About this project
We are so thankful to our 663 backers who helped us reach and exceed our goal!
After our Kickstarter campaign closes, The Pro Voice Project will still be accepting contributions through Fractured Atlas, our 501c(3) fiscal sponsor. Donate by check or credit card here: http://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/fiscal/profile?id=9104
Fractured Atlas is a non-profit organization, so these contributions are tax deductible (but do not come with Kickstarter rewards). This film will cost more than 32,000 to complete, so if you would like to support the film, consider making a contribution through Fractured Atlas.
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The Pro Voice Project Team
A behind the scenes documentary about five women speaking publicly about their abortion experiences in spaces free from politics and moral judgment. This is their story, their experience on the road--and the stories of the people they meet along the way. The Pro Voice Project is a documentary in progress that captures the universal humanity of what it means to have an abortion, and how women must find a place for their story in a debate that gets everyone up in arms.
The concept of Pro-Voice was started by Exhale, a national non judgmental post abortion talk line based in Oakland, CA. Pro-Voice is guided by the simple notion that we should restart the conversation with a basic exposure to our human nature- by sharing personal experiences and facilitating discussion in a space that is free from politics and judgment. Five women traveled to college campuses across the U.S. in early 2013, and in November and December of this year, they will head out again, this time to Texas and New Jersey, to churches, community centers, and everything in between.
This film interweaves their personal stories and journeys to date with their experiences on the road. So it not only becomes a story about 5 women trying to affect a debate, but a story about a young girl growing up in a in a conservative Christian household, a story about a first generation Indian American not being able to talk to her parents about sex, a story about a young woman looking for a way to grieve a loss in a society that doesn't make room for grief.
These stories dwell more consciously in the gray areas and expose the complexity of the issues within, what often feels like a two sided debate.
This isn't just a film about abortion. Within these stories are universal themes--the human need to grieve and heal and how we do or don't create room for that in our culture; the struggle to overcome judgment and stigma; and how the human experience is lost amidst rigid, two party politics. At its heart this film is about the most basic human desire to understand our complex experiences through narrative. When we don't see our stories reflected in society's narratives, we will go out and tell our own.YOUR CONTRIBUTION HELPS US GET TO TEXAS!
In November and December, these women will travel to tell their stories in Texas -- a state that leads the nation in unwanted pregnancies, and has repeatedly increased limitations on access to abortion, contraception, and sex education. After Texas, the fellows will travel to an Episcopal Church in New Jersey. Your support will allow us to bring a crew to each of these locations and document their experience with an intimate behind the scenes feel. Both capturing the look and feel of the communities they visit, as well as interviewing the cast of characters they meet along the way.
We are continuing to seek other sources of funding, including grants, but your support at this stage will guarantee that the most important, most valuable footage is captured, and then we can work to fill in the gaps and finish the film in 2014.
Your support is also invaluable in keeping this project financially and creatively independent from political or advocacy centric organizations. Our goal is to keep this film rooted in story, and tap into universal themes of struggle, stigma, healing, and myth. It is of utmost importance that this project not become a bullhorn for political motivations, but rather a tool to better understand the people and stories in the midst of an entrenched black and white debate. Your support makes that possible.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKER
I don't come to this film from an activist perspective, but rather, a human one.
Rebekah Fergusson has been a Director, Editor, and Director of Photography on documentary films since 2007. She directed, edited, and was behind the camera on Pelada (www.pelada-movie.com), which premiered in 2010 at South by Southwest. Pelada won an Outstanding Achievement in Documentary Filmmaking Award from Newport Beach Film Festival and was called "an all-around inspiring doc" by Variety and "close to pitch perfect" by the New York Times. Rebekah played a pivotal role in the independent DVD and theatrical distribution of Pelada. She is currently working as a field producer and behind the camera on a landmark HBO film about the controversial Proposition 8 court case in California. In the fall of 2011, Rebekah was an invited speaker for TEDx.
Once complete, The Pro Voice Project will work closely with Exhale to build a story and dialogue based audience engagement plan. We will also be seeking traditional distribution channels (film festivals, digital, TV), but this partnership guarantees a long life for the film once its complete. This film will tour with Exhale at events designed to explore the stories and complexities that are raised by the film.
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Risks and challenges
Challenges are what we filmmakers thrive on--well, that, quesadillas, PB&Js, and cheap coffee.
Financial setbacks are always a worry for independent films. We will continue to raise money from other film resources throughout this project, but reaching our fundraising goal on Kickstarter will allow us to get the most valuable, time sensitive footage captured and get to the next phase of the project. We'll be able to confidently pitch forums, grants and other documentary funds, with these larger events captured. It will also be much easier for us to go back and fill in the gaps of the main characters' stories through interviews, visits to their hometowns, etc.
As a crew, we may face obstacles to bringing cameras to certain locations. In many ways, this challenge is also a part of the story, and we'll do our best to incorporate something into the fabric of the film by interviewing a facilitator or having a conversation with the main characters about why that decision was made, and how it impacted the ensuing conversation.
Distribution is always a wild card with independent films. We will pursue traditional distribution (film festivals, TV, Digital), but we also know that this film will have a long life through our audience engagement partnership with Exhale. Exhale plans to incorporate the film into events that reach a general audience and help expand the discussion around the issue of abortion.
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