Welcome to the FINAL FEW HOURS of our campaign to fundraise £15,000 for this exceptional film!After you've watched our campaign video, have a read of what's below.
We hope you can support us. And do come back here for campaign updates.
THE CLOSER WE GET
"How many of us put off breaking family taboos till it's too late?
What are we afraid of?
I decided to go under the skin of my family story after my Mum Ann's devastating stroke brought me back home to her after a long time away.
I wasn't the only one who returned: My prodigal father Ian - separated from Ann for years - also turned up (everyone was amazed, but it's not our family way to say so, of course….) and little by little, we both became part of Mum's caring routine.
Suddenly, and for the first time ever, we all had a lot of time to hang out and talk about what had happened to their marriage and to our family, because of the secret Ian had tried - and failed - to keep from us.
Always the family portraitist, I didn't waste any time in getting my camera out. I could feel something astonishing was happening, and I wanted to capture it on film.
And this was when things started to transform between us."
Karen Guthrie (Director)
WANT TO SEE MORE OF US & THE FILM?
THE STORY SO FAR
Karen first dared to dream this film up during a 2007 'blue skies' workshop brought to London by The Britdoc Foundation and run by New York organisation Creative Capital.
With a project like this you can't hang around postponing things until all the money is in place, so shooting started in late 2011 (well, in a way it started some time in the 1970's with the family Polaroids…) and the most part was done in 2012 by Nina Pope (pictured below shooting with Karen's brother Mark) and director Karen, with a few days in 2013 too.
So far we've been awarded research & development funds from Creative England, Royal College of Art, and the Scottish Documentary Institute (SDI) as well as using much our own funds too. We've also got a grant from Arts Council England to help cover production and some post-production. The project was selected for intensive development at the European Sources2 Workshops.
Selected for the 2012 Edinburgh Pitch - the project had its nerve-wracking first public 'outing' - but being Karen's old art school it couldn't have been a better place to launch and the pitch was brilliantly received. We returned in summer 2013 to screen a scene at SDI's 'Docs in Progress', again to a very warm reception.
Editing with the talented Alice Powell (pictured) has continued in 2013, we have also done additional shooting with cinematographer Kate Reid and we hope to start work with sound designer Doug Hayworth soon.
HOW WE'LL USE YOUR DONATIONS
Film-making is not cheap! We have already shot almost all the film without any funds, and started editing on the teensiest of budgets. But now with your help the film can reach its full potential, looking and sounding as brilliant as possible. Here's what we will spend your generous donations on:
- Composer & Original Soundtrack
- Film website & marketing including many film extras and a Stroke Awareness Zone
- Colour Correction (Grade) & Fine Cut Editing
- Audio Mix
- Music Licensing & Legal Costs
If we are fortunate enough to exceed our fundraising goal (and we are going hell-for-leather to!), the funds will go towards Production Costs that were deferred - in other words, clearing some big IOU's such as travel & equipment costs and fees to professionals who have worked for free so far.
If - God forbid - we fall a little short of our funding goal we may not be able to finish the film in time for next year's festivals, and we will need to scale down (or even pass) on things like the soundtrack and grading time. We promise to make the absolute best use of your funds that we can to finish the film but are obliged to explain that crowd funding is "best efforts, no guarantees".
IF YOU CAN'T AFFORD TO DONATE
You can still support our campaign by talking about the film and sharing this Indiegogo page with friends and colleagues - word-of-mouth, Twitter, Facebook, even good old fashioned phone calls and letters are all good and help spread the word.
We really appreciate it all. Really!
NOW FOR THE PERKS
We hope you like what we have to thank you with - director Karen and her co-producer Nina have been artists for years and have some lovely stuff to share! There are signed DVDs, free online films, prints, in-person Q & As, live 'tutorials' and much more - Home baking from Ann's own recipe collection and even a holiday in a gorgeous writing retreat in the woods.
Don't forget you can pledge anonymously if you prefer.
We will add more Perks during the campaign, so don't be a stranger now!
If you would prefer to donate without a perk, you can do so by clicking 'CONTRIBUTE NOW'.
THANKS SO FAR
To the following people who have already given their personal encouragement and support to Karen and this project:
Film-makers Marc Isaacs, Amy Hardie, Scott P. Harris and Nic Shearer; Britdoc's Maxyne Franklin, tutor Gualberto Ferrari & participants of Sources2, Flore Cosquer and Noe Mendelle & the Interdoc workshop, Edinburgh Pitch and Docs in Progress participants of the Scottish Documentary Institute, the Guthrie family, the Tujo family, the Quinn family, Judith Duffield, the staff of Clyde Carers, Margo Murphy, Toni Geoghegan, Adanech Admassu & team, Adam Sutherland & Grizedale Arts, Sophy Rickett, Anna Best, Kathrin Bohm & DJ Simpson and Hydar Dewachi.
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