About this project
ABOUT THIS PROJECT
Child abuse is a vast issue that includes physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, along with incest and domestic violence. YesICAN is a nonprofit organization; their mission is working world-wide to break the silence and cycle of child abuse. YES is the affirmation of every individual's capacity to change and to make a difference. ICAN is the acronym for International Child Advocacy Network.YesICAN is empowering individuals to make a difference through this Kickstarter project.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. An entire month designated to raise awareness of the 1,640 children who die from abuse and neglect in the United States each year. It is a time for families and communities to unify and participate in a conversation surrounding the subject. To further this conversation, YesICAN is producing a music video for the song “Unbroken Angels” that will not only honor the children who have died from child abuse and neglect, it will also add to that conversation for years to come.
The “Unbroken Angels” music video project began as a beautiful song written and recorded by Hannah McNeil, especially for YesICAN to honor children who have lost their lives to child abuse. With her goal in mind, YesICAN brought on board award-winning director Anthony Bushman, and he developed a plan to bring this touching tribute to life and honor these children. The music video will follow three generations of abuse and illustrate its devastating effects, but, speaking to YesICAN's mission, the music video ends by demonstrating one example of how anyone has the power to break the cycle.
Donate to the project, join the conversation, and break the silence and cycle of abuse.
*YesICAN is a 501(3)c organization; all contributions are tax deductible. Tax ID # 95-4567760
WHY SUPPORT 'UNBROKEN ANGELS'
Imagine that you are a survivor of child abuse and someone you know and trust is violating you in the worst way you can think of. How would you feel?
You would likely feel confused and betrayed. Most victims are targeted by someone they know, even someone they love.
You would likely feel humiliated and guilty. Abusers are known to shift the blame to the victimized child and because of this, survivors feel that the abuse is their fault.
You would likely feel scared and alone. Perpetrators will threaten victims so they won’t tell anyone about the abuse, which leaves them with a horrible secret.
Approximately one out of every three boys who is physically abused will engage in criminal or anti-social behavior later in life, including the abuse of his own children.
"When I first heard that statistic, it was like a punch in the gut. The music video concept was born from that. I instantly wanted to create something just as powerful to counter that stat, to assist YesICAN in breaking the cycle of violence."
- Anthony Bushman, Director
This music video will shine a light on the ugly truth about the cycle of child abuse. But ultimately, it will show how the cycle of abuse can be broken.
Once we have produced the music video, we will post it on the web and reach people all over the globe, continuing the conversation and bringing awareness to the issue of child abuse and its consequences to the forefront. The broad reach of this video will raise the profile of YesICAN as an organization that provides a resource for those in need through facilitated support groups online. It will also drive additional traffic to our site so those who need our help can more easily find us.
No one should feel alone.
MEET THE TEAM
We are a group of passionate volunteers who have come together for a common goal: to break the silence and cycle of child abuse.
MEET ANTHONY BUSHMAN, DIRECTOR OF 'UNBROKEN ANGELS'
Fifteen years ago Anthony’s life and career path veered wildly from their course, beginning in earnest his career in filmmaking, and in the process defying all expectations of those who thought they knew him best.
Born and bred in Ohio, Anthony made his way to the west coast and began graduate film school at USC in 2007. During his time there, he produced a number of advanced films, all the while honing his craft as director. Anthony wrote and directed his thesis film, FOUND, which screened at over 20 film festivals around the world and won multiple awards.
Anthony’s career focus is on directing films with compelling character-driven stories that delve into matters of the human spirit.
MEET THE SINGER AND SONGWRITER OF ‘UNBROKEN ANGELS’
Hannah McNeil was born with the love of music. At an early age, she would sing along with the radio in the car, dumbfounding her mother…first at the fact that she knew the words and second that she could belt out a tune, in tune…when she barely knew how to walk! Born in Omaha, Nebraska, the ninth of ten children, she came into the large music loving clan of Richard McNeil and Sharon McMahon McNeil.
Her parents fostered the idea of “making a difference…everyday” by starting a homeless shelter in the Omaha community. Volunteers and donors pitched in generously to make it happen as Hannah watched and learned how important it is to be there for others who have deep needs of all kinds. This exposure sparked in Hannah the belief that she could touch people through her love and gift of music.
MEET THE FOUNDER OF THE INTERNATIONAL CHILD ADVOCACY NETWORK
Sue A. Meier, MA, MPA, LMFT, founded the International Advocacy network, YesICAN, in 1996, and is the Executive Director of this organization. Ms. Meier is a nationally recognized professional with nearly 30 years of experience in both the child abuse, domestic violence and crisis/information-referral hotline fields. She has spoken to a variety of organizations both locally, nationally and internationally about child abuse, parenting, adult survivors, domestic violence and grief. She has been a board member of the international organization, Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS) where she chaired both the ethics and accreditation committees and is the Past Board President of the San Fernando Valley Child Abuse Council. While maintaining the organization as the Executive Director, Ms. Meier is also a professor of psychology at various colleges in the San Fernando Valley. The area that Ms. Meier is most proud of is her four sons, two daughters-in-law, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. They bring joy to her heart and immeasurable pride and support.
MEET ACTORS IN THE PROMOTIONAL VIDEO
You may see some familiar faces in our Kickstarter promotional video.
Mindy Sterling (Austin Powers), Patrick Bristow (Ellen), Peter Jason (Desperate Housewives), Auggie Smith (Comedian)
Rick Overton (Dennis Miller Live), Danielle Koenig (2015 Writers Guild Awards ), and Jane Wilson (Janeane From Des Moines)
Risks and challenges
In order to ensure professional quality, the unfortunate reality is that it demands a lot of money to make a film or, in this case, a music video. Even in this digital age – which can make shooting a movie less cost prohibitive – many elements of the filmmaking process can still be costly. We need funding to cover camera and lighting rentals, location fees, production design and props, costume design, a Studio Teacher for our child actors, food for the cast and crew, post-production materials… and the list goes on.
The evolution of a film's budget can be complex and unpredictable. Even for skilled producers, unexpected costs can crop up. A "contingency" is included from the outset in any good budget in an attempt to cover those unexpected costs before they arise. But educated guesses for the cost of a location rental, for instance, could end up being far from the mark… especially for a project like ours, in which we have one location with a very specific ideal aesthetic. When a filmmaker encounters that kind of problem – one that is extremely common – it becomes a negotiation between the pure artistic (wanting the very best location from an aesthetic perspective) and the practical (settling for a different location that better fits within the proposed budget). If you go with the more expensive location, the budget of another department must be cut. It's a constant push and pull… a giant puzzle, if you will.
The ‘Unbroken Angels’ music video team has the experience and education to deal with these puzzles. Your money is in very good hands, and every cent that you donate will go toward making the very best music video possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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