Two years ago a friend and I set out to make a documentary about the town that we grew up in, Long Beach NY. We set out to answer a somewhat complex question: if Long Beach were to be swept away by a hurricane, what would you want to be preserved? The results we got were some unexpected and strangely beautiful stories.
At the time we had never heard the names Irene or Sandy in the context of a hurricane. A few months into filming, hurricane Irene came and passed Long Beach with little real effect on the city. However, the next year, Hurricane Sandy came to Long Beach and the outcome was devastating. I captured my experience of the hurricane with a handheld camcorder that is about 13 years old. In fact, all of the documentary footage up to this point has been shot with this camcorder. However, the camcorder is on its last leg and its now time to get serious about the documentary with proper filming equipment.
The money invested in this project will go towards the production cost of finishing and editing this documentary.
I plan on capturing the rebuilding process over the next couple of months, and do follow-up interviews with the people we had interviewed before the storm, as well as add some new hurricane stories to the film.
In the end, I really want this film to focus on the strong sense of community that is present after a devastating event, and really showcase how important it is to connect with people and hear and tell each other's stories; because in telling each other's stories we allow ourselves to heal together.
Here's the most recent footage of the hurricane:
Risks and challenges
The hardest challenge that I feel I will face while making this documentary is time. Since I am only asking for backing in terms of production equipment cost the filming and editing will be done on a voluntary basis. Therefore, finding time between work, life, and filming will be difficult, but I feel that because people are investing in the project I will feel indebted to my backers to produce a film that will make them feel glad that they helped make it. I also have many talented friends who will help me along the way in making this film a reality.
In terms of time, my second biggest challenge will be figuring out when the film is done. So far it took two patient years to get to where we are now, and I want to have a clear end date in mind. However, at the moment I am still unsure when that end date will be. I would like to say, confidently speaking, that production of the film will be done by the end of this next summer, and that by this time next year the editing will be complete.
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