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Everyone knows her name. The legend. The jokes. Becoming Helen Keller RECLAIMS her remarkable story with historical context.
Everyone knows her name. The legend. The jokes. Becoming Helen Keller RECLAIMS her remarkable story with historical context.
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www.disabilitymuseum.org OR www.becominghelenkeller.org

On twitter @dis_muse  Both websites have unique Facebook pages.

Disability history REVEALS HER STORY as a human rights pioneer.

Keller using manual alphabet with the three women closest to her. From left to right, as a child and adolescent with Anne Sullivan, mid career with her editor Nella Braddy Henney & Polly Thomson, late career with Polly Thomson .
Keller using manual alphabet with the three women closest to her. From left to right, as a child and adolescent with Anne Sullivan, mid career with her editor Nella Braddy Henney & Polly Thomson, late career with Polly Thomson .
 

Everyone knows her name, the legend, the jokes. Helen Keller is often a staple of grade-school women's history projects. But most Americans—even many teachers—are unclear about her real place in history. What was her role? Why is she so often considered one of America’s most remarkable women?  

Without historical context Keller's story becomes a folktale about a "wild child". Or she's a by-passed celeb in a funny hat, or a saintly icon.  More recently South Park took aim at the cliches with "Helen Keller: The Musical".  Not long ago she was name-checked in a dance-floor hip-hop hit!

BECOMING HELEN KELLER, our two-hour documentary film in-progress, takes a truly new approach.  We invite you to be part of placing Keller's life within the documented experiences of people with disabilities in her time.  When finished, it will be broadcast on the prestigious PBS series AMERICAN MASTERS.

Thank You: Finger Spelled, drawn from a late 19th manual alphabet chart.
Thank You: Finger Spelled, drawn from a late 19th manual alphabet chart.
Brailled Poster, Pledge Reward $100 is described in list to the right.
Brailled Poster, Pledge Reward $100 is described in list to the right.

I’m Laurie Block. I've been working on disability history stories for public audiences for nearly 30 years—in radio, in film, with K-12 teachers and on the web as the founder of www.disabilitymuseum.org. I belong to the first generation of women to know their child would be born with a disability. What first drew my interest to Keller was that her life might provide a way to explore disability history and social justice advocacy – because Keller was above all an advocate–before the disability rights movement of our era. What was that earlier period like if you were disabled? If you were a disability advocate? Beginning more than 12 years ago, I began to shape a film with a co-script writer—my husband and fellow parent, John Crowley.   

"I HAVE DEPARTED FROM THE TRADITIONS OF MY FOREBEARS, MALE AND FEMALE, IN THE ESPOUSAL OF WOMAN SUFFRAGE. ... I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT ANY SEX, CLASS, OR RACE CAN SAFELY TRUST ITS PROTECTION IN ANY HANDS BUT ITS OWN." Helen Keller

Presidential Election and Progressive Era, Political Buttons
Presidential Election and Progressive Era, Political Buttons

 Born in 1880, Keller graduated from Radcliffe/Harvard University in 1904, the same year as Franklin Roosevelt, the other most famous person with a disability in the 20th century. Since the 1990s, disability rights advocates and historians have changed our vision of FDR by making visible how his disability, which had been largely kept private, affected his life and world view. Helen Keller’s disabilities were very public, and much of her fame was due to her supposed “overcoming” them. Yet being deaf-blind was central to her identity, her work, and the daily details of her life. 

BECOMING HELEN KELLER will bring her agency forward. It will focus on how she made choices about her education, how she earned a living, what was important to her and why, how advocacy work was done in her time, where she succeeded in her goals, and where she failed.  

Like Malala Yousafszai, the Nobel Prize winning young advocate from Pakistan, speaking about the need to educate all women from all cultures, Helen Keller embodied the issues she addressed. Above all she was a messenger, and part of her message was expressed full-frontal with her disability quite visible. She appeared before legislators in more than 25 states, arguing the importance of investing in people with disabilities. She encouraged government leaders to pass laws and appropriate funds for the purpose of improving the lives and independence of people with disabilities. These policies were something entirely new, and the messenger was a woman with disabilities! By the 1930s, Keller was speaking to Congress. After WWII, her audiences included dignitaries and ordinary folk in 37 countries around the globe. 

Global Ambassor UNIQUE Mug: Keller visited 37 countries during the Cold War. She was in her 70s. Made exclusively for this project, the mug is adorned with her passport photo & pages. Pledge Reward, $80.
Global Ambassor UNIQUE Mug: Keller visited 37 countries during the Cold War. She was in her 70s. Made exclusively for this project, the mug is adorned with her passport photo & pages. Pledge Reward, $80.
Keller and Thomson speak to a thousand-plus crowd, Japan, 1948.
Keller and Thomson speak to a thousand-plus crowd, Japan, 1948.

Crowds flocked to her, but she always drew their attention to the needs of others, not to herself. Her advocacy mantra was about education for blind and deaf children and adults, women and the poor, investments in public health and assistive technology, employment for all. And there was more. The evidence in the archives makes clear how Keller’s commitment to social justice led her to the struggle for women's rights, race relations in the American South, labor and free speech issues, the needs of disabled veterans wounded by two World Wars. 

Deliverance 1919 Film Bio Pic, Promotional Advertising Banner
Deliverance 1919 Film Bio Pic, Promotional Advertising Banner

We loved discovering Keller’s adventures in Hollywood. She starred in a truly wacky biopic called Deliverance, but it failed at the box office. Then she and Anne Sullivan (best known as Teacher) strategized a method to charm audiences in Vaudeville performances. There were significant personal struggles –and defeats. There's a single brief love affair that failed. Keller was often accused of being manipulated by others, her competence was doubted publicly. Keller had several long friendships, with men and women, and a few of them shared her journey for several decades. We’ve chosen to bring some of these figures to life in the film. 

When we put Keller's story into its true historical context, it’s experienced differently. She spoke everywhere for HUMAN rights, but her advocacy makes clear the need for the disability CIVIL rights movement of the late 20th century. Her achievements and public stature defied the period's hostility to people with disabilities and its dominant eugenic ideology. In her arguments for women’s rights, the needs of laboring men and women, and above all people with disabilities, she understood she could bring attention to the issues she cared about just by showing up, by being there, by saying something--and that's what she did for nearly seven decades. She died June 1, 1968.

"The world is moved along...by ...the tiny pushes of each honest worker", Keller quote. Pledge $40 or $60, placard or tote.
"The world is moved along...by ...the tiny pushes of each honest worker", Keller quote. Pledge $40 or $60, placard or tote.

 Innovating to tell a tale: Work In Progress

Cherry Jones speaks Keller's words while projections of tactile sign language punctuate the visual image.
Cherry Jones speaks Keller's words while projections of tactile sign language punctuate the visual image.

Representing HELEN KELLER required imagination.  We've worked hard to bring Keller's llife to the screen in a fresh way--not only with content and characters likely to be new to you, but also in our film's presentation style.  We didn't believe that an actor performing a deaf/blind person from the late 19th century could be credible or respectful.  Further, Keller's speaking voice was difficult to understand--only those who knew her intimately could follow her conversation easily.  But Keller's voice on the written page is clear.  So we asked award-winning actor Cherry Jones to take on the task of reading Keller's written words to camera.  Her marvelous performance allows the audience to hear directly what Keller thought and said.

To anchor our story to the present-day Deaf and Deaf-Blind communities, we asked Howie Seago to be our on-camera host-narrator. A renowned actor with deep roots in the National Theater of the Deaf community, Seago will address the audience with interpreted American Sign Language, and also comment as a Deaf individual. 

Jayne Atkinson-Nella B. Henney, Tom Mardirosian-Michael Anagnos, Katherine Waterston-Young Sullivan, Chandler Williams-Charles Campbell.
Jayne Atkinson-Nella B. Henney, Tom Mardirosian-Michael Anagnos, Katherine Waterston-Young Sullivan, Chandler Williams-Charles Campbell.

The voices of many characters in Keller's life persist in correspondence, books, and newspaper accounts. We've selected some of them to provide eye witness, in costumes and theatrical setting, speaking their own opinions as the record gives them. Our cast delivers some great performances

T. Ryder Smith-William Wade, Lois Smith-Older Sullivan, David Chandler-Dr. Tilney, Jon P. Walker-John Macy
T. Ryder Smith-William Wade, Lois Smith-Older Sullivan, David Chandler-Dr. Tilney, Jon P. Walker-John Macy

We’ve also asked disability scholars and advocates to provide commentary and interpretation. And finally, across the whole two hours, the work stitches hundreds of rarely-seen photographs and film clips (Helen Keller starring in that 1919 biopic!) documenting not only Keller's story but the context of her life: the experiences of people with disabilities.

WHAT PEOPLE SAID IN FEEDBACK SCREENINGS FOR HOUR ONE:

"This is excellent work!" Beth Haller, Professor of Journalism & New Media, Towson University

“It was so surprising, genuinely refreshing. This work is breaking some boundaries, not only with Keller’s story, but by bringing new life to the genre of the historical documentary!” Anne Marie Stein, Dean, MASS College of Art & Design

“This is important work that you are doing with this story. Keller's adult life gives us a new lens through which to see history. The post-miracle story is full of unexpected engaging encounters for the viewer.” Jean Bergey, Gallaudet University

OUR KICKSTARTER GOALS: 

We've gotten this far because we received significant support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and American Masters, the award-winning PBS biography series that is committed to broadcast the work when it is completed. Several smaller grants came from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mathews & Hayes Charitable Trust, The Gibney Family Foundation, the Massachusetts and Alabama Humanities Councils, and individual donations.

Kickstarter Goal: $45K for Rough Cut Two Hours. Stretch Goals $$ & tasks indicated. More, if we reach Goal #1.
Kickstarter Goal: $45K for Rough Cut Two Hours. Stretch Goals $$ & tasks indicated. More, if we reach Goal #1.

WE set our first KICKSTARTER GOAL at $45,000, enough to complete the first task described in the graph above.  We don't believe in counting our chickens before they hatch, but we've indicated what each level of the funds in our completion budget would accomplish. 

Your donations will be TAX DEDUCTIBLE for the "net" value of each award level. Straight Ahead Pictures, Inc. is the 501(c)3 company that has sponsored the Disability History Museum @ www.disabilitymuseum.org and this project for many years. 

Blind Artisans Charity Market in Miami, Florida, circa 1929, in support of the American Foundation for Blind. Dozens of women and a few men mingle around various tables of goods for sale.
Blind Artisans Charity Market in Miami, Florida, circa 1929, in support of the American Foundation for Blind. Dozens of women and a few men mingle around various tables of goods for sale.

THE PROJECT's TEAM: 

LAURIE BLOCK, Producer, Director, Co-Scriptwriter: Questions about who is thought to be “fit” in American society and who is not and why are central to her award-winning documentaries FIT: Episodes in the History of the Body (PBS) and her NPR series Beyond Affliction: The Disability History Project. Block directs www.disabilitymuseum.org.        

JOHN CROWLEY, Co-Scriptwriter: Crowley’s script credits include The World of Tomorrow (1939 World’s Fair), The Restless Conscience (Academy Award nomination) and The Gate of Heavenly Peace (Tiananmen Square). He’s written a dozen novels, teaches at Yale, is married to Block, and they've worked together on many projects.  

MICHAEL PRESSMAN, Director-DramaPressman’s credits as writer and/or director include the films Those Lips, Those Eyes, Frankie and Johnny are Married, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II, and To Gillian On Her 37th Birthday. His TV work ranges from Blue Bloods, Picket Fences, Law and Order, and Chicago Hope, and includes many Emmy Awards and nominations.       

BOYD ESTUS, Director of CinematograhyEstus’s recent projects include Edgar Allen Poe: Buried Alive, Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women, Woody Guthrie: I Ain’t Got No Home (American Masters), Murder at Harvard, and Houdini (American Experience). His work has won Academy and Emmy Award nominations.  

CARL SPRAGUE, Art Director, has worked with Martin Scorsese (The Age of Innocence), Steven Spielberg (Amistad), David Fincher (The Social Network), and Wes Anderson on The Grand Budapest Hotel, Moonrise Kingdom and The Royal Tenenbaums (Art Director's Guild Award nomination). His films have 29 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture (12 Years a Slave).      

PETER NIGRINI, Projections, is a three-time Drama Desk Award winner for production design. His innovative projection system heightened Bill T. Jones Fela!9 to 5 – The MusicalAn Act of God, Julie Taymore’s Grounded, and Grace Jones’ Hurricane World Tour.   

ROB ISSEN, Post Production Editor: Rob’s work has appeared on PBS, ABC, NBC, CBS, HBO and in numerous PBS documentaries including Fun City Revisited: The Lindsay Years, LBJ: The West, James Baldwin, The Price of the Ticket, and Paul Simon: Born at the Right Time. Awards include two Emmys .  

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Keller and Animal Friends, 6 Unique Printed Photo Postcards, Pledge Reward @ $50.
Keller and Animal Friends, 6 Unique Printed Photo Postcards, Pledge Reward @ $50.
Vintage Animation Muybridge motion studies, cells and strips (some framed), acetate. U-Pick by Plate Number. 2 sets per Pledge @ $75.
Vintage Animation Muybridge motion studies, cells and strips (some framed), acetate. U-Pick by Plate Number. 2 sets per Pledge @ $75.

HERE"S WHAT PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SAYING ABOUT HOUR ONE

“...Keller was, for me growing up, one of those almost fictional characters, and I think this was in part because I was never taught to think about her life within the context of a larger disabilities rights movement. Hers was instead a story of personal triumph over adversity that did not have any larger historical import. Needless to say, this differed dramatically from the way I was taught about, say, Rosa Parks, who seemed very much a real person in history to me, though she was no less historically remote than Keller. All to say that I was quite edified by what I saw of your film.” Chris Beha, novelist, former editor Harper’s magazine

“The characters were so engaging, I was totally absorbed. I thought I knew this story, but clearly not!” Oce Harrison, New England ADA Center

U-Pick, With or Without Flowers, Helen and Anne Glazed and Gazing. Justin Rothshank mugs exclusive for this project. Pledge Reward, $75 also gets items listed in INCLUDES.
U-Pick, With or Without Flowers, Helen and Anne Glazed and Gazing. Justin Rothshank mugs exclusive for this project. Pledge Reward, $75 also gets items listed in INCLUDES.
"Finger-Spelled" Thank You, DIY DIGITAL or Printed 10 Postcard Set, Plus the INCLUDES. Pledge Reward @ $10 or @60, see listings.
"Finger-Spelled" Thank You, DIY DIGITAL or Printed 10 Postcard Set, Plus the INCLUDES. Pledge Reward @ $10 or @60, see listings.
Digi Streams Becoming Helen Keller: Pledge @ $30. STEP UP -- Disability History Combo: MANY ITEMS INCLUDED--see descriptions,  your choice DVD, CD, or Stream, Pledge is $150.
Digi Streams Becoming Helen Keller: Pledge @ $30. STEP UP -- Disability History Combo: MANY ITEMS INCLUDED--see descriptions, your choice DVD, CD, or Stream, Pledge is $150.
Braille Bobbled Knitted Pillow, exclusive design. Spells DOG, CAT, YO, SSK--all available in one pattern. Download Pattern or get the Knitting-Kit. See Pledge Rewards $40, $120. Yarn in kits deep blue or green Malabrigo Rio, U-Pick the color.
Braille Bobbled Knitted Pillow, exclusive design. Spells DOG, CAT, YO, SSK--all available in one pattern. Download Pattern or get the Knitting-Kit. See Pledge Rewards $40, $120. Yarn in kits deep blue or green Malabrigo Rio, U-Pick the color.
Quote Totes, "Tiny Pushes"--medium size, "Life is daring adventure"--large size. Both made of sturdy canvas with comfy handles. See Pledge Reward levels, small $$ difference related to size.
Quote Totes, "Tiny Pushes"--medium size, "Life is daring adventure"--large size. Both made of sturdy canvas with comfy handles. See Pledge Reward levels, small $$ difference related to size.

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    A fun, DIY DIGITAL "finger-spelled" postcard that says THANK YOU drawn from an 1886 Manual Alphabet chart. It's scalable and high resolution. Put it on a memory stick, go to the copy shop and print as many as you like, or insert it in your Thank You emails.

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    A Broadside is the older word for a handbill or placard. This wonderful Keller quote will lift your spirits and help you keep steadfast in the work you do keeping hope alive in volatile times. (See image to the left, scroll down.) This high resolution file is scalable. Print it or download it to a memory stick. Take it to your local copy shop to make as many small broadside, note cards, or placards as you wish. Or use it as a screen saver!

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    Knitter's Delight! Pattern designed by conceptual artist Kait Cliff especially for this project. Choose to make the Braille bobbles you want: Dog, Cat, SSK (slip stich knit) or YO (yarn over)—for either side of the 12"x12" linen and seed stitch pillow. Instructions for all four words and abbreviations are in one Pattern. Especially fun to make for kids, or to show off your Braille knowledge! Downloadable PDF Pattern.

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    Six unique PRINTED photo postcards portraying Keller's lifelong LOVE OF ANIMALS, from her Alabama childhood with dog Jumbo, to her Cambridge years with her dog Phiz, to photos from her Vaudeville years --Keller with a chimp and an elephant. Then, in Egypt with camels, and in Japan petting a chicken with a 12-foot-long tail.

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    Black canvas medium-sized tote, with the same Keller quote used on the Broadside (pictured on Kickstarter page below REWARDS caption). Canvas is strong with long shoulder straps.

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    Vintage Animation: Muybridge Special

    U-Pick 2-sets. Perhaps the wackiest item we're offering. Our film FIT was created years before computers made animation easy. FIT opens with animated sequences of Muybridge's human studies in motion. We'll send you 2 plates of the acetate cells or strips (typically 12-24) images. Some are framed for a camera shoot. Make a gif, a lantern slide, your own art work. Fun to have. You will select plates by number, first come first serve. Great for photo or film buffs.

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    "Daring Adventure" Quote Tote & Stream

    "Life is a daring adventure, or nothing", Keller's quote on a large white canvas shopping-style tote. See image below REWARDS on page to left.)

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    Helen & Anne Glazed, Unique Mug

    U-Pick ceramic mug made by Goshen, Indiana, artist Justin Rothshank. Exclusive for BHK, but in the spirit of his KNOW JUSTICE series. These mugs portray Helen and Anne together in one of the "beauty" duo poses photographers loved in the late 19th c. Keller is 16 years old, Annie is 26.
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    Global Ambassador, Keller Travels Mug

    Keller visited 37 countries during the Cold War as one of the first U.S. Goodwill Ambassadors. This one-of-a-kind Justin Rothshank mug EXCLUSIVELY for this project is drawn from her 1948 PASSPORT. It includes her passport PHOTO AND ITS PAGES. These pages include period warnings about where an American can and cannot go. The countries might surprise you!

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    A beautiful film poster for Becoming Helen Keller. If you want an artifact appealing to all and accessible to everybody, hang this on the wall and let visitors touch and feel the Braille. It is durable and it will last (unframed) a lot longer than you might think. Printed on 100# paper, 11"x 15", it will delight everyone who encounters it. Poster designed by our colleague, Michael Wiemeyer, Designlounge.
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    Papermania! Collectibles Grab Bag

    An old "Eugenic Certificate", reproduction, notarized with an old-fashioned embossed stamp. Put it together with your Ancestry.com or 23&me report! Plus, 4-6 collectibles from our heap of vintage postcards, collectible 1950's maps and travel guides, magazines, pamphlets, papermania—some archival, some from the BHK Film set. Guaranteed to make you smile. Only 25 Grab Bags available.

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    BEYOND AFFLICTION: All 4 Hours-Audio,
    Award-winning programs: 1. Inventing The Poster Child, 2. What's Work Got To Do With It, 3. Overdue Revolution, 4. Tomorrow's Children. Produced by Laurie Block with Jay Allison.
    Poster Beyond Affliction, 11" x 17", visible in Rewards on Kickstarter Page (Transcripts available).

    FIT: Episodes In The History Of The Body: award-winning feature documentary about changing concepts of "fitness" in the USA, 1880-1980. Produced & Directed by Laurie Block. NO FIT POSTERS AVAILABLE. This work is CAPTIONED in the STREAM only, BUT it is not audio described.

    ALSO INCLUDES:
    BHK DIGI Stream or DVD
    BHK Brailled poster described above
    "Tiny Pushes" DIGITAL Broadside
    "Finger-Spelled" Thank You DIGITAL Postcard

    All but the BHK Stream, or DVD delivered by September 30, 2018. Stream in 2020 (see above).

    DIGI/Streamed AUDIO & FILM will go anywhere in world, DVD will be geographically limited to North America.

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    Full Bodied Woman's "Fat Suit"

    A "fat suit" is a traditional undergarment used by actors to make them appear bigger all around, or in some places. This professionally constructed, big-bosomed, broad-bellied, full-bottomed gear can make a woman look bigger or lend a woman's figure to a male. Re-usable for many years in your theater company or department.

    INCLUDES:
    BHK DIGI Stream
    "Tiny Pushes" DIGITAL Broadside
    "Finger-Spelled" Thank You DIGITAL Postcard

    ONLY ONE AVAILABLE, USED ONCE ON BHK SET

    All but the BHK Stream, delivered by September 30, 2018. Stream in 2020 (see above).

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    HONOR ROLL WEB & Film ROLL Credit

    YOUR NAME on the Becoming Helen Keller Project Website HONOR ROLL and ON SCREEN in the scrolled list of thank yous. Online, it will be distinct, and you can add a short tagline. On screen it will fly by, but we will appreciate your generous support, and you will be able to cite your own "film credit"!

    INCLUDES:
    BHK DIGI Stream your choice
    BHK Brailled poster previously described
    "Tiny Pushes" DIGITAL Broadside
    "Finger-Spelled" Thank You DIGITAL Postcard

    All but FILM ROLL Credit and the BHK Stream or DVD, delivered by September 30, 2018. Stream in 2020 (see above).
    WEB CREDIT = 9/31/2018

    DIGI/Streamed FILM will go anywhere in world, DVD will be geographically limited to North America.

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    Private Screening Party Tickets, Boston

    A modest gathering with some of the writers, designers, producers, archivists and advisers—the makers of Becoming Helen Keller. This will be a celebratory, fun evening, with a screening of the film.

    INCLUDES:
    BHK DIGI Stream or DVD, your choice
    BHK Brailled poster described above
    HONOR ROLL Web & Film Credit (see above)
    "Tiny Pushes" DIGITAL Broadside
    "Finger-Spelled" Thank You DIGITAL Postcard

    All but FILM ROLL Credit and the BHK Stream, or DVD delivered by September 30, 2018. Stream in 2020 (see above).
    WEB CREDIT = 9/30/2018
    PARTY --8-12 weeks prior to premier broadcast

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    Private Screening Party Tickets, D.C.

    A modest-sized gathering with the director, writers and other makers of Becoming Helen Keller. This will be a celebratory, fun evening, with a screening of the film.

    INCLUDES:
    BHK DIGI Stream or DVD, your choice
    BHK Brailled poster described above
    HONOR ROLL Web & Film Credit, see above
    "Tiny Pushes" DIGITAL Broadside
    "Finger-Spelled" Thank You DIGITAL Postcard

    All but FILM ROLL Credit and the BHK Stream or DVD, delivered by September 30, 2018. Stream in 2020 (see above).
    WEB CREDIT = 9/30/2018
    PARTY --8-12 WEEKS prior to premier broadcast.

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    Private Screening Party Tickets, NYC

    A modest-sized gathering with the director, writers and other makers of Becoming Helen Keller. This will be a celebratory, fun evening, with a screening of the film.

    INCLUDES:
    BHK DIGI Stream or DVD, your choice
    BHK Brailled poster described above
    HONOR ROLL Web & Film Credit, see above
    "Tiny Pushes" DIGITAL Broadside
    "Finger-Spelled" Thank You DIGITAL Postcard

    All but FILM ROLL Credit and the BHK Stream or DVD, delivered by September 30, 2018. Stream in 2020 (see above).
    WEB CREDIT = 9/30/2018
    PARTY--8-12 WEEKS prior to broadcast premier.

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    John Crowley: Script or Novel Critique

    Got 125,000 words of a book or a 2-hour film script in-progress? John Crowley, renowned author, Yale University Creative Writing and Film Studies Professor, and co-script writer of BHK, will give you personal feedback after reading your work—by phone, Skype, or (if you can visit Western MA) in person.

    *This reading and critique must be completed by June 2019.*

    INCLUDES:
    BHK DIGI Stream
    HONOR ROLL Web & Film Credit (see above)
    "Tiny Pushes" DIGITAL Broadside
    "Finger-Spelled" Thank You DIGITAL Postcard

    Donor is responsible for shipping and printing manuscripts to Mr. Crowley. Reading period for response time negotiated with donor, related to length/volume of projects.

    All but FILM ROLL Credit and the BHK Stream or DVD, delivered by September 30, 2018. Stream in 2020 (see above).
    WEB CREDIT = 9/30/2018

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    Carl Sprague, Art Director, Critique

    Art Director, Set Designer Extraodinaire, from puppets to Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom, to Amistad, to Seven Years A Slave, and too many credits to list here. Carl designed the sets for BHK, and he will critique your designs and ideas by phone or Skype, or if you want to come to Western MA, in person!

    *Donor is responsible for any shipping to or from Mr. Sprague. Accommodations related to professional and personal schedules negotiable.

    This design critique must be completed by June 2019!*

    INCLUDES:
    BHK DIGI Stream
    HONOR ROLL Web & Film Credit (see above)
    "Tiny Pushes" DIGITAL Broadside
    "Finger-Spelled" Thank You DIGITAL Postcard

    All but FILM ROLL Credit and the BHK Stream or DVD, delivered by September 30 2018. Stream in 2020 (see above).
    WEB CREDIT = 9/31/2018

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    Patron

    DEDICATED BHK PROJECT WEB CREDIT in a designated REGION for Patrons. Also, distinguished placement for film credit for Patrons.

    If you are in the cities where one of our private screening events is held, you will be automatically included.

    INCLUDES:
    BHK DIGI Stream or DVD, your choice
    BHK Brailled Poster
    Anything from Disability History DOCS COMBO
    "Tiny Pushes" DIGITAL Broadside
    "Finger-Spelled" Thank You DIGITAL Postcard

    All but FILM ROLL Credit and the BHK Stream or DVD, delivered by September 30, 2018. Stream in 2020 (see above).
    WEB CREDIT = 9/30/2018

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    Disability History: Teacher Workshops

    Professional Development, day-long grades 7-14 Teachers Workshop about how to incorporate Keller & her colleagues' story, disability history, contextualized with U.S. History Survey or Civics course work. Using primary sources, the Disability History Museum staff will lead workshop.

    Available within 100 mile radius from Northampton, MA without travel fees.

    If farther, donor is responsible for travel and hotel (1 or 2 individuals, your choice)

    *Period for workshop must be September-June 2018-2019*

    INCLUDES:
    BHK DIGI Stream
    Disability History Documentaries (Stream, CD or DVD) *One set of everything*
    "Tiny Pushes" DIGITAL Broadside
    "Finger-Spelled" Thank You DIGITAL Postcard

    Stream in 2020 (see above).

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    Foundation Contributor: Film Credit Card

    Donations at this level are like foundation stones: they support the enterprise of the work like the granite blocks in the old New England barn where this project is being produced.

    We will provide donors at this level with name placement on a "FILM CARD"—a distinct and readable card located in the film credits. Also, we will include your name as a distinguished credit distinctly visible on the BHK Project's web donors page, with a photo or tagline of your choosing, if desired. This will precede both the Patron and the Honor Roll Online Web Credits.

    If you are in the cities where one of our private screening events is held, you will be automatically included.

    INCLUDES:
    BHK DIGI Stream or DVD, your choice
    BHK Brailled poster described above
    "Tiny Pushes" DIGITAL Broadside
    "Finger-Spelled" Thank You DIGITAL Postcard

    All but FILM CARD Credit and the BHK Stream or DVD, delivered by September 30, 2018. Stream in 2020 (see above).
    WEB CREDIT = 9/30/2018

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