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A documentary film about the playful, loving people in rural Brasstown, NC and their mass participation in English Morris Dancing.
A documentary film about the playful, loving people in rural Brasstown, NC and their mass participation in English Morris Dancing.
106 backers pledged $9,301 to help bring this project to life.

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As mentioned in our campaign, our goal of $8,500 covers a few very specific costs that will get this film out into the world. Any additional funds raised will go towards things like hiring a professional colorist, additional film festival submission fees, travel for shooting any additional b-roll and interview footage, and to offsetting Kickstarter fees. With 5 days left in this campaign we're hoping to reach a total of 200 backers. There are still a lot of great rewards left, including producer credits, t-shirts, hand made mugs, DVDs, posters, and stickers! Continue to spread the word and check back frequently for updates on our progress. Thank you so much!

The Community of Brasstown

In October 2014, we visited the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina for their annual Fall Festival. The Fall Festival features artists, craftsmen, and musicians from all over the country selling their creations and performing on a couple of stages. It also features performances from local dancers and dance groups. That Saturday, on the main stage we saw a group of local people doing something called “Morris Dancing” and the energy they displayed really grabbed our attention. Something we noticed was the wide range of age groups that were participating; kids as young as 12 and adults in their 70s. It looked like Morris dancing had wide community participation in this rural area and we wanted to know more.

The Brasstown Morris Dancers practicing in the Festival Barn of the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC
The Brasstown Morris Dancers practicing in the Festival Barn of the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC

For well over a year now we’ve been visiting Brasstown and filming the Morris dancers during practices and performances, and getting to know them at their parties and potlucks. We started shooting in December of 2014, and wrapped our principal photography for this documentary project on New Year’s Eve, 2015. The majority of our interviews have been completed, and a year’s worth of Morris events have been captured. And thanks to the kindness and generosity of the Morris dancing community in Brasstown, we haven’t had many of the regular expenses a production like this would incur. And because we’ve shot the film ourselves and plan to most of the post-production ourselves also, there is no crew to pay. The only out of pocket expenses thus far have been for fuel, food, and miscellaneous items like batteries and media storage. But as we get closer to creating the final cut of the movie there will be some expenses that we can’t cover on our own. 

The Rural Felicity Garland Dancers perform at the John C. Campbell Folk School's May Day celebration in 2015
The Rural Felicity Garland Dancers perform at the John C. Campbell Folk School's May Day celebration in 2015

Where Does the Money Go?

Sound Engineer: For this project we've done a lot of work ourselves, but there are some skills that we do not have. We will be hiring a sound engineer to work on a high quality audio mix for the final version of the film. Great sound can elevate a movie in a way that cannot be understated, so we would like to hire a professional to assist us with this effort. 

Music Licensing: Music to accompany the film must be licensed from its respective composers. Our campaign will cover these fees.

Film Festival Submission Fees: We would very much like to send this movie out to as many film festivals as possible. The average submission fee for a feature length documentary is around $50. This campaign will cover fees for a short list of festivals we definitely wish to submit to. 

Basic Promotional Costs: There are other cost associated with getting this movie out into the world. Promotional materials, posters, postage, VOD hosting, etc.  Whatever funds are left from the above costs will be put towards these expenses. 

Who We Are

Frand-Ham Films is a husband and wife partnership.

Joshua J Hamilton currently works as a Documentary Production Specialist for Alabama Public Television in Birmingham, Alabama. Josh shoots and edits on Journey Proud, which focuses on folk practices throughout the state. He's also worked on the regional Emmy winning music show, We Have Signal and other local television projects. Josh also served as co-host to a YouTube cooking show, New Recipe To Me, with his wife and Producer, Emily.

Emily Frandsen serves as the Executive Producer on this project and has a long history of work within non-profit organizations. Her organizational and interpersonal skills have been an incredible asset to this production. Emily has also served as a camera operator on this film, and past work includes co-hosting a YouTube cooking show with her husband, Josh called New Recipe To Me.

The Dame's Rocket NW Clog Morris Team practicing for Fall Festival
The Dame's Rocket NW Clog Morris Team practicing for Fall Festival

How You Can Help Us

Contribute. If you contribute to this campaign you will assist us in getting this movie out into the world! If you contribute at the $150 level, the Morris Dancers themselves will receive a portion of the proceeds to help them finance a trip for all 3 of their teams to travel to England in the summer of 2017. It's a win-win proposition!

Share. There are only so many eyes one or two people can reach on social media. It's important that our backers help us get the word out about this film and bring in as many contributors as possible to help get us to our funding goal!

Risks and challenges

As with any movie project there are risks and challenges. Our biggest challenge will completing the final cut of the movie in time to begin the submission process for the 2017 film festival season. Barring any unforeseen and unpredictable events, we feel confident we will make that happen.

We are still in the editing process and there will be a bit of additional shooting to be done as we near the final cut of the movie. But the up front leg work is already complete. We have 95% of the footage and we're going to make this movie, one way or another. Your support can help expedite the creation of the best possible version of this film.

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