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The Milky Way reveals the real power vested in women's bodies and how that affects their babies - even the tiniest of preemies.

Did you know that:

America has one of the lowest breastfeeding rates in the world?

Breastfeeding empowers women?

Preemies do much better when they spend more time on their mama's chest than in an incubator?

Other countries are more advanced in their birth and breastfeeding policies than the US?

Our own Milky Way galaxy was named for Mother's Milk?

We are raising the necessary funds to complete, market and release a feature-length documentary film about breastfeeding into the world to educate and inspire. Jennifer and Chantal are RN lactation consultants that want to make an impact on American culture and in the lives of mothers. We need your help to make this dream a reality.

The Milky Way! is a film that needs to be made. We invite you to become part of our vision. This is your chance to make a tremendous difference in the lives of women.

Our Mosaic Project:

Every mother has a story. What's your story? A picture is worth a thousand words, add yours to the Mosaic, where da Vinci's classic nursing mother is brought into the 21st Century. Each mother-baby or nursing photo is a "tile" in the mosaic with a pledge of $15 or more. Help us get the 10,000 tiles to make an awesome poster! Post or private message photos to our Facebook page:

  https://www.facebook.com/MilkyWayMovie

The Milky Way will take you on a journey of discovery, and what we find will astonish you. 

Jennifer and Chantal, the producers of The Milky Way, are passionate about empowering mothers. We want women to have accurate information about their bodies and their babies. The Milky Way reveals the real power vested in women’s bodies and how that affects their babies - even the tiniest of preemies. One of the primary goals for the film is to assure women that they have the tools they need to trust their instincts, and to know that each mother is truly the expert regarding her own baby.

Jennifer and Chantal have a profound trust in women's bodies and in babies' capabilities. We view mother and baby as one whole, symbiotic, synergistic, holistic entity, and a mother is the baby's home - its essential habitat. Nursing is a normal, ordinary yet extraordinary, experience.

Our mission is to restore the phenomenon of the nursing mother.

Got a question? Send us a message... We'd love to hear from you.
Got a question? Send us a message... We'd love to hear from you.

Our mission is to restore the phenomenon of the nursing mother.

Jennifer Davidson is a pediatric nurse and lactation consultant at the progressive pediatric practice of Dr. Jay Gordon in Santa Monica, CA. Jennifer is frustrated by the ongoing struggle that nursing mothers face. After years of working with mothers and babies, Jennifer recognized a consistent need to provide her clients with essential tools to enable them to trust their instincts, and to know that each mother is truly the expert regarding her own baby.

With the help of her mentor, Chantal Molnar, she embarks on a journey to find the answers, ultimately developing solutions and a movement to restore the Phenomenon of the Nursing Mother to the culture in America.

 What People Are Saying...

Alanis Morsette: Muscian and Breastfeeding Advocate
Alanis Morsette: Muscian and Breastfeeding Advocate
Nancy Williams, MA, MFT, IBCLC, CCE - Professional Lactation Consultant - Nancy has been providing breastfeeding help and support for 30 years and has been a national speaker for 20. She has been a perinatal educator and consultant since the late 1970's
Nancy Williams, MA, MFT, IBCLC, CCE - Professional Lactation Consultant - Nancy has been providing breastfeeding help and support for 30 years and has been a national speaker for 20. She has been a perinatal educator and consultant since the late 1970's
Professor James J. McKenna is recognized as the world’s leading authority on mother-infant co-sleeping, in relationship to breastfeeding and SIDS.
Professor James J. McKenna is recognized as the world’s leading authority on mother-infant co-sleeping, in relationship to breastfeeding and SIDS.
Minnie Driver: Actress and Breastfeeding Advocate
Minnie Driver: Actress and Breastfeeding Advocate
Carrie-Anne Moss: Actress and Breastfeeding Advocate
Carrie-Anne Moss: Actress and Breastfeeding Advocate

Join us on our mission

to elevate the nursing mother to a place in society where she receives all the necessary support to nurse her child, where scientific evidence overrides marketing influences, and a woman does not fear nursing in public.

About The Milky Way

In defiance of nearly a hundred years of medical procedures that routinely separated babies from their mothers, and medical advice that informed women that their milk was not good enough, The Milky Way captures how mothers can access their inner knowledge and trust their own body’s wisdom. Women’s stories, leading lactation professionals, archival footage, religious iconography, and formula advertisements, show how mothers’ authority was co-opted by medical professionals, and how they have been pressured to forfeit their nourishing breasts in favor of highly sexualized breasts.

This film shows how women can reclaim their birthright and restore the nursing mother archetype. The Milky Way is about the knowledge that inherently resides in every woman, how to access that knowledge and how to trust what we already know. It is a film that will inspire women to say, “I can do that!” “I want to do that!

The Milky Way is about the knowledge that inherently resides in every woman, how to access that knowledge and how to trust what we already know. It is a film that will inspire women to say, “I can do that!” “I want to do that!

Mary Cassatt "Louise nursing her child"
Mary Cassatt "Louise nursing her child"

Where we are now with the project

Making a film and releasing it into the world takes place in stages.  We are thrilled to have completed the filming process and are now in the editorial stage, where the film really comes to life.  The Milky Way will then be output to DVD and will play the international film festival circuit, where it will be presented to distributors.  Following the festival run, the film will be released through a variety of distribution platforms, kicking off a “movement” that will truly create positive social change.

We are raising the necessary funds to complete, market and release the film into the world. We need your help to make this dream a reality.

The Mythic Origins Of The Milky Way

The Origin of the Milky Way is a painting by the Italian late Renaissance master Jacopo Tintoretto (1575-1580)
The Origin of the Milky Way is a painting by the Italian late Renaissance master Jacopo Tintoretto (1575-1580)

Our own Milky Way Galaxy was named after mother’s milk! The word galaxy derives from the Greek term galaxias, "milky one", or kyklos and galaktikos, "milky circle," because it looks a milky spiral in the night sky. In Greek mythology, Zeus places his son, Heracles, born by a mortal woman, on Hera's breast while she is asleep. Zeus wanted the baby to drink her milk so he could become divine. Hera wakes up to an unknown baby nursing at her breast. She unlatches him in surprise, and the milk having let down, sprays across the night sky, creating the Milky Way.

The Filmmakers

Producer Jennifer Davidson RN BSN IBCLC is a pediatric nurse and lactation consultant at the progressive pediatric practice of Dr. Jay Gordon MD in Santa Monica, CA. After years of working with mothers and babies Jennifer recognized a consistent need to provide her clients with essential tools to enable them to trust their bodies, trust their babies, and trust themselves, especially during the early days of new motherhood.

Producer Chantal Molnar RN MA IBCLC worked at University of California, Irvine Medical Center for over 20 years. During those years she saw how damaging medical practices are to breastfeeding, and realized how drastically the culture must change in order for more moms to succeed. She holds a master’s degree in human development.

Director/Producer Jon Fitzgerald has over 20 years of experience in the motion picture business.He co-founded the Slamdance Film Festival in 1995 and went on to direct the AFI Los Angeles Film Festival, Santa Barbara and Abu Dhabi International Film Festivals. After consulting to film festivals and indie filmmakers for many years, he transitioned back into producing, with socially relevant projects, such as THE BACK NINE, THE HIGHEST PASS and DANCE OF LIBERATION and now THE MILKY WAY. In 2011, he launched CineCause, an online portal connecting socially relevant films to related causes.In 2012, he authored Filmmaking For Change: Make Films That Transform the World.

REWARDS

The Milky Way Bracelet that says: “Go Galactic” & “The Milky Way”

The Milky Way Tote Bag

The Milky Way Onesie

The Milky Way Sticker Pack

BOOKS: Stone Age Baby In A Techno World & Sleeping with Your Baby - A Parents Guide to Cosleeping

The Milky Way Baby Wrap

Choice of Mother-Child Art Print

Gustav Klimt
Gustav Klimt
Pablo Picasso
Pablo Picasso

The Milky Way Madonna Supporter Mosaic

For Kickstarter Press Inquiries, please contact Christopher Olenik at: http://agency20.com/contact-us/


What we will use Kickstarter funds for:

With 90% of the film “in the can” there are many things that have to be done in order to finish our film. The actual filming is only part of making a movie. Here are some of the things that we are doing right now, that we are hoping to fund with our Kickstarter campaign: 

 
There are some “pick-up” shots as well as some new people who we have recently discovered that should be in the film. 

Travel - there are a few things we could shoot on location in other countries, if we were able to raise enough money, that would contribute greatly to the film. 

 
Film editing – this is where the film takes shape. Jennifer, Chantal, our director and our editors go through all the footage and pick out the best shots to be used in the film, where they would best be used, etc. In order to edit a movie and finish it we need all of the things listed below and more:


Hardware: Storage drives – we have a lot of footage, and it all has to be converted into hi resolution which takes up tremendous amount of space on a drive and each editor needs their own copy.

Color correction 

Sound editing

Transcriptions

Graphics 

Branding

Logo development and design

Poster development and design

Title design

Sub-titles and translations

Clearance rights 

Musical scoring

Animations – there are several animations that we need to have created for us.

Music licenses – we would love to have Beyonce’s “Halo’ in the film, as well as some other music that we must pay to use.

Attorney fees

Insurance premiums

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

We will make our absolute best effort to deliver your rewards in a timely fashion in accordance with the dates we list on our Kickstarter page with standard delivery (90 days) and movie subject to distribution in 2014. However, as with any creative project, there are unforeseen challenges that we may have to problem-solve – challenges that could potentially hinder our delivery of your rewards.

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    You are now officially a The Milky Way Warrior!!! GO GALACTIC!!! Use your powers to NURSE a GALACTIC REVOLUTION for the Milky Way and for all moms and babies! Tweet, email, post, blog, call, text, or have a conversation over lunch to tell the world about our film. Connect us with your community. If you know of an organization that wants to be involved, put us in touch with them.

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    KINDLE OR HARD COPY EDITION OF: "STONE AGE BABY IN A TECHNO WORLD" By MARGIE S. DEUTCH LASH MSEd, NANCY WILLIAMS, GRETCHEN ANDREWS & SHAWN CRANE + DVD of the movie signed by Jennifer & Chantal + The Milky Way Onesie + The Milky Way Tote Bag + Your name on the website + Sticker pack (5) for promoting Universal Nursing Symbol + Digital Download of the movie + Digital download of the Madonna Mosaic + Thank you postcard signed by Jennifer & Chantal “I helped make The Milky Way” + The Milky Way Support Bracelet that says: “Go Galactic” & “The Milky Way” + Submit a photo for inclusion in our mosaic

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    THE MILKY WAY BABY WRAP + CHOICE OF 22" x 28" FRAMABLE MOTHER-BABY ART PRINT – MARY CASSETT, KLIMPT, OR PICASO (see reward section at bottom of page) + Kindle or Hard Copy of: Stone Age Baby In A Techno World,” by Margie S Deutsch Lash MSEd, Nancy Williams, Gretchen Andrews and Shawn Crane+ DVD of the movie signed by Jennifer & Chantal + The Milky Way Onesie + The Milky Way Tote Bag + Your name on the website + Sticker pack (5) for promoting Universal Nursing Symbol + Digital Download of the movie + Digital download of the Madonna Mosaic + Thank you postcard signed by Jennifer & Chantal “I helped make The Milky Way” + The Milky Way Support Bracelet that says: “Go Galactic” & “The Milky Way” + Submit a photo for inclusion in our mosaic

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    THE MILKY WAY MOMMY PACKAGE: (LOGO TOTE, ONESIE, BABY WRAP AND TRAVEL MUG) + Kindle or Hard Copy of: Stone Age Baby In A Techno World,” by Margie S Deutsch Lash MSEd, Nancy Williams, Gretchen Andrews and Shawn Crane+ DVD of the movie signed by Jennifer & Chantal + Your name on the website + Sticker pack (5) for promoting Universal Nursing Symbol + Digital Download of the movie + Digital download of the Madonna Mosaic + Thank you postcard signed by Jennifer & Chantal “I helped make The Milky Way” + The Milky Way Support Bracelet that says: “Go Galactic” & “The Milky Way” + Submit a photo for inclusion in our mosaic

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    OFFICIAL EDUCATIONAL LICENSE TO SCREEN THE FILM IN EDUCATIONAL SETTINGS – whether you are a lactation professional, physician, midwife, doula, childbirth educator, specialize in women’s studies, public health, or WIC, you will receive the ongoing official license to screen the film in classrooms plus the DVD

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    THE MILKY WAY MOTHER ART COLLECTION: 22" x 28" FRAMABLE PRINT OF THE MILKY WAY SUPPORTER MOSAIC SIGNED BY PRODUCERS (see reward section at bottom of page) + CHOICE OF 22" x 28" FRAMABLE MOTHER-BABY ART PRINT – MARY CASSETT, KLIMPT, OR PICASO + Choice of Tote Bag, Onesie or Baby Wrap + Kindle or Hard Copy of: Stone Age Baby In A Techno World,” by Margie S Deutsch Lash MSEd, Nancy Williams, Gretchen Andrews and Shawn Crane+ DVD of the movie signed by Jennifer & Chantal + The Milky Way Onesie + The Milky Way Tote Bag + Your name on the website + Sticker pack (5) for promoting Universal Nursing Symbol + Digital Download of the movie + Digital download of the Madonna Mosaic + Thank you postcard signed by Jennifer & Chantal “I helped make The Milky Way” + The Milky Way Support Bracelet that says: “Go Galactic” & “The Milky Way” + Submit a photo for inclusion in our mosaic

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    HOST YOUR OWN PUBLIC SCREENING OF THE FILM, this is perfect for showing in LLL groups, for awareness days, World Breastfeeding week, or fundraisers + Kindle or Hard Copy of: Stone Age Baby In A Techno World" & "Sleeping With Your Baby" + 22" x 28" framable print of the supporter mosaic signed by Jennifer & Chantal + choice of 22" x 28" framable mother-baby art - Mary Cassett, Klimt or Picasso + Choice of Tote Bag, Onesie or Baby Wrap + DVD of the movie signed by Jennifer & Chantal + Your name on the website + Sticker pack (5) for promoting Universal Nursing Symbol + Digital Download of the movie + Digital download of the Madonna Mosaic + Thank you postcard signed by Jennifer & Chantal “I helped make The Milky Way” + The Milky Way Support Bracelet that says: “Go Galactic” & “The Milky Way” + Submit a photo for inclusion in our mosaic

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