About this project
I'm Karen Day, 50% of TRUE STORY MEDIA and 100% humanitarian journalist, author and filmmaker. From Afghanistan with imprisoned women to Dharmsala with the Dalai Lama, I've produced and written compelling stories for the LA TIMES, NBC and The Pentagon. But enough about me--as this KICKSTARTER is not about me or my partner, Andy Lawless, who has also traveled the world making films that tell important stories. (For more information go to www.truestorymedia.tv)
THIS KICKSTARTER IS ABOUT our latest film
FROM THE GROUND UP
FOUR YEARS AGO, a group of Harvard Students had an outrageous idea. They wanted to end world hunger. Crazy-right? How could a few volunteers on a miniscule budget succeed where 600 billion dollars in international aid has failed to save the world's starving children? Impossible-yes? No-- at least not in the brilliant minds and huge hearts of the students who went to rural Uganda and against all odds, created a successful, sustainable and replicable model for saving thousands of children's lives. How did they do this?
FROM THE GROUND UP documents the amazing story of the students' Initiative To End Childhood Malnutrition (IECM) and explores how simple, innovative micro-empowerment projects can solve the global problem of world hunger.
We traveled to Uganda three times in 2012, documenting the heartbreak and triumphs of the villagers, the students, the medical staff and the INCREDIBLE SURPRISE OF THE SUCCESS of the program. Yes, children have died of malnutrition, but more than 5000 have been saved because of the ingenious efforts of these university students. And their success is growing—literally, in gardens, all over Southwestern Uganda.
This film is not about promoting hope or another charitable cause in Africa. FROM THE GROUND UP explores difficult questions and answers about preventable deaths of children around the world.
With the funds from this KICKSTARTER, it's our goal to edit 100 hours of footage into 43 minutes that shows a clear and realistic landscape of why the IECM project is uniquely sustainable and replicable. The college student’s dedication and the project’s success are not exaggerated, but rather the film tells a story of micro-empowerment that mirrors the analysis and conclusions of world-renowned experts interviewed in the film.
The film also asks some profound questions of viewers and the international aid industry.
Why is there no demand for accountability in regards to 600 billion dollars of African aid? What about the proven liabilities of local governmental corruption? Is international aid actually an institutionalized political tool of developed nations costumed as charity?
Most importantly, the film asks and answers the greatest humanitarian question facing each one of us:
Can one person make a difference in a world with so much need?
FROM THE GROUND UP shows the answer is
The end of childhood malnutrition and starvation is possible through accountability, transparency, compassion and the dedicated cooperation of humanity and international stakeholders.
It's an important message and that why we're asking for your help to finish this film!
FROM THE GROUND UP continues to be a low-budget documentary with extensive audience appeal and profound intentions. Like the Harvard students, we’ve worked hundreds of unpaid hours to bring this story to the screen. We already ready enough to get us to this final edit BUT ....
The $25,000 raised from this Kickstarter is imperative to finish the film!
And if we (thankfully, miraculously) raise more than 25K with your generosity--the extra funds will give us the necessary funding to market the film and enter it in the documentary category of major film festivals around the world. So remember--
BY SUPPORTING OUR KICKSTARTER, YOU ARE HELPING SHARE THIS INSPIRING TRUE STORY!
Thanks for your support!
NOW FOR THE REWARDS!
People tend to lean in very close to me when I ask if they'd like to be in the business. Here's your chance to be producer at a myriad of levels and get rewarded too!
You'll even have the chance to go to Harvard -albeit for one night--Thursday, May 9th, 2013 for the RED CARPET PREMIERE
If you're going into the movie business with us at the $250 level and above you'll have the chance to choose one or ALL of these signed professional photographs by the filmmaker. Make your choice when you pledge and we'll do the rest! Each of these one-of-a-kind prints tells a beautful story fit for framing!
THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Risks and challenges
FROM THE GROUND UP is my 11th documentary film and my 4th with Andy, who has worked on more feature films than I've had time to watch. Still, there are ALWAYS daunting challenges to creating a great documentary. I'd be lying if I didn't admit to feeling a bit nauseous when Andy and I first enter the editing suite to begin the challenging process of culling together the 100 plus hours of footage into a cohesive and engaging 43 minute film. It's a bit like chipping away at a block of marble until you reveal Michaelangelo's David. We know the story is in there, but in the end, we must rely on artisitc vision and skill to bring all of the elements together to tell it well. And let's don't forget the daily pitfalls, like failed harddrives, music licensing denials, color resolution and audio nightmares...etc. Good news is that we're dedicated to telling this story no matter what the degree of difficulty. One way or another, this film WILL be finished in 2013! Thanks for your time and consideration, and of course, your contribution!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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