcards
    - Commemorative canvas tote bag.
    - Collectible DAYD ceramic coffee mug with a quote by me.
    - Exclusive DAYD "Mum's Smile" T-shirt. Full-color image on a ring spun cotton t-shirt. Designed by Rob Heights. Please indicate your size.
    - An original poem by yours truly for you only! You tell me the theme, background information and I'll take it from there. Poems will be handwritten and framed.
    - One-hour portrait session with me at Dapper Studios in Brooklyn for some good 'ol creative fun! Booking dates start from June 12th through August 1st. Please indicate any scheduling preferences.
    - Special acknowledgment in all first-run copies of DAYD and in film credits.

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    WHOA NELLY!

    - A signed copy of "Days After Your Departure"
    - Limited Edition DAYD bookmark
    - (10) Pack of DAYD Postcards
    - Commemorative canvas tote bag.
    - Collectible DAYD ceramic coffee mug with a quote by me.
    - Exclusive DAYD "Mum's Smile" T-shirt. Full-color image on a ring spun cotton t-shirt. Designed by Rob Heights. Please indicate your size.
    - An original poem by yours truly for you only! You tell me the theme, background information and I'll take it from there. Poems will be handwritten and framed.
    - Opportunity to shadow us on set as we shoot the DAYD short film. Please be advised that filming will take place in June. TBD. We'll contact you with info well before shoot date.
    - Special acknowledgment in all first-run copies of DAYD and in short film.
    - Intimate dinner with Joekenneth and his wife, Sara at their Brooklyn apartment. Catered by Cafe Museau. Please indicate any food allergies. We'll contact you to set a date!

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Funding period

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