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Update #10

Another Matching Grant

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Dear friends of AN UNKNOWN COUNTRY,

Happy Thanksgiving! 

I have a lot to be thankful for. Thanks to you, I was able to start production of this documentary.  Recently, the project received a $2000 matching fund pledge from a generous donor who's offering it "in the spirit of Hanukkah." In order to receive the amount pledged I must raise matching funds of an equal amount by December 15th.

Kindly spread the word: if you know anyone who might wish to donate, below are instructions on how to make a tax-deductible contribution.

Again, thank you for supporting this project.

Eva

DONATING BY CREDIT CARD: Click or copy/paste this link: http://www.nywift.org/article.aspx?ID=3591 -- This will lead to the project's page on the website of New York Women in Film & Television titled: An Unknown Country. Under the title you will see: DONATE NOW. Click on DONATE NOW to access  the registration/donation page where you can follow instructions to donate by credit card.  

DONATING BY CHECK: Make check payable to: New York Women in Film & Television. Be sure to write: "Eva Zelig/An Unknown Country" on the check and accompanying note. Send the check and note to: New York Women in Film & Television Attn: Elizabeth Estrada, Fiscal Sponsorship, 6 East 39th Street, Suite 1200, New York, NY 10016-0112.

NOTE: New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) acts as a non-profit umbrella organization for film and video makers seeking to raise funds who require non-profit status to do so. NYWIFT accepts tax-deductible contributions on their behalf and administers and disburses those funds back to them. 


Update #9

Matching Grant Pledged for AN UNKNOWN COUNTRY

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Dear Friends of An Unknown Country:

Pardon the intrusion on your time if you have already received this update. For those of you who haven’t, let me announce that the documentary project, An Unknown Country, has received a $10,000 matching fund pledge from a foundation. In order to receive the amount pledged the project must independently raise matching funds of an equal amount. 

Thanks to your earlier support, the project is about 80 percent complete, but additional finishing funds are still needed for editing, post production (video/audio correction), footage/photo/music rights. If this funding goal is reached, the film could be released by the end of 2013. 

May I prevail on your generosity once more and ask for you help to reach the goal? Below are instructions on making a tax-deductible donation. Contributions can be designated in memory or in honor of a loved one. Your tribute will be listed in the closing credits of the film. If you select this option, please email me at: evazelig@verizon.net. Again, thank you for your past support of AN UNKNOWN COUNTRY. 

INSTRUCTIONS ON MAKING A TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATION: 

DONATING BY CREDIT CARD:  Click or copy/paste this link: http://www.nywift.org/article.aspx?ID=3591 This will lead to the project's page on the website of New York Women in Film & Television titled: An Unknown Country. Under An Unknown Country, you will see: DONATE NOW. Click on DONATE NOW and you will reach the registration/donation page where you can follow instructions to donate by credit card. 

DONATING BY CHECK: Make check payable to: New York Women in Film & Television. Be sure to note: "Eva Zelig/An Unknown Country" on the check and accompanying note. Send the check and note to: New York Women in Film & Television Attn: Easmanie Michel, Fiscal Sponsorship Coordinator 6 East 39th Street, Suite 1200 New York, NY 10016-0112 

*Note: New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) acts as a non-profit umbrella organization for film and video makers seeking to raise funds who require non-profit status to do so. NYWIFT accepts tax-deductible contributions on their behalf and administers and disburses those funds back to them.


Update #8 - For backers only

An Unknown Country: Finish Line in Sight

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Update #7

Making Progress on "An Unknown Country"

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Dear friends of An Unknown Country:

Since my last update, I’ve made progress on the documentary on several fronts. You may recall that this past spring I was getting ready to travel to Ecuador to shoot additional material. I did travel there and was able to shoot several compelling stories.

I have now edited a 20-minute video segment. The script is almost complete and the editing process continues. I am also gathering images to illustrate the stories: vintage and current photos, archival footage, and documents. If all goes well, I hope to have a complete but fairly rough cut by late October. 

It was very gratifying to achieve our Kickstarter fund-raising goal thanks to you. The funds helped pay for shoots in Ecuador and the US and editing costs. However, funds are still needed to cover the costs of footage/photo/music rights, graphics, post-production, DVDs, film festivals, shipping,  outreach, and other finishing expenses. I have continued to apply for foundation grants. This type of funding is uncertain, therefore, additional contributions are welcome. If you know anyone who might wish to make tax-deductible donations, they can be made through our fiscal sponsor: New York Women in Film and Television. Below are guidelines on how to donate through this organization.

Many thanks, again, for your continued interest in this project and your generous support. 

Eva

HOW TO SEND TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS:                                              

DONATING BY CHECK:

Make check out to: New York Women in Film and Television. Be sture to state: "Eva Zelig/An Unknown Country" on the check and accompanying note.
Send check to:
New York Women in Film and Television
Attn: Easmanie Michel, Fiscal Sponsorship Coordinator
6 East 39th Street, Suite 1200
New York, NY 10016-0112

DONATING BY CREDIT CARD:

Click or copy this link: http://www.nywift.org/article.aspx?ID=3591
This will lead you to the project's page on the website of NY Women in Film and Television. Under the title, AN UNKNOWN COUNTRY, you will see this: DONATE NOW. Select it and you will reach the registration/donation page.

If this doesn't work, another way to do it is:
Go to the website of New York Women in Film & Television: www.nywift.org
Under the MEMBERS tab select FISCAL SPONSORSHIP. Then select: FISCALLY SPONSORED PROJECTS. Select: AN UNKNOWN COUNTRY. Select: DONATE NOW, and you will reach the registration/donation page.*

(*Note: New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) acts as a non-profit umbrella organization for film and video makers seeking to raise funds who require non-profit status to do so. NYWIFT accepts tax-deductible contributions on their behalf, and administers and disburses those funds back to them.)


Update #6

EDIT AND TAPING OF "AN UNKNOWN COUNTRY" CONTINUE

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Dear friends of AN UNKNOWN COUNTRY:

Thanks to your generous support we have begun to edit the documentary and will travel to Ecuador this week to shoot additional material. 

Some of the shoots include: 

*A segment about the impact several exiles had in many aspects of the country that granted them asylum. 

*A child of refugees visits the farm where his parents started their new life. Ecuador's visas stipulated refugees could only work in agriculture or certain industries.

*Interview widows and children of refugees who arrived in Ecuador as teenagers and returned to Europe during the war to fight with a Czech brigade.

*Colegio Alberto Einstein. This school began a study program of human rights, the holocaust, and genocide that is now taught in public schools in Ecuador. 

More updates after my return.

Eva Zelig


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