The Wound and The Gift is a film for everyone who has ever rescued an animal, or been rescued by one. We filmed the real life scenes in natural sanctuaries around the world. In the sanctuaries we met rescued animals ranging from dogs, horses, and cats to tigers, wolves, lions, cranes, camels, eagles, and even a sleepy owl. We met the most dedicated people who devote their lives to providing beautiful permanent homes and healthy food for animals in need. These real life stories are woven together by illustrations of an ancient fable that conveys the human capacity to wound and to save animals. By making this film, we have discovered how human love and dedication can help wounded animals learn to trust again, and how humbled humans are by the gift of their trust.
WHY WE NEED TO FINISH NOW
We've been working on The Wound and The Gift for nearly two years and we are almost finished. We are in the final stages of post-production. Specifically this means color correction and sound mix, which help to make the film look and sound as beautiful as it can. We are also using special software and experts to bring depth and motion to Victo Ngai's illustrations of the fable. Whatever you can give will help us complete this film and get it to a theater near you. We're almost there!
WHERE WE FILMED
- The Wild Animal Sanctuary. A 720 acre sanctuary, home to 300 large rescued animals
- W.O.L.F. Sanctuary. A remote mountain sanctuary, home to rescued wolf-dogs
- Retired Thoroughbred Foundation at James River Work Farm. Rescued thoroughbred racehorses help non-violent prisoners learn how to groom horses to get jobs
- Best Friends Animal Society Pet Super Adoption. The annual Best Friends Super Adoption of 700 rescued dogs transported from across the eastern seaboard
- Crane Village, Hokkaido, Japan. A village in northern Japan where 1,400 tancho cranes live because the villagers have been feeding them for 80 years
- St. John the Divine. The annual Blessing of the Animals celebration in the world’s largest cathedral
WHO WE ARE
We are an international team of filmmakers committed to sharing the true meaning of animal rescue. Everyone on the team is an animal lover. In fact, Victo Ngai was so moved working on this film that she adopted Dawson, an adorable Shitzu-mutt from a rescue group in Texas. And find out how our Technical Advisors came onboard!
- Sweetie Technical Advisor
- Linda Hoaglund Director & Producer
- Bones Technical Advisor
- Kirsten Johnson Cinematographer
- Victo Ngai Illustrator
- William Lehman Editor
- Satoshi Takeishi Music
- Hashimoto Yoshiko Producer
- Shoko Nagai Music
- Joe Wu Animation
- Maryanne Culpepper Producer
- Takaaki Okada Assistant Director
HOW YOUR DONATION WILL BE USED
Your generous donations will help pay for the last lap of finishing the film and getting the movie to theaters around the world. Regardless of the amount, every contribution really matters. To show our appreciation, everyone who raises and contributes more than $25 dollars will get their name or team's name in the film's credits.
Risks and challenges
The only risk is that you will wait too long to sign up and miss out on the great opportunity to have your team's name or personal name featured on the wall of credits at the end of the film!!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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