UPDATE! - 3/20/2012
Our fundraiser ends on March 27th, which means only have a week left! We’ve raised just over half of our goal, and we couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you for your support!!
We just received word that a generous donor is offering to match any donation we receive, up to $1,500, between now and the end of our campaign. That means, with your help, we could reach our goal of $6,500. If you’ve been waiting – now is the BEST time to donate since your donation will be doubled!
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We are creating short documentary films to highlight the human side of world religions with the intention of promoting understanding and respect among all people.
Our vision includes an online video series profiling individuals from different religious traditions, geographic locations, ethnic identities, and generations as they practice their faith. This series will act as a supplement to existing religious studies courses, allowing educators to achieve their curriculum objectives with a series of short, high-quality documentary-style videos that reinforce the main subject matter and add a touch of humanity to the overall discussion.
This fundraising campaign will help us buy the camera and audio-recording equipment we need to begin filming.
What Can You Do?
To move forward with our project, we'll need your help. Video work takes a large initial investment, and we want to set up a good foundation which will allow us to do quality work both for this first phase and for our larger project vision. Our primary need is financial, and every little bit helps. If we are able to raise enough money to reach our initial goal, your funds will be used as follows:
- $2,800 will be applied to video equipment that will be used to properly document the narratives, including an HD camera, audio recorders, and stabilization equipment.
- $800 will provide us with video editing software that will present those narratives in a clean and polished manner.
- $2,000 will be put towards any travel costs we'll incur while filming interviewees and experts.
- The remaining funds will go towards interview expenses, legal and licensing fees, and a contingency fund for any unexpected expenses.
- Any additional funds that we receive above our goal will be applied to purchase more equipment and to fund the post-production process.
If we do not achieve our intended goal during this campaign cycle, we will apply whatever funds we receive towards purchasing the audio-visual equipment mentioned above, and continue to fundraise elsewhere until we reach our goal.
Short on Cash?
As the world becomes more connected, Americans are falling behind. Studies now consistently agree that the majority of Americans are ignorant when it comes to basic religious knowledge. Religious ignorance is to blame for increasing discrimination, hatred and even violence.
This project is not about comprehensively explaining religious traditions, it is about the diversity of humanity intertwined throughout each religious tradition, and why that diversity is important to recognize. In the end, we hope not only to educate a new generation of knowledgeable Americans, but also to inspire tolerance and open-mindedness in a new generation of global citizens.
We are students, artists, techies, aid workers and educators working together from Denver, San Diego, and Nairobi, Kenya.
Our story begins like many peoples' - in religious homes with religious families and friends. As we've grown and traveled to new places and made new friends, we've seen the importance of learning about world religions from the people who practice them. We feel strongly that world religions education materials should be more accessible, more diverse, and most importantly, more human.
DISCLAIMER: Donations to our project will not hold any influence on the content of our documentary. As documentary filmmakers, we intend on approaching our subject from as unbiased a perspective as possible. Our content will be vetted by a multi-faith panel of professional and academic advisers with no financial ties to the project in order to avoid any conflict of interest. As such, we encourage organizations with religious ties to donate to our project in support of multi-faith literacy, but we will not be able to accommodate any special requests during the film-making process.