About this project
GOOOOOAL! WE MADE IT!
Thanks to an entire community that supported us.
We could certainly use more donations – they will cover costs such as the poster, the website, outreach, etc. Contact us at Teddybearfilms@earthlink.net or visit www.teddybearfilms.com.
GOAL! The Incredible Journey follows the trip of five women who were selected to represent the United States at the 2013 Homeless World Cup. Through their story we explore how soccer can help people take control of their lives.
When I first heard about the Homeless World Cup I was stunned. I am a lifelong soccer fan, yet I’ve never heard about this annual event that brings together homeless soccer players from 50 countries around the world. You probably haven’t either.
Here was a new, creative approach to battling homelessness. I was intrigued. Could it really work?
As I got to know some of the U.S. teams, I saw how the irresistible power of a sport could be channeled toward coaching not only soccer, but also life skills. I quickly came upon some amazing life stories, so I knew there was a good film waiting to be made.
I started production right away in order to get footage of the women in their home cities long before they were selected to represent the U.S. at the Homeless World Cup. This took me to teams all over the country: from Charlotte to Seattle, from New York, through Chicago, St. Louis and Minneapolis, back home to San Francisco. I needed to film all the players nominated to the national team, because I couldn’t know yet who would make the final cut.
Find out more about the “stars” of the film, and read the film’s synopsis, at our FAQ page.
The Back story
The homeless population in some parts of the U.S. is at its highest since the Great Depression. Over 1.5 million children nationwide are currently homeless. With budget cuts and rising housing costs, the need to explore new solutions is more urgent than ever. One such innovative program is harnessing the transformative power of sports to change lives. Street Soccer USA has teams in 18 cities, using the passion for soccer to connect players to jobs, education and housing opportunities.
Despite Street Soccer USA’s 75% success rate, the program has so far attracted little attention. Our film aims to change that.
Our goal with GOAL! is to make an inspiring, uplifting film that will encourage communities and individuals to look at innovative approaches to helping the local homeless population, and to consider the power of sports to make positive social change. We intend to make a film that will be aired on television, screened in film festivals and streamed on-line. In addition to these traditional venues, we will make the film available for community groups and activists on issues of economic justice and homelessness.
How You Can Help
We are asking you to come in to support the film’s completion stages. We need to raise $30,000, the minimum amount it will cost to finish. We’re almost done the filming, and here is what this money will buy:
- 3 final days of production
- Music rights
- Audio mix, titles and miscellaneous post-production tasks needed to complete the film
To express our appreciation, we have assembled a great selection of gifts, including donations from the San Francisco-based Sports Basement and Senda Athletics.
Note: we estimate the film to be completed by early summer 2015. The film (digital and DVD versions) will be delivered as soon as possible after completion. Delivery dates in the Rewards section refer to all other gifts.
Tell everyone that you're now a part of our project, and that you'd like them to help, too! Be sure to let them know that we can be found on Facebook and Twitter. And remember: every little bit helps.
What Happens If We Don’t Reach Our Goal?
If we don't raise our goal, we don't receive any donations. The amount you pledge will not actually make it to us until our final goal is reached and the funding deadline has passed. We want to succeed, so please spread the word! Everything helps!
Who We Are
Micha is one of the very few emigrants to the U.S. who have arrived in this country by hitchhiking. But that was long ago. Years later: “After the L.A. Times wrote about my first work, ‘a hell of a great film,’ I quit my day job and never looked back."
David Kempa is a journalist in Sacramento, CA, writing with a particular interest in poverty and social justice issues.
Winner of a 2010 Robert F Kennedy Award for Journalism for his immigration work in southern Mexico, Kempa has spent most of his career making sure the less fortunate get their stories told.
Risks and challenges
While film projects are always vulnerable to unpredictable turns of events, this project is almost on its home stretch. With 95% of the filming completed, the footage logged and assembled, the main hurdle remaining is the lack of funding. If we are successful at raising our target amount, we should be able to hire the professional crew and services required to bring the film out to the world. All of Micha Peled's six documentaries have aired on PBS. We expect a similar route for this film.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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