SOAR Documentary and Dance Concert
SOAR Documentary and Dance Concert
Help us raise the funds we need to finish our film and produce a concert that serves as the documentary's finale.
Help us raise the funds we need to finish our film and produce a concert that serves as the documentary's finale. Read more
About this project
One reason why we want so much to fund this project up front is so that all the net profits can go directly to Kiera and Uriah for their future financial security.
There are still a lot of barriers in the world to people with differences. Polaris Dance Theater's founder and director Robert Guitron sums it up beautifully in this short clip.
We are thrilled to announce that Women Make Movies has accepted SOAR into their fiscal sponsorship program - this allows us to receive donations under their non-profit umbrella.
And... we received a home video distribution commitment from Film Rise.
What this means is that our project will not only get made - eventually - but be seen as well. So please help us reach our goal! To convince you how much this project deserves your support, here's a video of Kiera drawing a blood sample.
Polaris Dance Theater founding Director Robert Guitron and Spacial Dynamics Institute founder Jaimen McMillan share their insights about how Kiera and Uriah manage to move so beautifully. We hope you enjoy the extra dance footage!
If you'd like to know more about Uriah and Kiera please check out the radio interview with Robert Parish. The video clip he included is wonderful. Thank you, Robert!
And a very big thank you to Emmy award winning journalist Sheila Hamilton for her interview with Susan in support of our project. Check out Kink.fm "Speaking Freely" Sunday March 9th, or listen to the recording.
Hi we're Uriah and Kiera and this movie is about our relationship, both as dancers and sisters.
I’m Susan, and for the past two years I’ve been working with Kiera and Uriah to tell their story. Now it’s time to put a team together to finish the project. That’s why we need your help.
We especially want to give back to the Portland dance community by inviting them to participate in a concert that will serve as the documentary's finale. We have a theater to rent, camera operators to pay, and a marketing team to put together. We also need money for post-production and music licensing. Every dollar you pledge will help us accomplish that goal.
The Portland Ballet and Polaris Dance Theater have very generously agreed to help us produce the concert. Both companies are performing in the show, as are the Jefferson Dancers and Kemba Shannon Ensemble. Best of all, Kiera and Uriah will perform their duet SOAR, choreographed by Melissa St. Clair. People that attend or sit in the first few rows have a really good chance of ending up in SOAR's final edit. It’s going to be a great show so we hope you will join us.
There are so many ways that you can help. We're asking for donations from $10 to $5000 or more. In return, we're offering some great incentives. Depending on how much you give there are gifts like signed photographs, T-shirts, posters, a copy of the film, tickets to the concert, and hugs before and after the show. Even if you don’t live in the Portland area you can still help us by pledging to our campaign so we can finish the documentary. If you are unable to pledge financial support, we'd be very grateful if you share our campaign with everyone you know.
We believe the arts allow people of all abilities a chance to express themselves and want to support that by bringing together the influences that have inspired Kiera and Uriah. We think it's a great way to end the film and celebrate the community that has given them so much support.
Please, pledge and/ or spread the word about SOAR. Thank you!
*After expenses are met, all profits will go to Kiera and Uriah.
Risks and challenges
The 60-minute SOAR documentary, which we plan on offering to film festivals and broadcast television, is more than 50 percent complete. The concert will be the finale/exclamation point of this inspiring film.
The SOAR concert is already deep in the planning stages. The Newmark Theater in Portland has been reserved for April 21, 2014. Three local dance companies have confirmed their participation. A producer, director and three high definition camera operators (one with Steadicam, one with slow motion "Red" camera) are lined up to capture the dress rehearsal and performance. The entire crew has offered their services for little or no pay because they believe in the project. Of course, we'd rather compensate these giving professionals . And, if this campaign succeeds, we will.
Beyond that, there are significant costs related to SOAR's final post-production: music licensing, a soundtrack, graphic design, video streaming, DVD authoring and distribution. Those costs will be covered by support from organizations that offer filmmakers funding for finishing.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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