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"Henri Dauman: Looking Up" tells the unknown story of the resilient man behind some of the world's most iconic photographs.
"Henri Dauman: Looking Up" tells the unknown story of the resilient man behind some of the world's most iconic photographs.
191 backers pledged $50,133 to help bring this project to life.

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WE ARE NOW TAX DEDUCTIBLE! PLEDGE TODAY!

We have teamed up with The National Center for Jewish Film and they are now our fiscal sponsors!

This means that all donations are tax deductible (minus the value of the reward) as permitted by law.

NCJF will send a letter with NCJF’s IRS tax exemption details for donations in the amount of $250 or more. (For donations of less than $250, the IRS will accept from donor a canceled check as proof of charitable giving.)

IF YOU WOULD LIKE YOUR PLEDGE TO BE TAX DEDUCTIBLE WE NEED THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION FROM YOU:

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Please send this information to: lookingupdocumentary@gmail.com

Reddit AMA 8pm est!
Reddit AMA 8pm est!

We had a great AMA with Henri where people asked him questions about his photos and his stories...check it out HERE!

THE LAST DAY WILL BE MATCH-FUNDED! That means if you donate $150, we get $300! Help us tell Henri's story and FUND the campaign!

 If 220 people pledge $100 WE WILL REACH OUR GOAL!

FINAL DAY TO PLEDGE - Jane Fonda
FINAL DAY TO PLEDGE - Jane Fonda
Henri Dauman with Brigitte Bardot
Henri Dauman with Brigitte Bardot

"Henri Dauman: Looking Up" is a story about survival, perseverance, and a little luck in the face of adversity. The documentary will chronicle one man’s inspiring journey to America and the life he cultivated for himself. After escaping the perils of the Holocaust in France, Henri rose to become one of the preeminent photojournalists of the 20th Century. His work appeared in LIFE Magazine, Newsweek, the NY Times, to name just a few, and covered the likes of Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Andy Warhol, and countless others. His story is about creating timeless art, learning about life from the luminaries he photographed, overcoming unfathomable tragedies, and the true, tangible difference that anyone, man or woman, can have on the world.

Jane Fonda in Bed
Jane Fonda in Bed

Henri discovered photography through his life-long love affair with cinema. With no formal schooling, Henri was forced to develop his craft entirely on his own. What emerged is a body of work anchored by a cinematic thread that weaved life and movement into every inch of his photographs; it is what separates Henri’s photography from his contemporaries.

Elvis Leaves for War
Elvis Leaves for War

Henri’s work is an extraordinary, invaluable visual record that reflects American and European styles, urban landscapes, cultural values, political concerns, and icons of the twentieth century. Henri didn’t just photograph these icons, he had enlightened discussions with his subjects; he learned from them, and about them, in ways that enriched his life and informed his art. He walked away from these experiences with not just photographs, but a plethora of stories gained from discussing life, love, art, and politics with luminaries such as Andy Warhol, Elvis Presley, Jane Fonda, Marshall McLuhan, Harpo Marx, JFK, Marilyn Monroe, and many more. But what were these conversations like? What if you could have been a fly on the wall with Henri? The film will answer these questions and more as we’ll have Henri share with us a lifetime of unforgettable anecdotes. 

Marilyn Monroe at the March of Dimes
Marilyn Monroe at the March of Dimes

Though Henri’s journey was personal, his story is universal. He’s an everyman who overcame extraordinary circumstances to become his best self. We want to share with the world not only Henri’s incredible story, but also his philosophy: that what you get out of life depends on what you put into it. Crowd funding is the modern day DIY method that Henri has embraced his entire life. And we can’t do it without you.

Every week during the Kickstarter Campaign we will be releasing exclusive videos on our Facebook Page from the man himself, Henri Dauman, in high definition. Meaning, we will hear THREE stories about:

  • What it was like working, experiencing the emotions of the John F. Kennedy's funeral. CLICK HERE TO WATCH.
  • How he not only photographed Brigitte Bardot, but also was recruited by Louis Malle for his film,"Vie Privée," ("Private Life") to play one of the photographers. CLICK HERE TO WATCH.
  • And finally, what the conversation and sitting was like with Italian film director, Federico Fellini. CLICK HERE TO WATCH.

Make sure you LIKE our Facebook page below so you don't miss these exclusive stories with popular icons.

Henri never settled for anything but the best, so we want to tell Henri’s story and showcase his work in the detailed and loving attention it deserves; but in order to accomplish this we need resources. We’ve created a truly bare-bones/guerilla filmmaking budget. While we’re asking for $50,000 the amount we’ll ultimately need is $130,000. A unique cost of the film will be returning to Paris to visit the scenes of Henri's childhood, which laid the groundwork for his inspiring life.To help us achieve these goals, we’ve come up with an exciting array of incentives that even includes an actual 30”x40” print of Henri’s most iconic JFK photograph!

                                                

Risks and challenges

Making a movie is never easy, but that being said, we have a highly competent team that will pull all-nighters to achieve the greatest movie possible. Additionally we have the story of Henri and the man himself to gives us the drive we need. Adding your help will make for an equation that won’t fail.

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    THE TAYLOR:

    Receive a photoset download of three UNSEEN Henri Dauman photographs! They will be digitally numbered based off of purchases!

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    THE FONDA 50% OFF!:

    Have you ever watched the credits of a movie and wanted to see your name on the big screen? Let us make your dreams come true and put your name in the credits AND you'll also get a signed portrait photograph by the man himself, Henri Dauman!

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    THE YSL:

    Henri has worked on countless LIFE magazine covers and articles. You'll be receiving one of these magazines, signed by Henri Dauman!

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    THE KENNEDY:

    Get an exclusive signed copy of the December 6, 1963 LIFE magazine, with Henri's world-recognized spread from JFK's funeral. Only 30 available, signed and numbered!

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    THE DAVIS 40% OFF!:

    Score! You got a bundle of goodies. That's right you get a digital photoset of unseen photos, a signed portrait of Henri Dauman, a digital download of the film, a signed LIFE magazine, & your name in the credits! (Note: Delivery of magazine & portrait will be February 2016).

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    THE WARHOL:

    Do you want to meet the man himself? You just got yourself an exclusive meet-and-greet to visit Henri Dauman and the rest of the crew on set! While this doesn't include transportation or lodging, you can choose from our shooting dates to visit us in New York City or Paris, France! This also includes a signed portrait photograph of Henri Dauman and a digital download of the documentary before it's released!

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    THE BARDOT:

    Congratulations! You're an Associate Producer! This puts you in the credits, gives you an IMDB credit, a digital download of the documentary before it's released, and a signed LIFE magazine of your choice (Choices will be sent via email). (Note: Delivery of magazine will be February 2016).

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    THE PRESLEY:

    Wowza! You're an EXECUTIVE Producer now! What does this mean? Your name in the credits, an IMDB credit, a digital download of the documentary before it's released, a signed LIFE magazine of your choice, a signed EXCLUSIVE portrait photograph of Henri Dauman, a Skype session with the filmmakers and a hand-written thank you letter from Henri Dauman. (Note: Delivery of magazine, signed portrait & thank you will be January 2016, Skype session is available whenever you're available).

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