THANK YOU ... THANK YOU.
With all of your support and generosity, we reached the funding goal for TBF's DocuWeeks World Premiere theatrical runs in NYC and LA. The audience reaction and critical acclaim ... see the Rave Review from the LA Times - Review: ‘Trial by Fire’ showcases extraordinary survival stories » Trial By Fire - gives us good reason to push on with a chance to share the stories of these amazing people to a wider audience and finding a way to make the Oscar short list. So please continue your amazing support and participation, in any way you can, as we will need it more than ever over the next few months.
Check out our FB page Trial by Fire: Lives Re-Forged (Documentary) and website
http://trialbyfiredoc.org/ for updates and thanks so much for your support.
ABOUT THE FILM
With heart and grace, “TRIAL BY FIRE: Lives Re-forged” celebrates the courage and strength of burn survivors as they reclaim their lives - and dreams - after the devastation of fire. The film follows the journeys of ordinary people who rise above their injuries to discover unexpected insights and a transformed worldview. It is also a tribute to the many firefighters, EMS workers, doctors, nurses, and therapists who help survivors on their path to recovery. A mother and son critically injured during a Christmas fire, a young racecar driver trapped in a burning wreck, a honors student almost killed in a chemistry class explosion and a firefighter nearly consumed by flames ... These powerful stories are framed by American veteran, burn survivor and “Dancing With The Stars” Champion, J.R. Martinez.
Some of you know us, and some of you don’t. Here is what you need to know:
Our film is complete, and enjoyed its WORLD PREMIERE Theatrical run this summer in NYC and L.A as part of the International Documentary Association's "DocuWeeks" Showcase, where TBF received early critical acclaim. From private preview screenings already held, (in Connecticut, Texas, Massachuesstes, Ohio, NJ and in Canada), we know it is hugely compelling and emotionally engaging, and this industry confirmation gives us a real opportunity to share these inspirational survivor stories across the country.
We are passionate about this film and the power of its message of HOPE.
We are small, but mighty - our award-winning team has won all kinds of accolades, and looking to do accomplish more. (http://www.TrialByFireDoc.org)
Creativity, commitment, and tenacity keep us going.
We have spent the last two years creating "TRIAL BY FIRE: Lives Re-Forged" - fundraising, shooting over 100 hours of material, six months of editing and post production, and calling in every favor in the world.
NOW WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Our initial need to help fund our "DocuWeeks" run, (see below), has been generously met by many supporters, friends and family members. Add the great critical success TBF is also receiving, and we are now faced with an even bigger opportunity, to mount an effort to gain a spot on the Oscar short-list, 15 films the Academy selects to consider before choosing the 5 actual nominations for best feature documentary.
WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP
"TRIAL BY FIRE: Lives Re-Forged” was selected by the International Documentary Association (IDA) to participate in the prestigious DocuWeeks 2012 SHOWCASE with week-long Premiere Theatrical runs in both New York City and Los Angeles.
DocuWeeks chooses a handful of “outstanding new feature documentaries for Academy Award consideration”, with 32 films nominated and 7 Oscars awarded in last 15 years. (With your help we will have a chance to try for number 8.)
The IDA is a non-profit organization so every participating film needs to pay a co-op fee. In our case that's $17,000 + $5,000 to create a theatrical master + $3,000 in marketing and promotion for a total of $25,000.
It's a lot of money, but a tremendous opportunity. Please know that we are enormously grateful for your support.
Successfully reaching our campaign goal will give us the best opportunity for greater global awareness. We want to make the world a more welcoming place and help to save lives. Though "TRIAL BY FIRE" focuses on the journey of burn survivors re-forging their lives its message of hope is truly universal.
Over the past 18 months, the TBF website has been viewed by people from 189 countries around the world and we will continue to provide fresh, relevant content to keep our community engaged. We have a sustaining educational outreach, burn awareness and fire safety program, including distributing detectors to fire departments across the country to give-away, free-of-charge. We have worked hard to create a powerful, well-crafted and compelling film, and mission, that will resonate with audiences everywhere.
OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP
- "LIKE" us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TrialByFireDoc
- Buy the original song, HOPE LIES INSIDE on iTunes (all profits help our production) - only $0.99 http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/hope-lies-inside-single/id527449101
- Encourage friends, family, co-workers, & colleagues to watch our trailer
- Stay safe – change the batteries in your smoke detector and review your fire escape plan with your family
- Use the Indiegogo Share tools to spread the word!