What is this crazy ambition we share?
27 Months is an independent documentary that follows three Peace Corps volunteers (PCVs) from their homes in the US, throughout their service and home again, documenting their transformations and experiences in three amazing and often-misunderstood countries: Azerbaijan, Liberia and the Philippines.
Are you curious about Peace Corps and what it really does, or are you a returned volunteer (RPCV), or do you want to know more about these volunteers and their countries? Well, get to know them and their communities throughout their 27-month service and see what we are capable of when we take time to listen to each other!
Watch the Trailer!
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Why We Are Making This Film
With the news and cinema full of stories of war and cultural conflict, it’s become easy to overlook efforts to get beyond political ‘roadmaps’ and pursue actual peace at a level that affects human lives. The individual has a great amount of power to bridge ideological chasms. But, it takes an adventurous spirit and a tough personal journey to know your own biases, limits and capabilities before you can know what you can achieve. Peace Corps volunteers go through that journey in a 27-month crash course.
Many people have asked if this is a Peace Corps-funded film. No, it’s not. It could be about any three Americans trying to 'walk the talk' and live up to their ideals. But, there is something unique about the Peace Corps. There is something all volunteers share no matter how different they are from each other. And that is something we would like to show the world.
JFK's Vision: Bring it back Home!
As President John F. Kennedy stated 50 years ago, “The logic of the Peace Corps is that someday we are going to bring it home to America." This “Third Goal” of Peace Corps is to bring home the stories of lives and cultures in other parts of the world to encourage mutual understanding. Andy, Catherine and Marcy are taking the unusual step of pursuing that third goal throughout their service and bravely putting their ups-and-downs in front of the camera for all to see.
Why We Need Your Support
We have been filming for a year thanks to sheer belief in the project (and credit cards and supportive families). But, now we absolutely need funds to continue shooting throughout the second year. $35,000 will ensure we get the 27 months of footage to tell the whole story from all three countries and also when the volunteers return home in 2013.
When you join our little crowd via IndieGoGo, you are sending a message to foundations that they should also support the project. We are aiming for a national television broadcast and festival run.
With your support, you are saying that there is a need for this film to get out there, to encourage discussion about what it is to live among other cultures and communities and to live “peace” not just speak about it.
Peace Corps Volunteers featured in the film
Andrew Brake -- Liberia (UNC grad '10)
Catherine Clarke -- Philippines PCV (UNC grad '10)
Marcia Morita -- Azerbaijan PCV (USC and UC-Irvine grad)
Ashley Tindall – Director/Producer, has produced for National Geographic Television, Stanford University, Earth Island Institute and other non-profits. She holds Master’s degrees in Film (Stanford) and International Development (UCLA) and a BA from the University of Chicago.
And, we could not do this without our friends and colleagues:
Michael Christian Cardoz and Jinky Jorgio (Philippines)
Oliver Zayzay and Alexander Wiaplah (Liberia)
Rashad Sirinov (Azerbaijan)
Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization, is our wonderful fiscal sponsor.
How IndieGoGo Works
Unlike Kickstarter, your donations through IndieGoGo are TAX-DEDUCTIBLE! because our project is fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas, an arts organization based in New York. Many of you may know Kickstarter, but this works the same and we get to keep more of the funds for the project (lower percentage taken by IGG). You can donate through PayPal with any major credit card without going through Amazon. The funds go directly to our fiscal sponsor.
Every person and every amount pledged counts! Please, if you like this project, SHARE the link with friends and family, encourage them to Facebook it, tweet it, email it, post it on a blog and even tell people about it the old-fashioned way (word of mouth, that is).
Tip: if you are a couple or family and would like to support the project, donate separately to increase our people numbers!
Where does the money go?
We are making this film on a shoestring budget with minimal personnel and equipment, but we still have to pay for other things that add up, for instance:
- Translators ($150-250 per day)
- Local assistance ($200/day)
- Drivers and Fuel ($100-200 per day)
- Video cameras for each volunteer ($250 each)
- Hard Drives for each volunteer's video diaries ($200 each)
- Solar lighting (reliable electricity? Pshaw!)
- Shipping ($60-100 each way)
- Batteries (cheaper than hauling a generator!)
- International Airfare ($1200-2200, even in advance with no refunds!)
- Excess baggage ($50 to $200 each way because you can't hire gear in these locations)
- Skype credit ($50 each month)
- Equipment repair (don't get us started...)
- Fried Egg Sandwiches (the go-to Peace Corps meal: available worldwide, won't make you sick, good source of protein and carbs)
What If We Exceed Our Goal?
Hallelujah! Inshallah! No money will ever be wasted. $35,000 will let us film for another year. Any amount we make beyond this IndieGoGo goal will go towards the film. The total budget for the film to get it on television will exceed $100,000, but this campaign is important! It will keep us going and raise awareness of the film.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
I don’t want to use PayPal or my credit card, can I make a tax-deductible contribution by check?
Yes! Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Can I choose whether my name and donation amount is displayed?
Of course! You can choose to show your name or be listed as "anonymous" and choose whether you want to display your donation amount.
When is the deadline for your campaign?
November 30, 2012
How else can I support this film?
Support us by spreading the word.
1. Ask everyone you know to watch our trailer.
2. Encourage people to check out our IndieGoGo page, where they can find out more about the film and our campaign.
3. "Like" us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and tell everyone you know to do the same!
How do I tell you which water bottle design I'd like to receive?
Just email us at 27Months@filmarcher.com and let us know Azerbaijan, Liberia, Philippines or Peace Sign!
When will I receive my perk?
We will send it out or make it available to you as soon as possible! Estimated delivery times are posted under each perk. If you choose to receive a DVD as your perk, make sure to fill in your mailing address when you make your contribution.
I have more questions, how can I contact you?
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