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A two hour documentary on "How do the decisions we make along the course of our lives affect four generations?".
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The Mission: Give a Voice to The Unspoken Past

Throughout the eons of time many important stories, and many important people have been forgotten. History books don’t have the space to record the lives of the many extraordinary everyday man and women whose lives made the history of today. In the 21st century with the invention of the Internet, audio and video recording is now at our fingertips. It has never been this easy to preserve events and stories. The Greatest Generation is quickly passing, and the Baby Boomers will soon join them. With them the stories, and the people who lived the past and made the present possible will be lost. There is something of value in every life, and the lessons from each life can help future generations move forward with the wisdom of the past. The goal of this project is to preserve the wisdom of eight individuals who lived a hundred years ago. Though this is not the history of the entire world, a film like this can inspire new generations to ask questions from and find answers from those who have already passed. Every person has once possessed a voice. It’s important to preserve a part of their contribution to the world.

Borghild Tuestad: Norwegian
Borghild Tuestad: Norwegian
Harold Lokna: Norwegian
Harold Lokna: Norwegian

This story will be about eight different people. Two Norwegians, Two Volga Germans, Two members of old American families, One Austrian, and One Italian. Five different cultures, eight diverse lives. We will learn their familial history, why they journeyed to North America, how they each handled historical events, and the ways their decisions have positively, and negatively affected the next four generations. Through these lives we will see how our actions will affect the future, and learn from their mistakes. 

Emma Betchold, Albert Reimche: Volga German
Emma Betchold, Albert Reimche: Volga German

Documentaries are not simple endeavors. This is why I am asking, for whatever assistance you feel comfortable giving. Whether it is financial, or a promotion on social media, all is greatly appreciated. In 65 days I will drive roughly 16 Thousand Kilometers (10 thousand Miles), interview 35 family members, and film 16 on location shoots. Throughout filming I will be releasing daily vlogs, and updating news on the editing timeline. The financial assistance given will be for gas, entrance fees for locations, and paying an editor to assist in bringing the project into an organized film. There will be 50 to 60 hours of film to condense into a two hour product. I have worked as a Set Production Coordinator on a feature film, and directed a 25 minute documentary. By doing these projects I have gained needed skills for completing this documentary, but this will be an extremely demanding project both physically and creatively. That is why I appreciate any support that is given. 

Maddie Cravey: American, Aldo Ghelfi: Italian
Maddie Cravey: American, Aldo Ghelfi: Italian

How will I be able to finish this product? Two years ago I drove 15 thousand miles interviewing the same people. It was a personal project for myself, and my family. I have met the interviewees, driven the routes, know the correct questions, and stories to ask for. Working on film sets has taught me important organizational skills, basic cinematography, and lighting. All will be required for this project although not to the same extreme as a feature film set. This will be very difficult, but the work I have done the past two years has prepared me for this project.

Alice Hoen: American, Berthold Stickle: Austrian
Alice Hoen: American, Berthold Stickle: Austrian

Risks and challenges

There Will Be Several Potential Risks Along The Journey

1, Potential breakdown of production vehicle. Response: Receive backup vehicle from Seattle home base, or loaning from Interviewees.

2. Refusal of filming rights from many Interviewees. Response: In the unfortunate rejection of participating in the final film, at on location shoots I will retell the previously spoken stories from my interpretation.

3. Delay in post-production editing process. Response: I will personally take out a loan to incentivize the current film editor to focus more intently, or hire another experienced contact that I possess.

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