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A quest to find the lost Oscar-Winning Film KUKAN and unravel the story of the Chinese American woman behind the making of the movie

Thanks so much for your interest in FINDING KUKAN.  If you’ve arrived after the end of our campaign, don’t worry.  You still have time to become a part of Oscar history and help us tell this incredible story.  For information on how you can contribute, please go HERE.  To help spread the word please Like us on Facebook and share the story with your friends.  We welcome questions and comments.  Send them to us directly at info@findingkukan.com

ABOUT THE FILM: 

When I discovered a full copy of the lost Oscar-winning film KUKAN, I was ecstatic.  But what really captivated me were the stories of the two novice filmmakers behind the making of the movie – a Chinese American author from Hawaii named Li Ling-Ai and a freelance photographer from the Midwest named Rey Scott.  Each braved War, Prejudice and Financial Hardship to make a color film of war-torn China that helped change history.  Now the world has forgotten them.  I’m asking for your help to change that.

FINDING KUKAN will be a feature documentary targeted at a national PBS broadcast that chronicles my quest to restore the badly damaged print of KUKAN and the untold story of its makers to their rightful place in history.   It’s a story that has taken me from Hawaii to the mainland and from one coast to the other. It’s also a story that has been winning over friends, colleagues, and complete strangers who have donated time and resources to get us to where we are now  --  two thirds of the way through production. Now, at the difficult juncture between production and post-production, WE NEED YOUR HELP TO KEEP MOVING FORWARD.

Learn more about the film and see an extended work-in-progress at our WEBSITE.

EFFECT: 

Positive portrayals of Asian American women in the mainstream media are sadly lacking.  FINDING KUKAN features a pioneering Asian American female filmmaker and sheds light on a pivotal though largely forgotten period of time when China and America were close allies.  The documentary also provides a badly needed wakeup call to preserve our film heritage and the stories it contains.

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE:   

Just as the copy of KUKAN I found was badly damaged and in need of major restoration, the largely forgotten story of Li Ling-Ai and KUKAN’s director Rey Scott needs to be pulled out of people’s memories, scrapbooks, personal photographs and assorted memorabilia.  The story we’ve managed to piece together so far has been an amazing one.  But there are still some critical scenes we need to get in the can before we start editing.  They include filming at the Robert Ripley's Believe It Or Not archives in Orlando, interviewing relatives of Rey Scott in Boston, interviewing Li Ling-Ai’s publisher in NYC and filming the restoration of KUKAN at a lab in Maryland.  Your donations will go towards the cost of completing production and beginning post-production, including:

Four days of shooting with director of photography and sound technician ($1500/day)

Four weeks of editing ($2,500/week)

Any extra monies raised will allow us to get further into the editing process and closer to the last stage of the film process – the crafting and filming of shadow sequences with our artisic collaborators ShadowLight Productions whose work is featured in our teaser videos.  See our extended work-in-progress HERE.

YOUR DONATION IS TAX DEDUCTIBLE! FINDING KUKAN is being produced by Nested Egg Productions, LLC in collaboration with the Center for Independent Documentary, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. Your contributions to the film, beyond the cost of any incentive premiums, are tax-deductible to the full extent provided by law. If you opt out of the premium, the full amount is deductible!

WHAT IF WE DON'T MAKE OUR GOAL?

We don't get any of the money unless we raise all $16,000.  We're counting on you to help us to the finish line and even exceed our goal. FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION.  Every single pledger becomes a part of movie history!

ABOUT ARTIST MICHELLE SCOTT:

Michelle Scott, granddaughter of KUKAN cameraman Rey Scott, is a nationally recognized mixed media artist who has been making stunning, emotionally charged pieces inspired by photographs her grandfather took while on location for KUKAN.  Michelle has graciously donated "The Start of a Journey" a 36”X36” original work specifically created for our campaign.  This stunning piece is even more powerful in person. It can be seen in the front window of 2 Rules Gallery in Marietta, GA where Michelle's KUKAN Series solo show runs through October 26.  Demand for Michelle’s art continues to grow, and we are privileged to be able to offer you this piece as a premiere incentive. 

 More about Michelle and her KUKAN series.  This one-of-a-kind, historic piece of movie history art can be yours for a $5,000 pledge.

"The Start of a Journey" 36"X36" mixed media for $5,000 pledge
"The Start of a Journey" 36"X36" mixed media for $5,000 pledge
detail from "The Start of a Journey"
detail from "The Start of a Journey"
Detail from "The Start of a Journey"
Detail from "The Start of a Journey"
Detail from "The Start of a Journey"
Detail from "The Start of a Journey"
Detail from "The Start of a Journey"
Detail from "The Start of a Journey"

  OUR OTHER AMAZING PREMIUMS:

Three Postcards from the original KUKAN Lobby Cards for $25 pledge
Three Postcards from the original KUKAN Lobby Cards for $25 pledge
Collectible Note Cards featuring art by Michelle Scott and the original KUKAN poster (courtesy of the Hollywood Chinese Collection, www.DeepFocusProductions.com) for $50 pledge
Collectible Note Cards featuring art by Michelle Scott and the original KUKAN poster (courtesy of the Hollywood Chinese Collection, www.DeepFocusProductions.com) for $50 pledge
Choose your poster for $125 pledge.  Get signed editions of both posters for $200 pledge
Choose your poster for $125 pledge. Get signed editions of both posters for $200 pledge
Original KUKAN Movie Still of Chiang Kai-Shek and Madame Chiang Kai-Shek for $250 pledge
Original KUKAN Movie Still of Chiang Kai-Shek and Madame Chiang Kai-Shek for $250 pledge
FINDING KUKAN Tote Bag for $300 pledge
FINDING KUKAN Tote Bag for $300 pledge
Rare 1942 Comic Book featuring a Rey Scott KUKAN Adventure for $400 pledge
Rare 1942 Comic Book featuring a Rey Scott KUKAN Adventure for $400 pledge
First edition signed copy of Li Ling Ai's memoir about her childhood in Hawaii for $500 pledge
First edition signed copy of Li Ling Ai's memoir about her childhood in Hawaii for $500 pledge
Original 1941 Fully Illustrated 18-Page Souvenir FINDING KUKAN Movie Brochure (sold at the June 1941 premiere in NYC and part of the KUKAN Press Kit at the Academy Motion Picture Arts & Sciences) for $1,000 pledge
Original 1941 Fully Illustrated 18-Page Souvenir FINDING KUKAN Movie Brochure (sold at the June 1941 premiere in NYC and part of the KUKAN Press Kit at the Academy Motion Picture Arts & Sciences) for $1,000 pledge

OTHER WAYS TO CONTRIBUTE:

Don't want to use a credit card? Feel free to write a check to our nonprofit sponsor.
•Write a check to: The Center for Independent Documentary.
•Write: FINDING KUKAN in the memo line.
•Send it to: Nested Egg Productions, LLC, 574 Paulele Street, Kailua, HI 96734
•We'll make sure you get a receipt for your tax deduction, and your rewards! Questions, write to: robin@nestedeggproductions.com.

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The story is empowered by the people who tell it.  Mahalo for joining TEAM KUKAN!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

One of our biggest challenges in FINDING KUKAN was to uncover the story in the first place. No book had been written about it and no movie had been made about it. If we don't raise the funds to completete this film, the incredible story behind the making of KUKAN may disappear for all time. You can make a difference. Join us on this incedible journey to uncover film history.

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    A SPECIAL MAHALO FROM TEAM KUKAN. We couldn't do it without you!

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    SOUVENIR FINDING KUKAN POSTCARD postmarked from Hawaii + digital download of final film (estimated delivery 1/2015), and our deepest gratitude!

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    ORIGINAL 18-PAGE KUKAN SOUVENIR MOVIE BROCHURE -- a real tangible part of Movie History! + digital download of final film (estimated delivery 1/2015) + Your Name on the Funders Page of our website. (International pledgers add $10 for shipping)

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    CUSTOM 30-MINUTE FILM SHOOT Director Robin Lung will come to interview you about an unsung hero or heroine of your choosing, and make a DVD for your archives (restricted to Oahu or by arrangement in other cities, travel costs not included) + digital download of final film (estimated delivery 1/2015) + Screen Credit in the final film.

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    ORIGINAL 36"X36" KUKAN SERIES PAINTING by Michelle Scott, featuring images of both Li Ling-Ai and Rey Scott - Michelle's artwork for this series is so emotionally powerful it has brought tears to the eyes of collectors who don't even know the whole story! + digital download of final film (estimated delivery 1/2015) + Screen Credit in the final film. (International pledgers add $100 for shipping)

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