About this project
IT'S OVER! THANK YOU ALL!
THANK YOU KICKSTARTER!
What an amazing thing! We feel so much support, and we're excited to keep you all in the loop going forward.
We have now raised enough to get started, but less than 1/3 what we need to complete this film. Please use this page as a resource to direct people to the film.
Our Click & Pledge link remains active, ready to accept tax deductible donations.
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HUGE NEWS: The Girl Who Knew Too Much Awarded Sundance Grant!
When we launched this Kickstarter, we had no idea how much support and passion our film would engender. Reaching our 'bare minimum' funding goal of $27,000 in two weeks, with tons of support from all over (including a bunch of backers from Nepal!) was an enormous validation.
And now getting the Sundance grant has really blown the roof off this thing for us. Now we KNOW it's going somewhere. Where before we sometimes questioned our wisdom committing so much to this film, this Kickstarter/Sundance validation means we KNOW we can put our ALL into this project.
AND NOW WE NEED YOUR HELP AND SUPPORT MORE THAN EVER!
Our budget for the film, from this point going forward, is in the vicinity of $150,000. That's with cashing in a lot of favors and wheedling help from good-hearted experts in things like color correction and After Effects and ProTools.
We've hit a plateau in our Kickstarter, no doubt because we reached 100% funding and didn't have the messaging horsepower to really blow out a $60,000 stretch goal. At present levels, the ~$55,000 (after fees) that we will get from Sundance and this Kickstarter will get us going, but it won't get us anywhere near completion.
Please help us push in these last three days. Let's see if we can hit $40,000 and 300 backers. If you've been thinking of giving but haven't because we hit our goal, please know your support is still just as crucial.
So if you've been thinking that you'd like to contribute, now's the time--We are in the final stretch! And even if you can't pledge much, your good word along with a few good SHAREs can go a long ways!
The holiday season is the best time to support something you care about, and Shanta's story is worth telling. Please join with us today, and THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!
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About The Film
The Girl Who Knew Too Much is a feature-length documentary that investigates the deep complexities of international development, globalization and the issue of mental health through an intimate portrait of one Nepali girl's life and death.
The film is set within the context of an epidemic of global proportion: Suicide is the number one killer of girls and women in Nepal (and across much of South Asia).
When we met Shanta, she had won the globalization jackpot. She had a scholarship from an American non-profit that funds girls’ education, making it possible for her to leave her village to study at one of the best schools in Kathmandu. She told us (and our camera) that she was going to make it—she was going to be somebody.
And we knew that she would. She was smart, articulate and fiercely determined to beat the odds, with which she was well acquainted. She studied every chance she got. Despite being a female born into extreme poverty in the country’s lowest caste, she was going to graduate a doctor and return to her village to teach about family planning.
Shanta embodied women’s empowerment in the developing world. She was hope for the future—her own, her family's and that of the women in the Global South.
We connected with her. We adored her. She got it. With her we thought we would be able to show how educating girls is the best thing we can do in the world. We would make a film that would make a difference.
However, Shanta’s story took a tragic departure from the path we’d anticipated.
One year away from high school graduation, Shanta killed herself.
Her sudden death left her family, the village and us in shock. Why did she do it?
The same year she died, a statistic was released that underscored our instinct and gave us a resounding green light to continue Shanta’s story: Suicide is now the number one cause of death for girls and women in Nepal.
In The Girl Who Knew Too Much, Shanta is the canary in the coal mine. This film illuminates the personal and social context surrounding one girl’s suicide, revealing the complicated matrix of her life through intimate impressions from Shanta herself and her family, and through local response to female suicide in Nepal.
Through empathetic narrative and rich imagery, we hope to shed light on a complex issue that needs urgent attention and understanding.
Suicide among the world’s poorest people has risen so sharply in recent years that it is attracting the attention of experts in human rights and global health. However, the causes (and cures) are less straightforward for a suicide epidemic than for deaths from, for example, contaminated drinking water. There are cultural, social and psychological factors that make typical development solutions challenging.
Mental health programs are in their infancy in most developing economies, where daily survival is often a struggle. Today in Nepal, there are first stirrings of a suicide awareness and prevention movement. The Nepalis driving these efforts are breaking new ground, their success unsure. And yet they persist.
We hope our film will illuminate this conversation, drive informed decision-making and inspire action. But we must complete the film first.
We must be very clear on this point: We are seeking your support specifically to fund our creative endeavor--the final production of this film. Funds from this campaign will be used exclusively to support our creative work, and will not be used for advocacy and awareness efforts related to the film's subject matter.
Project StatusSince 2008, making this film has been our passion project—something we have to do as much as want to do.
We have gotten this far by working part-time on the film, with a very modest budget. From now until completion in fall 2013, we are committing ourselves full time to this film, and that’s why we need your help.In January 2013 we will make our fourth and final production trip to Nepal to complete filming.
We have gotten this far by working part-time on the film, with a very modest budget. From now until completion in fall 2013, we are committing ourselves full time to this film, and that’s why we need your help.
In January 2013 we will make our fourth and final production trip to Nepal to complete filming.
How Kickstarter Works
Kickstarter exists to help creative projects find funding. We only get funded if we reach our goal. The money you give will only be taken out of your bank account when we reach our funding goal.
However, If you’d like to make a tax-deductible donation, we can handle that too. Just click here, or contact us and we can square you away. This latter option will generally work with corporate donation-matching programs.
Other Ways You Can Help
The biggest gift you could give right now—maybe even beyond the worth of your donation—is to evangelize for us on this funding push. We are humbly asking you to help us stretch our reach, by introducing more people to our project. People who care about global development. People who believe mental health should be a global priority, have an opinion about Half the Sky or Three Cups of Tea, who relish the gray area between easy answers. We want to talk to people who watch documentaries, are interested in girls’ education, have been touched by suicide. We want to reach people who believe in the power of stories to effect positive change. We love to hear from Nepalis and other South Asians about this project.
We hope you’ll help us reach these folks. The conversations and support network (not to mention the funding) that will emerge will be crucial to completing our film and getting it before audiences.
Please share your thoughts about this Kickstarter campaign (and our film) on Facebook, your blog, Twitter, as a link in your email signature, in dinner conversations, over the water cooler at the office. Shout it from the rooftops.
Our subjects are granting us very intimate access and the footage is unique and beautiful. This is a story that has not yet been told, and we are committed to telling it. Without your help, we risk not having the ability to complete it.
We humbly thank you. Shanta’s family, and the women and girls of Nepal thank you. It’s a story that needs to be told. It’s a question that simply must be asked. Thank you for supporting this project. We couldn’t do it without you!
THANK YOU!With Love,
Amy & Scott
Risks and challenges
As we have surpassed our original goal, we are no longer at risk of not being able to make a final production trip. YAY! YAY! YAY!
With the bare-bones production trip covered, now ever dollar we raise will go toward making this film better and making it reach farther.
Making documentaries is expensive. With your continued support, we will be able to put our heads down and GO HARD until we have a great rough cut.
We have a LOT of logistics to nail down in order to do this final production trip right, and then follow it with the kind of concentration it calls for.
But our subjects are granting us very intimate access and the footage is unique and beautiful. This is a story that has not yet been told, and we are committed to telling it.
With your help we will! PLEASE KEEP SPREADING THE WORD.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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