About this project
Thank you so much to everyone who supported the campaign!!! In a short 16 days there was a monsoon of support and we are diving into production on Waking Dream. To see the current status of production and to watch the final episodes when they launch, check out the project at: www.inationmedia.com/waking-dream
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Waking Dream is a series of short documentaries about the lives of young undocumented people across the U.S. After receiving a DACA permit, these young people who grew up in the U.S. have finally been able to have protection against deportation, work legally, go to school, start businesses, and obtain the jobs of their dreams--but this reality could all come crashing down. President-elect Trump has threatened to repeal DACA on day one of the new administration, and the futures of more than 740,000 young people hang in the balance.
The series of short films will follow a diverse set of young undocumented people, coming from a range of ethnic/cultural backgrounds and different geographic locations in the U.S. Waking Dream will follow these characters into the first year of the Trump administration, in which they could potentially lose work authorization, and shift from having many of the privileges of a U.S. citizen, to being at risk of deportation at any time.
The first episode of Waking Dream will profile three DACAmented young people across the country before the inauguration on January 20th, 2017, as they prepare for their uncertain future. The subsequent episodes of the series will show the resilience, innovation, and persistence of the young undocumented community, as well as the tremendous challenges that the future may bring.
As immigrant communities across the U.S. brace for an overtly anti-immigrant Executive branch in Washington that has pledged to deport 2 to 3 million people, this series of intimate portraits will cut beyond the politics to reveal the reality of undocumented young people in the U.S.
DACA recipients had to go through a comprehensive background check and give troves of personal information to gain their permits. In addition to potentially losing their jobs, having to drop out of school, and not being able to drive, there is a tangible fear throughout the DACA community recipients could be targeted for deportation. If DACA is repealed, a tremendous loss would fall on the undocumented community, but the ripple effects will immediately fall on the communities across the country. An estimated 433 Billion dollars would be taken away from the U.S. GDP over the next 10 years, unemployment would rise, purchasing power of the U.S. would drop, and 740,000 people wouldn’t be able to pay taxes, pay back their mortgages, or student loans.
We are asking you to support us in any way that you can, even $1 helps us get closer to our goal of funding the production of this series. Please spread the word about our campaign through social media so we can share it as widely as possible. As a thank you, we’ve got great rewards for our backers, from tote bags to recipe books, to an invitation to our San Francisco screening.
This 25K campaign will raise much needed funds for the production of the first two episodes of the series. We need to hire some key players to make it all happen and plan to film with multiple characters in the Waking Dream series, across the country, for 10 days with a 3 person crew on each day. Here is the breakdown of how the money will be spent:
- 60% Production fees to pay crew filming the first two (of five) episodes of Waking Dream
- 20% Travel costs (airfare/hotel/ground transportation/food)
- 10% Kickstarter fees
- 10% Equipment rental for production
Two powerful short films that explore contemporary immigration issues in the U.S., The Caretaker and The Mayor are intimate portraits of relationships between recent immigrants, and those who came to the U.S. generations ago.
Marathon - Julio Sauce came to the U.S. from the Ecuadorean Andes fifteen years ago searching for a better life. Having never run before, Julio saw the New York City marathon on TV and said ‘One day, I’m going to do that.’ In the midst of a struggling to make ends meet, working long and hard days in the back of a kitchen, and raising a family, Julio manages to run up to 80 miles a week in preparation for the biggest race in the world, the New York City Marathon.
Sin País (Without Country) attempts to get beyond the partisan politics and mainstream media’s ‘talking point’ approach to immigration issues by exploring one family’s complex and emotional journey involving deportation.
We are looking for people who are willing to stand up and tell their stories by being featured in a series of short films. The series of short films will profile DACAmented people across the country, who come from a variety of backgrounds, and have had their lives significantly impacted by obtaining a DACA permit. We’re looking for people who who have been able to go to school, gotten better jobs, are supporting their families, have started businesses, and are chasing their dreams. CLICK HERE link to tell us more about yourself.
Theo Rigby - Director, Cinematographer
Theo Rigby is a director, cinematographer, and interactive storyteller based out of San Francisco. He has been creating stories focusing on the immigrant experience in the U.S. for over the last decade. Theo’s last project, Immigrant Nation (iNation), is a series of short films about immigration in the U.S., as well as an online storytelling platform and series of live storytelling events. The project received a MacArthur Documentary Film grant, as well as a Tribeca Institute New Media Fund grant and two films in the project were premiered on the New York Times Op-Doc series, as well as Nationally broadcast on the PBS series 'POV: American Documentary.'
Ryan Malloy - Producer, Editor
Ryan Malloy is a documentary filmmaker based in San Francisco with an M.F.A. in Documentary Film and Video from Stanford University. Ryan's short documentary film "Everything Is Going To Be Fine" received a Director's Choice Award, Black Maria Film Festival, and a Best Production award at the VIX International Television Festival on Urban Life and Ecology in Spain. "PlastiCITY" was a regional finalist for a Student Academy Award and was webcast as part of the Truly CA series by KQED.
Mario Furloni - Cinematographer
Mario Furloni is a Brazilian filmmaker and cinematographer based in Oakland, CA. He studied documentary at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, where he was a Carnegie-Knight News21 fellow and his work has appeared on PBS and TIME.com, among others. He is the cinematographer and co-producer in the ITVS funded documentary The Return (Loteria Films), which is currently in production. In Brazil he's developing the fiction TV series "Contatos" and co-directing the forthcoming short fiction film "O Som de Elisa."
Risks and challenges
Waking Dream will be following the stories of five young undocumented people in real time throughout the first year of the Trump administration. Although we are planning to finish the series in the fall of 2017, we don't know what will happen in the lives of the characters in the series, and this deadline could be extended. However, we feel that it is very important to release these stories in the first year of the Trump administration as immigration policy for the next 4 years is being formed.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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