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A documentary about Prospect Cemetery, the oldest burial ground in Jamaica, Queens.
A documentary about Prospect Cemetery, the oldest burial ground in Jamaica, Queens.
102 backers pledged $11,883 to help bring this project to life.

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Thank You

As our campaign comes to a close, we'd like to thank all who made pledges to help us meet our goal. Once we receive the financing, we'll begin the next stage of the project: five to seven minutes of film from the story,  which will help us raise money to continue our research and filmmaking.

It has been a pleasure to participate in the Kickstarter program and get to meet so many enthusiastic supporters.  

Again, thank you,

Peter Riegert

Bluegrass Fundraiser

On the night of May 10th, Prospect supporter Rebekah Long organized a “pickin’ party” at her grandparent’s farm in Lincolnton, Georgia, to raise money for our Kickstarter campaign.

Rebekah corralled her twin sister Lizzy Long, as well as musicians Doug Flowers (mandolin), Little Roy Lewis (banjo), Will Gay (fiddle), Scott Terry (harmonica), and singer Ben Speer with guitarists Aubrey Barden, Dennis Gay, and Tom Reid, to jam well into the evening.

Despite being up against that night’s local high school musical, nearly a hundred people showed up for the party, and Rebekah raised several hundred dollars for our project.

Check out their rendition of “Fire on the Mountain” (that’s Lizzy playing fiddle, and behind her is Rebekah on standup bass. Many thanks to Garnett Wallace for the video):

We’re very grateful to all who participated.

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To all our contributors: at 12:22 EST today, Rebekah Long's adjusted pledge helped us exceed our $10,000 goal.

With 56 days to go in the campaign, any additional pledges will go toward strengthening the project. As we move ahead, we look forward to more shooting and editing days, photographing artwork from the period, and extending our roster of interviewees, as well as bringing them to the cemetery to enhance their contributions.

We are moved and energized by your support and enthusiasm, and look forward to reporting further progress. Thank you!

All the best,

Peter Riegert and Cornelia Read