Some of you might have already received this update directly as an email. My mailing list includes anyone who has contacted me directly, so I'm sorry if this overlaps. You don't have to read on. But for those of you who only follow the project through kickstarter, there is exciting news that I wanted to share.
Several months ago I began thinking about producing a documentary film about the suitcases. I am excited to report that along with my colleagues Peter Carroll and Deborah Hoard, I am beginning to move forward with this effort. Peter and I have been friends and have worked together on various projects for a very long time. He photographed and edited the two fantastic Kickstarter videos that helped to fund the project. Deborah Hoard of PhotoSynthesis Productions in Ithaca has also been a long time friend and supporter of my work. It is still early days, but I wanted to reach out to those of you who have been closely involved in the success of the project and let you know that we are moving ahead with this endeavor.
We plan to get started soon with production, including interviews and descriptive footage that along with my photographs will allow us to put together a short, compelling proof of concept piece for potential funders.
We are hoping to interest foundations and non-profit organizations that might like to be a part of this film. And while I am not completely counting out another Kickstarter campaign, I am hoping that we can get enough support behind us without going that route.
I am reaching out to you for advice, suggestions and in some cases a request to share your expertise and insight by participating in a short on-camera conversation with us. And of course we would very much appreciate any ideas you have for funding sources.
This is an exciting next step for the project. I still have a ton of work to do editing the photographs and approaching publishers and venues for exhibits, but I am really hopeful that Peter, Deb, and I can develop our ideas into a film that reflects the amazing nature of the collection.
Thank you all for your support. I look forward hearing from you soon. And if you haven’t checked out the willardsuitcases.com site lately, now would be a good time. I have uploaded lots of new cases.