WE DID IT!!
Thank you to EVERYONE who backed us and helped us reach our goal! We couldn't have done it without you!
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If you would like to support the project, you can still make a contribution for some of our rewards, or make a tax-deductible donation by visiting our website www.toughlovefilm.com to learn more! We look forward to sharing the film with you in 2014!
TOUGH LOVE chronicles the lives of two parents, Hannah from New York City and Patrick from Seattle, who have been separated from their children by the state. Through vérité-style footage and exclusive access inside the child welfare courts, TOUGH LOVE captures an intimate, firsthand account of these parents' triumphs and struggles as they confront their past mistakes and attempt to prove to the system that they deserve a second chance to be parents. Throughout the film we will also hear from the foster parents who take care of these children, the judges who oversee these cases and the child welfare experts who have a clear understanding of how this complex system works.
A NOTE FROM THE FILMMAKER
Hi, my name is Stephanie Wang-Breal. Thank you for visiting my Kickstarter page for my new film, TOUGH LOVE. You may know me from my last film WO AI NI MOMMY a story about International Chinese adoption. Working on that film was an amazing experience. Along the way we won multiple awards, were nominated for an Emmy and met an amazing community of people. This community urged me to look more closely into our nation's child welfare system. After doing some research, I became inspired me to make this new documentary, TOUGH LOVE.
When I first began working on this film 2.5 years ago, I was surprised to learn that over 90% of parents lose custody of their children to the foster care system for neglectful incidents relating to treatable issues: insufficient housing, lack of childcare or family support, and drug addiction. Many of these parents deeply love their children and want them home. Sadly, poverty-related stresses and cultural stigma often make it difficult for them to get their kids home and out of foster care. This is a story and perspective that's rarely told in today's media.
As most child welfare stakeholders will tell you, the general public has a lot of empathy for kids who are in foster care, but very little empathy for the parents. TOUGH LOVE addresses the complexity of the child welfare system and shows that many of these parents are not bad people, but are lacking in the support systems they need to raise their children. By starting at the beginning, inside the parents' homes, TOUGH LOVE will provide audiences with a better understanding of what services vulnerable parents need to keep their children out of foster care.
TOUGH LOVE is the first documentary that has been granted year-long access to film inside Seattle’s Family Treatment Court. Never before has the public been privy to the roundtable discussions and accountability levels of social workers and lawyers in court. Nor has the public been able to witness the multiple bureaucracies parents must manage or the services that they and their children desperately need to improve their chances of reunification.
$30,000 in 30 Days
After 2.5 years of filming Patrick and Hannah's cases, we’re ready to begin editing! This is a complex story and we want to make sure we do it justice, so we'd like to bring in an amazing, Oscar-nominated editor to help tell this story. We've raised money from various organizations, grants and donors but we now need, at least another $30,000 in the next 30 days to begin editing.
You can help in a number of ways. First and foremost — by donating to this Kickstarter campaign. Your contribution will make the film's completion possible and will go directly toward:
- Paying our Editor
- Paying our Music Composer
- Paying our Graphic Designer
- 2 days of filming in Seattle
ANYTHING you can contribute, even if it's just a few dollars, will help us get this untold story out there. As a thanks for your generosity, we're offering you some lovely rewards. From downloads of the completed film, to dumpling making parties and even a film credit, you can check them out in the column on the right.
We won't receive any of your contributions unless the project is 100% funded. That means we need to raise $30,000 in the next 30 days or we wont receive anything!
So help us spread the word by sharing this project with you family and friends across social media! The more awareness and support we can bring to this project the better chance we have of reaching our goal!
Here's a link to the project for you to easily share with your friends on your social networks: http://kck.st/17vDBxb
We've also put together a few sample facebook and twitter posts that you could also use to spread word:
In honor of AAPI Heritage Month (May):
This AAPI Heritage Month, join me in supporting Chinese-American Filmmaker, Stephanie Wang-Breal on Kickstarter http://kck.st/174Amzh
In honor of Foster Care Awareness Month (May):
Our child welfare system is broken. Support @ToughLoveDoc on Kickstarter to see how we can fix it! http://kck.st/174Amzh
Over 380,000 kids are in #fostercare. Support @ToughLoveDoc to see how we can keep them out of the system http://kck.st/174Amzh
In honor of Mothers Day (May 12th):
Spread some love this #MothersDay and support @ToughLoveDoc on Kickstarter! http://kck.st/174Amzh
Patrick and Hanna have been so amazing to let us film them and their families during this very difficult time in their lives. With the Kickstarter community’s help we can make sure their stories are heard!
-Stephanie and the Tough Love Team
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ABOUT THE FILMMAKER
Stephanie Wang-Breal has been producing and directing commercials, television shows and documentaries for the past 10 years. Most recently, Stephanie directed the award-winning feature length documentary, Wo Ai Ni Mommy (I Love You, Mommy). The film was nominated for an Emmy®, and was the recipient of three Grand Jury Best Documentary Awards at the AFI/ Discovery Silverdocs Film Festival, the Asian American International Film Festival and the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, as well as a 2011 CINE Special Jury Award. The film had its national television broadcast in 2010 on the award-winning PBS series P.O.V. Stephanie has also recently directed pieces for Apple, Goldman Sachs, as well as a television episode for Nickelodeon's NickMom. Stephanie currently resides in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and four-year old son. Learn more about Stephanie and her work @ www.stephaniewangbreal.com
Risks and challenges
As most filmmakers will tell you, editing is one of the key components to telling a great story. Our goal is to release this film by the beginning of 2014, but if we need more time to carve and shape this story in the edit suite, then this may delay our release.
We know with your support, though, that we can get this complicated, untold story out there.
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