About this project
"If 90 school buses filled with children were to crash every day, with no survivors, the world would take notice. But this kind of death toll is precisely what happens every day because of poor sanitation." - Sanjay Wijesekera, Global Head of UNICEF’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programme.
Flush Revolution follows Jack Sim, AKA “Mr. Toilet,” a Singaporean entrepreneur turned social activist who faces an impossible task of ending the sanitation taboo and getting toilets to 1 billion people worldwide. Although Mr. Toilet has gained global recognition for his work with the UN and the World Toilet Organization, he must make endless sacrifices with no paycheck and a staff of nine to get 2.4 billion people access to safe sanitation.
Mr. Toilet's methods are unconventional— parading through neighborhoods in “poo” costumes, squatting with people on the street— because breaking years of taboo is complex and requires creativity. As Mr. Toilet partners with an army of celebrities and world leaders like Prime Minister Modi, only time will tell if Mr. Toilet's passion and innovation are a match for India’s largest sanitation assignment in history: deliver toilets to six million homes in Andhra Pradesh.
We have a goal to raise $45,000 to fund shooting the rest of the footage of Mr. Toilet in India for 3-4 weeks. He is helping out with a HUGE toilet initiative there (see above) and if we don't go with him we will literally miss out on some major toilet history happening.
So this means that we have done the math and in order to get our small crew back and forth to India, pay for visas, for logistics, drives, camera men/women, food, ship rewards and have enough money to begin organizing footage once we are back, we NEED $45k in the bank.
*To give some perspective, most SMALL Hollywood films (without any cause behind them) have budgets of 5-10 million dollars. Our budget doesn't even break 1 million. So we are doing this as inexpensively as possible.
But say if we were to exceed our current fundraising goal, this is what we would do with the money:
- Stretch Goal One $50,000- This would allow us to start sorting through over 300 hours of footage as well as pay for transcription, transcoding and translation which makes the editing process WAY easier. I don't speak Hindi, do you?
- Stretch Goal Two $65,000- This would make us so happy because we would be able to follow Mr. Toilet around to even more places (think Africa) in order to highlight how women specifically are affected by this issue.
- Stretch Goal Three $80,000- If this happened we would literally have enough money to finish principle photography (think pick up shots and all those little things you have to go back and shoot cause it's crucial to the story). And that means the movie would be out to YOU/the world sooner!
Why We Are Taking Your Money
Hey, did you know about any of this shit before you saw this page? We didn’t think so… unless you just listen to way too much NPR, but even then.... People don’t know about the dire consequences of improper sanitation because we are too ashamed to talk about it. Toilet taboo has gotten in the way of saving lives and we intend to change that. #awareness= #change
Who Are We??
Epic shit can only happen if you’re backed by an epic team. Luckily, our film posse is comprised of filmmakers who have produced, directed or edited over a dozen feature documentaries that have showcased at major festivals (e.g. Sundance) received Emmy nominations and released on broadcasts such as HBO, PBS, National Geographic, MTV and BBC. This shit is in good hands. Trust Us.
Risks and challenges
Mr. Toilet has worked tirelessly to end the sanitation crisis by breaking taboo. He believes that if you can make people laugh then you can make them think… and so do we. That’s why we are asking you to help us tell his story in a movie that will make you chuckle at poop jokes and want to save the world all at the same time! Please help us share the story of Flush Revolution with the world.
FLUSH REVOLUTION will be the first film to expose the sanitation crisis, catalyze a breakthrough in toilet taboo and generate massive global action for what is one of the biggest health crises of our time.
How many people DON’T know that a child dies of water born diseases almost every 15 seconds? By this time tomorrow, another 2,500 will be dead.
How many people have NEVER heard the stories of the 1 in 3 women who hold their bodily functions until nighttime so that darkness can hide their shame-- and at the same time they risk sexual assault because they are alone in the dark?
How many people have NOT seen the statistic that 1 billion people still openly defecate- that translates to more people worldwide having cellphones than toilets...ya pretty sobering.
$45,000 will prevent us from missing out on following Mr. Toilet through his biggest challenge yet: to lead a $2 billion sanitation project in India in which he will help deliver toilets to six million homes in the state of Andhra Pradesh.
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