About this project
If you did not get a chance to pledge on Kickstarter, but still want to help out - you can make a pledge on HopeMob until March 23rd! Thank you everyone for making this a successful project! WOW!
*[Please excuse the confusion over the pledge confirmation emails. Kickstarter & Amazon somehow accidentally merged my husband's account and mine... so your confirmation says "Portland Bicycle Trailer Company" - we are working on getting it switched, but - in the meantime - wanted to assure you that your contribution is going to Lead Safe America, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, Tax ID 45-1262978, & we will send you a separate confirmation note for your taxes with the correct information! Thanks everyone!]
Check out the following links to see more of our rough/ sample footage:
www.MisleadMovie.com • Our YouTube channel - has had more than 10,000 views in the last 12 months! • Our IMDB Link!
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MisLead tells the stories of eighteen children in four families across America who have been poisoned by lead in their homes.
In December 2011 the cameras began rolling on the documentary feature film now known as Mislead: America's Secret Epidemic—and a scant 13 months later, with over 200 hours of footage of riveting interviews with experts, advocates, insiders and celebrities; we have captured the amazing stories of four colorful and vastly different families—all filmed in the unique and historic, culturally diverse communities across this rich and beautiful country in which their children were poisoned.
This film is also the story of my personal journey as I drove more than 5,500 miles around our country in my Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon with my four sons (two who have significant impacts from early childhood lead poisoning), in search of answers as to why my kids were poisoned—and why every day in America children continue to be poisoned by lead, even now, in 2013.
In addition to my family (including some poignant interviews with my own children), we follow Laura and her two children in New Orleans, Uconda and her eight children in Rochester, Kim and her three children in a suburb of Boston, and Claudia and her son in Portland, Oregon. Each family has at least one child who was poisoned by lead in their homes, and each has a unique story and different perspective about how this incredibly potent elemental neurotoxin—that lurks in plain sight all around us—has affected their lives.
The film shares these powerful and moving stories, in search of answers.
We now have a rough-cut that is currently 1 hour and 44 minutes long and this Kickstarter project has been designed to cover our [minimum] post-production costs.
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More than 500 individuals and businesses have contributed time, expertise, hard-work and cash to bring this project to it's current post-production phase. We have had preliminary conversations with several distribution companies and others in the film industry. This month we are doing additional narrative editing, adding more music, titles and animation and tightening up the film's flow. When we are done with that we will have sound and picture finishing to tackle.
While we have set our goal modestly at $27,000, as that will allow us to finish this film to a level that will meet the standards for productive distribution talks, we can definitely put to good use whatever resources we raise beyond that. As much as $135,000 in backer contributions would make this film sparkle and shine, and hold it's held up proudly amidst the many much-larger-budget documentaries competing for theater, TV & computer screens and retail shelf space in today's U.S. marketplace. ;-)
To date we have raised (and utilized) about $300,000 in resources to make this film; including just about $140,000 in cash: contributions, loans & investments (and about $160,000 in donated in-kind services, time, materials, equipment and other resources.)
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In the meantime, we have submitted a rough cut of the film to 18 national and international film festivals and have our fingers crossed that at least one of these prestigious festivals will see our diamond-in-the-rough for what it is. [Of course, it may turn out that we will in fact really need to completely wrap and polish the film up before we'll be accepted by a festival, but it's still too early to just accept that advice as "Truth"—and so for now, we are still hopeful about our first round of submissions!]
To finish this important film we need your help. Any donation you can pledge will make a real difference in reaching our goal (and since the film is a project of a non-profit, backer pledges are tax-deductible)!
Estimated Additional Expenses ($20,000 - $135,000):
$4,500 - $25,000: Editing
$4,000 - $15,000: Graphics
$2,500 - $20,000: Picture Finishing
$2,500- $20,000: Sound Finishing
$ 100 - $5,000: Music Rights
$ 900- $10,000: Equipment (edit station, backup drives, etc.)
$2,500 - $10,000: Website Design
$2,500 - $25,000: Additional Filming [Minnesota/Wisconsin/Georgia/Texas/Iowa/Idaho/Australia, etc.)
$2,500 - $5,000: Associated travel expense
Risks and challenges
Since the film is the project of a nonprofit Foundation, we have accountability to each of our Kickstarter backers to make sure they get their rewards. Any rewards with copies of the film or other tangible items will, of course, be contingent on the release date of the film, our acceptance into festivals, and completion of artwork. Other than that, we have specifically created rewards that we can get to you with little to no delay because we have some experience with this from our initial Kickstarter project (when we launched the film on Kickstarter last year).Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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