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Hasegawa, a long time peace activist, faced racism, internment camps, redbaiting and deportation as she strove for peace and justice. Read more

Richmond, VA Documentary
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Hasegawa, a long time peace activist, faced racism, internment camps, redbaiting and deportation as she strove for peace and justice.

Richmond, VA Documentary
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WE'VE REACHED OUR GOAL! We are so grateful to all of you who have pledged. We still have more time left on Kickstarter, so we hope to continue to go beyond our goal. This will allow us to purchase more DVD's to distribute. Hasegawa's message, "One person can make a difference" is so important, especially in these times.

WHAT WE'RE DOING

We are raising money for post production costs and DVD distribution for our documentary film, Marii Hasegawa: Gentle Woman of a Dangerous Kind.

WHY WE'RE DOING IT

We believe this is a story that needs to be told.  Marii made a difference in the world by working hard for what she believed in; a just and peaceful world for everyone.  This concept seems so out of reach for many of us, and yet this woman, slowly and relentlessly kept moving forward, one step at a time, to compose a very full and meaningful life.  We believed in her and in so doing, believed in ourselves.  With little experience and no money, we started a documentary on her life 20 years ago.  We learned as we went.  And we are about to finish it! 

WHAT DO WE NEED?

We are trying to raise $5356.00 to finish our post-production work.  At this point in our process, we need money to complete the final edit and make DVDs of the film for distribution to schools, libraries and peace organizations around the world.

HOW WAS THIS FILM FUNDED UP UNTIL NOW?

We borrowed and bartered for all of our equipment and solicited start-up donations.  Almost everyone involved has volunteered hundreds, if not thousands of hours so that we can make this as cost-effective as possible. 

ARE WE MAKING A PROFIT FROM THE FILM?

No.  Everyone involved up until this final stage volunteered their time and skills. All funds we are asking for will go directly into finishing the film and distribution.

HOW KICKSTARTER WORKS

Kickstarter is a tool for anyone in the creative world to gather the help and support needed for their projects. Kickstarter allows us to share our project with the unlimited Internet community. We create a profile, set a fundraising goal and a time frame to meet it, and offer rewards as a thank you.

However, Kickstarter is an ALL OR NOTHING proposition. That means we NEED to meet our goal of $5356.00.  If we are even a dollar short of our goal, we lose it all.

IF THE COMPLETE FUNDING DOES NOT SUCCEED, DO BACKERS PAY ANYTHING?

No. Nothing. Every Kickstarter project must be fully funded before its time expires or no money changes hands. Of course, we're not even going to consider that possibility!

IS MY PLEDGE PUBLICLY DISPLAYED?

No. We get to see that, but no one else does.

HOW DO I PLEDGE?

To pledge to a project, just click the green “Back This Project” or a specific "Reward" button of your choosing on the right side of our Kickstarter page and continue until you are finished with the Amazon check-out process. You must finish the process for your pledge to be recorded.

 IF I MAKE A PLEDGE, WHEN IS MY CARD CHARGED?

If our project is successfully funded, your card will be charged when the project reaches its funding deadline. If the project does not reach its funding goal, your card is never charged.  You can check into the Kickstarter page to follow our progress and count down the days.

IF I DONATE, WHEN DO I GET MY "REWARD"?

After our goal is met for the full amount.  So spread the word!   

After we make our goal, Kickstarter provides us with a program to create pledge-specific questionnaires to email all the backers. We will ask for all relevant information to make sure you get what we promised.

WHAT IF I DON'T WANT THE "REWARD"? I JUST WANT TO SUPPORT.

There's a button you select when you donate if you don't want your reward. 

 CAN I INCREASE MY PLEDGE ONCE IT'S BEEN MADE?

Of course!  Once you donate to our campaign, you may want to change your incentive reward to a different one, or increase your pledge amount. Just go to Kickstarter and sign in. If you go to our campaign page, the green “Back This Project” button has been replaced with a blue “Manage Your Donation” button. Click it and you can enter a new amount, or choose a new incentive.

 CAN WE RAISE MORE THAN OUR GOAL?

YES! Thank you for asking.  Since this is all or nothing, we have set our goal on the low end.  Exceeding our goal would allow us to work out production details, meet the inevitable surprises and provide more DVDs for distribution. There is no profit. 

CAN I GIFT MY REWARD?

YES! You can also donate to the film in another person’s name. To do this, just proceed with the normal donation process in your name for billing. After our fundraising deadline, we will contact you asking for the name of the person you want your donation to be in, the address, and other important information.

I AM NOT IN THE U.S., CAN I STILL SUPPORT YOU?

Yes.  All you need is a credit card. Domestic and international shipping costs are included in the rewards.

 WANT TO HELP BUT CAN’T DONATE?

Spread the word about the film in your community.  Talk to your friends, enemies and coworkers.  Share our website and Facebook page.  Tweet to the world.  And of course, keep us in your thoughts!

REACH OUT AND CONTACT US!

Website: www.smallstepsfilms.com  

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/MariiHasegawaDocumentary

 Thank you for taking the time to read about our film. We look forward to licking envelopes and sending you your rewards.

With our sincere gratitude,

Janet, Lynda and Pat

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    0 backers

    Thank you for being a part of our documentary. We really appreciate your thoughtful support!

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    2 backers

    An exclusive postcard of artwork from the film. And we'll include a handwritten thank you, because we like to write!

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    Pledge $25 or more

    9 backers

    All of the above,
    PLUS a groovy "Peace and Justice" silicone wristband!!

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    Pledge $50 or more

    18 backers

    All of the above,
    PLUS a special Kickstarter Backer DVD edition of "Marii Hasegawa: Gentle Woman of a Dangerous Kind"!

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    11 backers

    All of the above,
    PLUS a lovely "Symbols of Peace" Stained Glass Crane with peace charms inside, beautifully handcrafted by a stained glass artist. Each crane holds 3 charms that represent peace - an angel wing, a peace symbol, and a dove. Wow!

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    4 backers

    All of the above,
    PLUS the CD of the soundtrack for "Marii Hasegawa: Gentle Woman of a Dangerous Kind", a collection of classical works by Jamie K. Sims. The opening theme, “Gentle Woman of a Dangerous Kind,” was written especially for the film!

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    Pledge $1,000 or more

    0 backers

    All of the above,
    PLUS, (get ready for this!) personal gifts from the filmmakers themselves. A Peaceful Treatment Acupuncture session (in Richmond, VA only), a signed book of very moving poems, and a big batch of homemade Italian biscotti!!!

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Funding period

- (30 days)