1st March, 2012
Dear Precious Friends and Supporters
Our sincerest apologies for being late with an update, but this winter has been a long and cold one with many challenges. So happy itsâ€™ over. Today is the 1st of March, the sun is shining in London and we feel our energy returning to us.
We havenâ€™t forgotten you. We have been hard at work with our designer, the lovely David and going back and forth on designs for all the beautiful perks coming your way very soon. We promise that these will ship out to you as soon as possible. We are ON IT!
For starters the digital postcard will be with you within the next week. We promise that once you see it, it will have been well worth the wait. We love it!
For those of you who will receive a t-shirt as part of their perks contribution do let us know within the next 7 days if you would like a medium or large t-shirt. If we donâ€™t hear from you our default is to send you a medium size t-shirt.
Other exciting news we would like to share with you!!!
The British Film Institute, London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (BFI LLGFF) are screening two events with Pratibha at this yearsâ€™ festival.
Event One-Exclusive Preview: On the 29th March, in a feature programme at the National Film Theatre, Pratibha will show a few clips from â€˜Alice Walker: Beauty In Truthâ€™ (work in progress) http://www.bfi.org.uk/llgff/films/features/1632 and talk about the making of this film with festival programmer Nazmia Jamal.
Event Two: 28th March is the BFIâ€™s LLGFF Special Anniversary Screening of Pratibhaâ€™s film, â€˜A Place of Rageâ€™. Premiering with this film are two new short documentariesâ€“ â€˜Angela: An Iconâ€™ * and *â€˜June Jordan: Wrong Is Not My Nameâ€™. http://www.bfi.org.uk/llgff/node/1673
Our London supporters are definitely in for a treat. We hope you will be able to join us at these events, as we would love to see all our London/UK friends there. Donâ€™t forget, please come and say hello to us we would love to meet you.
If you canâ€™t make it please share the links to your Facebook pages and on Twitter.
Love & Light
Pratibha & Shaheen
*FIND A HUMAN SUNRISE*
A happy belated New Year to you all. We were so exhausted and elated at the end of the campaign that its taken a while to bounce back with some energy. First of all, just to reassure you all – we are working on the perks for all our donors. We had a very creative meeting with our designer who is doing coming up with some stunning designs for the T shirts, bags, beanies etc. More on this soon.
We were thrilled to be picked by IndieGoGo as their Documentary Film Project of 2011 because of the campaign we ran and the energy that was generated on social media sites with the blogs, tweets and Facebook activity. So a mega thanks to you all for making this happen.
And now we are up for the Project of the Week on IndieWire. BUT we need YOUR support to make this happen by this weekend. The voting closes on Monday. So please take a moment to click on this link and vote for our film. http://tinyurl.com/6sabhpn
As always we are full of gratitude for all the ongoing support you all are giving us. 2012 will be the year we finish our film and share it with you all. Very excited and eager to get there.
Much love, Pratibha & Shaheen
Activism Is the Rent I Pay For Living On This Planet - Alice Walker
WE DID IT WEâ€™RE ECSTATIC…
- To have exceeded our goal.
- To have created a global community of support for the film
We feel truly supported by a global community of like-minded kindred spirits. We are in deep gratitude for the love and generosity shown to this definitive, timely film on Alice Walker as well as to us in these last 3 months.
Beauty In Truth is being carried through to its completion with the most beautiful, positive energy generated by each and everyone of you.
Although the 3 month campaign has come to an end on IndieGoGo, we are continuing to outreach through our Beauty In Truth film website www.alicewalkerfilm.com
When we began our campaign we had mentioned that our shortfall was $150,000. This has been reduced to $94,900 thanks to our generous donors. We can now finish shooting our film and do a first run on the editing.
However, we will continue to fund raise for the existing shortfall through grants and foundations. If you or anyone you know wants to make a donation to the POST-PRODUCTION needs of Beauty In Truth, please consider donating here:
You can also make tax-deductible donations via our fiscal sponsors Women Make Movies. Contact us for details: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for being part of our journey. We are looking forward to meeting all our donors at a screening in their town in 2012.
Happy Holidays !
Pratibha & Shaheen
Heart Felt Gratitude
Lovely lovely people. The final countdown begins.
We are a week away from the end of our 3 month crowd funding campaign. It continues to be an outstanding experience – we urge you to read all the incredible comments left on the IndieGoGo Comments page . We are enjoying all the conversations we are having on Facebook, twitter and via email.
We are thrilled with what we have managed to raise so far with everyoneâ€™s support. Now as we move into the last 7 days of our campaign, we ask you to give us one more push out to your networks over the next week. We would love to get to 50% of our goal. We are almost there.
You can support us in many different ways:
a) Share on FB and twitter
b) Ask your friends to match your donation
c) Email your friends and tell them about our film, about Alice Walker and why YOU think this is an important film to support.
Thank You as always for your energy and support
Much love & gratitude, Pratibha & Shaheen
Pratibha & Duarte shooting in Northern California
Dear Friends & Supporters,
We are now in the last 10 days of our crowd funding campaign. NO, we haven’t yet achieved our goal but YES, we are open to miracles.
What an incredible journey its been so far. We are full of gratitude for all the incredible support, generosity and kindness you continue to give us. We now ask you to make one last push on our behalf and urge you to:
1) Please Donate whatever you can if you haven’t done so already
2) Encourage your friends and networks to join you in making a pledge and matching your donation
3) Share the link on Facebook, twitter and in your email blasts.
The brilliant news is the money raised so far will enable us to complete our shooting. Hurrah!! We would of course love to go on and edit the film but that will only be possible if we reach our goal.
It is crucial that we continue to document the lives and voices of visionary women. I was reminded of this recently when one of our donors and supporters, Angel Kyodo Williams, a spiritual teacher and activist shared this comment with us.
“Far too often we come to know the importance of a great person’s contribution to our lives and our evolution as a society too late. With Alice, we already know her contribution is immense and singular. She speaks with a voice that is clear and true…and thus, it is a voice that is often feared and suppressed. This film will lift her quiet voice over the din of resistance at a time when it is needed more than ever. We simply must support this film.”
Stephanie Schroeder, one of our donors and supporters said _“Supporting Pratibha’s film about Alice Walker, who embodies the spirit (and realization) of both artistry and radical activism is my way of honoring a foremother, a sister who has dedicated her life to the same thing: recognizing & honoring the love and joy, the pain and possibilities of/for women around the globe.” _
Yes, we are bringing together a limitless global community of women and men; a network of interconnected stories; and a compassionate world of mutual support, recognition and creativity.
There are only 10 days left to donate and join this ever-growing network so, if you can afford to, please contribute, and/or encourage others to do so.
With gratitude always. Pratibha
Angels Are On Their Way