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WHAT IS THIS ABOUT?
Imagine yourself for a moment as a kid again. But this time, your parents are gone, quite possibly by choice. You’re completely alone with no place to call home, other than the band of kids who have nothing and no one just like you. It’s a painful thought. But it’s also a reality for many kids on the streets of Guatemala. They live in that pain. Now imagine you had the power to help these kids find a way out. Here’s the thing, you do.

'Becoming Fools' is a documentary that follows homeless children in Guatemala, and the man who stepped in to bring them hope. It centers around the vision of Italo, a professional clown who spent years working with a group of street kids. Italo dreamed of a holistic youth center that would provide hope and opportunity, and he began to teach the art of clowning to provide the kids a source of income. Sadly, Italo's life was cut short when he tragically drowned in February of 2011. Both Guatemala and these street kids lost a hero.

Thankfully, friends and colleagues are carrying Italo's mission forward. Families are fostering abandoned children. Organizations are providing family support services. Orphanages are casting vision of adoption. And we’re excited to honor Italo’s life by telling this beautiful story of struggle and hope.

In Becoming Fools, we'll document the lives of these street youth as they learn the art of clowning to perform at parties and events. We'll also interview leading family experts who are fostering children in Guatemala. These plots will all converge at a public event next spring when the community is invited to watch the kids share their hearts, and perform with professional clowns.

See our film site for more information: http://BecomingFools.com

Director Scott Moore shares why clowns are important to this story:

About the Film Production Company, Athentikos

Athentikos is a non-profit film production organization with the goal of exposing need and inspiring hope through the art of story. Scott & Amelia Moore started Athentikos in 2008 as a way to use their talents to give back to Guatemala, the birth country of their two adopted sons. (Scott is a video producer and Amelia is a photographer.) They took three trips to Guatemala with volunteers in 2009 / 2010 to produce the feature-length documentary, ‘Reparando’, which released in fall 2010.

In 2011, Athentikos was established as non-profit 501(c)3 and is now in pre-production for this second film project 'Becoming Fools'.

Help us tell this story!

We need you… your passion and your partnership. Together, we can produce a documentary film that will make a difference.

Our goal is to raise $150,000 for production costs through Kickstarter. This money will be used to purchase equipment, pay for production in Guatemala and the US, edit the film, and produce the music score.

$150,000 may seem like a lot of money, but in reality this budget is fairly low for a feature-length documentary of this production caliber. We work hard to keep the costs low, but film making takes a lot of time and money. We also hope to generate additional funds through our current documentary, 'Reparando,' BUT the foundation of this film's funding will come from people like you!

How else can I help?

Spread the word! You can help us by sharing “Becoming Fools” with your friends through Facebook, Twitter, blogs and even good old fashioned face-to-face conversations. You can also link to our Kickstarter campaign on your Facebook profile and in your Twitter feed.

Please sign up for our Street Team at BecomingFools.com/street-team to receive weekly updates about the project to communicate to your peers.

"Like" us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterCheck out our website for more news about the project, at BecomingFools.com.

Any other questions?
Just ask us. We’d love to hear from you.

*Becoming Fools World Premiere Contest prize winner depends on a successful Becoming Fools Kickstarter Campaign - raising a total of at least $150,000 by Oct. 5, 2011.

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