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An interactive project where you can watch powerful short documentaries, then create and share your own immigration story.

WE DID IT!!!  AMAZING!!!

There is still time to get the SPECIAL FLASH PRIZE, check out a cool show, and hang with the iNation team!  For a $25 donation, or if you adjust your pledge $25 higher, you will get 2 tickets to see Wyclef Jean talk about his new memoir, "PURPOSE: An Immigrant’s Story., a $60 value.  The event is part of City Arts and Lectures, Monday, September 24, 2012, 7:30 pm, at The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.  Only 13 pairs of tix left!

INTRODUCTION

Immigration issues are constantly in the headlines, but the stories we see rarely reflect the complexities of our collective immigration experiences. This is a critical time to think deeply about where we come from, connect, engage and create a new kind of conversation.

We all have an immigration story, whether it’s passed down from our grandparents or experienced first-hand. Immigrant Nation is a new project to connect our stories in an interactive way: you can watch powerful short documentaries about immigration experiences, tell your own story, and share it with your family and friends. 

8 SHORT FILMS

There are eight short documentary films at the heart of this project. Each one will focus on an immigration stakeholder and speak to the complexity of immigration in the U.S.

The first film, The Caretaker, is an intimate portrait of the relationship between an immigrant caretaker from Fiji, and the 95 year-old woman she is caring for as she nears the end of life. Our team just completed this first short documentary!

Watch a scene from The Caretaker here:

CREATE AND SHARE YOUR STORY

The Immigrant Nation team is building an online storytelling platform, where users can learn about their own immigration history, tell their story, and share it with family and friends.

We have been working on this project for almost a year now and have gotten a lot accomplished.  In April, we traveled to Toronto to work on a prototype with Mozilla, and have just been accepted to the prestigious BAVC Producer's Institute in October to work with amazing mentors on developing the platform. 

We have have been self-funding this project for the last year and we've come a long way, but if we are going to launch Immigrant Nation, we need your help!

WHAT FOR?

Our goal is to launch a beta version of Immigrant Nation in early 2013. This project is BIG and we need your support for multiple parts of the process, both to shoot and edit the short films, and to hire some key players to make it all happen. 

We are waiting to hear back about grants that will fund the creation of the website, and with your support we will be able to:

  • Make the second documentary film. We need to shoot and edit the next film in the Immigrant Nation series, The Journalist, which will follow the personal story of a reporter who straddles the gap between journalist and advocate as he stirs up the world of journalism and writes about immigration issues in the lead up to the 2012 election. 
  • Research and produce the third documentary film. We need to go on two research trips to Alabama and Georgia to lock down our character for the third Immigrant Nation film, The Mayor, about a conservative small-town Mayor who bonds with his primarily Latino community in the face of harsh immigration laws.
  • Hire a whip-smart social media specialist who will help us connect Immigrant Nation to the world in a very effective way on social platforms.

WHY YOU?

This project cannot happen without you. We are asking you to donate if you can, and also spread the word about this campaign. To say thank you, we’ve got great rewards for our backers, from signed DVDs of award-winning films to an invitation to our launch party, or a Fijian dinner with Joesy, the main character from the first Immigrant Nation film, The Caretaker

You can also get a beautiful 11"x14" photograph from Theo Rigby's U.S./Mexico border series below:

Choose one of nine photographs shot by Theo Rigby for a $125 donation!
Choose one of nine photographs shot by Theo Rigby for a $125 donation!

HOW YOU CAN HELP

The countdown is on--we have 30 days to reach our goal!

If we don’t get there in a month, then we get $0 and your accounts won't be charged, so please:

DONATE: Give whatever you can, if you can!

BUILD BUZZ: Like us on Facebook HERE! 

TWEET: about Immigrant Nation using the hashtag @theofilms and @iNationProject to spread the word about Immigrant Nation via Twitter!

JOIN US: Become part of the Immigrant Nation family and tell your story on the platform when it launches in early 2013!

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND ENTHUSIASM!

THE TEAM

Project Director and Director of Photography

Theo Rigby is an award-winning director, cinematographer, and photographer based out of San Francisco.  He believes in the power of image and sound to create awareness and dialog about the world's most pressing social and political issues. Theo has focused on topics ranging from the War in Iraq, to the justice system, and for the past seven years has been focusing on immigration in the U.S.

His latest film, Sin País (Without Country), won a Student Academy Award, has screened in over 30 film festivals, and will be nationally broadcast on PBS' Independent Documentary Series, POV, in 2012.  His short film, Close to Home, was a National Finalist in the 2009 Student Academy Awards, won a Golden Eagle Award, and a special Jury mention at the 2010 Ashland Independent film festival.

Theo has a passion for education and has taught undergraduate documentary photography, as well as starting and directing an after-school digital storytelling program for immigrant youth in San Francisco.  He graduated with a M.F.A. in Documentary Film from Stanford University.

Watch Theo's film, Sin País, on POV HERE.


Project Producer and Sound Recordist

Kate McLean is an award-winning writer and producer.  Her film Pot Country screened at the Hot Docs 2012, Mill Valley International Film Festival, won Best Documentary at the USA Short Film Festival and was a national finalist for the Student Academy Awards. She was part of the inaugural group of independent media makers at the BAVC Producer’s Institute, a MacArthur Foundation sponsored residency dedicated to helping documentary filmmakers develop cross-platform approaches to storytelling. She has also worked on a number of documentary films for PBS, including Botany of Desire, adapted from Michael Pollan’s book of the same name. She recently finished her master’s degree at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, where she received the Hearst Documentary Award and the The Randy Shilts Memorial Award for Exceptional Reporting.  Her written work has appeared in The New York Times.

Check out the website for Kate's film, Pot Country HERE.

Transmedia Advisor

John Bruce works at the intersection of strategy, messaging, and design for forward-thinking organizations and media ventures. He is a founding partner of Forward Mapworks – a strategic consulting firm using whole-systems thinking and mapping.  As Senior Strategist for Free Range Studios – a media and innovation shop famous for the viral video series The Story of Stuff, John helps clients shape platform development, brand identity, and integrated outreach, as well as working to design successful transmedia content and distribution platforms focused on storytelling to stimulate conversations that lead to positive behavioral and systemic change. John spent over a decade working in feature film and television production, serving in a variety of roles.

User Experience Advisor

Bailey Smith specializes in user experience research and design and content management.  She recently graduated from UC Berkeley's School of Information. Before joining the I School, Bailey worked as an editor, journalist, web master and information architect. While at the I School, she has contributed to projects as a designer and researcher for Code for America, a government 2.0 non-profit, Inkling, a tablet publisher, and The Kichen Sisters, S.F.-based independent radio producers.

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