Why are "ADD", "ADHD" & "Autism" approaching epidemic levels in the U.S.? Find out @MisLEADMovie 1 in 3 U.S. kids has been poisoned.
Update 12/31/2013, New Year's Eve!: Happy New Year! We did not meet our goal, but we had an awesome show of support by an amazing group of people! Thanks to all of you.
If you would still like to make a contribution in support of MisLEAD, you may do so via our PayPal "Donate" button at http://www.LeadSafeAmerica.org and because MisLEAD is an outreach and education project of the Lead Safe America Foundation - contributions are tax-deductible!
If you are interested in attending or hosting a preview screening or a screening of the finished film, check out the links at http://www.MisLEADMovie.com
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MisLEAD is a documentary feature film that explores the enormous societal impact of childhood lead poisoning—the most common and costly environmental illness in the U.S. today (1 in 3 American children have some degree of permanent brain damage from their exposure to this devastating neurotoxin!)—and exposes the U.S. government's complicity in the lead-industry-financed, century-long campaign to downplay, distort and supress the facts and recommendations of leading scientists and other experts—in the successful effort to distract and mislead America's policymakers, medical community and the general public. [How evil are these folks? Consider this: when the tobacco industry set about concealing the dark truth about the "side effects" of using their products, they simply followed the lead industry's winning playbook!]
We're in post-production. We currently have a 94 minute cut that we are submitting to festivals. Over the next month or so we are working on finalizing narration, animation and music. Peter Coyote has offered to narrate and Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of The Who, and Glen Moore (of the group Oregon) are among the amazing musicians who have enthusiastically donated music to the project (and with your Kickstarter pledge you will be joining Pete, Roger, Glen and over 750 other individuals who have supported this project in one way or another!)
What you can do to help:
1) Please watch our 3-minute trailer—as it will give you a solid sense of the film.
2) Please Tweet and share this Kickstarter link on Facebook and Twitter!
3) Pre-order your DVD today!* (Come on board with a pledge in support of getting this film out into the world - or support us at any other level!)
*[Pre-ordered DVDs will only be available AFTER our theatrical run/ Oscar-qualifying bid, likely in late-summer, early fall 2014 - although the timeline may shift if we get a distribution partner. Community Screenings are possible as soon as March 2014 and Preview Screenings may be possible before then.]
As MisLEAD is a project of the Lead Safe America Foundation, and Lead Safe America is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, contributions (including completed Kickstarter pledges) are tax-deductible to the "extent allowable by law." (That's language from the Feds :-) What this means is that any amount you donate above and beyond the value of the item you receive as a backer reward is likely tax-deductible (just check with your accountant to confirm.) All of our backers will get a letter after we fund, confirming the anticipated value of their backer reward and the amount that may be considered deductible on their taxes.
We're in post-production now and this round of funding will allow us to coordinate finishing the final touches and getting started with initial self-distribution efforts for MisLEAD. Depending on what additional partner involvement we get, this may include:
• Picture Finishing
• Final editing touches / Getty Images integration
• Music rights and placement of final music
• Developing/designing our poster and DVD art,
• Redesigning the website and eventually setting it up to make downloads of the film available (www.MisLEADMovie.com),
• Festival submissions,
• Coordinating our own preview screening events around the country.
• Coordinating an "Oscar bid" [paying for a week screening in L.A. and N.Y.C. in 2014 to be "Oscar eligible" (for the 2015 Academy Awards) including all the other work that entails: advertising, promotion, etc.)] and
• *DVD Printing and distribution (likely late summer/early winter, 2014)
What people are saying about MisLEAD (from focus-group screenings of our rough-cut around the country):
• “MisLEAD is a passionate indictment of American corporate culture—it outlines yet another way America’s children are harmed by the unholy alliance between politicians and corporations.” -Angela Zehava, Mother of Two, Amsterdam, Netherlands
• “It’s a clear-eyed look at childhood lead poisoning: hard facts and expert testimony, together with compelling stories from struggling families.” -Bob Scott, Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, Michigan
• “I was floored! The reality of this epidemic is frightening. I’m so glad someone is bringing this problem to the public. Absolute must see for parents—and anyone involved with children!” -Libby Rose Kline, Mother of a lead-poisoned child, Minneapolis, MN
•“I am very excited about the film…I believe that it speaks to families in a very real yet non-judgmental way. It encourages advocacy, makes the problem real, and tells compelling stories blended with interviews with experts in the science.” -Kate Kirkwood, New England Health and Housing, Manchester, NH
• “MisLEAD is…thought-provoking…a fascinating film that all parents should see!” -Rachel Ollagnon, Mother of Four, Cape Cod, MA
• “I saw the rough-cut of MisLEAD at the Detroit Children’s Hospital in April… A must see for everyone that is involved in caring for children—parents, primary care physicians and educators!” -Karen Lishinski, RN, Nurse Consultant, CLPPP Michigan.
•“One of my bucket-list items for lead poisoning prevention was the hope that someone would make a passionate documentary on lead poisoning—and now Tamara is doing it! Thank you Tamara.” -Reghan Walsh, Educational Outreach Program Coordinator, Madison, WI
• “Lead poisoning almost killed my daughter. It forever changed our lives…Lead poisoning shouldn’t happen. MisLEAD will help people to see this…” -Amy Allen Gooder, mother of two lead-poisoned children, St. Paul, MN
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The primary challenge is the potential fluctuations in the completion schedule, as we already have a 94 minute cut that is very close to "picture lock" - we expect to be on track for a late-Winter/early-Spring 2014 release date (with DVDs available no later than fall/winter 2014) - however several factors within the distribution timeline (like if we get picked up by a third party distributor) could change that. We will honor our commitments regardless of what additional agreements we make, although the time-line may shift a bit.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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A testing event at your home in Portland, Oregon (limited to Portland-area residents only) - invite your friends to each bring some of their toys, dishes, antiques, jewelry and collectibles to your home and MisLEAD's Director - Tamara Rubin, will come to your home and use her Niton XRF instrument to test their things (& your things!) for toxins - including lead, mercury and cadmium. This is for an event up to 4-hours long, you provide the refreshments and the guests - ideal number of guests is 5 or 6 people. This is actually our FAVORITE way for you to help promote this film!Estimated delivery:
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Dinner with the Director for you and 4 guests prior to (or after) a screening of MisLEAD in your town. Includes the cost of the meal and tickets to the film! As MisLEAD is a project of the Lead Safe America Foundation and we are a 501(c)3 nonprofit, a portion of your support at this level may be tax-deductible!Estimated delivery:
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A COMMUNITY SCREENING of MisLEAD brought directly to your town, you provide the screening room and audience - we provide the film and a post-viewing discussion with the Director. (U.S. Locations only - other benefits available as well, contact Tamara for details: lead firstname.lastname@example.org) Director's transportation and lodging included in this pledge amount. Cities, States, Universities and Health Departments around the country hosted Special Engagement Preview Screenings like this in October and they were all incredibly well received! check out this link to see past screening hosts: http://tamararubin.com/mislead/hosts/Estimated delivery:
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A Community Screening (same as $5,000 reward) plus a second day of testing for you to use as you like (toy testing event, testing party at your home or for your community.) Tamara - the "National Healthy Homes Hero" will spend a day with you testing for hazards and educating you and your friends, employees or co-workers about the dangers of lead and safe alternatives to include in your life.Estimated delivery:
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