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THREE DAYS TO SEE is a feature documentary about discovering beauty in the face of darkness.
THREE DAYS TO SEE is a feature documentary about discovering beauty in the face of darkness.
314 backers pledged $23,157 to help bring this project to life.

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Film Premiere Announcement at SXSW!

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Dearest Kickstarter Backers,

Please forgive the duplicate email if you received this news already but we switched over to a new email distribution list - the BEST AND MOST BEAUTIFUL THINGS newsletter - and we heard it was trapped by some of your spam filters. Please join us by entering your email at www.bestandmostbeautifulthings.com if you missed yesterday's message as this will be our final update from the Kickstarter platform. And it's a huge one!!!

We have reached a momentous milestone in our journey with Michelle. Almost three years to the day that you helped us meet our Kickstarter goal, we are proud to announce our World Premiere of Best and Most Beautiful Things at the prestigious SXSW (South By Southwest) Film Festival in Austin, Texas, this March! We're honored to be one of just 10 films selected for the Documentary Feature Competition program, from over 1000 submissions. 

Here’s the announcement from Entertainment Weekly

The festival runs March 11 - 19 and the entire team will be there, including Michelle. 

Our screening times are here:

Monday March 14 – 1:30pm at Stateside Theatre

Tuesday March 15 – 11:30am at Rollins Theatre

Wednesday March 16 – 7:45pm at Stateside Theatre

We will also be throwing a HUGE party in Austin, hosted by our wonderful Executive Producers, Kevin and Claudia Bright. The premiere party is March 14 at 8pm, and you are all invited. Let us know if you’ll be in Austin – and bring your dancing shoes!

This means we are one important step closer to sharing Michelle’s story with a wide audience, and we’ll know more about our distribution plans after SXSW. In the meantime, we relaunched our website and social media. We released our new poster on Indiewire, and an official trailer will be out soon. Our film has taken a few turns as we followed Michelle’s journey, so prepare yourselves for the unexpected! 

We are also very excited about an outreach and audience engagement campaign we’ve been developing with the hashtag #HackNormal – all about embracing the beautiful diversity among us. It’s been a long road but remember what Helen Keller wrote: “We can do anything we want if we stick to it long enough.” We have a devoted team of passionate filmmakers sticking to it, and we have the one-and-only Michelle Smith blazing the trail! 

We can’t wait to share more with you soon, including your DVDs and other rewards as soon as they are ready to release later this year! Now that our World Premiere is set, there will be many more screenings ahead, hopefully in your area so stay tuned for details. Thank you as always for your patience, good wishes and support. We would not be here without you.

Garrett and The Best and Most Beautiful Things team

Major Updates for Best and Most Beautiful Things

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Hello friends,

We have three big, exciting updates to share with you! First, the Best and Most Beautiful Things team is excited to announce that we have officially reached what we in the biz call “picture lock,” meaning the final cut of our film is now complete and (whole-heartedly!) approved. This is a big milestone in the post-production process and we’re very pleased to have finally reached it with your support!

But our work isn’t done. Our next steps include original music, color and sound mix – the final crucial elements that will make our film “sing”! We are on target to complete the film in August, followed by a World Premiere once we are invited to our first film festival. We’ll keep you posted, of course!

Two other fun updates we wanted to share include: 

  • We recently won the 2015 Works In Progress Award from Independent Film Festival Boston and UMB Film Series. Thank you everyone for the support and good wishes!  

  • We have been awarded a Spring 2015 Moving Image Fund Grant from the prestigious LEF Foundation, this time to help support our post-production work! We are continually energized by how Michelle's story resonates with so many and are proud to be among the many prestigious projects supported by this organization. Click to learn more.

Also, please note that as we near the finish line, this is the last chance to submit your name to appear in the credits if you donated to our Kickstarter campaign. If you didn’t submit a Kickstarter survey to us following the campaign, and would like a name to appear in the “Thank You” or “In memory of” credits, please email arianagarfinkel@gmail.com with your name and information by July 17.

We continue to work hard every day to raise awareness and funds for the completion, promotion and community outreach around Best and Most Beautiful Things. Tax-deductible donations are always welcome (click to make a donation) to help with the critical next steps that will make-or-break the launch and impact of our film and its powerful messages around self-discovery, empowerment and love.

Thank you, as always, for your passion and your support. We’re almost there!

Your friends,
Garrett and the Best and Most Beautiful team

Three Days to See Important Updates

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Greetings Kickstarter teammates,

We are very excited to share the latest news on our film! With the evolution of Michelle’s story, the teachings of Helen Keller are never far from our hearts. In fact, the famous quote from Helen Keller, the one that first inspired Garrett to make this film, and that hangs prominently on the wall in Michelle’s mother’s home, has become a sort of mantra for our team: "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart."

After much soul-searching and deliberation, we decided to change the title of the film from"Three Days To See" to "Best and Most Beautiful Things." Even though it's hard to wrap our minds around a new title, we feel this positive and poignant phrase expresses the film's true message about beauty and what matters most in life: love. We hope you like it as much as we do!

In addition, we are proud to announce we have been selected to participate in the Independent Film Festival Boston / University of Massachusetts Boston's Film Summit on Thursday, April 23. We are invited to present a short clip of the film as part of the Massachusetts Works-in-Progress program. The event is moderated by Boston Globe Film Critic, Peter Keough and draws an audience of filmgoers, potential funders, broadcasters, festival programmers, brand partners and industry insiders, with the goal of creating a unique coalition of awareness and support for local filmmakers. We’re thrilled!

Our editors, Jeff Consiglio and Sarah Ginsburg, have been very hard at work finishing the film, which should be ready to premiere in the fall 2015 or winter 2016. The finish line is in sight!

As always we are grateful for your support and patience. More news to come soon!

Warmly,
Team “Best and Most Beautiful Things"

New Donation Link!

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Seasons Greetings & Bonus Footage Sneak Peek

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Dear friends,

With the holiday season upon us, we reflect on all that has happened over the past year. And what a year it has been! We expanded our team of talented individuals, won a prestigious grant, wrapped filming, met with interested broadcasters and festival programmers, and are deep into the final editing phase. We're still working hard every day to finish and release the film and are on schedule to complete our cut by the spring.

As a special reward for your patience and early support, we’d love to give you an exclusive and private sneak peek of one of our brand new scenes. Just click the link or image below (or copy and paste the link into your web browser), enter the password provided and hit return or click on the “Access” button to view. Enjoy!

SNEAK PEEK OF A NEW SCENE, "A Visit to the Doctor"
TO VIEW, CLICK HERE: https://vimeo.com/114840468
ENTER PASSWORD: kickstarter
(Please don’t post this link and password publicly!)

We’re so inspired by the powerful response we’ve seen to Michelle and her story, and for the endless support of friends like you. In fact, we just received a $1,000 donation from an incredibly generous supporter. We’re so grateful! If you are planning year-end charitable giving, please consider your friendly independent film team at THREE DAYS TO SEE via our 501c3 fiscal sponsor, Filmmakers Collaborative via the link below. Of course, all donations are tax-deductible and you will receive an e-mail receipt for your donation within 24 hours. 

To make a year-end tax-deductible donation, click here 

Happy holidays and we look forward to another inspiring year ahead!
Warm wishes,
Garrett and the Three Days to See team