Greetings and thank you for visiting my kickstarter campaign! My name is William DeVogue and as an adopted child growing up I felt a great deal of emptiness surrounding my life. Even though I had parents that provided for me there was loneliness and an overwhelming feeling that I was not in tune to what the world meant that surrounded me. As I grew older my life was consumed with searching for my biological blood but there was also this creative force that was being suppressed. I knew it was present, growing in intensity, but not having the guidance or direction to explore it I couldn’t quite understand it and know how to act upon it or what I was supposed to do with it. Then in 2009, after spending most of my adult life searching, I found my biological mother. Finding my mother not only solved that piece of the puzzle but it also unlocked a magnitude of expression, creativity and self awareness that had been suppressed for years. It also revealed an interesting twist to my existence that I am still trying to wrap my minds around today and solidify as the last piece of the puzzle. Filming “Not Forgetting Tina” has been a passion of mine for the past 3 years. I have traversed the bumps in the road and hurdled the obstacles that have risen before me. My goal for writing and filming this movie is to inspire others to never give up with their quest to uncover their past and discover their present. To make awareness that there are alternatives to mothers with addictions to seek recovery and still be able to hold on to their children. Thank you for your support!! William DeVogue
About the Film
“Not Forgetting Tina” is a very powerful film that will take you back to the gritty times of Tina’s life in Greenwich Village and her struggles with the demons that controlled her life. It will tell the story of heartbreak, defeat, anguish and determination. It will chronicle certain rocky and turbulent events of my life, my search for my biological mother and the circumstances which led to her discovery. The film will also uncover certain events that led me to discover the identity that surrounds the other piece of my biological puzzle.
I would like to thank Bryan Rodrigues, a graphics design Professor at RISD, for helping me transfer my vision into this awesome poster. It will be a limited print, measures 12x18 and printed on heavy 80lb stock paper.
Director: Film Director Rocco Michaluk has been creating award winning documentaries and independent films for over 15 years. His unique ability to capture the unique moments and true essence of individuals, places and things has earned him a very special place in the world of documentary filmmaking. His work has been seen on PBS, ABC, CBS, NBC, Independent Lens, National Geographic, BIO, Good Morning America, The History Channel, E! Entertainment, FOX News and others. He resides in beautiful Newport, RI.
After being born and raised
in Danbury Connecticut, Linda ventured to Southern Connecticut State University
where she received her degree in Fine Art and Art Education. In 1990 Linda
moved to New York City to pursue her passion for art and attended The Art
Students League and also worked as an illustrator and fine artist.
Interest in the environment
led Linda to a consulting position in a green and sustainable company called
Recycled Paper Printing.
In 2007, after spending 17
years in New York City, Linda moved to Rhode Island to expand her education and
a more natural environment. She is currently attending UMASS Dartmouth where
she is pursing her Masters Degree in Art Education.
Bringing her art and
extensive world travel experience into action Linda will be a valuable artistic
asset to the creative forming of the film. To view her talents please visit her
Heidi’s Musical, Theatrical,
Directing, Educational, Public Relations and Television Industry experience
brings expertise and versatility to The DeVogue Project. Heidi began piano
lessons at the age of five when she took a RED crayon to her parents piano and
colored in the word, Steinway. She holds a B.F.A. in Music Education as well as
a minor in Piano Performance. Heidi graduated from Rollins College with post
graduate studies in Business Management from Harvard University.Heidi Founded and was Chief Executive
Director of the List Academy of Music and Arts (Newport’s School of Performing
Arts from 1992-2007). LAMA, the Non-Profit Organization, benefited
approximately eight thousand RI families in its' fifteen year existence. She is
now the Principle Owner of List Music. She teaches k-8th grade music at a
private Catholic School in Middletown, RI and is adjunct faculty at St.
Michael’s Country Day School in Newport, RI. With all of Heidi's devotion to
her passion, her most treasured accomplishments are her four amazing children;
Haley, Remy, Ani and Aidan, ranging in age from 18 to 4. Heidi says,
"These four beautiful children make me want to celebrate music and release
positive energy to the entire world for the well being of all souls."
Rewards “Not Forgetting Tina” will be a serious film but I decided to have a little fun with the rewards. Since most of the film will be shot in Newport RI I decided to name the packages after certain points of interest that are located in and around Newport.
Where will my contribution be used? Great question! If I were just going to break out the camcorder and shoot low quality definition then we could do this for a couple bucks. But in order to deliver the highest quality of film we are going to need the best equipment and that will include multiple cameras, lighting, sound, etc. I will also need to feed the crew, cast and the many extras I will need to shoot several scenes. Then there is also the cost of graphics, period clothing, staging certain sets, score consultation and post production. It all adds up but in order to make a mind shattering film, which it will be, then we need to spend the money.
Risks and challenges
As with any film there are many challenges this production faces. That is why we have teamed up with Video & Vision a professional Film & Video Production Company based in Newport, RI with a proven track record for these productions and a successful Rhode Island business for 10+ years.
The Brick Alley---I promise, no bricks will be thrown but in reward of your giving nature you will receive previous tiers plus a digital download of the film plus your name will appear in the closing credits as a contributor to our film. That’s right, your name on the big screen!!
The Breakers---You won’t get broke up when you read about these rewards. Including all of the above tiers you will receive a PDF Copy of the script, a DVD of the finished film and a photo post card taken from one of the various set locations.
The Americas Cup---Let your cup runneth over with these goodies. In addition to the above tiers you will get autographed set photos, a hard copy of the script signed by me (William DeVogue) and the major characters of the cast and crew, a blu-ray disc of finished film and a limited print “Not Forgetting Tina” poster printed on 80 lb stock paper. You know, the good stuff!
The Jane Pickens---Dust off the tux and fluff the gown because in addition to the above tiers you will get (2) free tickets to the Premier being held at the historic Jane Pickens Theater located in Newport, RI. (Transportation Not Included and date TBA) plus a DVD with added footage of Premier night events with you in it. Best of all you can see your name in the rolling credits as an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER!!
The Cliff Walk---Come visit one of the many set locations for the day and enjoy a stroll on Newport’s famous Cliff Walk. You will also enjoy reading your new personally autographed copy of “Things Have Changed” freshly penned by well known author Dennis McDougal. There is a special significance to this book that I will share with you later. All of the cool stuff above and a limited print “Not Forgetting Tina” T-Shirt with the poster logo printed on the front.
The Firehouse Theater--- Do you like to act? Well, no need to audition. We will put you right in the middle of the action as an extra and you can mix and mingle with the cast and crew. Transportation to Newport not included. In addition to all the above tiers you will now see CO-PRODUCER next to your name as the film credits roll.
The Pelham Court Hotel---After enjoying yourself at the premier and the after party you can enjoy a nights rest at one of the most comfortable Hotels in Newport. (Transportation to Newport not included and dates TBD). Also, Linda Dempsey, a local well known artist and artistic director for the film will transform your photo into a portrait. Look under crew profiles to see some of her work. And, all of the cool stuff above as well.
The Great Gatsby---The best for last! In addition to all the tiers above you will receive the following rewards: Take a tour of the famous Rosecliff and Marble House Mansions where the majority of the famous 1974 classic film the Great Gatsby was filmed. Meet Tina and chat about her experiences. You get the cue cards that I flipped in the Kickstarter video. And now, You are the Executive Producer of “Not Forgetting Tina”!