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I would like to do a documentary to get the word out about what it is like growing up in an interracial family. Some of the experiences that myself and other adoptees have experienced in there live that grew up in the same type of families. I will be talking to the social services departments in most of the Southern states and finding out what the processes are like now for people to adopt a child and why people are going out of the country to adopt a child and not children that are waiting in the United States. I know some of this information already, as I have already started working on this project and funding it on my own, but no longer able to fund the project. I need your help. I hope to change peoples views on adoption for the better and the stereotypes that people may have about interracial adoption, but also show what types of things they may run into as the child grows up. This will not just be from my own perspective.

Another part of the documentary will cover Interracial families also and what they and their children have experienced. I am also wondering why people were able to adopted interracially, but not marry interracially. I know of a Supreme Court case that had this law over turned. On 10/16/09 in the news another interracial couple has been refused a marriage license in Louisiana. I will be touching on some current issues that are going on in our country now in hopes to promote change and will possible unite the social services departments around the country. Or at least get them to think about changing some things that would make it work more efficiently.

This is the first documentary that I have done and I will be guided on producing this from one former professor Laena Wilder, who is a documentary photographer and the Photography director Jim Wood from the Academy of Art University where I went to school. Laena is well known in the photography community and her work has been displayed internationally and domestically, including the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, the Kostroma Municipal Gallery in Russia, and the Foto Gallerie in Hong Kong among others. Her work is with several private and corporate collections and she has received generous financial and material support form Polaroid Corparation, the Rockefeller Foundation, Epson Corparation, and a division of the Civil Rights Organization.

I will be driving to all the locations and this will allow me time to photograh each area. Interviews will be scheduled before hand, with all the Social Services Departments and to explain what it is I am doing. Each interview will be recorded. Finally, I will visit to all the locations of the families and their children ; interviewing, photographing, and filming them as well as my own family.

If money is made from sales of the book and the gallery show, fifty percent of the profit will be given to the children in the various Social Services Departments for clothes, toys, books, and food.

The money is for promote this documentary through international portfolio reviews. These reviews for registration for will be between $500 to $850 each, the travel expenses and all the production cost, the book, and a book editor. Also the cost for the Canon 5D Mark II to film the interviews. I already have lens for the use of this camera.

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