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Paxson: A Home in Common
Paxson: A Home in Common
Six roommates, one common thread—a disability diagnosis. Yet what they bring to life is so much more.
Six roommates, one common thread—a disability diagnosis. Yet what they bring to life is so much more. Read more
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by .
About this project
When circumstances limit your options, when others hold the power, when major life choices are made for you, what is left? Paxson: A Home in Common offers a glimpse into the lives of six men. Brought together by the decisions of parents, guardians, and the courts, these men have in common a diagnosis, caretakers, and a home. They range in age from 27 to 79. Nothing other than their intellectual disabilities would have caused their lives to cross paths. Yet, each carves out of life more than an existence. Their families, friends, and caregivers are enriched by knowing them and so… Our goal in making this documentary is to expand their circle of influence, to share with others the joys and struggles these men walk out every day, and to entrust to you the beautiful life lessons they have entrusted to us.
Director Jacob Boelman has worked with the men living in the Paxson group home for nine years. Each of the residents shares the diagnosis of an Intellectual Disability (formerly referred to as Mild Mental Retardation), but that is where their similarities end. Forrest, Boelman’s original inspiration for the film, is 79 and confronts many of the typical struggles of old age. Rich suffers from Diabetes. Shad has Autism. Kevin faces the additional obstacle of Schizophrenia. While, Mark navigates the physical complications of Cerebral Palsy. Yet even these additional circumstances don’t provide the full story. Their real strengths are understood apart from their physical struggles, in the joy of a Michael Jackson video, the determination of a task accomplished, and the delight of a bicycle ride.
Your contribution will allow Jacob and Keenan to finish the documentary with the same energy and passion they started with. Each dollar will go to vital equipment, traveling costs, and licencing fees. A more specific cost breakdown can be seen in the graph below. What is most important is your support allows Forest, Mark, Kevin, and the others connected with the Paxson group home to share their stories and enrich your lives.
THE PAXSON MEN:
The Paxson documentary will star three of the six Paxson clients, Forrest, Mark, and Kevin.
Forest Richter grew up in Fort Shaw, Montana and on occasion still visits his brother, Bill, at the family homestead. At 79, Forest is the oldest resident in the Paxson group home and has lived there since 2008. Earlier in his life, Forrest worked with the ORI senior team. These days, however, he spends his time riding and fixing his bike, watching classic movies, and keeping very late hours. What else should a man in retirement do?
Despite increasing physical struggles as a result of Cerebral Palsy, you won’t find Mark Krogstad giving into negativity or set backs. Mark grew up in Missoula and has a variety of jobs with ORI, including his current position as part of the ORI shred shop. A self-described “social butterfly”, Mark has a long list of things he likes—demolition derbies, bowling, the Fair, going to church, rodeos, and participating in the Special Olympics. At home, you might find Mark listening to classic rock, watering his garden, and enjoying an O'Doul's beer.
At 27, Kevin Anderson is the youngest resident at Paxson. He arrived in 2007 and attends the ORI day services. In addition to struggling with Intellectual Disability, Kevin has been diagnosed with Schizophrenia, Gravitational Insecurity Disorder and GERD. Even though these hurdles put a lot on Kevin’s plate, he is still able to enjoy social interactions, art making, and giving hugs—with permission of course. Kevin is a highly empathetic individual and loves to show off his Michael Jackson moves.
We will also be observing the lives of the three other Paxson roommates, Rich, Shad, and Patrick.
Born in Anaconda, MT, Richard Potter has lived at Paxson since 2008. In his spare time, Rich enjoys basketball and baseball games, the Griz, movies, music, and his dog, Bailey. Rich participates in the Special Olympics and works at the ORI Wood Shop.
The newest resident at Paxson, Shad Senne has lived there since 2013. Born in Missoula, Shad works both at Goodwill and his family’s business, Import Market. Shad is an extreme note taker and music recordist, with favorites such as Johnny Cash, David Bowie, and Sting. Shads favorites shows are Tom and Jerry, Star Trek and of course Wheel of Fortune. He is also Paxson's self appointed weather tracker.
Patrick Jones loves flirting with girls, eating pizza, making art, and playing computer games. He was born in Boulder, CO and has lived in a lot of places, including Atlanta, GA, Lexington, KY, and Paris, France. Patrick prides himself on a great sense of humor and works hard at his job in the Wood Shop.
JACOB BOELMAN (Director and Sound Recordist)
Director, Jacob Boelman, lives in Missoula, MT. His passion for story encourages him to see potential for film everywhere, from the mundane to the intimate, which is why working at the Paxson group home opened the doors to his creative talents. As a student at the University of Montana, he served as a TA for both Professor Michael Murphy and Professor Sean O’Brien. He was also hired by the University to produce several promotional films, including their latest project on the University's Strategic Planing committee. Jacob plans to pursue film in the areas of directing and writing, though he is equally talented behind the camera, working with sound, and in the editing room.
KEENAN GOODMAN (Cinematographer)
Cinematographer, Keenan Goodman, graduated from the University of Montana this spring with a BFA from the Media Arts Digital Filmmaking program. He has both written and directed multiple short films while a student at the University. Goodman also worked as an art department intern on Alex and Andrew Smith's Montana hunting drama, Walking Out. The film, starring Matt Bomer, premiered at Sundance and was recently acquired by IFC. Keenan’s interest lay in cinematography, directing, and writing.
Paxson: a Home in Common is not Jacob's and Keenan’s first collaboration. The two also co-directed the film, Mary Rose. This 21-minute documentary can currently be seen on Montana PBS.
Sean O’Brien is currently Director of Film Studies at the University of Montana, where she teaches documentary production and film theory courses. She produced and directed Be Thou Always as a Guest, a documentary tribute to Bill Ohrmann, a celebrated artist from Drummond, Montana.
Michael Murphy came to the world of directing and editing film after a career as an actor; working in theater, film and television in New York and Los Angeles from 1975-1991. Moving to Montana, he helped create, and was Director of the innovative Media Arts Program at The University of Montana for ten years, and is now the head of its graduate Digital Filmmaking program. He teaches directing, acting for film, editing, and film studies.
- Panasonic Lumix GH5 DSLR camera: $2000
- Camera lenses/adapters/speed boosters: $2800
- Zoom H6N sound recorder: $400
-Sennheiser Lavalier mics (x2): $1260
- Light reflector: $20
-batteries/tape/lightbulbs, media storage, food, Kickstarter fee, etc.: $1460
-Music licensing, editing, etc.: $660
Boelman and Goodman have been shooting the documentary off and on for a year and a half with no funding. They are allocating the majority of the budget towards equipment and shooting. The Post-Production budget is smaller due to their willingness to explore other options such as state and organizational grants. The most important budget requirements are Production and Equipment. If the documentary is to be successful, a more persistent shooting schedule needs to be implemented. This budget allows them to accomplish this.
Risks and challenges
Though everyone involved in "Paxson: A Home in Common" is willing to give it the time it deserves, not making our Kickstarter budget could sink the project. Not having funding means we won't have access to the kind of equipment we need.
If the project is funded, the risks on this project are minimal. Due to the director’s long relationship with the Paxson group home, we are confident the filming will continue to go smoothly. We also have the backing of Opportunity Resources, Inc., the organization that sponsors the Paxson home. The clients, guardians, and staff are all behind director Boelman's vision for the film.
The greatest challenge in this documentary is the small crew. Yet, this is an intentional choice by those involved. The beauty of this documentary is how well-known the filmmakers are to the subjects. Usually, there are only two filmmakers on location at a time. Boelman works sound and Goodman shoots. This keeps the behind-the-scenes hassle to a minimum and lets the clients continue to feel comfortable in their living environments.
Our greatest fear lies in our portrayal of the clients and their community. To give you a truly unique look at this community, we must have the patience to let the clients speak for themselves. This means dealing with their speech impediments, low attention spans (at times), and unwillingness to bend to our narrative. We have an opportunity to look at the special needs community with a unique lens. To Boelman, these men are friends first and subjects second. We are determined to take whatever time needed to capture their unique stories.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter