Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on August 30, 2011.
About this project
The film charts events in the lives of three Balinese healers, with an emphasis on a controversial healer named Mangku Pogog, who is a combination of a country doctor, Yogi, and shaman. It is a unique story, with moments of comedy and tragedy, but it doesn't fall into a simple genre category - or at least any you might see on basic cable. This is where Kickstarter comes in: it allows people to "kickstart" and fund the films they want to see. But no money will come out of your account unless the goal of $15,000 has been reached. All the money will go to pay my Emmy-winning editor and other post-production expenses, including sound mix, music, and color-timing.
I would love for you to join me on this long, strange trip, and bring this story to the screen. There are three ways you can get involved:
Social Media: Join the mailing list. Post to your blog, Facebook, Twitter, or Google+. Send the link to a friend who might be interested. Or shoot a quick email to your whole mailing list - as simple as "Check this out..."
In-kind: I could use help from skilled people in the the coming weeks. Graphics work. Legal consultation. Marketing advice. Translation of subtitles (English) to Spanish/Italian/French and others...). Write me and I'll tell you more.
Donate: and help me complete the edit. I need 2 months in an edit room with my Emmy-award winning editor. In exchange for your support, your will receive a gift - including art from my own collection. Plus, you'll get the DVD before film is shown in theaters or at film festivals.
Cool Rewards! Balinese Nadi Chart - $75 donation
Balinese Rerajahan "magic drawing" - $90 donation
I am offering a beautiful archival print, suitable for framing. This is a Balinese rerajahan - Ketut Liyer calls them "Magic Drawings", which hold great significance to the Balinese. (I'll include an explanation with the print).You can't get this anywhere else on the internet.)
DVD's should be available in December. They will go out to those who pledge $25. After December 2011, the DVD will not be available for as long as 2 years, while the film makes its way through the festival circuit. During that period, the film will only be accessed at film festivals. When the festival circuit is done, folks on the mailing list will be told how to get the DVD.
A: Upwards of $75,000. I plane to itemize all expenses for the money raised in this kickstarter campaign and make that available to backers.
A: I can point you to a bibliography on the subject. Email me.
A: To pay the salary of my editor, primarily. A good editor gets paid around $50 an hour, between $1500-$2000 a week, and I need at least 2-3 months with an editor. I also need to commission a composer, and/or purchase existing music tracks.
A: No. If the film makes any money in distribution, I will get paid at that time.
A: No. Kickstarter does not allow funding of social or charitable projects. But I have given financial support out of pocket to some of these healers when I shot footage with them. If you want to donate money to one of the people in the film, I can put you in contact with them directly.
A: I have mixed feelings about this issue. On one hand, I would like westerners to first seek treatment within their own cultural traditions. On the other hand, I've seen westerners benefit from traditional healers. But feel free to write me. One tour group, Danu tours, offers a culturally sensitive tours to meet Balinese healers. You might want to talk to them, and tell them I sent you.
A: No. But we have a mutual friend in the healer Ketut Liyer. I'll brag that I've known him a longer - I first met him in 1984, and most recently in 2010. I've never met Elizabeth Gilbert. If you know her, tell her to drop me a line - I'd love to talk with her. If this film finds an audience, it will be due in no small part to fans of her book taking an interest.
A: I read an article in Shaman's Drum magazine back in 1996. If you want to read it, a .pdf is available at balihealer.com. But I've been going to Indonesia since 1984, and studied shadow puppetry in Java. I also learned Indonesian, Javanese, and some Kawi (Sanskrit root language of Balinese and Javanese).
A: That would be great. The money would go back into the project - sound mixing and color timing, most likely. $15,000 will not cover all the costs of the post production, but it seems like a possible goal for fundraising.
A: I hope to have it done by November 2010.
- (30 days)