This project's funding goal was not reached on August 4, 2012.
About this project
THIS JUST IN! A DONOR HAS OFFERED $10,000 AT THE END OF THE CAMPAIGN IF WE CAN REACH $20,000. This means if we can get to 20k we get funded. CAN WE DO IT?!
The money we raise will hire an all-Acadiana film crew... $$ for Acadiana! It will also hire a grant writer to get additional funds and attention for the film. We'll still be putting a lot of our own time money and our best effort in creating today's most accurate comprehensive picture of the Cajun people.
NOTE: Don't forget to watch the whole fundraiser video. At the end is footage that I shot in April with my film crew... a sort of teaser film trailer for We Are Cajun.
I finished my last film after five years and spending several thousand dollars of my own money. It was a labor of love and it was hard but I'm finally reaping the rewards.
When I chose to do my next film on a topic very close to my heart, the Cajun culture... I knew I wanted to produce and finish it in a reasonable amount of time, accounting for all of the things I wanted to do but didn't have the money to do as well as capturing an image of the Cajun culture and lifestyle in the highest possible quality with as much thought and care as possible.
Rather than go a classic route and secure a loan from a bank or find a private investor, I want to do like many have done before and turn it over to crowd-sourcing. You have a very cool opportunity to be the investor in a movie! ... and I know you'll have a sense of pride seeing this more accurate picture of a unique and important culture be projected for the world to see.
Please watch the video to get an idea of what I'm trying to accomplish... and when you've decided that you want to help and receive cool rewards, you know what to do. Here's a description of the few but thoughtful rewards I've drummed up so that we can get this movie funded. Remember to also share this page with everyone you know to give us that chances to make our observations and statements about this important topic to me... and probably to you.
Here's some more detailed descriptions and pictures of some of the rewards for your help in funding this film:
NOW WE'RE COOKING! A comprehensive PDF cookbook featuring never before published family recipes from a host of Cajun families including my own! We are working on it as we speak and it will have all kinds of goodies for you to make at home. I'll also include a section on sourcing Cajun ingredients and some common Cajun household phrases and words.
Any contributor pledging 10$ or over will automatically get this eBook gem.
The Best of Valcour Records
Valcour Records is undoubtedly a musical enterprise founded by Cajun spirit and dedication. They've offered "The Best of Valcour Records" to aid the cause. You can either choose this as your only reward or up your pledge by just 20$ and we'll send you this and a few button-pins in addition to what you are already receiving! (If we can reach our goal!)
Be sure to go to http://valcourrecords.com to thank them for participating and don't forget to pledge!
LIMITED EDITION FESTIVAL POSTERS BY ROBERT T. CLEMENTS
My father is an artist and has done some fabulous work. You may have seen some of his "festival" posters around restaurants and office buildings in the South Louisiana region. Well, he's pulled out his limited stock and has offered them toward the completion of this film. Thanks Dad!
Here are the two amazing posters he is offering. Real lithograph prints on quality stock. Signed and numbers w/ artist proofs available. They'd look fantastic on the wall in your study, kitchen, or living room!
When you choose this reward, be sure to specify your size and color shirt.
Those who contribute 25$ or more will be able to access a private exclusive blog just for you through blogspot. In it you'll find all the gris-gris about the production, trials, tribulations, and victories! A sneak peak into a documentary production as a thanks for helping to make it happen.
How about a three button set? Anyone over 25$ will receive both!
Anyone who is contributing over 25$ will get a great sticker proclaiming that you are a Cajun... in Cajun French!
For our Honorary Producers, Interviewees, and big investors. Custom, Framable 8x10 certificate in Cajun French thanking you for your contribution to the film and preserving Cajun culture.
Do you have a Cajun Mom? I do. She taught me how to cook but this time, we're going to act as a cooking team. I'm the Sous Chef. Mom and I will fly to your house and prepare a full Cajun meal spanning several items and courses including Fresh baked french bread, hot gumbo, her homemade Cajun potato salad and more. Invite up to ten of your friends and then we'll all sit down and talk about Cajun!
NOTE TO INTERNATIONAL BIDDERS:
We may need to add a surcharge to some of the larger items for shipping outside of the US. Other rewards are considered PPD. Please don't let this stop you from bidding. We'll talk about that a little later in the campaign. Thanks for your support!
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