***Sept 1, 2011 *** Thanks to this campaign, we have been making great progress. We've started editing and we have really been delving into the archival footage research and moving toward finishing the film. But we still need help to get to the finish line. We have a new fundraiser up here. Please check us out! We have a new video up and more perks!
Over the PAST DECADE we have been filming AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: THE EVOLUTION OF GRACE LEE BOGGS, a feature documentary about legendary Detroit activist and philosopher Grace Lee Boggs. We have nearly 100 HOURS of material, which includes interviews with Grace, archival video, photographs, and documents from Grace's personal collection as well as footage of Grace with activists, youth, and scholars around the country, and with members of her vibrant community in Detroit. We ask for your help to get this film finished this year! Grace is turning 96 in June and we would love to have a rough cut by then.
No amount is too small to donate. We offer various perks at certain levels. If you'd prefer to make a fully tax-deductible donation please contact us for details. We are grateful for any amount you can give.Note: We now have t-shirts, generously donated by The Boggs Center in Detroit. For a $50 donation, you can sport a r(e)volution t-shirt (either red, brown, black or light blue) or a Grace Lee Boggs t-shirt (L) size only. Limited amounts available! It's not on the PERKS section as we ran out of space, but make sure to specify that you want a t-shirt at this level donation. See the GALLERY tab above for images.
CHANGE YOURSELF TO CHANGE THE WORLD
Grace Lee Boggs has dedicated her life to the next American revolution. Born while women were still denied the vote, this daughter of Chinese immigrants earned a PhD in philosophy at age 25 before committing herself to a life of ideas, action, and the promise of change and social justice--primarily from within the African-American community. Moving to Detroit in the 1950s and marrying African American autoworker/activist James Boggs, she saw that Detroit embodied both the failures and possibilities of the American dream, and was thus an enormously fertile place in which to work. At 95, Grace continues to engage audiences around the world in a process of re-imagination, conversation and action -- reminding us that revolution is not only possible and necessary, but already happening.
Although Grace's biography is an important part of our story, this is not a biopic or a historical film. This film is about how a visionary thinker and doer grapples with the looming questions confronting humanity and sustains her commitment to that work. The driving narrative transports Grace through the major social movements of the last century -- from labor to civil rights, from Black Power to feminism, identity politics and beyond -- and shows how she emerged with a philosophy that is almost radical in its simplicity and clarity: revolution is not an act of aggression but an ongoing, evolving series of dialectical conversations. It is about the willingness to shift tactics, reevaluate strategy and embrace contradictions. "Revolution," Grace says, "is about the ability to change yourself to change the world."
In a world plagued by seemingly endless wars, environmental disasters, rampant consumerism and economic collapse, people everywhere, from Madison to the Middle East, are asking: How can I make a difference? How do we create meaningful change? And how do we sustain ourselves so we can continue evolving our humanity? American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs explores how a lifetime of thinking, advocating, and grassroots action has culminated in powerful approaches to these elusive questions and how Grace's ideas are inspiring a new generation of young people and activists to rebuild and revitalize their corner of the world, in Detroit.
For more detailed information about the project, please visit our official website www.americanrevolutionaryfilm.com. We will be updating that site with news, video clips, and photos as the project evolves. Stay tuned!
Other Ways You Can Help
Please help us SPREAD THE WORD about this campaign with your friends via FACEBOOK, TWITTER, EMAIL, and just plain word-of-mouth. Your personal endorsement to your network of friends and colleagues means so much to this project and to the legacy of Grace Lee Boggs. She has always been about the grassroots so we are hoping that the grassroots will help generate an audience and following for the completed film.
WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?
WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?
ALL FUNDS (minus Indiegogo's administrative fee) will go directly toward finishing the film. We are at a crucial stage. With almost 100 hours of footage shot, our next step is to generate a rough cut which requires several months in the editing room. While we are pursuing other grants and partnerships for the film, we would love for this film to be funded by the people who want to see it most. YOU! This fundraising campaign is a chance to engage and create a dialogue with our audience -- just as Grace Lee Boggs has been doing her entire life.
CAN YOU EXCEED THE GOAL?
YES! Indiegogo will allow as much money as is given before the deadline. The more money we raise, even in small increments, the higher our profile gets AND the sooner the film will be completed!
WHAT ARE YOUR DISTRIBUTION PLANS?
American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs will air on national and international television. We will also distribute the film to the educational market (universities, schools, and libraries), on home video, video-on-demand, and the internet. Perhaps most importantly, we will conduct a full-court grassroots outreach campaign to activist and youth groups around the country who can use the film as a tool for organizing. If you're part of a student or community group that would like to participate in this effort, please let us know.
CAN I SHOW THIS FILM IN MY HOMETOWN ONCE IT IS COMPLETED?
Absolutely! We encourage community screenings designed to create more conversations and action around the themes of the film. We will help you organize these once the film is done.
QUESTIONS, COMMENTS OR SUGGESTIONS?
SPECIAL THANKS to Women Make Movies, University of California Press, University of Minnesota Press, Monthly Review Press for generously donating to this fundraiser!
Please contact Producer/Director Grace Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org . We'd love to hear from you!
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