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An epic artistic journey in Southern Oregon, to be documented in a movie called "All Kinds of Beings". Daniel Sperry, composer, cellist, singer, spoken word artist and evocateur, discovers the trials and tribulations, the struggles and the healers,  the social injustice and the miracle workers of the Rogue Valley in Southern Oregon, and makes music and words to recognize and celebrate them all. In the process, Daniel will compose a dozen or more new works, and produce a series of videos that share his process, drawing in collaborators and change-makers along the way. The "All Kinds of Beings" project will open the door to the question, "How can we change the world through the creation of art that speaks to the human condition?" This is a story within a story - a tale of a passionate, quirky creator who quit his job in marketing and sales in mid-life, and took his training with one of the world's most superb cellists and one of the country's most unsung but accomplished R&B artists, as well as his experience making music for a world-wide meditation movement, and rolled it all into a mission to speak, sing and make music for the unsung beings - all kinds of beings - who reside in a particular slice of the Pacific Northwest, with all it's history of land-claiming, pioneering, racism, and opportunity-taking. This is a reality show about artistic process combined with social activism and heartful story-telling. The project is a collaboration with the local United Way of Jackson County, who will assist Daniel in making the discoveries and engaging the struggles of a beautiful and broken part of our country. Your support helps to create a model for artistic and social engagement and a sound foundation for the calling of an original, one-of-a-kind artist, composer and visionary.

Risks and challenges

This project is risky because of it's visionary scope and numerous technical logistics, and the potential rewards from navigating these challenges are enormous. Daniel is self-producing a movie, which he has never done before. However, he has the support and mentoring of two of the most accomplished film-makers in the Rogue Valley. Daniel is creating "musical portraits" of people, places and things he has never attempted to create before. However, he has already composed over fifty musical portraits released on seven CDs, including three collections of soundscapes with poetry. With that background, he has abundant skill to bring to the challenge of these new pieces. He'll be taking this project on in the midst of his regular "day job", playing for the people who walk through Lithia Park in Ashland, during the regular season of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. And that, too, becomes part of the story. The mission of connecting and supporting people on the street and in the world with beauty is all tied in with the mission of the project. Daniel brings to the task his whole lifetime of experience working with people and creating original work, as well as his passion for the proposition of human transformation through art. Even with all the various logistical and technical challenges associated with this project, Daniel's friends, church, community and local social organizations are already rallying around to open the doors and assist in all the ways needed to make the project a success.

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    Any contribution of this amount or more, I want you to feel that you can participate in the project by giving me input, suggesting issues I should explore, submitting poetry or lyric ideas, or anything else you think could be helpful to the project. I will guarantee I will listen and consider, as part of my process.

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    A CD of your choice from Daniel's catalogue of CDs, including Brothers and Sisters of the Soul, When Your Life Becomes Poetry, The Irrational Quest For Beauty, and Cutting Loose.

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