First of all, thank you for visiting The Joyful Noise Project Kickstarter page! The money raised through this project page will go to the filming and completion of a documentary film that will be premiered in September. This film creatively looks at the Namwianga Zonal Health Clinic located in Kalomo, Zambia, a health care center that brings otherwise unattainable health care to the people of rural Zambia and saves lives. To learn more about how this film will be created, take a minute to watch the video and then read more about the vision for the film. Your inclusion in this project really happens by becoming aware of the need and supporting it, whether it's by keeping it in your thoughts and sharing it with others as I film or donating funds- and this is where it starts! Hi-ya!
About this film
The film's non-fiction setting will put it under the film category of documentary, but if on hearing that you're thinking sit down interviews and voice-overs- this isn't that kind of documentary. Some have questioned two main things, if you're trying to make a film about the clinic, why not focus primarily on the clinic? And, without interviews or commentary how are you going to give enough information to make people understand or care? The answer is that I am focusing on the clinic and I'm letting lives touched by it speak for themselves.
My method of doing that will be to take a series of people who represent the broad scope of Zambians who's lives are greatly affected by the clinic and in a very short time frame craft a deep, intimate connection between these lives and the hearts in the audience. The desire is to portray how lives are affected and drastically changed because of the things happening through The Zambia Mission. I am producing this film as a response to a call I recieved in my life and so as I go forward, pieces of the puzzle are revealed to me. As I sought to know what this film was meant to be about, I received the word "voices." How appropriate that this word be the overarching theme, as my producing a film is me using just that- my voice. How beautiful it has been to sit in wait, trusting that the exact right understanding will be given to me in the exact right timing. As I have thought on it in the days since, many things have been revealed to me. Each of the stories I had previously considered to be the focal point have a very direct connection to a specific use of the physical voice. Each story presented will represent one of the uses of the voice and one aspect of the mission. And I'm sure, through the divine serendipity that is so prevalent in this process, each story will not only express a use of the physical voice, but in some way represent the metaphorical voice of our lives as well. The working title of this film is The Joyful Noise Project: A Film About The Phonetics of Hope.
My goal as a filmmaker is to express, not explicitly the suffering that exists, but the hope that is already in place. I want to steal your heart, not with statistics or images of suffering that guilt you into helping, but with artful images that draw you intimately close to the needs of the people as those needs are being met so that as they are being given cause to celebrate- you are also given cause to celebrate. I want to make the joy personal.
The hope is that this film can be seen by people who might not have the chance to experience on such an intimate level, the joy that people are receiving and through that create a connection that overcomes distance. I'm not a production team with formal education, I'm not an expert in the field. I'm a life transformed, I'm a voice, I'm a small articulation of sound. This film is my way of using the voice that I've been given to make a joyful noise. Each person who makes a pledge or shares the page with others or donates money down the road, and each person who sees the film has the opportunity to join in their voices to make joyful noise. When all of that is lifted up together, it creates the sound of hope.
(8x10 print offered in the rewards!)
Who's involved in making this film?
As crazy as it sounds, this is a solo project. That's not to say the credit is all mine because I am merely a vessel and I am building on something that many others have begun. While I am the one producing, filming and editing the film there are a lot of people who put work into making it happen and without them, there is no way a the film could happen. In fact, without the people who have given much of their lives to the Zambia Mission and all it encompasses, there wouldn't be a film to make.
I am an artist with no formal education in filmmaking (or much of anything for that matter.) What's beautiful about that to me is that I feel a bit like Peter and John in the book of Acts when those hearing their boldness and courage realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men "...they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus." The more knowledge or skill I have acquired for myself, the more room I have to start thinking I have done it out of my own good... and that is no good. As an artist it is not my personal achievement that has made a mark but it is my having been with Jesus that makes people notice.
Along with the party-of-one production crew, I've grown somewhat fond of the minimalist approach it forces in terms of my technical skill and equipment. As one person, there is little reason in taking more than a basic set of lenses and the most basic of equipment. I am only one person with, unfortunately, the normal amount of appendages. (An extra arm could go a long way.) It's become an exciting challenge to take one lens coupled with extra creativity to get all of the perfect shots.
Last year I set out to make my first film with even less experience and knowledge. I was humbled by the experience. The film, entitled, "Nawona, The Way You See" looked at the concept of vision. The vision of the Mission that began a long time ago did not encompass all that it is today, but sometimes to having a vision means catching a glimpse of the picture, while not being able to see fully, and believing that there is glory yet to be revealed.
This film will have a soundtrack written by some incredibly talented people:
- The Fox & the Hounds, Logan Pringle, Andrew Tate and yours truly (Music in the kickstarter video by The Fox & The Hounds)
- Landon Pontius (Also wrote for Nawona)
- Alex Howard & Kara DuBose of The Light Parade (also wrote music for Nawona)
(11x16 print offered in the rewards! To me, this image is one the most stirring photographs I've ever taken.)
What am I supporting? What will my money be used for?
This is a grand scale, high quality production without the grand scale budget. Is it because none of the expenditures used in filmmaking are needed? No, but we're using as little money as possible on this end of the production while trying to maximize the income on the other side. That means, no extraneous gear, no unnecessary expenditure, no vacations with your money, and extra amounts of creativity and divine support to make it happen and make it exceptional.
The greatest costs this year will be travel & living expenses, along with exposure. The more exposure we can get with the film the more surgical wards and prenatal housing can be built, but that requires the occasional entry fee, or venue rental and that's a lot of money to come out of pocket... a lot of money I don't have.
I am firm believer that success in this project does not depend on having all of the best accessories and extensive equipment. That being said, I’m going to be filming in Africa. Africa is a magical place but if you’ve ever spent much time there, you may have also encountered the effects that this magical African air can have on technology… (This is not really the best time to test the Lord’s faithfulness by only taking one battery.)
Here is a trailer from the documentary film that I produced last year and my first film of this kind. (My first trailer ever, for that matter.)
Because I don't have your address! In all seriousness, it's because it is a really incredible set up that makes it easy to share information, images, and even video to raise money that I don't have at my disposal, to create something to inspire. In a perfect world, money wouldn't have to go into this side of a project and all the money that comes in could go straight into helping others, but the prayer is, by funding this film project we will have created something that can reach more people and essentially do just that and more.
Do you have to reach your goal?
Yes! The goal must be reached by the date or NONE of the pledges count. If the goal isn't reached none of the donations will be charged and it's likely I would roll around on the floor and cry.
What happens if you exceed the goal amount?
Celebration! If we exceed the goal amount it means that all the pledges will count and go to the good use they were intended. Since the amount we've set out for is the lower end of the budget (the most basic of needs) the extra money isn't actually extra- it's just a blessing. The money won't be used to buy unnecessary equipment, extraneous software, or new shoes, but it will likely be used on advertising, or entry fees to more film festivals, things that tend to come out of our own pockets.
Will $12,200 be enough for you to finish the project?
The answer is YES, and the answer is NO. This money is used to make sure I have the means to get to Zambia to film and the bare minimum to make it happen. (Meaning- we're doing it even if it's with no more than a plane ticket and a camera.) The goal of this money is enough to cover that at least! So the answer is no, it's not enough to fund all that needs to be done, but it is a small and oh-so vital part of the vision none the less and for now- it's perfect. The project goal is $12,200 but don't stop giving!
What is the release date?
The film will be screened on September 29th, 2012 and individual copies will be available after that date.
How can I donate to be a part of the film?
Just click "Back this Project" in the upper right-hand corner. If you can't donate PLEASE share this with others. PLEASE send an email if you experience and difficulties with making your transaction. If you have a venue or event that you think would be a good fit for this film please let me know! Twalumba! Thank you!
- (35 days)