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In Japan, a survivor of the tsunami turns beach debris into jewelry.
In Japan, a survivor of the tsunami turns beach debris into jewelry.
34 backers pledged $5,456 to help bring this project to life.

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Stretch Goals!

Your encouragement has propelled us to attempt to meet our full budget: $8,000.

When we launched our project we set a conservative $4,000 goal. This was due to our newness with Kickstarter as well as following Kickstarter’s recommendation to set a conservative goal, considering their “all or nothing” fundraising strategy. The reality is that reaching $4,000 only covers half of the actual cost of making Finding Beauty in the Rubble.

While we are extremely enthusiastic about our project, we were unsure how much support others might offer. After all, many have forgotten the triple-disaster, (earthquake, tsunami and radiation), that struck Japan in 2011. 

We are overwhelmed and grateful for the support and excitement, you, our supporters, have shared. 

Please help us meet our complete budget: $8,000.

The budget encompassed the following: 

Director-Editor - 10 weeks: $5,000 

Original Score: $500.00 

Photographer - 1 week: $300.00 

Rewards, shipping and travel costs: $2,200.00 

We want Mrs. Fukuoka to receive a generous amount of help and support from this campaign. 

If we surpass our $8,000 goal, we will be able to provide her a bonus for being part of making this film. 

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All campaign supporters will receive a premiere “sneak peak” of the film upon completion. (Estimated date of completion will be April 7th, 2015).

To all of our supporters, thank you so much for helping us to meet our original goal of $4,000. We are more excited than ever about this project, and we are pleased that you are too.

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"A crown of beauty for ashes."  Isaiah 61

Finding Beauty in the Rubble is a documentary short film about Mrs. Fukuoka, a lady whose home was washed away in the giant tsunami that struck Japanese in 2011. Shot on location in northern Japan, our film will show how Mrs. Fukuoka found hope and meaning by making beautiful jewelry out of debris from the tsunami. Through your support, we hope to make her story of restoration and hope known to many.

 As part of her emotional healing process, Mrs. Fukuoka would take walks on the beach with her dog Kai-kun. She saw many artifacts from the tsunami, the former pieces of people's lives, washed up on the beach. One item caught her attention: pieces of glass, broken from the destructive power of the tsunami. Polished by the sea, the broken pieces had become beautiful - a gemlike "Sea Glass." Mrs. Fukuoka began turning the polished Sea Glass into jewelry that she gave to disaster relief volunteers as thank you gifts.

 In November 2014, we traveled to Tohoku to capture footage for Finding Beauty in the Rubble. Mrs. Fukuoka invited five of us into her rebuild home for coffee and snacks. Her warmth and generosity captured our hearts.

 It was sobering to see that the tsunami had washed away her entire neighborhood, killing many of her neighbors. We captured her story of survival and recovery, in her own beautiful words, along with images of the area around her home.

The goals of this Kickstarter campaign are to:

1. Provide funding to tell a touching story on film that will bring hope and healing to the great nation of Japan.  In particular, we want to inspire the people of Tohoku with a story of hope from one of their own and remind them that the world has not forgotten.

2. Provide Mrs. Fukuoka with income. A generous portion of the proceeds will go to Mrs. Fukuoka for her lovely handmade necklaces and earrings that we are offering as rewards.

3. Remind the world to Pray for Japan. We believe this film will inspire people all over the world to remember the people of Tohoku as they continue on the slow and often disheartening road to recovery.

Finally, we would like to raise awareness of the feature film out team has started - 2 Criminals. Just as Mrs. Fukuoka has found beauty in the rubble from the sea, the filmmakers have also found beauty in the rubble through a story inspired by two former gangsters we met while doing disaster relief work. These men had left the gang and were volunteering in the disaster zone. The filmmakers are currently working on the feature 2 Criminals to bring this other story of redemption to life.


2 Criminals is about a ruthless hit man and an arrogant thief for the yakuza (Japanese Mafia) who volunteer in Japan’s radioactive disaster zone and find redemption. This is a narrative film with Japanese actors, and  it will be subtitled in English and shot on location in Japan.

 Who Are We?

 Paul Nethercott: Producer (Missionary/Filmmaker with TEAM)

Mika Takana: Production Assistant (Musician/Photographer)

Matthew Burns: Director (Independent Filmmaker)

Nancy Nethercott: Production Assistant (Missionary with TEAM)

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Todd Fong: Photographer/Production Assistant (Missionary with JEMS)

Esther Yomoah: Reward Fulfillment

Parker Broaddus: Producer

Risks and challenges

This a low risk, high reward, film project.

Tenacity is one of the most important characteristics of successful filmmakers. The Director and the Producer of "Finding Beauty In the Rubble" are committed to getting this project done. They have a proven record of gettig things done under challnging circumstances. For example, after Japan's mega-disaster in March of 2011 they produced many videos for a disaster relief organization called CRASH Japan. related videos.

We are making good progress on "Finding Beauty in the Rubble." Last November we interviewed Mrs. Fukuoka. We also captured excellent "B-Roll" footage to illustrate the story.

Post-production (editing) is on schedule to finish by April 7th, 2015, just after the 4th anniversary of Japan's triple disaster.

Distribution of this film will be free of charge via the Internet (at this time, we do not plan to make a DVD).

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    A DVD copy of our award-winning short film, "Jitensha." See the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/channels/paulnethercott/12095194

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    A one-of-a-kind Sea Glass necklace handmade by Mrs. Fukuoka.

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    An original postcard in the mail and a one-of-a-kind, limited quantity Sea Glass necklace and earrings set handmade by Mrs. Fukuoka (we can only offer 20 of these sets because Mrs. Fukuoka finds very few earring sized peices of Sea Glass).

    NOTE REGARDING COLORS: After the campaign is over, we will send a survey to our backers offering a choice of colors (clear, green tones, and blue tones are common). We will do our best to send you the color requested in the survey... However -- due to limited qualities -- we cannot absolutely promise to deliver your preferred color.

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    Acknowlegement in film credits and an original postcard and 2 limited edition Sea Glass necklace and earring sets.

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    Associate Producer credit in the film. An original photo postcard, 1 limited edition Sea Glass necklace and earrings set, 1 Sea Glass necklace, 1 DVD copy of "Jitensha" and a Skype session with Producer, Paul Nethercott.

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    Executive Producer credit in the film. An original photo postcard, 1 limited edition Sea Glass necklace and earrings set, 1 Sea Glass necklace, 1 DVD copy of "Jitensha" and a Skype session with Producer, Paul Nethercott.

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Funding period

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