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The City of God (Haiti Documentary)

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THE WHAT

THE CITY OF GOD will be a feature-length documentary about an incredible organization called Lemuel Ministries that is working to rebuild their community in rural Northwest Haiti. 

The documentary will focus on the organization of Lemuel and its unique approach to poverty alleviation, but it will also explore the life and vision of the founder, Manis Dilus.

Check out this short teaser trailer for the film: 

When I (Nate Sheppard, filmmaker) first heard of Lemuel Ministries in 2016, I was immediately intrigued by who they were and how they worked in their community. By the time I visited Lemuel's campus in Haiti for the first time in 2017, I was thoroughly impressed to see it all in action. I was there to help teach English with a team for a week, but I immediately began capturing stories about the place on film. I was very excited to have found a small Christian humanitarian organization that was going about everything very differently than most other groups I'd encountered in the past. 

Working in one of the poorest areas in the world, Lemuel seeks to bring development to every part of their local community. From reforestation projects to job opportunities, from high quality education to spiritual development, they are a part of bringing life to an area that is constantly on the brink of destruction. 

There is so much to say about this organization and so much we can learn from them when it comes to the issues of poverty alleviation and restoring human dignity. This is why I want to make a documentary about them. Like a good book or a well-made meal, you can't just consume all the information about this ministry in a couple of minutes. You need to sit with it, to hear the stories of these incredible people and the fantastic work that they're doing, and you need to understand that this is about so much more than "helping poor people." It's about preserving dignity, about providing a way forward, and it's about taking a spirit of transformation into every area of life and society. 

My hope with this film is to bring you on a journey through the work that Lemuel is doing, but I hope to do much more with this project. I want to introduce you to these wonderful Haitian people who are working hard to make their community a place they can be proud of and I want to encourage you to take the same pride in your own community, to bring new life and development in every area of whatever country or society you find yourself in. 

I've now been to Lemuel three separate times and have captured tons of beautiful footage of the community and the work they're doing, but now I need your help in turning this into a feature length film. 

The footage has been shot, but there is still so much that needs to be done. My hope is to start this fall by diving headlong into the hundreds of hours of footage I've taken and to bring the film close to completion by next spring. The tasks ahead of me include editing the film, scoring an original soundtrack, producing DVDs, and promoting the film. 

All of this work will naturally take up a lot of my time and finances. This is where you come in. By backing this project and buying the film ahead of time, you're ensuring that the film will be finished and will be made well. The amount I'm hoping to raise will cover the base expenses for about 4-5 months of production as well as covering the costs of producing rewards, paying Kickstarter fees, and reimbursing the ministry for the cost of my travel there to shoot the documentary. 

Please consider joining me in telling this story. And if you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out. Thank you! 

(Below is a short video I made for Lemuel last fall to bring awareness to a financial need they had. It gives you somewhat of an idea about the ministry as well as a taste of the visual aspect of the project.) 

THE WHY

So, why am I making this documentary? Part of what I love about this project is that it functions on many levels. I wholeheartedly believe that this documentary will benefit Lemuel, myself, and ultimately other communities around the world. Let me break down what I mean by this. 

BENEFIT TO LEMUEL

This is perhaps the easiest and most obvious reason to make this film. By telling the story of Lemuel in a compelling way, it will not only bring new people on board to help support the organization, it will also function as an incredibly useful tool for Lemuel to be able to communicate what they're all about. Because of the complex nature of the organization and the fact that they work in many different aspects of development, it's hard to articulate exactly who or what they are. A film that brings its viewers into the world of Lemuel will aid tremendously in helping others understand the ministry better. 

But, what does the staff at Lemuel think about this project? As I've built relationships with the leadership of Lemuel over the past few years, we've had many long conversations about what the ministry is and how to best communicate it and I can say with full confidence that Lemuel is completely on board with this project. So much so that they paid my way down there to shoot the documentary this past spring (which I hope to reimburse them for through this Kickstarter as I know they need every dollar to help continue the work they're doing in Haiti)

BENEFIT TO OTHER COMMUNITIES

However, I do not want this film to be a glorified commercial. With this documentary, I hope to highlight Lemuel's approach in such a way that you don't walk away from the film feeling guilted into giving money. Rather, we (myself and the staff at Lemuel) are passionate about advocating for a way of being in the world that can be lived out in any context; a way of treating others with dignity, a way of committing to long-term and sustainable development, and a way of seeking to bring beauty and restoration into every area of life. 

This is something close to the heart of Manis Dilus, Lemuel's founder. His focus is to provide for his local community, but he also realizes that Lemuel is setting an example for surrounding communities and for partners from other countries who are connected with the organization. 

BENEFIT TO MYSELF

This project will also be helpful to me as the filmmaker. The first and most obvious benefit is it's a chance to make a full-length film. This is a dream I've had for as long as I can remember, starting way back in the '90s when I would make silly videos with my dad's camcorder. I've always loved telling stories and this film would allow me to tell a story that is very meaningful to me. But, more than that, this project incorporates other passions of mine such as advocacy for the under-privileged, treating people with dignity, and showcasing the beauty of the world in unexpected places. This film project is the perfect combination of all of these things. 


THE HOW

This documentary is about Lemuel and Lemuel is about bringing restoration to an under-privileged community and treating humans with dignity. Because of this, I want the documentary (and this Kickstarter) to be about those same things. 

My goal is to do everything I can to treat you as a supporter with dignity and to not use this project as a way of making money or promoting myself. Nor do I want anyone to feel manipulated, ashamed, or proselytized by watching this film. Rather, I want it to be engaging, beautiful, and meaningful regardless of your takeaway. 

This film will not be preachy or heavy-handed nor will it employ shock tactics to get you to act in some way. Due to the extreme nature of this community's daily life, it would be easy for me to showcase them in a way that made you feel sorry for them, that compelled you to open your wallets and shamed you into donating to the ministry. But that is the last thing we (myself or Lemuel) would want because we believe that it robs everyone of their dignity. It misrepresents the Haitian community and it manipulates you as the viewer. 

So, my hope is that this will be a visually beautiful film, that it will have an engaging musical soundtrack (which is also included in some of the rewards), and that it will tell honest and dignified stories about this community and the beautiful people who live in it. 

This doesn't mean that I will shy away from the hardships these people face. The reality they live in is intense and extreme and it would not be treating them with dignity to pretend like this wasn't true. But, this community is also filled with fascinating and lovely people who have a unique way of life. I want to tell the truth of their stories in a compelling way that preserves their dignity. 

BUT WHY KICKSTARTER?

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Kickstarter or the concept of crowd-funding, the idea is simple. Since Lemuel is a non-profit organization (and since I'm an independent artist), there isn't a whole lot of resources available to get this film made. The beauty of Kickstarter is that you purchase the film before it's made and thus ensure that it gets made.

Not only that, if we don't raise the full $20,000 for this campaign, you don't pay a cent. No cards will be charged until the Kickstarter ends and we've reached the funding goal. So, the risk on your part is very low. If you pledge to purchase the film now and we make the goal, you've guaranteed that you will get the film. If you pledge and we don't make the goal, you lose nothing. 

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THE STORY OF LEMUEL

In 2010, Haiti was devastated by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake that killed more than 200,000 people and completely destroyed the homes and livelihoods of millions of Haitians. In the years that followed, literally billions of dollars were poured into the country to "help" it recover. Despite the incredible amount of aid dollars and resources that were donated, Haiti still remains one of the poorest countries in the world. 

At best, many of the efforts to help those caught in extreme poverty are well-intentioned but misguided. At worst, people and organizations will take advantage of the situation, raising millions of dollars to "help the poor" and then pocketing the money instead.

With those who are well-intentioned, why doesn't this approach work? 

There are many factors in a situation this complex, but the reality is that just dumping money on a problem usually makes things worse. What's more, if you don't contribute to holistic development, it can rob those in poverty of their basic human dignity. Many in Haiti are capable of working to care for their families, but they simply lack access to economic opportunities and basic necessities such as clean water. 

When I discovered Lemuel, I knew I had stumbled on something truly remarkable. The whole mentality of the organization is vastly different than many other groups I've heard about or even worked with. They are dedicated to long-term, sustainable development that preserves the dignity of the people they are seeking to help. 

This is how Lemuel describes themselves

In Lemuel, we believe in "whole person" development.  We believe that for positive change to happen in the world around us, positive change must first happen in us and in the people around us.  We believe that addressing one aspect of human need while ignoring the others is to ignore the way in which God created us.  We believe that poverty is deeper than a lack of money or material possessions.  And we believe that Christ's message of redemption must be lived out in all aspects of our lives.

When we say "holistic," we mean that we address all aspects of human need: social, physical, psychological, and spiritual as we seek to improve lives and living conditions in one small corner of Haiti. 

​Lemuel isn't interested in just giving hand-outs to meet immediate needs. They're looking at the future and asking, "What does this community need to thrive and how can we help?" 

How do they do this? Well, there are three ways the ministry identifies itself that I want to explore briefly to help better understand who they are and what they're about. 


  • THEY ARE HAITIAN

Lemuel's homepage states: "We are Haitians, working to make our community a place where our people want to live."

Lemuel is not only for Haitians, Lemuel is Haitian. In 1998, Manis Dilus, the founder of the organization, returned to his home community to find it utterly devastated by deforestation and poverty. He felt a deep calling to return to his people and to help them rebuild the community. Part of what makes me excited about Lemuel is that it's run almost entirely by Haitians. They have up to 60 people on staff at times, which provides income for the community and gives local Haitians opportunities to invest into the future of their community. 


  • THEY ARE FOLLOWERS OF JESUS

Lemuel's homepage continues: "We are followers of Jesus, seeking to demonstrate His love by reaching out to the needs around us in a way that empowers and maintains dignity."

If you're immediately skeptical by the mention of words like "Christian" or "humanitarian" (or the combination of those two words), hear me out. I know Christian organizations don't have the greatest track record in history. They often have a bad reputation and for good reason as much harm has been done over the centuries in the name of Christianity and by those claiming to follow Jesus. 

But if you take time to read the Gospels, we find the truth of a man named Jesus who completely flipped the script on societal issues relating to poverty, human dignity, and restoration. Many times throughout his life, Jesus would elevate the poor, restore human dignity to the lowest in society, and openly challenge those in power. But, his rebuke of those who used religion to extort and manipulate people cost Jesus his own life. I'm sure the story of Jesus dying on the cross is not unfamiliar to many of us, but perhaps less talked about is how Jesus' death was in part because he chose to stand against corruption and the abuse of the poor. 

For those of us who believe in these stories of Jesus, we also believe that Jesus resurrected. He came back to life in the ultimate picture of reversing the course of human corruption that results in destruction and death. 

Lemuel wholeheartedly believes that following the way of Jesus means seeking to meet the needs of those in their community holistically. This isn't about throwing Bibles at people and calling it good. Instead, Lemuel is about being empowered by Jesus and his example to partner with those in the community and work toward restoration in every area of life, from education and employment to spiritual formation and leadership development. But "holistic" also means prioritizing the dignity of the person. They see a person as a whole being. Not a number on a spreadsheet or a problem to be solved, but a wonderful, messy, complicated human being worthy of being treated with dignity and respect. 

And, for Lemuel, this all-encompassing approach to restoration is a major part of what it means to "follow Jesus." Bringing resurrection life to their community is about so many things. It's about finding ways to provide clean water. It's about relentlessly planting trees to fight the uphill battle of deforestation. It means giving young girls and boys opportunities for employment and education. And it means challenging and encouraging potential leaders to step into areas of responsibility and to be a significant part of the future of their community. 


  • THEY ARE INVESTORS

The homepage concludes: "We are investors, investing in people as whole beings because nothing changes until people change."

This is a great conclusion to how Lemuel approaches their work. They invest in people as whole beings because they believe that no amount of money, programming, or smart ideas will bring lasting change unless it comes from the people and belongs to the people. This only happens through intentional relationships that help individuals overcome their own vices and the challenges of life so that they can invest back into their community for the long term. 


So much more could be said about Lemuel, but that's exactly why I want to make a movie about it. If you do have more questions, feel free to explore their website or to reach out to me

THE TEAM

While much of the work is being done by myself as the filmmaker, I would not be able to complete this project without the help of certain people who have been a part of the process already.  

THE FILMMAKING TEAM

In April of 2019, Nate and two of his brothers, Michael and Levi, travelled to Lemuel's campus in Haiti to shoot the main bulk of footage for the documentary.  While Nate had been to Lemuel twice before, this trip allowed him to get the quality of footage necessary to make the documentary. With the help of his brothers, they were able to devote an entire week to shooting as much footage as possible, including interviews with local Haitians who are a part of the ministry or have been impacted by it in some way. 

Nate Sheppard - Director/Videographer/Editor

Nate Sheppard is a multimedia creative based in Rhinelander Wisconsin. He specializes in video and audio production and is passionate about utilizing technology to create immersive artistic experiences in unusual spaces. He was the 2019 recipient of the Northern Arts Council’s Emerging Artist grant and has worked on a wide variety of artistic projects ranging from immersive storytelling experiences and cinematic poems to escape rooms and radio stories. He also enjoys teaching the craft of filmmaking as well as curating work for other (musical) artists

To see a couple of related videos to this project, here is a video he created for Lemuel last fall to bring attention to a financial need and here is a longer vlog-style video chronicling one of his trips to teach English at Lemuel's school. 

To check out more of Nate's work, visit www.natesheppard.com/portfolio.

Michael Sheppard - Secondary Camera/Photography

Michael works as a Media Specialist at Group Medical Supply in Plymouth, MN. He also has worked as a freelance videographer for many years and enjoys creating unique and engaging videos that connect with their viewers. He loved the opportunity to work on this project and hopes that this documentary will open people's hearts to new ways of helping others, both those around them and those abroad.


Levi Sheppard - Production Assistant

Levi served in the military for 6 years before graduating from the University of Minnesota and starting his position as an HR Advisor for ExxonMobil in Houston, Texas. He is passionate about development and helping people gain skills, which is one reason he became interested in Lemuel. Originally joining the team to learn more about the organization, he ended up being an invaluable part of the group and provided a lot of assistance during filming.  He is also passionate about fitness, healthy living and being the best uncle he can be.


THE LEMUEL CREATIVE TEAM

In addition to the filmmaking team, there is a team of staff and volunteers who are dedicated to creative solutions for helping get the word out about Lemuel. This team has also served to provide oversight to the documentary. As most of them are on full-time staff with the organization, they provide much-needed input into the process of communicating what the ministry is about and they will be essential in ensuring that the documentary is gracious, truthful, and preserves the dignity of the people portrayed in the film. 

Judy Dilus - Lemuel Staff

Judy has been a part of Lemuel Ministries since its early days and serves on the administrative team with a focus on her advisory and training role in Lemuel's school. She is married to Lemuel's founder, Manis Dilus

Krischelle Frost - Lemuel Staff

Krischelle joined Lemuel in 2010 and currently serves on the administrative team as the General Secretary, overseeing finances and main communications. She is also involved in growing new trees and plants and experimenting with creative ideas to generate income in the community.


Brad Brunsch - Lemuel Staff

In 2017, Brad moved with his family to work at Lemuel until 2019 when he transitioned back to the US. He currently lives with his wife Danyel and 5 kids in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and focuses much of his time on developing relationships with supporters, leading short term teams to Haiti, and managing stateside details for the ministry. 

Taylor Conley - Volunteer

Taylor and her husband Derek were introduced to Lemuel in 2016 while they were living in Haiti. She now works as an elementary French Immersion teacher in Canada and supports Lemuel by providing training for teachers, curating French resources for the school, and helping with general translation projects. Additionally, she brings her social media expertise to help Lemuel stay connected with supporters. 

JOIN US

This is where you come in. We need your help to finish this documentary and to hopefully release it sometime next year (2020). I've already finished the filming (which is the easy part) but I now need to begin the process of editing over 500GB of footage. Your support will help us finish this documentary. Below is  the budget for the project so you can see exactly where your money is going. 

NOTE! Keep in mind that the numbers in the "Kickstarter" and "Production" categories are rough estimates. I've estimated on the high end in hopes that I won't be caught with any surprise costs, but my hope is to come under budget as much as possible.

PROJECT BUDGET

FILMING TRIP: (to reimburse Lemuel for our filming trip in April 2019)

  • International flights: $1,645 for Nate and his brother (2nd cameraman)
  • 8 night stay at Lemuel campus: $1,440
  • Transportation between Port Au Prince and Lemuel: $1090
  • Hiring of 2nd cameraman: $1000
  • TOTAL: $5175

KICKSTARTER: 

  • Kickstarter fees (10%):  $2,000
  • DVD production (for 500*): $600
  • Film Posters (for 100*): $60
  • Picture books (for 160*): $2,000
  • Shipping: $2,000*
  • TOTAL: $6,660

* These estimates are based on the max number of rewards available on the kickstarter. Obviously, if only 100 people choose the DVD for instance, the cost of production would be lower. 

PRODUCTION:

  • Editing/Soundtrack/Mastering: $10,000 ($2000/mo for 5 months)**
  • Distribution (additional costs associated with promotion/screenings of the film): $1,000
  • TOTAL: $11,000

** This is a rough estimate for how long it will take me to do the work. This isn't necessarily 5 consecutive months, but a total of 5 months of work overall. If I come in under that, I will donate the rest to the ministry. The cost per month is to help cover living expenses while I work on the project. 

TOTAL PROJECTED COST: $22,835


THE BOTTOM LINE

The reality is, a film of this caliber would typically cost at least three times the amount listed above. I'm hoping to cut costs as much as possible by doing most of the work myself, but it still takes a ton of time, energy and finances to make something like this possible. Your support of this project would be immensely helpful in bringing this project to life and it is my commitment to not personally profit off of this project as much as possible. If we raise any additional funds or we come under budget for the project, I will donate the remaining funds directly to the ministry for them to use as they need, so no matter what, you will be directly benefiting this organization by participating in this project. 

REWARDS

As our way of saying thank you for your support, we’re offering a variety of rewards for backers. You can check out all of the rewards on the righthand side of the page, but here are a few examples of what we're offering: 


$15 - Sounds of Lemuel (Digital Album)

You get a digital download of a 5-track album of ambient sounds recorded at Lemuel and in the surrounding community. These sounds will give you a sense of what it's like to be there. 

This reward includes:

  • Sounds of Lemuel (Digital Album)
  • Access to the online premiere
  • Digital backstage pass
  • Your name on the website

$20 - The Documentary (Digital)

You get a digital download of the film as well as a link to watch it online. 

This reward includes:

  • Download of the documentary 
  • Download of the Sounds of Lemuel (digital album)
  • Access to the online premiere
  • Digital backstage pass
  • Your name on the website

$25 - The Soundtrack (Digital)

You get a digital download of the original soundtrack for the film as well as the film itself. 

This reward includes:

  • Download of the soundtrack 
  • Download of the documentary
  • Download of the Sounds of Lemuel (digital album)
  • Access to the online premiere
  • Digital backstage pass
  • Your name on the website

$30 - DVD Documentary

You get a physical DVD of the film as well as digital downloads of the film and the soundtrack. 

This reward includes:

  • Physical DVD of the documentary
  • Download of film/soundtrack
  • Download of the Sounds of Lemuel (digital album)
  • Access to the online premiere
  • Digital backstage pass
  • Your name on the website

$75 - Private Screening (Rhinelander/Minneapolis)

You get 2 tickets to a private premiere screening event in Rhinelander or Minneapolis with the filmmaker. 

This reward also includes:

  • 2 tickets to private screening (Rhinelander or Minneapolis)
  • Physical DVD of the documentary
  • Download of the film/soundtrack
  • Download of the Sounds of Lemuel (digital album)
  • Access to the online premiere
  • Digital backstage pass
  • Your name on the website

Risks and challenges

Our goal is to release the finished documentary by next fall (2020). Kickstarter is all or nothing. We only get the money if we hit our $20,000 goal and even if we do, this is still the bare minimum needed to finish the film. Your help in supporting this project will go a long way toward meeting that deadline.

This project will also involve a lot of volunteer hours from myself and others who have skills in design and promotion. Fortunately, there are already quite a few people on board with the project who are willing to donate that time.

And finally, one of the biggest challenges is that this documentary is a niche in film which means that the story is somewhat unique and might not immediately appeal to a wide audience. However, the goal of this project isn't to get a wide release, but to relationally engage people and provide them with a well-crafted experience in a different way of being.

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    Executive Producer

    You will be listed as an Executive Producer in the credits of the film. Additionally, you get to host a private screening with the filmmaker anywhere within 300 miles of Rhinelander or Minneapolis.

    You also get your pick of any/all of the other rewards (DVD, poster, picture book, all digital downloads, 4 tickets to a private screening, etc.).

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    Executive Producer + Screening Anywhere

    You will be listed as an Executive Producer in the credits of the film. Additionally, you get to host a private screening with the filmmaker anywhere within the United States.

    You also get your pick of any/all of the other rewards (DVD, poster, picture book, all digital downloads, 4 tickets to a private screening, etc.)

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    Screening Anywhere In the World

    In addition to an Executive Producer credit, you get to host a private screening with the filmmaker anywhere in the world.

    You also get your pick of any/all of the other rewards (DVD, poster, picture book, all digital downloads, 4 tickets to a private screening, etc.).

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    The Documentary (Digital) - EARLY BIRD!

    Get a digital download of the documentary plus all these other rewards for a reduced price! Limited quantity!

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    • A digital download of the Sounds of Lemuel album
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