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Help us tell the inspiring story of Uganda's first Winter Olympic aspiree!

WE HAVE REACHED OUR GOAL! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALLOWING US TO MEET THIS MILESTONE IN OUR PROJECT

ADDITIONAL DONATIONS GO STRAIGHT TO IMPROVING OUR PRODUCTION CAPABILITIES IN AFRICA. PLEASE CONTINUE TO PLAY A PART BY SHARING BROLIN'S STORY WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS!

In recent news...Brolin just interviewed with ESPN! Check it out by following the link below

http://xgames.espn.go.com/snowboarding/article/9245514/far-home-true-life-story-ugandan-snowboarder-brolin-mawejje

"Far from Home" Uganda to the Tetons

A gripping exploration into the life of a young man from Uganda, who seized an opportunity to come to America at the age of twelve. Nearly a decade later, he finds himself in Salt Lake City, Utah; studying towards a doctorate in Neuro-Oncology at Westminster College and training to represent Uganda in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

A STORY OF PERSEVERANCE

He calls Uganda his birthplace and the Wyoming mountains his home. 20 year old Brolin Mawejje, a pre-med student and up-and-coming snowboarder, escaped a rocky past in Africa to reach new peaks in America. Eight years after his move, he is ready to share a heartwarming story of hope and determination that is sure to leave you inspired.

Brolin grew up in a small village in Kampala, Uganda. His birth-father took care of him along with all seven of his siblings. Violence was all too common during Brolin's years with his father and he was rarely at peace. He was a victim to many traumatic events, at the hands of rebel militants and others. These events continue to haunt him today.

Like millions of others living in oppressive conditions, Brolin felt that he would never have the chance to reach his full potential in Uganda. But life had other plans for Brolin, and at the age of twelve he received the unique opportunity to start a new life in a small town in Massachusetts. His arrival produced an unfamiliar sense of joy and relief, but he soon realized that a life in America has it's own set of adversities.

Brolin's move to Lincoln, Massachusetts caused a degree of isolation and depression of which he was completely unaccustomed to. Navigating this new environment was not easy. Brolin was ostracized by many of his peers and quickly became the victim of severe bullying.

Learning English proved to be a challenge, and the communication barrier contributed to Brolin's anger and depression issues as a teenager. It was not until he was exposed to snowboarding that he started to blossom into the man he is today.

Snowboarding gave Brolin an avenue for self-reflection and a diversion from the troubles he was experiencing at home. He realized the potential of the sport as an escape the first time he strapped into a board on the icy slopes of Nashoba Valley, a small ski area in the western suburbs of Boston. Snowboarding gave Brolin the power to live in the moment. For the first time, he was able to let go of his tragic past and move forward with his life using his love for the sport. 

Brolin's performance in school improved after he began snowboarding, and so did his ability to develop meaningful friendships. These connections remain strong today. Seven years later, he is realizing that hard work could pay off in the form of reaching the Olympic platform and representing Uganda for the first time in the winter games. 

However, the Olympics are not Brolin's sole focus. He maintains a busy regiment of university courses as well as summer internships, both fueled by his tremendous determination to become a surgeon. 

Brolin and Chair 83 have set out to capture this developing story while retracing his incredible journey in Far From Home.

OUR VISION & MESSAGE

Our vision is to create a one-of-a-kind documentary using powerful narrative in conjunction with sports action scenes. We hope this will allow our audience to holistically visualize Brolin's story; from impoverished living conditions in Africa, to his ascent in medicine and snowboarding in the states.

The story will largely be told through interviews by those who have played a significant role in Brolin’s life. We will retrace the steps of Brolin’s journey from the backwoods of Uganda to the mountain towns of the Tetons.

Our message is that no matter what adversities you face in life, you can prevail, and your journey will strengthen you. As the saying goes, "Calm seas never made for a skillful sailor" (Our team repeats this many times before every all-nighter!). By unraveling the life of Brolin Mawejje, we hope to motivate our audience to never walk away from their dreams. 

This will be a two-year endeavor with the end goal of creating a film that is viewed at renowned film festivals across the world. This story deserves to be told because it has the power to inspire and touch the hearts of those facing challenges in their own lives. The imagery and contrast that this journey reflects transcends language barriers and debunks age-old perceptions and stereotypes.

KAMPALA, UGANDA...HELP US GET THERE!

Production of this film will commence with our trip to Uganda this summer. This will be Brolin's first trip back to his home country since his move to America, and our team's first production trip together. Here, we will capture scenes that will lay the foundation of Brolin's story. 

All proceeds of this campaign will be used to fund our trip to Kampala. With your help, we begin a shooting schedule that has been months in the making. If we exceed our goal of $21,500, every extra dollar you commit to this project will be committed to improving the overall quality and depth of our film. We couldn't be more thankful for any contribution you can make so that we can capture these critical moments in Brolin's story!

BUDGET FOR THE TRIP

THE FOLKS BEHIND THE SCENES

Chair 83 Productions (LLC) is comprised of a team of dedicated college students from Boston, MA to Santa Clara, CA. Our love for Brolin and this story continue to motivate us. Each day we are learning more and more about what it takes to succeed in the film industry. We believe with your support we can succeed and bring this film to life!

An introduction...

Galen Knowles (Director)- Galen is a young man whose knowledge of the film industry far surpasses his years. Galen has worked on short-length features for a number of professional athletes, and his vision for this project is electrifying. He is an essential leader of our team, and you can be sure that you will see more from this young bachleor in the future. 

Phil Hessler (Executive Producer)- Phil is Brolin's best friend and brother of nearly a decade (Phil's family adopted Brolin during his time in Massachusetts). He studies marketing at Westminster College while shreddin' the Park City slopes every chance he gets. Phil's motivation and vision for the film has brought the project to where it is today. He has done a fantastic job marketing for the team, helping Galen with film editing, organizing meetings, and the list goes on. It is a true testament to his abilities that we have garnered the amount of attention we have.

Adam Schellenberg (Associate Producer)- Adam has remained a close friend of Brolin's since the two met in middle school. He studies marketing and entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University. Adam works closely with Hessler on all production matters, while concentrating on project management and contributor/sponsor relations. 

Dan Rosen (Web Development & Graphic Design)- Dan plays a very significant role for us, and excuse the french, but his ability to get $*%^ done in a timely and efficient manner is truly remarkable! His creative nature has helped fuel the brand and image behind this film. 

  • Lori Heden (Head of Public Relations)
  • Zeppelin Zeerip (Communication and Fundraising)
  • Ryan McGowan (Marketing Coordinator)
  • Shaun Nakamine (Marketing Coordinator)
  • Dominic Kallas (Financial Analyst & Team Moral Specialist)
  • Gus Gardener (Business Consultant)

Our members bring a diverse set of skills and experiences to the project. Our director has 6+ years experience filming for action sports projects. Our director of public relations has done a great job developing relationships with companies in the action sports industry. More importantly, we are all great friends of Brolin's and we know first hand the power his story has to inspire others.

We are also associated with Kip Perry and Parking Lot Productions, a respected production company, based in Los Angeles, who can help us expand our production team and give us access to many useful resources.

"Far from Home" launch party March 22
"Far from Home" launch party March 22

Advisors: Alan Hirschfeld, Chad Jackson, Kip Perry, Rex Falkenwrath, Chris and Sandy Hessler, Linda Muir, Daniel Aguiar, and more

Our advisers have been, and will continue to be, instrumental to our success. They offer their collective knowledge on the film industry and beyond so that we can rise to the occasion, and we are touched by their dedication to our project. 

CURRENT STATUS

The biggest news this month is the launch party.  For those of you that could not attend, it was a huge success.  With a capacity of 145, the building was pushed far beyond its intended limits as the project was publicly debuted for the first time.  

In the wake of an introduction by Linda Muir, Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at Westminster College, Far From Home was introduced as an enormously ambitious endeavor for a team of ten college students to undertake. It has proven difficult thus far, but to see the sheer number of supporters, sponsors, and friends throughout the crowd has only increased our momentum.  

Without the vast amount of grassroots support that the project has received, we could not move forward, and for that, we cannot thank you enough. To continue to follow the progress and development of Far From Home, please visit our website as well as our facebook page!

Everyday, big things are happening. With your help we can take this project to new heights and more importantly add to our "Far from Home" family!

MEDIA ATTENTION AND BUZZ

Since our launch party on March 22, we have been amazed by the  response to our project from the snowboarding world and beyond. Checkout the shout-outs from the cats below


HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?

The obvious answer is by donating to the project, but we are always searching for people that can help us in making this movie a reality. If you would like to speak with a member of our production team, please email Phil Hessler at Phil@farfromhomemovie.com or Galen Knowles at Galen@farfromhomemovie.com

If you would like to make a pledge to our film...please click the green button at the top of the page and join our Far From Home family!

WHAT HAPPENS IF WE DON'T REACH OUR GOAL?

If we do not reach our $21,500 goal to fund our trip to Kampala, no contributions will be collected and we will look to other channels to raise the money. 

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Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The film industry is very competitive with hundreds of thousands of documentaries submitted to festivals each year. Because we lack the resources (money) of a well established production company, some might say that are chances for success are slim in relation to our goals.

That being said, our team believes strongly in the proverb that "It is not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog". In addition, our relationships with advisors, sponsors, and contributors, have convinced us that we will be able to raise more capital then we had originally planned. Perhaps more importantly, we view the combined experience and passion of our team members as our biggest assets, and this will hopefully bring us to a new plane of production value.

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