I have worked as a digital artist in Atlanta, Barcelona, Los Angeles, and the Washington, DC area. I graduated from American University and Loyola Marymount University in Communications and Film Production respectively. My LMU thesis project, Prayers from Kawthoolei featured the reunion of two friends separated by civil war in Burma. It played on Southern California PBS stations from 2005-2007 and screened in many domestic and a few international film festivals. Continuing the Burma theme, my pursuit of the Htoo twins story began shortly after the seizure of the Burmese Embassy in Bangkok in 1999.
My involvement with Burma/Myanmar began in January of 1995. As a first-time tourist in Thailand, I was staggered by my ignorance of what had been going on in Burma for decades and I vowed to educate myself and inform as many people as possible. I have been to Thailand and across the border in Burma several times.
The tragically ill-advised plot to seize the embassy and all the upheaval that ensued compelled me to investigate and chronicle this story - giving all parties fair consideration.
Please join this campaign. You're not only financially contributing to an exciting and unbelievable but TRUE story with an incredible ride, but you're helping to tell a story that needs to be told; a story that powerful people have tried very hard to bury.
Our whole aim is to give voice to those whose voices have been silenced. Every film produced with a Burma human rights theme or subtext assists in shining one more light into the darkness that has permitted Burma's wicked dictatorship to continue its abysmal human rights record.
As a contributor you are shining a light. "God's Army: The Real Story" needs outside funding in order to move forward to completion. Without funding all the many years of work, research, and writing will be jeopardized. Please consider even contributing the smallest amount, whatever you can give, or even forwarding the project's Indiegogo address to others you believe might be interested. Thanks so much!
What We Need & What You Get
We need $7500. This will be used for either going to New Zealand (for a week and half, recording valuable interviews) or for going to Thailand (for crucial final interviews and additional on-location footage) or for purchasing the licensing rights to much of the archival news footage that we are presently using. At this writing we do not have other funding sources. Funding applications have been made but we will not hear anything until February.
If we are not able to reach our stated money-goal we will use whatever we do make to license archival footage.
We have all kinds of very cool perks for each level of contribution. Free DVDs once the film is completed, production DVDs, posters, coffee cups, and credit in the film, (even "associate producer" or "executive producer" credits)!! We even throw in some of my Mom's amazing West Virginia homestyle Apple Butter!! So check out those perks!! : )) Woo-hoo!!
Other Ways You Can Help
Making a movie is a collaborative effort! And that's particularly true in the Independent Filmmaker world. "It's all about who you know." So please help us by getting out the word to all your friends. Please pass along this website's address. Every little bit helps! Independent filmmaking is a huge group effort and any efforts of yours on our production's behalf is greatly appreciated. THANKS!!
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And through Facebook you can reach the Director/Producer, as well for additional questions.
Joe Hill White
Joe, Team Leader