We exceeded our goal!!!
I am teary eyed at the amount of support Shell Shocked has received through this Kickstarter campaign, ok Im full of it.. I was crying my eyes out with tears of sheer joy! After fundraisers in NY (thanks Erin Sullivan & PoolhouseTV!) and New Orleans (Thanks Jerald White & The Charitable Film Network!) we were half way to our goal with a week to go. 20k is a great deal of money, but in order to broadcast anything there are steps you must take.. and if they aren't donated you have to pay for them.
Though I never lost hope or stopped spreading the word I couldn't quite see the light at the end of the tunnel, then I got a call from Los Angeles. I picked up the phone to hear my dear friend Jacquie Unruh on the other end saying that she had been following the project on Kickstarter via Facebook and then she came out with "let's do a fundraiser in LA! Is Krisitin Diable available to play? (she was... Andrew Duhon came and played too!), we can do a creole menu, have it at the Chandelier Room at Santa Anita Racetrack, invite all of our friends after the races and get you to your goal!". My answer... "of course!!" She so graciously flew us there, hosted us at her home and hosted the event as well as having a race that her horse was running in dedicated to "Shell Shocked". That gave us the push we needed to get us over the hump and then from there the support came pouring in once again.
I want to thank each and every one of you for taking the time to learn about our project and then taking the next step in donating because you believe in our message and cause. We did it!!! Every little and big bit helped tremendously in us reaching that goal and to exceed it was one of the greatest feelings I have ever felt.
I say that because I know how far we have come and what we have left to do. After 2 years of peoples lives like John Richie and Jonathan Jhanke spent entirely on making this documentary as well as being youth mentors to a great group of teens there was no way we were going to stop trying to get this film made, we felt the message too important and the situation too dire. The footage obtained through the process is beautiful, yet jarring and the stories are heartbreaking. We believe that through telling this story from the teens perspective as well as the mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, daughters, sons who have lost someone they loved dearly, often times over some of the simplest of conflicts, and by putting citizens in their shoes to show what struggles they face daily, that we will be able to incite change in our community, put out a call for public service, and work with our elected officials to truly make a difference and put the resources that are needed into youth mentoring programs. This is our city's biggest neglected crisis, but film can empower our youth, inspire our citizens, and push the wave of change this dire situation needs.
As we stand right now.. we are 2 weeks into the edit and are estimated to have a rough cut by June. From there the film will move to the sound mixer, composer animator and then *in big news* The director of production at Dirty Robber Productions and Post, Ryan Lough and his 2 amazing partners will be donating their companies post production services for color correction, online, and titles to the documentary!!! A huge thank you to Ryan and his team!
We have been given so many great opportunities to reach out and connect with the community, mostly our community here in New Orleans, Kickstarter took that to a completely different level. The nurturing of this project through exceeding its funding goal was a result of the amazing online/ kickstarter community. Kickstarter's idea that all it takes is a good idea, hard work and human connection is simplistic perfection and when followed leads to success and array of new touchdown dances per pledging milestones met.
Thank you all for believing in us and helping us to make this dream come true. I will be keeping you up to date with the progress of the film through completion and can't wait to be packing up and shipping out all of the goodies that came along with your pledges when the project is complete! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!
All the best,
Ashley Ebanks and the Shell Shocked team