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A year in the balance at the Howard School. A struggle anthem. buildmeaworld.com
A year in the balance at the Howard School. A struggle anthem. buildmeaworld.com
160 backers pledged $11,384 to help bring this project to life.

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We need your help to give this story wings. Your gifts to this campaign help us throw a free public premiere for the whole city of Chattanooga: AUGUST 16 AT THE TIVOLI THEATER. GET YOUR FREE TICKETS HERE: BUILDMEAWORLDFILM.COM

Your gifts also fund:

1) The Howard Summit, a round table for the community around the issues of the film. Held at The Howard School, Saturday, August 18 at 10am.

2) More screenings of the film around Chattanooga and beyond.

3) The ongoing work of The Ceros Fund, launched in 2011 to tell more stories just like this. 

***THE STORY***

The Howard School was founded in 1865, making it the oldest black public high school in the South. Four years ago, it was called a “dropout factory.”

In 2011, we at Fancy Rhino started making a short about the school through a MakeWork grant. We heard rumors that the State was moving in, that the school might be shut down. We wanted to document.

But we found we couldn’t observe without taking part. We started teaching a film class, and found with time that the story grew. So we gathered support from community members to make a feature length movie. Now it's time to release it to the public, so we need your help. 

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  • Yes! At the premiere and followup showings we will be selling some of the merchandise. All proceeds will go to the documentary and Howard. But, in the meantime, support the campaign and get your collection started today!

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  • Premiering a film is expensive, especially when you want to make it free for the whole city to see! But with your help we can pay for the space, the workers, the food and all of the other fun things that we want everyone to enjoy.

    Beyond that, we want to get this story in front of as many people as we can. That means hosting more events. We're especially excited about The Howard Summit at the Howard School on August 18 at 10a, where we'll gather the community at round tables to talk about the issues of the film and create a plan of action. Pancakes, bacon, butter and syrup. BE THERE!

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  • We want to make sure that we don't have to turn people away at the door. By reserving a ticket, you let us know that you are definitely coming, not sort of coming and we can plan accordingly.

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  • Definitely. Right now we want to focus on getting the story to Chattanooga, because that's who the film is for and about. But if people here love it (and we hope they will) we're taking this story to the rest of the world!

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    THE BUCKBUCK CHALLENGE! MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHT WORK. A little goes a long way. Every teardrop is a waterfall.

    GIVE ONE SINGLE DOLLAR TO PUSH THIS CAMPAIGN ACROSS THE FINISH LINE.

    The entire Fancy Team will thank you BY NAME in next Friday's FANCY FRIDAY video.

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    Receive a digital download of selected tracks from the "Build Me a World" soundtrack by Jumbling Towers.

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    Receive a "Build Me a World" poster and a digital download of the select soundtrack by Jumbling Towers. Collect your poster at the premiere.

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    Receive a "Build Me a World" t-shirt as well as the poster and digital download of the select soundtrack by Jumbling Towers. Collect your poster and t-shirt at the premiere. The t-shirt can also be mailed separately.

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    Receive a DVD of "Build Me a World" in addition to a t-shirt, poster and digital download of the select soundtrack by Jumbling Towers. Collect your poster at the premiere. The DVD and t-shirt will be mailed separately.

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    Special Thanks credit in the final film. Receive a DVD of "Build Me a World" in addition to a t-shirt, poster and digital download of the select soundtrack by Jumbling Towers. Also receive Jumbling Towers albums "Kanetown City Rips" and "The Ramifications of an Exciting Spouse." Collect your poster at the premiere. Everything else mailed separately.

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    Special Thanks credit in the final film. Sit with the cast and crew in one of the best seats in the house. After the premiere, Fancy Rhino will make you a personalized thank you video to accompany the film on DVD.

    Also receive a t-shirt, poster and digital download of the select soundtrack by Jumbling Towers. Collect your poster at the premiere. The DVD and t-shirt will be mailed separately.

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