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$1,676
pledged of $50,000pledged of $50,000 goal
27
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, June 7 2014 3:00 AM UTC +00:00

About

"Calling My Children" is a story of legacy and love. I began this project 25 years ago when I first began documenting Gail Farrow and her family. Gail was 27 when she died of AIDS and she left behind four young sons, Ronald Jr., Frank, Kenny and Benny, and her husband Ronald. I photographed Gail’s last year of life and her family’s early adjustment to their lives without her. The original story on the family was published in a 1990 issue of In Health / Hippocrates, and the response to the story was overwhelming.

Although the original story takes place during the AIDS epidemic of the 80's, what resonates the most with people is Gail's love for her children and her hope of guiding them to a better future. This is a universal story. It is this lingering and timeless connection that I continue to pursue, documenting the family periodically over the years and doing major updates every 10 years. This continuation resulted in a second published update for LIFE magazine in 1998. The short documentary film “Calling My Children” is the most recent update released in 2009. The film has screened at 18 film festivals winning 12 awards including 7 First Prizes and the prestigious CINE Golden Eagle. “Calling My Children” was honored to be the only film screened at the United States Capitol in July 2012 in coordination with the XIX International AIDS Conference. 

In 2013, “Calling My Children” had it’s national television premier on PBS, with the support of the Magic Johnson Foundation. We were thrilled by the PBS station programmer’s response to the film. PBS confirmed more than 1244 broadcasts on more 211 stations nationwide with the potential reach of 74 million households.

We are currently seeking your help to fund the next update to this story, which will be a feature-length documentary. The story of Gail and her surviving family continues to develop and connect with viewers. Gail's children are now the same age as she was when she passed and, with a new generation on the way, the unfolding chapter is waiting to be told.

As an independent film, there are a lot of challenges we face. The biggest by far is time. Your contribution to this ongoing project allows us the time needed to continue telling this story with the patience it deserves. As we head into production, you are directly supporting the people and equipment needed to complete this work. We truly could not accomplish this without your help and sincerely thank you for your support.

Please consider sharing our project with family and friends. Just a few shares can help your contributions go further and it's a great way to show support if you are unable to donate.

How to share this project:

  • Facebook - Click the "Like" button below the video at the top of the page or paste the URL directly into a Facebook update. Here's some sample text you can use when sharing on Facebook: Photographer/filmmaker David Binder is currently working on the next update to his film Calling My Children, an intimate portrayal of the effects of love and loss on one family's struggle for unity. Please take a minute to check out his Kickstarter and consider contributing today! 
  • Twitter - Paste this tiny URL directly into a tweet, bit.ly/2014cmc. Here's some sample text you can use when sharing on Twitter: Check out the latest update to the film @callingmychildr by photographer/filmmaker @David_Binder bit.ly/2014cmc
  • Email - A personal email message is a great way to get the word out about this project. Here's some sample text you can add to an email: Photographer and filmmaker David Binder is continuing his acclaimed 25 year project on a family in Boston, Mass. 27-year-old Gail Farrow died of AIDS in 1989, leaving behind a husband and four young sons. The story is an intimate portrayal of the effects of love and loss on one family’s struggle for unity. Check out his Kickstarter campaign here: www.callingmychildren.com/2014

PRESS & ADDITIONAL SUPPORT

NPR "Picture Show" interview with David Binder:

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 Boston Globe Story:

"There are photojournalists who do a story, and it’s over and on to the next one. Then there are photojournalists for whom the story is never over. This would include Boston photographer David Binder. He likes to let stories play out, sometimes over the course of many years. And it’s been 21 years, so far, for the work he calls “The Gail Story,’’ a series of powerful photo essays about Gail Farrow, a Boston woman who died at 29 after contracting HIV from a transfusion. She left behind her four young sons and their father, Ronald Watson."

NPR Here and Now with Robin Young:

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PBS Greater Boston interview:

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AWARDS FOR THE SHORT FILM

MEET THE CREATIVE TEAM

DAVID BINDER

Director / Producer

David Binder is an award winning photojournalist and an award winning documentary filmmaker. His first film “Calling My Children” received a First Prize at its premier at the 2009 Athens International Film and Video Festival. The filmed has screened at 18 film festivals domestically and internationally, winning 12 awards including 7 first prizes and the prestigious CINE Golden Eagle Award.

David’s intimate and involved story-telling approach has earned him a reputation for illuminating his subjects and their lives with perception and compassion.

MIKE PECCI

Director of Photography

Often hailed as raw, peculiar, and dark, Mike's ability to translate the darkest moments of human experience is insurmountable. Crafting deep characters and consistently pushing the limits in every project, Mike Pecci is an artist whose commitment to detail and process have proved to be the reason for his success. His ability to touch audiences through his films is a credit to his commitment to understanding humanity. The work has an emotional quality that can both frighten and pull you in, playing off the darkest chasms of the human condition.

JON MERCER

Editor

Jon Mercer is an award winning film and video editor based in Boston, MA. His advertising work can be seen nationally and documentary and independent films have met success in numerous film festivals.

Risks and challenges

The challenges of this proposition are what have been from the very beginning of this project in 1988. These challenges are mostly time, resources and coordinating schedules. We expect to overcome any unforeseen hurdles the way we have throughout this project. And especially with your help, we’re confident about the projects success.

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