Some of you have been part of this story since the beginning, in October 2013 (it seems so long ago!). The generosity--time and treasure, both--from 1,500 donors over the last 19 months or so has been remarkable, humbling, and incredibly fun.
"The Uncondemned" is about the first time rape was prosecuted as a crime of war. It's been a crime of war since 1919, but wasn't prosecuted until 1997, when a group of young prosecutors, activists and investigators went after that first conviction. Those who have seen some of the film know that the case was fought by legal underdogs, against the odds, and that it almost didn't happen. Thanks to the extraordinary courage of Witnesses JJ, NN and OO (and their fearless leader Godelieve Mukasarasi), women from rural Rwanda changed history.
Michele is always saying this is the best story she has ever had--it's inspiring, empowering and thought-provoking. But don't take her word for it:
And there are even more of these! Part of the magic of crowd funding has been the community element of the creative process.
From partnering with TCU in Fort Worth, Texas and the advanced film class at the Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles, and the criminology department at the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh, to workshopping the film with Cathy Buck and the Friends of the Cameo in St. Helena, California, to support from great designers like Jes Wade and Cass Lilien, to--oh, have we mentioned our awesome Women in Wine yet? More on that later. We have already built a truly global effort, and we are just getting started.
Why? Because this issue of justice concerns us all:
So, this is it! We are nearly done! We have hit every deadline we have set, and now it's the final push so that we can get this film out in the fall of 2015.
We're now at the stage where boot-strapping doesn't work. Clearance fees, legal fees, post-production fees, edit fees, archival fees, equipment fees--you get the idea. These are fixed costs, and if we can't cover them, we can't finish. Well, we can't finish this year. And we are going to finish this year. The witnesses are counting on it.
The good news is, your contributions are tax deductible, as we have a wonderful fiscal sponsor, Filmmakers Collaborative. We worked with them on a previous film,"Haiti: Where Did The Money Go?" and are thrilled to bring back that partnership for this project.
Risks and challenges
The good news here is that 95% of the risk has been eliminated. We have finished the "hard" stuff that usually trips up productions. We've also already received over 100 requests for screenings from around the world, so we know that there is a demand. Still, distribution presents a challenge.
Let's face it: a lot of films get picked up, then no one notices them. They are rarely seen. Again, this is where our community plays a crucial role. We didn't make this film just for us, and it will take a community to ensure that as many people as possible see it, think about it, and then take action.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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