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Film on Ethiopian Nun Composer Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou

A biopic depicting the life of Emahoy a survivor of Italian occupied Ethiopia, who at 85 became world famous with Ethiopiques 21.

Film on Ethiopian Nun Composer Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou

A biopic depicting the life of Emahoy a survivor of Italian occupied Ethiopia, who at 85 became world famous with Ethiopiques 21.

$2,819
pledged of $50,000pledged of $50,000 goal
37
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Apr 12 2016
Last updated March 21, 2016

About

The Emahoy Tsege Mariam Music Foundation is producing a biopic of the nun musician. Emahoy’s life spans three continents and nine decades, a study in Europe, the Italian occupation of Ethiopia during WWII, preparing to be a concert pianist and a call to monastic life. It is epic. Little is known about her journey both as a musician and as a spiritual figure. Although she had published vinyl records in the 70s it was her solo compositions in Ethiopiques 21 published by Buda Musique that made her world famous. She was 85 years old then, and at the age of 93 she continues to play music and has a sharp mind.

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Phase I: Pre-Production: This entails location scouting and determining production schedule. We have already identified key participants to appear in the film and are critical for the success of this film. At this stage we are also researching archival footage and pictures that reflect Ethiopia during the early, mid, and late 1900's that are pertinent to Emahoy's story. These include archival materials that tell Emahoy's early childhood both in Ethiopia and Switzerland when she was a student, as well as her life in the monastic realm. This is where we continue to count our blessings and acknowledge your your generous support and well wishes!!!

Phase II: Production: We will travel to Israel to film Emahoy at the Monastery. We will film Emahoy playing piano for the film as well as events depicting her daily life. This may also includes footage of Emahoy playing live at concerts. We also plan to travel to Ethiopia to capture present moments of the Gishen Mariam Monastry in Gondar where Emahoy became a nun at the age of 21. While in Ethiopia, we will also interview family and friends of Emahoy who will reminisce on the life of this incredible nun . Fun job, plenty of work, your contribution will have a tremendous impact!!!

Phase III: Post Production: This is where the other fun begins as we prepare to edit the film, currently estimated to begin in late July 2016. Funds collected will help us pay for the film's editor, which includes editing the video footage, editing sound track , sound effects, music, graphics, e.t.c. We will be grateful for your help in helping us reach this far!!! We will continue to update you on our progress!!!

Phase IV: Distribution: screening, and a concerted effort to acknowledge and deliver on our promise to our funders begins at this stage. We know that without your generous help, this film won't happen. More than us, Emahoy is so eager not only to see the film, but also its impact in inspiring others.

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    THANK YOU (You get a special thank you message from the film crew in the film credits. This amount can help pay for a taxi rides in Jerusalem.)

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    Postcard of Appreciation - An original postcard signed by Emahoy delivered to you via mail

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    A poster of Ethiopiques 21 CD Cover and Ethiopiques 21 CD

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    A CD of Emahoy's Poetry, plus your name will appear in the credits with other contributors.

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    DVD of the Biopic and a Ehiopiques 21 Poster. plus your name will appear in the credits with other contributors.

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    DVD of the Biopic, Ethiopiques 21 CD, Emahoy's CD of poetry, and the foundation's Tote bag. plus your name will appear in the credits with other contributors. If you happen to be in the city where the film screens, we'll send you two complimentary tickets. This amount can help fund one day of equipment rental.

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    Executive Producer Credit. We'll send you 2 DVD's and a postcard. We would be truly grateful for a contribution at this level. You will receive all of the above rewards and have your name appear as Executive Producer in the film's credit. If you happen to be in the city where the film screens, we'll send you two complimentary tickets This amount can help fund five days of equipment rental in Israel and the cost of collecting archival material from Ethiopia, Germany, Italy, Israel and Switzerland.

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    All of the above and we'll write to you. All of the above and a Thank You letter from Emahoy herself.

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    All of the above and Video message from Emahoy and the crew, plus three screening tickets.

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    An opportunity to meet Emahoy in person. You'll get to visit Emahoy in Israel. You'll need to cover your transportation, but we'll put you up in a hotel for one night.

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