At some point in our lives we have all studied the American Revolution.. For most of us it seems long ago and far away, but it doesn’t have to...
Ten years ago, I was presented with an old photograph and asked to analyze it. Suddenly, I realized that I was looking into the face of someone who was a young adult during the Revolutionary War! While it may seem surprising, many of our founding countrymen and women lived into the photographic age…and I discovered that more than 200 years later, I could look directly into their faces.
I was mesmerized. I wanted to find as many of these photos as possible. My ten year journey led me through databases, private collections, and museum holdings, into small towns and large urban areas. So far, I have located over 200 of these images. Some of them are profiled in my two volumes: The Last Muster: Images of the Revolution (Kent State University Press, 2009) and The Last Muster: Faces of the Revolution (in press, 2013).
Now I’m partnering with award-winning Verissima Productions of Cambridge, MA to bring the photos, and the stories behind them, to film. We’ll see soldiers, slaves, pacifists, and children and hear about their stories during a time when the colonists risked everything in a time of great uncertainty. Viewers will also go with me on my journey as the “photo detective”, searching for images and records, locating places where subjects lived, and interviewing descendants to create a correspondence between past and present.
In order to produce and distribute “Revolutionary Voices” we need to raise a total of $225,000. Together we already spent numerous in-kind hours in pre-production. We need this initial funding to get our project up and running. As with any film our biggest challenge is starting production.
We are seeking $27,500 through your pledges to begin shooting.
“Revolutionary Voices” is not just the culmination of a professional project, but also a labor of love. Our passion is being able to share the stories of these extraordinary people. By becoming a backer of “Revolutionary Voices” you will help shine a new light on this on this vital, but sometimes remote, chapter of our American experience.
Risks and challenges
Why do we believe so much in this project?
By using these amazing photographs as a window into the stories of people who lived this history, we can make the era come to life for the viewer in a direct and personal way that has never been done before.
By reaching a deeper understanding of how these people rose to meet the challenges of their times, we can gain perspective on who we are as a nation.
In addition to potential for broadcast and DVD distribution, we plan to make the film easily available on the Internet through a password-protected site where teachers, students, genealogists and history enthusiasts can follow these stories from their own computers.
What have we risked so far?
We have already invested three months of in-kind work envisioning the scope and content of the film, creating the website, the Facebook page, the trailer and even this Kickstarter campaign.
What do we need from you?
We need you to help us take the next step. With a total budget of 225K, this Kickstarter campaign of $27,500 will cover our shooting expenses for the film.
Can we exceed the goal?
Yes, we can!...and we would be thrilled. Exceeding the goal will help us begin the post-production process of acquiring rights, music, and editing.
Our challenge is to complete this film by December of 2013. It can be done with our skills and efforts, your donations, and the help of other sponsors. We have already lined up our locations, animators, shooters, and editors.
Help make it a go!
What happens if we don’t raise the money in time?
We need to raise every penny of our goal by April 10th, 2013 or our production schedule will significantly delayed.
Can I change my pledge amount?
Yes. If you decide you would like to give more, or receive a different incentive, you can sign on to Kickstarter and click “Manage your donations”
How about redeeming incentives?
As soon as we have reached the goal, we will begin preparing the incentives to ship. If we do not meet the goal, none of the incentives will be awarded.
Are you a 501© 3?
The donations we are accepting through Kickstarter are not tax-deductible, but if you wish to give a substantial donation of over $2500, please contact Verissima Productions (firstname.lastname@example.org).
How can we get in touch with you?
Please e-mail us at email@example.com.
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