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Update #14

Time to Party! Fundraiser May 13 at Noir in Cambridge

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As we mentioned in our latest update, we're throwing a party in Cambridge on May 13 at Noir in Cambridge, MA from 6 - 8 p.m.!

WHAT: THREE DAYS TO SEE Fundraiser Party
WHERE: Noir Bar, One Bennett St., Cambridge (Charles Hotel)
WHEN: Tuesday, May 13 from 6 - 8 p.m.
TICKETS: $30 each (click the link below)

This will be a casual affair - as much a pep rally as a fundraiser! It's a good opportunity for friends of the film to get together and celebrate the positive values that inspire this project, as well as give us a big push to the finish line!

Your ticket will include a complimentary cocktail as well as appetizers in one of the coolest lounges around, the Noir Cocktail Lounge at the prestigious Charles Hotel. There will be a silent auction and raffle with awesome items, too.

For entertainment there will be a bit of singing by THREE DAYS TO SEE's very own Michelle Smith and company, as well as a sneak peak at a scene in the film. Of course, there will be merriment, cheer, and hugs galore!

FOR MORE INFO & TO PURCHASE TICKETS, CLICK HERE

Hope to see you soon!

Yours faithfully,
Garrett and the THREE DAYS TO SEE Team


Update #13

Three Days to See Film Update & NEW Trailer!

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Hi all! On behalf of the THREE DAYS TO SEE team, it’s been too long since the last update and we apologize. Ever since you generously kickstarted this film into gear, it’s been hard to come up for air because things have been changing rapidly – for both the film and for the subject of our movie, Michelle Smith. After graduating on such a high from Perkins School for the Blind, Michelle returned home to Maine and came face to face with the reality experienced by so many other graduates – a lack of opportunity leading to a cycle of isolation and family dependence. Michelle just happens to have two disabilities, making her circumstances more extreme and contributing to the 75% unemployment rate for people who are visually impaired. We knew this challenging new chapter of Michelle’s story was important to follow and would make for a more genuine portrait, as we always said, of both the light and darkness in each of our lives. Michelle has an incredible spirit, as many of you know, and she has new hopes and plans ahead of her now! 

While we continued to film Michelle’s transition after Perkins, our production also attracted the interest of some new powerhouse partners. One of the best filmmakers working in documentary today, Jeff Consiglio, has joined the team as a Producer and Supervising Editor. Jeff edited the Oscar-nominated feature film “War/Dance” (which helped inspire me to make documentaries), “Inocente” (Oscar winner, 2012), and the HBO film “Life According to Sam.” 

Jeff dove in to conceptualize our rough footage and guided us toward a deeper level of story, as you’ll see in this new teaser video he created for us, while working with a talented young editor named Sarah Ginsburg: www.threedaystosee.com/the-trailer. Let us know what you think. (We're grateful to Keiran Watson-Bonnice for his early editing contributions as well!) 

Jeff’s involvement then led to Kevin Bright (the Emmy-winning creator and Executive Producer of the hit TV show “Friends”) to sign on as Executive Producer for our film. Kevin has also worked very closely with Perkins and even taught Michelle in a filmmaking class. With these allies on board, we are poised for a tremendous outcome and impact with the film and none of it would have been possible without your early faith and support. 

I’m excited to share the news that Kevin Bright invited us to screen a six-minute version of our film as the centerpiece video at the annual Perkins Possibilities Gala this year on May 1, where a theme will be (partly inspired by our film) what happens after their students graduate. The Gala hosted more than 500 guests and raised over a million dollars last year so we see this event as a wonderful way to make an immediate impact with our story while simultaneously building awareness and support for our larger film. While the Kickstarter funds enabled us to continue filming and pay our edit staff up to this point, we still need a big push to fund the completion. So keep your fingers crossed for Gala guests as generous as all of you! 

We are also working with Jeff Migliozzi (the Perkins English teacher featured in our film) to create an educational kit for schools and businesses so that we can expand on the vital issues that the film will touch on and do our part to demystify blindness. Jeff’s already excited about the prospect of speaking to groups. Maybe your group?! And we plan to make short poetic companion pieces with footage from Helen Keller’s essay “Three Days to See.” 

Oh and we have our own fundraiser party happening on May 13th at the Noir Bar in the Charles Hotel in Cambridge, MA from 6 to 8 p.m.! And by “party” I mean party! It won’t be some serious and stuffy thing. Michelle would never let that happen! We’ll have more info on that event soon. 

On a personal note, I’m continually humbled that Michelle and her family are sharing an important piece of their journey with us, and I’m honored to the core for the opportunity to work with people that I admire, such as Jordan, Ariana, Jeff, Kevin, and Sarah. But I gotta say it’s the love, support, and encouragement that we received from you our backers, that gives me the juice to plow forward with the conviction that we can be the change we want to see in the world. Together. 

Yours always, 
Garrett 

P.S. If you didn’t get your Kickstarter reward, please let us know! In fact, let us know about anything on your mind. We love to chat!


Update #12

Michelle's "Third Day" to See & Other Super Cool Updates

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Dear friends, 

It has been a while since our last Three Days to See update, but we’ve had some exciting (and surprising) developments in our story, and as all good documentary filmmakers do, we ran to capture the action as it unfolded. 

As you know, our team has followed Michelle through her first year post-Perkins. Her next steps did not pan out the way Michelle and her family hoped, but as bad as things became, Michelle stayed positive, and slowly made inroads toward independence. So when Michelle told me she was looking forward to Alumni weekend at Perkins this month, we decided that filming her reconnect and reflect at Perkins would be an important part of the story. It turns out we were right, Michelle received great news about her future and we caught it all on camera! With a light of hope burning on the horizon, we returned to Michelle’s home in Bangor, ME, and witnessed her new-found excitement and enthusiasm at the possibilities ahead and the chance at a much-deserved bright future. We can’t wait to move forward with the edit process now that we’ve found the film’s third act (or, using Helen Keller’s structure, Michelle’s “Third Day” to see). 

In other news, we thank you for your patience in receiving your Kickstarter rewards, but please know that your Kickstarter goodies are on their way! Jordan and I will be sending out Kickstarter rewards this week, so look for us in your snail mail! 

Finally, we are excited to announce a new member to our team. Jeff Consiglio has signed on as a Producer. Jeff edited one of my favorite films, the Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary Feature, War Dance, Jeff also edited the film Inocente which was the Oscar winner for Best Documentary Short in 2013. His latest is Life According to Sam, which had its World Premiere at this year’s Sundance and will be seen on HBO. We highly recommend you watch them all! 

We are SUPER excited to share Michelle’s journey - her three days to see - with the world as our story evolves and unfolds. Anything could happen! 

More soon and thank you for your patience, faith and support!  Email me anytime with any question or just to say “hi” at: garrettz33@gmail.com!

Yours truly, 
Garrett 

P.S. Here is a clip of Michelle on NBC’s Rock Center. The piece is not connected to our film, but it’s always fun to see Michelle’s enthusiastic spirit shine through. Enjoy! 
CLICK HERE: http://www.nbcnews.com/video/rock-center/51980071#51980071

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Update #11

A Heartfelt Thank You to Our THREE DAYS TO SEE Community

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Dear friends,

We did it, we reached and even surpassed our goal! I can’t thank you enough for joining us on this incredible journey, and for being a part of our community.

I plan to share a beer and a hug with all of you, but at the moment, in this short space, I want to especially thank my mom, Norma Jean Darcy! Fred and Mary Ann Salvatoriello! Rev. Alexandra Steinert-Evoy and Ms. Jessica Aguilera-Steinert! Howard and Diana Warren! Paul Ryan! Thomas C. Crouse! Traci Connor! Cerise Jacobs and SqueePlay! Tim Moore!  And countless others...  You have been generous beyond words.

A key person at Perkins wrote this to me the other day: “We are sooooo grateful that you are giving Michelle a window to the world of what she can do. She’s such a special person.”  Well, I’m here to tell you that sentence applies to all of us; your pledge has helped to give Michelle a window to the world. Now the idea is to look through that window, together. I wonder what we’ll see?

Our friends, family and supporters have blessed us with an opportunity to create something beautiful and we don't take that lightly. In my mind, this Kickstarter campaign hasn’t been about some date on the calendar where you show up for an hour and watch our movie. We don’t need to wait for the film to be completed to understand the comments left on the Huffington Post article about our project: “It's so important to show the public that blind people can live a rich and fulfilling life if they are given the tools to do so… My son is blind and I want people to see him for the wonderful person he is, not just as a blind child. He is a child who happens to be blind. He runs. He plays. He learns. He just does things a bit differently.”

We don’t need to wait for the film premier to understand what Michelle told the Boston Globe: “If even one person realizes that true happiness is accepting who you are and feeling comfortable in your own skin, then I’ll feel like this is a success.” I don’t need to wait for the credits to roll to revel in the professionalism and compassion of my colleagues: Jordan, Ariana, Keiran, and Kori, and the fact that not only did we join forces, but our family and friends, friends of family and countless supporters joined forces with us! And now we are one.

This has been about recognizing (as in seeing) the positive, like-minded people already around us, and the more we do that, the more enriched we become. Which reminds me of the following words by Keller which I always keep in mind: “When Newton recognizes the falling of the apple as the expression of a universal force in nature, he sees far beyond ordinary sight. It is the same with our spirits. We grow as we discern more fully the possibility of new life wrapped up in daily contacts. But when we forget or ignore that fact, the senses lead us astray.”  

I told you that I took this on so I could learn what it means to “see,” and I can report to you that the greatest lesson have learned so far, is that “seeing” comes from the inside out. It has been a tremendous gift, and we have so much more to learn and see. We have miles yet to go, and I plan to find joy in every moment of it, with you.

THANK YOU!

Yours, Garrett
On behalf of the THREE DAYS TO SEE team, Garrett, Jordan, Ariana, Keiran and Kori

P.S. You may not hear much from us while we dive into editing, but we will share the next steps when we know more and you can also follow along on Facebook, Twitter and by subscribing to our blog, if you haven't already!


Update #10

Fun Videos, Press & Special $25 Reward!

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Dear friends,

A special thank you to Howard and Diana Warren, our very first Kickstarter backers, who generously increased their pledge, and in return will receive the beautiful original painting of Helen Keller by artist 2me (we lovingly call the piece, “stop and smell the flowers”). The artist has also agreed to offer signed and numbered limited edition prints of this work for anyone who donates, or increases their donation by, $25 between now and 12 noon on Sunday, February 3, our final deadline. 

Thank you also to one of our newest backers, Last Minute Productions, the official videographers of Perkins School for the Blind. We’re honored to share their comment: "I thought the trailer captured the beauty, the love, and magic that happens there on a daily basis." And they are quite right, it happens on a daily basis!  Please enjoy this beautiful video tour of Perkins, produced by Last Minute Productions: http://lastminuteproductions.com/video/perkins-school-for-the-blind-tour/

And if you didn't see it on Facebook, check out this amazing video clip from Michelle's graduation at Perkins. This shy but determined student, who is both deaf and blind, has always dreamed of singing publicly one-day. Here, she surprises everyone and gets on stage to perform a heart-warming rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” which is met by thunderous applause and a standing ovation!

Finally, we wanted to share some more press for the film! Enjoy this article that ran in today’s Watertown Daily News, and yesterday on the GoodMenProject.com blog.   

Of course, please know that while we are nearing the end of Kickstarter campaign, our relationship will not end here.  We want you to be a part of our journey every step of the way. 

Your friends,
- The THREE DAYS TO SEE team

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