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$3,068
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, July 23 2018 8:06 PM UTC +00:00
$3,068
pledged of $10,000pledged of $10,000 goal
29
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, July 23 2018 8:06 PM UTC +00:00

About

About. 

Maya Angelou once said “The more you know of your history the more liberated you are.” If we do not know where we come from, if we have lost that knowledge, did we ever really exist? The truth is that we all yearn to know where we come from.

Infamous Characters, Notorious Villains
Infamous Characters, Notorious Villains

The Story.

Our story begins with our grandmother being diagnosed with a rare blood disease, which made us look closely at her ancestry--could it be genetic? It wasn't, but this sparked a desire to dig into our heritage through DNA testing and geneology research. We speculated that we had mixed ethnicity (who doesn't have a Cherokee ancestor or two?) and the DNA tests proved our suspicions right but in a surprising way. 

Our Family DNA Story
Our Family DNA Story

We discovered the Melungeon people of Hancock County near where our grandmother grew up. Shrouded in mystery and legend this mixed ethnic group of people have several theories of how they came to be. They range from deserters of the Juan Pardo expedition, the lost tribe of Israel, a mixed ethnic group of people from the early settlement of Jamestown to the lost colony of Roanoke! Join us as we explore these theories and learn more about our ancestry, the Melungeon people, and a forgotten piece of American history.

Help us celebrate the gift our grandmother has given us and help us share it with the world.

The three of us with our Grandma
The three of us with our Grandma

The Adventure!

There are many origin theories about the Melungeon people. Help us explore these important historical sites and interview experts and other descendents in our pursuit to answer the questions, "Who are we and where did we come from?"

These sites include:

Santa Elena

Santa Elena
Santa Elena

Jamestown

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Jamestown
Jamestown

 Roanoke Island

This image was made possible by Ken Lund and was shared on Flickr.

Roanoke
Roanoke

Newman’s Ridge

Newmans Ridge
Newmans Ridge

Joara Dig Site  

Joara Dig Site
Joara Dig Site

Elon University 

Elon University
Elon University

The Goal.

The official goal of this crowdfunding campaign is $10,000. This number covers Post Production Editing, and Sound. Below are “Stretch Goals” that can ONLY BE ACHIEVED with additional funding.

  • CAMPAIGN GOAL ($10,000): This first milestone would pay for postproduction editing and sound, but with your help and our stretch goals we can create a more unique and original film with higher quality!
  • STRETCH GOAL #1 ($30,000): Reaching this next milestone includes everything above and would provide funding for more locations and a film crew to help create more cinematic shots to visually enhance the story.
  • STRETCH GOAL #2 ($45,000): Reaching this next milestone includes everything above and covers an original film score and final sound mixing.
  • STRETCH GOAL #3 ($60,000): Reaching this next milestone includes everything above, and covers the cost of a colorist to give the film a unique look.
  • STRETCH GOAL #4 ($100,000): Reaching this next milestone includes everything above and ensures that the film will have distribution on a broader platform, including potential theatrical and digital releases.

The Rewards.

We have a lot of cool rewards for this Kickstarter project!! 

  • A $10 Pledge will get you a digital download of Infamous Characters, Notorious Villains, and a special shout out on our social media, and a big thank you from us!
Digital Download
Digital Download
  • A $25 Pledge will get you a digital download, and a Post Card of original artwork from a local artist Andrew Atkin who created a special first edition artwork of the Film Poster!
  • A $35 Pledge will get you a digital download, and a Mason jar with the Infamous Characters, Notorious Villains Logo on it!
  • A $50 Pledge will get you a digital download, and a T-shirt with the Infamous Characters, Notorious Villains Logo on it!
  • A $100 Pledge will get you a digital download, and the official film poster with original artwork from John Hairston Jr. www.allcitystudios.com The poster is being designed as you read this, it is influenced by the first edition poster by Andrew Atkin but it will look more like the movies Big Trouble in Little China and Indiana Jones had a baby, and that baby was Infamous Characters, Notorious Villains!
Example of John Hairston Artwork
Example of John Hairston Artwork
  • A $250 Pledge will get you a digital download, a signed film poster with original artwork from John Hairston Jr. a signed DVD copy of the film, a t-shirt, and an Associate Producers Credit in the film! 
  • A $500 Pledge will get you a digital download, a signed film poster with original artwork from John Hairston Jr. a signed DVD copy of the film, a t-shirt, and a Producers Credit in the film!

Risks and challenges

With any project there will always be a certain amount of risk. Our biggest risk will be the fact that this is our first documentary film, and being virtually unknown; finding a major platform for our film to be viewed on will definitely meet some challenges, but we do have a 17 year veteran on our team that will be able to help navigate these waters. The more we our able to raise the more we will be able to hire individuals that have more experience than us, and the better this film will be!! This is why you the backers are so important to this project!

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