About this project
BIRTH STORY: Ina May Gaskin and The Farm Midwives had its WORLD PREMIERE on June 16th at the Los Angeles Film Festival!
We are two filmmaking mothers who have been inspired by the important work of world-famous midwife Ina May Gaskin and her incredible colleagues. We've spent the last two and a half years juggling cameras, microphones, hard drives, preschool drop offs, nursing infants, pregnancy, editing schedules, babysitting schedules, American express bills, and vomiting four-year-olds, and now, we are finally pushing this baby out!
BIRTH STORY: Ina May Gaskin and The Farm Midwives is racing toward the finish line with finishing costs mounting--seeking women and men who share our enthusiasm for what Ina May and the Farm Midwifery clinic have achieved in the last 40 years; since the 1970s these counterculture heroines have inspired hundreds of thousands of women to believe in their bodies’ natural ability to birth safely and beautifully. Today, with nearly one-third of all U.S. babies delivered via c-section, their knowledge and skills are more needed than ever.
Did we mention yet that Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes composed original score for the film? He did!
BIRTH STORY is at the beginning of what will hopefully be a long, happy life of wide distribution—we have begged, borrowed, and borrowed again to get this far but now as we enter the festival circuit, we need your help to make a lasting impact. We are 50K dollars away from a strong debut and need an additional 40-70K to secure a wide release in the U.S and abroad.
HOW YOUR MONEY WILL HELP
Our immediate costs include sound design and mix, titles and graphic design, music licensing fees, and our final conform. We are also working on an extensive marketing plan and new edits of the film for possible national and international television broadcast, and use in educational settings. We will use these funds to help create an educational guide to accompany the film for community organizations, colleges and medical schools, and to subtitle the DVD in Spanish.
Anything you can give will help us birth this film—it’s an exciting time for independent documentaries and also a challenging one—funding sources have dried up and the market is harder than ever, especially for women-centered films. But we believe the time is right to present a movie that celebrates women and their bodies, that honors what we can accomplish when we work together in community, and that shows childbirth the way we never see it in the mainstream media—unadorned, unabashed, and awe-inspiring.
WHAT IS KICKSTARTER?
Kickstarter helps communities fund the creative endeavors they most want to see brought to life—and it inspires people to work together towards a common goal—because of its special all-or-nothing funding method, if we do not raise our target 50K, then we will not get any of the money raised (and your credit card will not be charged.) Please do not let this happen! To donate, click the Back This Project button and you will be taken through the Amazon checkout process…
CAN WE RAISE MORE THAN 50K?
We certainly can, and we hope that we do!
CAN YOU DONATE IN HONOR OF SOMEONE ELSE?
Yes, and we hope that many of you will donate in honor of a midwife, doctor, doula, or mother who has inspired you. If you choose to do so, shoot us an email at the address below and we will take care of sending a card to the person you are honoring, letting them know. We will also include their name on our website donor page.
NEW ADDED INCENTIVE: your $60 pledge gets you the DVD, the buttons, and this limited edition, director-signed, 14x22 screen-printed poster from historic Colby printers in LA--a true collector's item:
WHAT DO THE BUTTONS and TOTEBAGS LOOK LIKE?
WHAT DO THE PHOTOGRAPHS AND SPIRITUAL MIDWIFERY PRINTS LOOK LIKE?
DO WE ACCEPT INTERNATIONAL DONATIONS?
We do! Danke and gracias! Por favor, add $15 to all international orders to cover shipping.
CAN’T DONATE BUT WANT TO HELP?
Become a MOVIE DOULA and help us with outreach!—Tweet tweet tweet, email your friends, share on Facebook and connect us with your community. Know an organization that would like to be involved? Put us in touch with them!
INTERESTED IN PLAYING AN EVEN LARGER ROLE ON THE FILM?
We have an executive producer credit available at $40,000—your name will appear in the final end credits, on IMDB, on the final version of the poster, and on any broadcast version of the film. Women the world over will be grateful to you! This donation is tax-deductible through our 501(c)(3) partner. (Please note that this credit is honorary only, and does not confer creative/business-making decisions nor ownership). Contact us directly for more information.
Production Company: Ghost Robot 212-343-0900
We are deeply grateful to all of you for your support!
Blessings and thank yous!
Sara Lamm and Mary Wigmore
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