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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.

August 2013, the day that Michele met the women for the first time, and the journey began.
August 2013, the day that Michele met the women for the first time, and the journey began.

"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. 

November 2013, Nick with Godelieve, after shooting her interview.
November 2013, Nick with Godelieve, after shooting her interview.

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.

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    SHOUT OUT ON SOCIAL MEDIA

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    YOUR NAME ON OUR WEBSITE

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    SIGNED DVD OF THE FILM

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    SIGNED BLU RAY OF THE FILM

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    "I AM WITNESS JJ" BRAILLE GRAPHIC T-SHIRT

    Show your support by wearing a minimal Braille graphic designed by Tribeca based designer Jes Wade. The Braille graphic translates into the statement "I am Witness JJ" to celebrate the first woman to go on the witness stand. Your choice of navy blue women’s scoop neck or men’s crew neck in XS, S, M, L, XL or XXL. We’ll also send you a digital download of the film, put your name on our website, and give you a shout out on our social media! Thank you for supporting “The Uncondemned”! (And remember: your contribution is tax deductible!)

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    THE UNCONDEMNED MOVIE POSTER, SIGNED

    We’ll send you a signed version of “The Uncondemned’s” poster - designed by the wonderful ladies of Fancy NYC - to hang on your wall. We’ll also send you a digital download of the film, put your name on our website, and give you a shout out on our social media! Thank you for supporting “The Uncondemned”! (And remember: your contribution is tax deductible!)

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    FOUR MONTH MEMBERSHIP TO SALON SERIES: THE UNCONDEMNED

    Spots for our Salon Series: The Uncondemned fill up quickly each month. This membership guarantees a spot at four of any of our upcoming salons in New York City. We’ll also send you a digital download of the film, put your name on our website, and give you a shout out on our social media! Thank you for supporting “The Uncondemned”! (And remember: your contribution is tax deductible!)

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    CASS LILIEN MORSE CODE NECKLACE

    Show your support for "The Uncondemned" by wearing a Morse Code Necklace designed by Tribeca based jewelry designer Cass Lilien. Made of 14k gold and 100% silk, the bracelet says "When you are telling the truth you don't get scared," a quote by Witness JJ, the first woman to testify about rape as a war crime. You’ll also receive a digital download of the film, we’ll put your name on our website, and give you a shout out on our social media! Thank you for supporting “The Uncondemned”! (And remember: your contribution is tax deductible!)

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    NAME IN THE CREDITS

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    VIDEO SHOUTOUT

    Nick and Michele will personally shout out to you in an online video made especially for our awesome Kickstarter backers. We’ll also send you a digital download of the film, put your name in the credits and on our website, and give you a shout out on our social media! Thank you for supporting “The Uncondemned”! (And remember: your contribution is tax deductible!)

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    THE UNCONDEMNED CARE PACKAGE

    We’ll send you a signed copy of one of Michele’s books (your choice of A New Kind of Party Animal, The Latest Bombshell, or Our Girl in Washington), a homemade carrot cake baked by Nick, a tin of No ImpuniTEA, and a digital download of the film! We’ll also put your name in the credits and on our website, and give you a shout out on our social media! Thank you for supporting “The Uncondemned”! (And remember: your contribution is tax deductible!)

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    HARDCOVER COPY OF THE PRODUCTION DIARY

    We’ll send you a of the Production Diary from Nick and Michele’s principal photography trip for the film. It’s quite an entertaining read! We’ll also send you a digital download of the film, put your name in the credits and on our website, and give you a shout out on our social media! Thank you for supporting “The Uncondemned”! (And remember: your contribution is tax deductible!)

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    PRINTED VERSION OF THE SCREENPLAY, SIGNED

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    PHONE CALL WITH NICK AND/OR MICHELE

    Here’s your chance to ask them not only all the questions you have about “The Uncondemned,” but also documentary filmmaking in general! We’ll also send you a digital download of the film, put your name in the credits and on our website, and give you a shout out on our social media! Thank you for supporting “The Uncondemned”! (And remember: your contribution is tax deductible!)

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    LEARN ABOUT WINE

    You and two friends will learn about wine with Josie Zeiger, the organizer of our Women in Wine auction, in New York City. Michele will be there too, because, as you know, wine has its own credit in the film! We’ll also send you a digital download of the film, put your name in the credits and on our website, and give you a shout out on our social media! Thank you for supporting “The Uncondemned”! (And remember: your contribution is tax deductible!)

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    CAMERA OR EDITING LESSON WITH NICK

    Are you an aspiring filmmaker (home videos count!)? Do you own a camera but are not sure how to use it? Have a lot of footage but don’t know how to edit it? Nick will teach you how to use your camera and best shooting practices, or he’ll teach you how to edit footage you already have using Final Cut Pro. This can take place in New York City or via Skype. We’ll also send you a digital download of the film, put your name in the credits and on our website, and give you a shout out on our social media! Thank you for supporting “The Uncondemned”! (And remember: your contribution is tax deductible!)

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    WRITING TUTORIAL WITH MICHELE

    Working on a writing project? A short story? A journalistic piece? A script? Michele will workshop it with you. This can take place in New York City or via Skype. Page limits apply. We’ll also send you a digital download of the film, put your name in the credits and on our website, and give you a shout out on our social media! Thank you for supporting “The Uncondemned”! (And remember: your contribution is tax deductible!)

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    LUNCH WITH A MYSTERY PERSON

    Choose this reward and we’ll set up with a lunch date in your city with one of the really interesting and cool people we met while making this film. We’ll also send you a digital download of the film, put your name in the credits and on our website, and give you a shout out on our social media! Thank you for supporting “The Uncondemned”! (And remember: your contribution is tax deductible!)

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    INVITATION TO THE WRAP PARTY IN NYC

    We’re having a party to celebrate finishing the film and we want you to come! We’ll also send you a digital download of the film, put your name in the credits and on our website, and give you a shout out on our social media! Thank you for supporting “The Uncondemned”! (And remember: your contribution is tax deductible!)

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    PRIVATE SCREENING OF THE FILM

    Private screening in your home or organization with one or both of the co-directors (if outside of NYC, travel and lodging for the co-directors will need to be provided). You’ll also receive an invite to our wrap party and a digital download of the film. We’ll put your name in the credits and on our website, and give you a shout out on our social media! Thank you for supporting “The Uncondemned”! (And remember: your contribution is tax deductible!)

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    CREDIT OF ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

    We’ll give you the credit of Associate Producer on the film, because, well, you deserve it! You’ll also receive an invite to our wrap party and a digital download of the film. We’ll put your name in the credits and on our website, and give you a shout out on our social media! Thank you for supporting “The Uncondemned”! (And remember: your contribution is tax deductible!)

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Funding period

- (30 days)