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Strong Sisters is a documentary film about elected women in Colorado, focusing on our extraordinary history and what comes next.
Strong Sisters is a documentary film about elected women in Colorado, focusing on our extraordinary history and what comes next.
Strong Sisters is a documentary film about elected women in Colorado, focusing on our extraordinary history and what comes next.
88 backers pledged $7,505 to help bring this project to life.

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Strong Sisters: Elected Women in Colorado

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Strong Sisters, a documentary film, tells the extraordinary story of political women in Colorado.

Strong Sisters explores:

  • Why has Colorado been a leader in women's representation at the state legislative level? 
  • What difference does it make to have women in elected office?
  • Why hasn't Colorado elected a female Governor, U.S. Senator or Mayor of Denver?
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What we have done so far

  • Strong Sisters has interviewed over 65 elected women and historical experts.
  • These interviews are the foundation of the film. 
  • We have begun editing the film and now need to raise the funds to pay for music, sound editing and post-production. 
  • During the past year Strong Sisters has raised over $55,000 which has paid for filming the interviews, project support (website, promotional materials, etc.), editing, and generally getting us to this point. Once the editing is completed this summer, we need to be able to pay for post-production (quality music, sound editing, color correction, graphics and animation). 

That's why we need your help - we need to raise another $7,500 to ensure that we can finish the film. 

Strong Sisters is a Project of Colorado Nonprofit Development Center, so your donation is tax deductible. 

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The post-production budget: Throughout this process we've kept our budget as modest as possible, using creative approaches. Now we need to make sure we have highly specialized technicians to create a professional finished film. We can't do this ourselves, so help us raise the money to meet our budget: 

  • Music $2,000 
  • Sound editing $2,700
  • Color correction $500 
  • Graphics and animation $1,000
  • Kickstarter, processing and administrative fees $1,300
  • Total $7,500
Meg Froelich and Laura Hoeppner ; photo courtesy of The Villager
Meg Froelich and Laura Hoeppner ; photo courtesy of The Villager

Biographies of the filmmakers:

Laura Hoeppner, Producer and Writer

Laura Hoeppner served as the Executive Director of the Colorado Legislative Women’s Caucus from 2009 to 2012, researching and writing biographies of historical women who served in the Colorado General Assembly which were published on the Caucus’ website and as a book. Laura was a Legislative Aide at the Colorado House of Representatives and more recently worked as Community & Government Affairs Liaison for the City of Centennial, Colorado. 

She has over 12 years of experience working in the non-profit sector, including seven years as the Executive Director of the Colorado Institute for Leadership Training. Laura also taught history and political science at the community college level. Laura served in elected office as a Home Rule Charter Commissioner for the City of Centennial and was appointed to the Colorado Channel Authority Board. Laura holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University, with a certificate in Women’s Studies, and a Master’s degree in History from the University of Michigan.

Meg Froelich, Producer and Writer

A producer for television, the Internet and multimedia, Meg Froelich has produced documentary episodes for the A&E series Biography and The Twentieth Century with Mike Wallace. She worked on PBS’ American Masters and The American Experience series, as well as documentary series on education and childhood. Meg produced versions of Our Times: An Encyclopedia of the Twentieth Century which included narration by James Earl Jones and several mini-documentaries. She produced the websites for Our Times, Encyclonet, and for the National Archives of Singapore. Recently she has produced pro-bono pieces for non-profit organizations in Denver. 

Meg has served as a Greenwood Village Council Member. She is the former Executive Director of the Colorado Institute for Leadership Training and has taught social studies at the secondary and higher education levels. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and holds a Master's Degree in History from the University of Michigan.

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Strong Sisters is a Project of Colorado Nonprofit Development Center

Risks and challenges

Like most documentary films and non-profit programs, Strong Sisters faces the challenge of raising enough money to complete the project. We have found fundraising success through trailer viewing parties, grant applications, direct appeals to friends and family, corporate sponsorship, and a grant from the Colorado Office of Film Television & Media. We continue to seek donations from foundations, corporations, and individual philanthropists, and we will continue to hold fundraising events.

This Kickstarter campaign will help us meet our schedule this summer. The biggest risk is that the film won't be completed this fall, and we would have to continue fundraising and editing in 2016, which we anticipate will be difficult given the political campaign activity that will take off next year.

We also face the challenge of keeping the project from growing out of control. As you can imagine, we would love to be able to interview every elected woman in the state, from school boards and city councils to statewide office. Due to the immense cost and time involved, this is not possible at this time. We have agreed to move forward using the interviews we have and turn our focus to editing and completing the film.

As you can imagine, with more than 65 interviews recorded, we have much more material than we can use. Another major challenge is to identify the critical themes and effectively use the video that we have. This is actually a wonderful challenge to face! We are making progress incorporating this wealth of content into a compelling story.

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    Receive our gratitude as a listed Kickstarter backer in the film's credits, and we will sign you up for our e-newsletter so you get updates on the project. If you would like to receive updates and our e-newsletter before July 30, email strongsistersdoc@gmail.com so we have your email address.

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    Receive all the above and social media recognition of your favorite Strong Sister.

    Email strongsistersdoc@gmail.com to let us know which elected woman (any time, any location, any office) you'd like us to feature on our social media.

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    All of the above and a digital download of the film after the premiere.

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    All of the above and Strong Sisters notepad.

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    All of the above, credit in the film as an Elizabeth Pellet Sponsor, plus a Strong Sisters lapel pin.

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    All of the above, except you get credit in the film as an Agnes Riddle Sponsor. In addition, Meg and Laura will make a presentation to an organization or class of your choice. The presentation includes showing the film and then leading a discussion about the history of Colorado women in politics. This offer is only available within a 2-hour drive of Denver (sorry - if you'd like a presentation elsewhere in Colorado, or even outside Colorado, let us know and we'll see when we might be in your area).

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Funding period

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