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A film shot on six continents about people who are creating positive change in the world. Looking to inspire and motivate others.
A film shot on six continents about people who are creating positive change in the world. Looking to inspire and motivate others.
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My daughter and I circled the globe on a 99-day journey to six continents, shooting a film about people who are making a positive difference in the world. We were inspired to make this film by Maggie Doyne, a young woman who my daughter went to high school with. Maggie is 23 years old, has built a home in Nepal for over 30 children and herself, and has recently completed the construction of a primary school for over 200 students. These children will have a better chance at a brighter future because of Maggie.

I knew that there had to be thousands of people like Maggie around the world who were creating positive change, and my daughter and I set out to tell their stories through film and photographs. We made the trip financially possible by cashing in all our airline miles, hotel awards and Amex points, along with some bartering - accommodations for video services.

In total, we filmed ten extraordinary people in Uganda, Poland, Russia, Nepal, Thailand, Australia, Peru and Argentina. We have one more story to tell in North America. Our intent is to create short videos on each subject for their foundations' websites, as well as a feature length documentary that will include all ten of these incredible people.

Our trip was the journey of a lifetime. Not only did we witness the power of the individual and what one can do to "make a difference," but we experienced this together. In the process of making this film and this journey, we learned about each other as the people we are - not just as a mother or a daughter. We formed a bond that will last a lifetime, and that in itself was perhaps the most rewarding part of the journey.

Our ultimate goal for the film is that it is seen by as many people as possible in the hopes that they too will be inspired and motivated to create positive change in their own communities.

Please note: Any additional funds received after our goal is met, we will use 50% of the overage to promote the film (the more people that see it, the more change-makers we can create), and the other 50% of the overage will be donated to our subjects' foundations.

You can follow our 99-day journey through our blog posts at: http://www.openingoureyes.net

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    You will be rewarded with good Karma. That will also go with any donation level you give at. A donation of even $1 will get us closer to our goal of motivating other change-makers in the world.

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    A DVD of the film when completed, plus a big thank you on our project's website.
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    A DVD of the film when completed, plus an 8x10 print from our journey, plus a big thank you on our project's website. (Add $8 for international delivery)

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    An e-book of a compilation of our blog posts from our 99 day journey, a DVD, an 8x10 print and a big thank you on our project's website. (Add $10 for international delivery)

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    An e-book of a compilation of our blog posts from our 99 day journey, two DVD's, two 8x10 prints and a big thank you on our project's website (Give a DVD or a print to your mom or your daughter) (Add $12 for international delivery)

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    Associate Producer credit in the credit scroll at the end of the film, a signed printed book of a compilation of our blog posts from our 99 day journey, two DVD's, two 8x10 prints and a big thank you on our project's website (Give a DVD or a print to your mom or your daughter) (Add $15 for international delivery)

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    Private screening of film with filmmaker in location of your choice (travel expenses must be added) PLUS - Associate Producer credit in the credit scroll at the end of the film, a signed printed book of a compilation of our blog posts from our 99 day journey, two DVD's, two 8x10 prints and a big thank you on our project's website (Give a DVD or a print to your mom or your daughter) (Add $15 for international delivery)

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    All of the above PLUS - an evening with both filmmakers Gail and Erin who will talk about their journey and the making of the film at a gathering of mothers and daughters that you know at a location of your choice (add travel expenses) We promise it will be an entertaining evening.

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