About this project
"aka Dan" is a documentary project chronicling Dan Matthews' journey to Korea in summer 2013, centering around his struggles with identity and family during the IKAA (International Korean Adoptee Association) 2013 summit, his first live concert performance in Korea, and his reunion with his Korean birth family. Accompanying the documentary project will be a full-length music album inspired by his experiences.
I wanted to send a quick personal thank you for taking the time to even check out this Kick Starter page. This has been one of the most emotional and personal experiences i've ever been through. Not only will I be reconnecting with my roots, i'll be meeting my biological family for the first time, including a TWIN brother I never in my wildest dreams expected to encounter. I'm blessed and honored to have this opportunity, and hope that i'm able to provide an experience that everyone, adopted or not, will be able to relate and identify with. Family. Identity. Roots.
FOLLOW US ALONG THE JOURNEY
I will be posting live updates via twitter and instagram at @DANakaDAN. You can follow this journey live! You can also find more detailed blogs and updates at: DANakDAN.tumblr.com, afterschoolspecialmusic.com, and Facebook.com/afterschoolspecialband
WHY WE NEED HELP
Your generous donations will help fund a bare bones production crew that will capture this story to the best of all of our abilities. The expenses we are anticipating are:
• Travel, lodging and transportation in Korea • Crew costs for camera persons, audio engineer, producer • Production equipment rentals • Production insurance • Post-production costs (Editing, art/graphics) • Album production and printing costs • And all of the intangibles that arise during film production
Our producer has raised just enough money to get us to Korea. He’s taken a leap of faith in me and the journey that we're all about to embark on. He believes that this story is both unique and powerful and needs to be told. We hope that you do too and that you will join us and help us complete the project in the manner that it deserves.
Dan Matthews is a Korean adoptee currently living in Los Angeles and working in the entertainment industry. He was raised in the small town of Camarillo, an hour north of LA, with his parents Lynne, Paul, and Jamie (also adopted). He's currently working as a producer for International Secret Agents, an Asian American entertainment and production company owned by Wong Fu Productions and Far East Movement. He's deeply nervous, scared, but above all excited at what is to come and how his life will change post this experience.
Director's Note: I am also a Korean Adoptee who unsuccessfully went back to Korea in 2002 to search for my birth family. Soon after that, I arrived in LA to pursue a career in film. Returning to Korea with Dan, over a decade later is both exciting and bittersweet. I spent many years trying to figure out my adoption story and I am honored to have the opportunity to tell Dan's. The struggle to create our identity despite our past is a universal experience. Adoption simply adds another barrier in this process. My hope is that everyone can relate to this story whether or not you are adopted, or even Asian. The search for identity is within us all. -Jon Maxwell
HOW KICKSTARTER WORKS
We only get any funds via Kickstarter if we reach our goal--it's all or nothing. Your credit card will not be charged for the amount you specify unless we get all $25,000 or more in funding by August 26, 2013. If you have problems with the payment system here, please email us at akaDan@mayrok.com and we'll figure out an alternative payment method.
Risks and challenges
The funds we raise here will cover the basic production costs associated with capturing this incredible journey and all the travel-related expenses of going to Korea. The biggest risk and challenge is also being able to cover all of the post-production costs (editing, art/graphics). This largely depends on the amount of great and amazing footage we capture during our trip to Korea, since we may need to hire more editors to get through all the footage!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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