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A trans-racial adoptee finds her birth mother at age 26, and meets the rest of a family who didn't know she existed. Read more

Seattle, WA Documentary
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A trans-racial adoptee finds her birth mother at age 26, and meets the rest of a family who didn't know she existed.

Seattle, WA Documentary
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Synopsis:

Since Angela was a young girl, she had unrelenting questions surrounding her birth story. Who was her birth mother? Birth father? Did they abandon her at the hospital? Angela was adopted at the age of one, under the terms of a 'closed' adoption, given that her birth parents chose not to provide any identifying information. As an African-American raised by a Caucasian couple in a diverse family, consisting of seven other adopted siblings, Angela had a confused sense of identity growing up. As she grew older it became apparent that the unanswered questions about her story would continue to haunt her if she did not at least attempt to find the answers.  Along the way, Angela’s adoptive family wrestles with tough questions throughout the process. “Why does Angela need to know her birth family?” “Aren't we enough?”

This documentary follows Angela for a period of two years during the search for her birth family, leading up to some key defining moments in her life: finding her birth mother and being rejected by her; finding her birth father and learning that he never knew she existed; and reuniting with her birth mother one year later for a redemptive climax to her pursuit of closure.

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Testimonials

"If you were adopted, if you've ever adopted a child, if you have adopted relatives — well, no, let's just say if you care about families — then I challenge you not to be moved and inspired by this film."

Jeffrey Overstreet, Film Reviewer at JeffreyOverstreet.com

“Closure is insightful, informative and compelling. It’s an important film for anyone connected to adoption, but I also hope many other people see it, too, so they can be moved – and so they can learn.”

Adam Pertman, author, “Adoption Nation”

Director Statement:

CLOSURE is my first film.  The moment I met Angela’s family I knew that theirs was a story to be told.  A couple that adopts seven children with special needs is a couple to celebrate.  I did not have any knowledge about adoption prior to meeting Angela, but I quickly became convinced that this story could educate and encourage others towards adoption, yet also show the struggles within adoption at the same time.  Trans-racial adoption is a hot topic in American society today.  Is it best to pluck a child out of their culture and place them in a drastically different one?  Maybe, maybe not - but the complexity lies within the fact that sometimes there isn’t another choice.  I believe that more unique adoption stories being shown will only help to further educate and lessen the stereotypes, myths and stigma surrounding adoption.

What are we raising money for?

This campaign is needed to help us finish the film, and get the film (and us) to San Francisco Documentary Film Festival to screen this June! Funds will go towards:

  • Color Grading
  • Audio/music mixing and mastering
  • Output to Blu-Ray format for exhibition
  • Music license fees
  • Legal contract fees
  • Website
  • Film festival fees
  • Airfare/travel expenses

*Also included in our goal are the Kickstarter fees and "Rewards" delivery costs

Can we exceed the goal?

Yes! The more funds we raise, the easier it will be for us to market and distribute CLOSURE, and reach more audiences.  Our funding goal of $11,875 is the minimum that we need to get the film finished and ready to show.  At this point we are planning for self-distribution and hope to release the DVD and streaming options in Winter of 2013.  All Kickstarter backers ($25 and above) will receive the DVD/download several months before it is released to the public.  

Risks and challenges

There is very little risk to disclose with this project, since it is already done (in a sense). Up until this point, the entire process of making this film has been on my own time, filming the trips/interviews and editing at home, with the help of a few others who have graciously volunteered their time. While we've been incredibly frugal borrowing equipment, I've also invested a lot of my own money into neccessary equipment, software, and post-production services over the last two years. The bulk of the items listed above have not been paid for yet, but they are 100% neccessary to complete this film in the best quality as possible. If we are unsuccessful with this campaign, then the release of the film to the public would be delayed until other funding sources are identified.

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    All of the above + Digital Download of the CLOSURE Soundtrack by the husband/wife band, Mr & Mrs Something.

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    All of the above + YOUR name in the "Thank You" section of the film's closing credits. If you prefer anonymity, that is fine too.

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    All of the above + a PHONE / SKYPE conversation with Bryan & Angela about adoption, filmmaking, or anything you'd like to discuss!

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    All of the above + LUNCH or DINNER with Bryan & Angela in the PNW! (somewhere between Portland and Vancouver, BC)

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    All of the above + a PRIVATE or PUBLIC screening ANYWHERE you want in the United States! (Director in attendance, travel expenses included)

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Funding period

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