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In a nation recovering from genocide, five Rwandan filmmakers work to restore trust, truth, and pride in their country through cinema.
In a nation recovering from genocide, five Rwandan filmmakers work to restore trust, truth, and pride in their country through cinema.
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Our campaign is almost over!  To stay in touch and donate after May 31, 2011, please visit our WEBSITE.  Also, please become a fan of our FACEBOOK page so we can share our progress with you over the next few months! THANK YOU so much for your continued support!

APRIL 28, 2011 - Actor and friend Harold Perrineau (OZ, LOST, ROMEO & JULIET) joins our producing team! More info on our "Updates" tab.

Film Synopsis

In 1994, the world turned its back on the genocide in Rwanda.  Rising from those atrocities, a new generation of committed, passionate filmmakers has emerged wielding movies in their own language – Kinyarwanda – providing hope through the power of "story" as a healing force.  Filmed over 3 years, FILM FESTIVAL: RWANDA portrays five of these modern Rwandan filmmakers struggling to pursue their dreams and restore trust, truth, and dignity through cinema.  For 10 days each year, they travel to rural villages and project local films on a giant inflatable screen delighting audiences, many of whom have never seen a movie, let alone one made in Rwanda, about Rwanda, and by Rwandans.  

A unique and refreshing story of hope and redemption from Rwanda - told by Rwandans, in their own impassioned voices. 

You have questions, we have answers!

Why Give NOW?

With your help we can finish a television hour rough cut before the end of August.  From there we have post-production resources and people committed to complete the film by the end of the year and start submitting to festivals in 2012!  

How will my money be used if this project reaches the Kickstarter funding goal?

Good question! Here is our plan: 

$15,000 | Film Editor

$5,000 | Graphics / Historical Timeline - used to interweave a personal account from Mr. Musanzi with historical facts about Rwanda and the genocide

$4,500 | Composer / Music Rights

$2,000 | Sound Editing (birds chirping, water running, and all of the particular sounds of Rwanda that we want you to hear)     

$2,500 | Legal Services (contracts, releases, all the fun stuff...)

Why are documentaries so difficult to fund?

Because there are tons of wonderful documentaries being made and funding from national organizations is extremely competitive.  

What grants and awards have you received to date?

Pacific Pioneer Fund Grant, 2009; Big Sky Documentary Film Festival - International Pitch Forum Official Selection, 2011

We are also applying to ITVS, Cinereach, Tribeca Gucci Documentary Fund, POV, 4Culture, IFP, and Chicken & Egg Pictures.

Can I go back to Rwanda with you?

PLEASE DO! Our goal is to travel to Rwanda when the film is complete to show it at the annual "Hillywood" Film Festival.  You are welcome to come with us and experience "Hillywood" for yourself... It will change you.

Incentives

Please go to our Updates tab for photos and detailed info.  New incentives added weekly!

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If you would like to receive a tax write-off for your pledge, please mail a check to our fiscal sponsor before May 31, 2011:

Northwest Film Forum | 1515 12th Ave | Seattle, WA 98122

*Be sure to write "Film Festival: Rwanda Kickstarter" on the memo line.

Thank you for your generous support of our film - Nothing would be possible without you!

Please email us with any additional questions or thoughts - we love talking about this project! Email: leah@inflatablefilm.com

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    2 Limited edition FILM FESTIVAL: RWANDA T-SHIRTS designed by Joe Towey, AND your name on the big screen - included in our film under "Special Thanks"

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    Are you a filmmaker? The inimitable Fernanda Rossi, story consultant to Academy Award® Nominated filmmakers and author of the book Trailer Mechanics is donating a free consultation on your fundraising trailer or you can use it as a credit towards a full rough cut session. What you’d normally have to pay hundreds you’re getting here for just $200. More about her here: http://www.documentarydoctor.com/

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    Michael Wiese Productions is the #1 publisher in the world for film books and some of their books have already been used by Rwandan filmmakers. To support our project, MWP will donate copies of the following books to any individual or group who donates $250 or more: "The Script Selling Game", 2nd edition by Kathy Fong Yoneda, and "Writing Subtext" by Linda Seger.

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    A FRAMED, ORIGINAL 13X19 PHOTO PRINT from Rwanda (your choice out of 6 prints), a limited edition FILM FESTIVAL: RWANDA T-SHIRT designed by Joe Towey, AND your name on the big screen - included in our film under "Special Thanks"

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    A signed copy of SHAKING THE MONEY TREE by Morrie Warshawski, A FRAMED, ORIGINAL 13X19 PHOTO PRINT from Rwanda (your choice out of 6 prints), a limited edition FILM FESTIVAL: RWANDA T-SHIRT designed by Joe Towey, AND your name on the big screen - included in our film under "Special Thanks"

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    We will come to your home (Seattle only) with our inflatable screen and projector to put on your very own BACKYARD MOVIE NIGHT! Great for parties or events in warm weather. Chris is excellent on the grill! Popcorn not included.

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Funding period

- (55 days)