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WHY THIS FILM?

Invisible Illness Film. A feature documentary of hope and resilience for and about people living with and healing from invisible illness.

Chronic pain. Lyme disease. Fibromyalgia. Diabetes. SIBO. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Endometriosis. Depression. PTSD. POTS. Hashimoto's. Infertility. Traumatic brain injury. The list goes on and keeps growing, in the number of illnesses and amount of people affected by them.

Millions of people around the world are suffering in silence. 

In the United States alone, nearly one in two people (133 million) has a chronic medical condition. 96% of people with chronic medical conditions show no outward signs of their illness. 

These and other conditions and illnesses don't necessarily manifest themselves in such a way where you can easily see the pain a person is suffering. This often results in friends, family, and even the medical community doubting or even dismissing the individual. So not only is the illness "invisible," often the person suffering feels invisible and invalidated.

Help us give a voice to the invisible and bring this project to life. Become a backer and share this much-needed project with your friends and community. 

THIS FILM IS FOR...

...people living with invisible and/or chronic illnesses, who have lost their identity, dreams, jobs, sometimes even their friends, family and homes to the emotional, physical and financial ramifications of illness.

...people supporting those living with invisible illness, whose lives have been turned upside down as they take on the new role of caregiver and try to maintain career and family, while navigating complicated medical, insurance, and disability systems.

...friends, family, colleagues, and others who may know someone with a diagnosis, and not know how to support or encourage in a tangible way. People who aren’t dealing with health issues and feel unclear or confused about invisible illness, and want a practical way to show their support.

The main topics for the film include:

  • Living with physical pain and chronic conditions 
  • Grieving identity loss and limitations 
  • Becoming your own advocate 
  • Vital role of caregivers and support people 
  • Working within medical and insurance systems 
  • Stigma and judgment of mental and physical illness 
  • Alternative healers and treatments 
  • Impact of stress, triggers and trauma 
  • Pain, movement, and listening to your body 
  • Creating connections and community 
  • Inspiring stories from survivors and healers 
  • Future vision of health care vs sick care

Our Message is Our Mission

Whether you have an illness yourself, or have friends or loved ones who do, everything changes when invisible illness becomes part of your life.

We want to let everyone affected by invisible illness know that they are not alone, that those who are healthy and well see them and support them in their suffering.

If you are dealing with chronic pain and illness, we want to inspire you to be a strong advocate for yourself or your loved ones when working within the medical system AND insurance companies.

You have the right to TRUST YOUR BODY and SPEAK UP for yourself.

This film will show you how to survive and thrive with invisible illness.

WHERE IT ALL BEGAN

When I stepped into the crosswalk five years ago, I had no way of knowing that my life would never be the same.

Although I landed on my feet, a distinctly different life is inevitable after a 2-ton vehicle crashes into you. The impact threw me six feet in the air. 

Even now, after 5 years, 50+ specialists, 100+ medical tests, 500+ appointments, countless pills and failed treatments, being poked and prodded like a lab rat, I still carry the same pain that began that day. One thousand nine hundred seventy-five days of pain… so far. That’s just one of the consequences of a single moment of impact. The other consequences came later, from medical “care” and treatments.

Most of my injuries and illnesses are “invisible” and that changes everything about diagnosis, treatment, and recovery.

Over the past five years, I have felt confused, abandoned, betrayed, alone… and invisible. I never want anyone else to feel that way. And so, I’ve been working on a heart project, a project that a dear friend and mentor calls “soul important” work.

My husband, a professional filmmaker, and I have begun production on this feature-length documentary to tell the stories of people living with Invisible Illness.

Whether it’s chronic pain, Crohn’s, Lyme, CFS, IBS, SAD, OCD, TBI, BPD, ADHD, PCOS, POTS, SIBO, PTSD, or any other illness distilled into a 3- or 4-letter word, our stories need to be shared. 

Stories of hope and resilience, courage and perseverance, and above all, a sense of community and belonging are sorely needed. We need to hear not only the stories from those suffering, but also from the people supporting and healing those who live with invisible illness.

Your illness may be invisible, but you don’t have to be.

To make matters worse, our healthcare system often doesn’t have the resources or definitive answers patients are seeking. Many times medical professionals aren't prepared to deal with invisible or rare illnesses, which may significantly delay diagnosis and treatment.

Perhaps you've experienced or can imagine the frustration involved with doctors repeatedly telling you “nothing is wrong" when your body is telling you otherwise. Or worse, they prescribe treatments that exacerbate your condition.

YOU ARE NOT ALONE... OR INVISIBLE

More than anything we want to inspire, encourage, and empower those living with an invisible illness to be resilient and have the confidence to be their own advocates. We want them to know they are not alone and there is a supportive, thriving community of invisible illness survivors and healers, going through the same challenges, creating a safe place where they can connect, find hope and feel support for their experience. 

PLEASE SHARE THIS IMPORTANT MESSAGE

In addition to backing the project, you can support the film by sharing it...

Facebook. Click the "Share" button at the top of the page under the green "Back this Project" button. When you share, add a short blurb about why you think the project is important.

Twitter. Share a tweet below with just one click or write your own (click the links below to pre-populate your tweet. You'll be able to tweak it before sharing):

#InvisibleIllnessFilm is bringing hope & encouragement to ppl suffering from #InvisibleIllness. Check it out http://bit.ly/iifilm-kick

I can relate to this story! I am 100% behind this @Kickstarter project. Support #InvisibleIllnessFilm. http://bit.ly/iifilm-kick

Our medical system is broken but #InvisibleIllnessFilm gives me hope for change. Support their @Kickstarter. http://bit.ly/iifilm-kick

Email. Statistics suggest that you know at least two people who are suffering from an invisible illness. You can encourage friends and family simply by sharing this project.

IRL. You can share in real life too! Imagine that! Conversations at your workplace, school, doctor's office, yoga studio, place of worship, local library, community center, and more are perfect opportunities to spread the word about this life-changing film! 

WHERE'S THE MONEY GOING?

Because we believe in this project, we've already invested hundreds of hours and tens of thousands of dollars into making it a reality. As we reach the finish line, we need support to finish the film and share it with the world.

Here's a breakdown of where the raised funds will go:

  • 10% - Kickstarter and processing fees 
  • 15% - Reward fulfillment (e.g. fulfillment services, books, DVDs, photo boxes, shipping) 
  • 35% - Final principal photography costs (e.g. shooting additional interviews and b-roll and travel expenses) 
  • 25% - Post production (e.g. editing, color grading, sound design) 
  • 10% - Mandatory taxes 
  • 5% - Music licensing 

From the very first interview we conducted two years ago, to the primary principal photography which began last summer, we have captured amazing stories and inspirational interviews with people living with invisible illness, their loved ones, and healers. We have collected ample material to turn this into a mini-documentary series if we surpass our funding goal.

TIMELINE

If we succeed in funding, we plan to complete principal photography by May, and begin logging the hundreds of hours required to complete the editing of the film. Our goal is to finish editing in June and begin mastering the final film plus begin reward fulfillment in July. (See the individual reward descriptions for their respective delivery date estimates.)

WE'D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU

Reach out and say "hi" or ask as any questions you have about the campaign.

Ron Dawson (producer/dp)

Tasra Dawson (writer/director)

Tasra + Ron
Tasra + Ron

 

Risks and challenges

Any creative project worth doing comes with risks and challenges. For this project, we are confident that the time and investment already put into filming and development will give us a solid base for completing this project within the anticipated timeline. There are always unexpected challenges that could arise, including new interviews we want to include and additional footage we want to capture. However, we are putting plans into place for keeping us on track with fulfilling all the rewards on time and on budget. Your support will help us meet that goal!

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    *Early Bird* Hi-res Art Images

    A set of five printable high-resolution, inspirational art images from the director and inspired by the film.

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    Film Download + Bonus Videos + Art Pack

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    Digital Pack: Inspirational Book + Film

    A beautiful 40+ page digital "coffee table" book with images, stories, quotes, mantras/affirmations, behind-the-scenes photos, and healthy recipes. This is a digital download version of the book. Also includes a digital download of the film.

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    Limited Edition Coffee Table Book + DVD

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    Gift of Hope Art Prints + Book Bundle

    You will receive this gift of hope - Inspirational images printed on fine art paper, signed by writer/director Tasra Dawson. They'll be presented in gift packaging so you can keep them for yourself or share with a friend or loved one. You'll also receive the beautiful 40+ page coffee table book with images, stories, quotes, mantras/ affirmations, behind-the-scenes photos, and healthy recipes. This level includes a digital download of the film and/or a physical DVD. You will have the option to select one or both at the end of the campaign.

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    "Ask Me Anything" with Tasra Dawson

    Get a 90-minute "Ask Me Anything" consultation with the film's writer/director Tasra Dawson. Discuss art, writing, health and healing, the medical system, making a documentary, or simply share your story with a compassionate listener who will inspire and encourage you. Plus a digital download of the film.

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    Filmmaker's Consultation with Ron Dawson

    1:1 consultation about how to produce a feature length documentary with Filmmaker/DP Ron Dawson (via Skype)

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    • 1:1 consultation with filmmaker Ron Dawson (2 hours)
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    Associate Producer Credit

    Be listed as an Associate Producer on the film, getting your name in the opening and closing credits.

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    Special Guest Screening Event + Goodies

    Evening with the filmmakers, which includes dinner in Seattle, sparkling conversation and front row seats to the premier of the film (travel and lodging not included). PLUS all the digital goodies and special THANK YOU credit in the film.

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    • Full 1080p HD Digital Download
    • 3 digital song downloads
    • Bonus videos, deleted scenes & extended interviews
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    Executive Producer Credit + IMDb Entry

    Become an "above the line" Executive Producer on the film. This will earn you a place in both the opening and closing credits, as well as the ability to get an IMDb entry. As an executive producer, you'll also get:

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    *Exclusive* Your Story Filmed + Goodies

    INVISIBLE ILLNESS FILM co-producer and DP Ron Dawson will fly out to your location (North American only) to film your story. He'll spend up to 4 hours with you to interview you and loved ones. We'll then edit a short film segment that will minimally be a bonus video for the film, but may also be included in the main film. You'll also get a digital download of the film and bonus videos.

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    Limited Edition Movie Magic Bundle

    This ultimate reward grants you everything listed below:

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    • 3 digital song downloads
    • Bonus videos, deleted scenes & extended interviews
    • Invisible Illness Coffee Table Book
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Funding period

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