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Celebrating the power of art to change lives, A New Color showcases the life and work of acclaimed muralist and teacher, Edythe Boone.

6-15-12.  WOW!  We did it.  Thank you.  Update soon.

Tax deductible donations to A NEW COLOR can be made here, or sent to:
San Francisco Film Society (our fiscal sponsor)
39 Mesa Street, Suite 110, The Presidio, San Fransicso, CA  94129 

(write "A New Color" in the memo line)

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We still have 39 hours left in our campaign - 

Can we make it to $10,000?  We think so!  A big THANK YOU to all those who have helped us get to this point.  We are thrilled with the support and super-gratified to know that we will be able to finish shooting a high quality documentary that will attract the widest possible audience.  LET'S KEEP IT GOING! 

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“I always tell kids you can’t change your beginnings but you can sure put a nice beautiful ending to the story.” -- Edythe Boone

Who is Edythe Boone?

Edythe Boone is an acclaimed artist, muralist, and teacher. But to stop there ignores the 74-year-old’s rare gift: her ability to empower her students to transform the realities of their lives, both painful and positive, into communally produced murals that make the world more beautiful. A New Color, currently in production, showcases Edy Boone’s life and work.  With this film we celebrate the power of arts education to change lives and to build bridges between people.

Top:  Edy with Leadership students from LifeLong Medical Care's Health Advocate program at West Oakland Middle School, Oakland, Ca. Bottom:  Edy with student from LifeLong Medical Care's Senior program in Richmond, Ca.

Throughout her more than 35 years in the San Francisco East Bay, Boone has captivated her students with her candor, humor, and spontaneity. Teaching painting, building community, and telling stories—often all at the same time -- Edy comes from a place of deep empathy.  She exudes leadership and guidance as she shares her hard-earned wisdom with students of all ages and backgrounds.

About the film

With the new documentary A New Color, filmmaker Mo Morris and her award-winning team of independent filmmakers feature this unsung hero of contemporary mural art and arts education. From her beginnings in pre-civil-rights era Harlem public schools where “there was no teaching going on,” Edy has, through her spirit and passion, forged a life of beauty from the hardships, obstacles, and challenges she has faced.  Now, she offers that same opportunity to children and elders who may never have picked up a paintbrush. While teaching the art of mural making, Edy Boone explores themes of resiliency, social justice, community service, creative passion, and hard work.  And it is these themes we see woven into the texture of the film, intercut between stories of Edy's poignant personal life, her artwork, and verité scenes of exquisite inter-generational connection.

Filmmaker Mo Morris has known Edy for over a decade and has been given unusual access to create an intimate verité documentary that follows Edy as she creates two new Bay Area murals.  Middle school students living in urban West Oakland where fresh food grocery stores are limted, create a mural that promotes access to healthy food.  And, elders in Richmond grapple with the devastating impact of crime on their young people.  It's all part of Edy's day - and, with A New Color, generations to come will learn from her legacy.

How you can help

The murals, and our story, are only partially completed today. Thanks to the Berkeley FILM Foundation, half of the footage has already been shot.  And, the East Bay Community Foundation has pledged its support in the form of a matching grant so right now every dollar we raise for the film will be doubled.  But in order to receive this grant, we need to raise an equal amount of funds from individuals.  That is why we come to you today. If you want to see how this story ends and preserve it for future generations, please pledge your support on this Kickstarter site now.  It only takes a minute and every pledge is greatly appreciated.

There are other ways you can help, too.  Spread the word on Facebook,Twitter, and other social media. Send an email to friends, family, and others in your community whom you think would like to know about the film and include the link to this campaign.  ­­­­­­­­­­­­

If you need a tax deduction, our non-profit sponsor, the San Francisco Film Society, is available to accept checks.  Simply write your check to the San Francisco Film Society, with the notation “for A New Color” and mail it to Mo Morris at:  2727 Claremont Blvd., Berkeley, CA  94705.  We’ll make sure you receive a tax-deduction letter and your Kickstarter reward.  If you have questions, ideas, or would like to get more involved, please contact Mo at anewcolor.doc@gmail.com.

Our plans for the film

We want to get the film out to as many people as possible, in order to spread the message of hope and empowerment. We plan to submit this documentary film to festivals, PBS, and museums, and to partner with advocates who are working to restore arts to education, promote healthy aging, and build community with public art.

With these Kickstarter funds we will be able to complete filming and begin editing a rough cut.  The funds we raise will go directly to pay our fantastic, hard-working camera crew and will cover costs of equipment, and initial editing.  Anything beyond this modest goal will happily be put toward post-production expenses.

We expect to have a fine cut of the film by Spring 2013, and plan to premiere the film at the Edy Boone Day celebration in Berkeley, California on July 13, 2013. Edythe Boone will continue to teach and inspire, and her students will continue to create, but we need YOUR help in order to ensure this lasting legacy to Edy's work.

What happens if we don’t reach our goal?

The way Kickstarter works - - It's ALL or NOTHING!  This means that we can raise MORE than our goal, but if on June 13th we have raised LESS than $6,500, the Backers are NOT charged and we will not receive any of the pledges. So, please spread the word. Everything helps!

Thank you very much.

A New Color Team

More about Edythe Boone

A dedicated educator who has mentored many generations through the mural making process, Boone's works in the Bay Area consists of numerous murals. 

She has collaborated to produce the well-known “Maestrapeace” on the San Francisco Women’s Building (1995) [Image on Top], “Let a Thousand Parks Bloom” at People’s Park in Berkeley (1997), “Unity in the Community” at Morris Cox School, East Oakland (2004), “We Remember”, AIDS mural in Balmy Alley, San Francisco (1996/2001), in conjunction with Youth Spirit Artworks, the mural “Music on our Minds” at the corner of Ellis and Alcatraz in South Berkeley (2009) [Image on Bottom], and, “Visions of the Soul”, a series of youth created banners displayed in store windows on Adeline Street (2010).  

Boone’s artwork is featured in a number of publications, including: "Walls of Heritage, Walls of Pride: African American Murals" by Prigoff and Dunitz, “Painting the Town” by Dunitz and Prigoff, “San Francisco Murals” by Tim Drescher, and, “Voices of the Dream:  African American Women Speak”, edited by Venice Johnson.

Boone has also received numerous awards. In 2010, City of Berkeley declared July 13th, "Edythe Boone Day" because of her extensive work in the community. And, recently, UC Berkeley School of Public Health honored Boone with a California Senior Leaders Award.

MEDIA:

June 4, 2012 Berkeleyside article:  "Edy Boone:  A life spent inspiring others captured on film."  

CLICKABLE LINKS TO SOCIAL MEDIA SITES:

A New Color Facebook Fan page: http://on.fb.me/newcolorfan

A New Color Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/anewcolor_doc

A New Color Google+ http://bit.ly/KmCHsl

FAQ

  • We are very genuine about producing a first class documentary that makes us, you - and especially Edy - proud. As professionals, a full length doc like this would cost at least 5 times our budget. Every penny of the money raised - and some from our own pockets - will be spent on the production costs and rewards for the backers. Any extra will be spent on post-production (editing, graphics, sound mix) and marketing (website development). We've been running on a shoestring budget and asking professional crew members to work for a fraction of their regular rates. When we successfully complete this Kickstarter campaign, we'll be much better able to pay our super talented professional crew a living wage and not miss any critical action in the unfolding story.

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  • Soon after the campaign closes, we will be sending out a survey to confirm your rewards and ask you for all shipping information and delivery instructions. Since we are still in a very critical production period, we will work hard at getting those rewards out in a timely manner. For those who have pledged at the $25 or higher level, we will be sending you the items in your package that are currently available. For the completed film, we will all have to wait until next year. But, you WILL be receiving the the digital download ahead of the general public.

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