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Moving Windmills is a feature-length documentary that tells the true story of William Kamkwamba, a young innovator from Malawi, Africa.

Director / Producer Ben Nabors

Editors Jonathan Oppenheim & Carlos Pavan

ONLY 16 HOURS LEFT: HELP US REACH OR CROSS $110,000!

Thanks to the incredible generosity of all of you, our backers, we now stand at $106,000 pledged towards our stretchhhhhh goal of $110,000. With your support we will make it. Because we met our original goal of $40,000 with 25 days left (which means no matter what Kickstarter funds our project at any $ value over $40K), we had set a new goal of  $110,000 (which yields $100K after fees. We are nearly there! Would you please help us with the last $4,000?

The extra $60K will help us edit to our rough cut over 75% faster and better as we'll be able to afford more editing resources. Reaching $40,000 does not mean that your support is no longer needed. Thank you so much for backing our film. We are amazed by the outpouring of support.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

“Moving Windmills” is a feature-length documentary that tells the true story of William Kamkwamba, a young innovator from Malawi, Africa who taught himself to generate electricity by building a windmill from found materials and scrap parts.  You may know him from his book "The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind," or his appearance on the The Daily Show with Jon Stewart or Good Morning America with Diane Sawyer. 

Our film follows William from this early invention to present day and illustrates how imagination and ingenuity can inspire a family, a village, and a nation.

At this stage in the project, we (Ben Nabors and Tom Rielly) have been working with and following William for almost 4 years.  We are finished with principal photography and the footage looks beautiful. We are now editing a rough cut of the film.  We're confident that getting to a strong rough cut will attract broadcasters and distributors to provide finishing funds necessary to complete post-production.  

Please join with us to reach the rough cut of this important story!

SYNOPSIS

In 2001, William Kamkwamba, a young man from a village in Malawi, was forced to drop out of school due to a devastating famine. Turning to self-education, William saw a picture of a windmill in a textbook. Using scrapyard parts such as a broken bicycle, tractor fan, plastic pipes, bamboo and wires, William built a series of windmills that would change his life and the life of his family forever. 

“Moving Windmills” follows William as he travels abroad to speak at the TED Conference, visits America to learn from renewable energy pioneers, joins the first pan-African high school, publishes a book detailing his accomplishments, departs on a media tour where he sees the overwhelming impact of his story, and manages the construction of a new school in his village, starting to address the educational shortcomings there.

This is a documentary about struggle and success, about imagination and innovation.  It is about tragic conditions and awe-inspiring accomplishments.  “Moving Windmills” shows the power a single person has to change his community and inspire people to improve their lives.  As William's popularity has grown, as he has straddled two different worlds and come to learn new attitudes and new lessons, we have followed him, capturing a pivotal moment in the life of a young man of insight and the community that supports him.

AWARDS & ACCOLADES

We have won several grants, awards and accolades with this project. The original short film “Moving Windmills” won Best North American Filmmaker Award at the 2008 Pangea Day Film Festival, as adjudged by Participant Media.  Later that year, the film won third place in the Cinema Prosperite social innovator film competition, and played at festivals, political conferences, and events worldwide (including the World Economic Forum, CES, The Aspen Ideas Festival, etc.).  It now accompanies William’s work in the permanent collection of the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

In the Spring of 2010, the filmmakers were selected to present at the Good Pitch at the Tribeca Film Festival.  “Moving Windmills” was one of eight projects in attendance, and pitched to a closed room of funders, distributors, and NGO partners.  Shortly thereafter, “Moving Windmills” received grants from the Gucci Tribeca Institute Documentary Fund, the Puma.Creative Artist program.

The film is also a proud recipient of grant support from The Fledgling Fund.

THE TEAM

Directors Ben Nabors & Tom Rielly (Read more about Tom & Ben on the Moving Windmills site.)

Producer Ben Nabors

Supervising Editor Jonathan Oppenheim

Editor Carlos Pavan

WHY THIS MATTERS

Social entrepreneurs don't usually emerge from impoverished villages in Africa, mostly because of a lack of an opportunity for education. Despite the obstacles of famine, hunger, poor health, lack of clean water, environmental degradation, and lack of access to high school, one young man overcame those challenges and more to inspire the world with his courage, determination and strength.

Supporting this project means that you're supporting a project that WILL be seen and WILL have an impact.  William's story has already touched the lives of many around the world.  We need your help to take it further.  Below are some examples of where you might have seen / read about William Kamkwamba:

Please support us in the making of "Moving Windmills".

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