About this project
ABOUT THIS PROJECT
Your contribution will help make “American Follies” a reality. Follies productions are a unique phenomenon more relevant in today’s society than ever, but disappearing fast. This documentary will capture the wonder of a true Follies production and the story of Jaime Donegan, one of the last remaining Follies directors.
PUT YOUR FAVORITE FOLLIES PHOTOS IN THE MOVIE!
Follies in America have a long and picturesque history. Maybe you or your family members have been in a production yourself. We’re asking you to support this project by sharing some of these magical memories. If you donate $50 or more, we’ll put your Follies photo in the documentary. Our hope is to gather memories from all over the country and across the generations.
THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING!
What better gift could you give than to immortalize your loved one's image in this documentary? We are happy to work with you to dedicate a photo to someone else if you like.
A NON-PROFIT DOCUMENTARY
“American Follies” is a non-profit documentary short being produced by Howell at the Moon Productions and in affiliation with the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center. As a non-profit project, all donations are tax-deductible.
Through the story of a Follies production in the small town of Wenatchee,Wash., audiences will witness the journey undertaken by cast members from auditions to rehearsals and finally to the big performance, and see firsthand the impact the experience can have on their lives. We’ll watch as traveling director Jaime Donegan takes all comers, from the tone-deaf with two left feet, to the well-rehearsed local theater star, and turns out a show that brings the community to its feet.
“American Follies” is a documentary about community, an investigation into the ever-changing social and cultural landscape across the country, and, at its core, a show designed to lure people off their couches and into the life in front of them.
JAIME DONEGAN, THE LAST TRAVELING FOLLIES DIRECTOR
In 1960s and 70s, the heyday of the Follies, directors from large companies like Cargill in New York were fanning out across America and Canada putting on more than 200 shows a year. Those companies closed as America got busier and TV, movies and the Internet began supplanting our earlier entertainment options. Today Jaime Donegan is the last of a dying breed, one of only a few remaining directors still practicing this art form.
Over his 26-year career as a traveling follies director, Donegan has directed more than 200 shows in 38 states and has raised MORE THAN $18 MILLION for local charities. “American Follies” will help preserve and strengthen this essential art form before it is lost forever.
WHY A SHORT DOC?
Short-form documentary, thanks to its accessibility as well as the relatively low cost of production, has enjoyed increasing recognition and broader acceptance from a host of new and existing distribution channels. Upon completion, “American Follies” will be submitted broadly to ﬁlm festivals at home and abroad. We will also seek appropriate broadcast and online distribution opportunities - these include public television channels, as well as ﬁlm-centric channels such as the Sundance Channel and The Documentary Channel.
It is our hope that the documentary short will provide the stepping stone by which “American Follies” may eventually evolve into a feature-length piece or perhaps even a docu-series that allows us to follow Donegan on his travels through the American landscape, illuminating our strengths, weaknesses, differences and, most importantly, our fundamental similarities along the way.
TOTAL PROJECT BUDGET
Production filming for “American Follies” is complete. Film crews captured the auditions, rehearsals, and performances (both onstage and backstage) at the 2010 Follies in Wenatchee, Wash. Our crews also conducted extensive interviews and followed along behind the scenes with several of the cast members. We are now seeking completion funds to edit and finish the documentary in the Spring of 2011.
The total budget for this project: $40,000
To date we have raised the following:
Howell at the Moon donation of time and production resources: $10,000
Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital Foundation: $10,000
Wenatchee Follies Guild: $1,500
Left to raise: $18,500
ABOUT HOWELL AT THE MOON
Howell at the Moon is a Washington State-based production house devoted to the creation of non-profit documentaries and commercial projects with purpose. Our history is rooted in documentary film, beginning with the Emmy-nominated production of "Broken Limbs: Apples, Agriculture and the New American Farmer." Today we seek to capture and preserve the stories of real people through the artistic medium of film in order to preserve and amplify the vital lessons of our past while encouraging thought and action around the most important issues of the day.
We truly appreciate you taking the time to consider supporting this project. If you have need of any additional information, please donʼt hesitate to contact us directly at 509-888-2212.
Thank you very much for your consideration!
Jeff Ostenson and Jamie Howell
Howell at the Moon Productions
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