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Born With Curiosity: The Grace Hopper Documentary
A Film and Interactive Media Project about US Navy Admiral and Computer Pioneer, Grace Murray Hopper
Born With Curiosity
Chicago, United States
$73,217 USD total funds raised
147% funded on June 8, 2014

It's not too late to help cover our 2015 production and story building, get some great perks, and put your name in the film credits!


Grace's Story (The Film)

Born With Curiosity follows US Navy Commander and computer pioneer, Grace Hopper's personal and professional life through the birth of the modern technology industry and the evolution of women's roles in American society.  Although Grace had a quirky sense-of-humor and defied many conventions of her time, she did not see herself as the quintessential poster girl for the women’s liberation movement, but that didn't stop her from becoming one.  Our film captures the excitement of the birth of computer programming and all the advancements it brought about while (re-)introducing Grace in all her complexities.  

Why This Film & Transmedia project, Why Now

"Steve Jobs and Bill Gates had over 12 films made about them, but their legacies are built on Grace's. Who knows, without Grace Hopper, they might have been door to door calculator salesmen! Even with that fact,there isn't one documentary about Grace and her legacy. It's time to change that." ~ Melissa Pierce, Director, Born with Curiosity

Most of history has been written by and about men. Our aim is to bring to life the untold and lost stories of women. We believe shining a light on and humanizing role models like Grace makes them relatable in a way that inspires others to greatness. By taking a real look at the complexities of Grace’s rise to fame, we hope to dispel the myth of the anomalous hero and create the opportunity for women and girls to see themselves in Grace.

 What You Get (The Perks)

We've partnered with talented illustrator and programmer, Xuanlana Nguyen, to bring you these ink and watercolor pieces of the moth Grace found inside the Mark II computer (does the term "computer bug" ring a bell?) as well as the Ambition and the Admiral watercolor which depicts grace as an aspirational young girl and an accomplished computer programmer.  Our perks include either variation of our these two illustrations on t-shirts, prints, and even a backwards running clock!

Who We Are (The Filmmakers)

Melissa Pierce and Marian Mangoubi are two filmmakers with independent film, television, and web series production experience. We have a deep desire to see more female role models recognized for their accomplishments. 

Melissa Pierce (Director, Producer, and Screenwriter) is also a computer programmer and the Executive Director of Chicago Women Developers NFP which supports women in and interested in computer programming.  Melissa's first documentary film, Life in Perpetual Beta (2010) examined how current technologies change human behavior. It was premiered at the Chicago International Film Festival in 2010 and won an award for merit at Hollywood Los Angeles Film Festival in 2011.

Marian Mangoubi (Producer, Screenwriter, and Researcher) uses her voice via social media to raise the profile of many women leaders in the world who go unrecognized. Marian can also be found writing scripts, novels, and short stories as well as working on several film and television productions.


Our Budget (300k)
Born with Curiosity is multi platform multi year project. Our first 6 months of research and story boarding for our film, curriculum, and other transmedia projects were fully funded by loving Grace Hopper fans from all over the globe! THANK YOU!!!! We are now working to fund the next year of our project, which will see the feature film to completion for 2016 release and the curriculum into review and testing phases of select schools. Though we hope to raise capital through corporate underwriting and grants, we know that we can't do it without our community.

Your contributions will cover the following expenses:

  • Licensing and Legal Fees for the Copyrighted Materials we would like to use (e.g. photos, video interviews with Grace, music, etc.)
  • Film Production Insurance
  • Hard Drives, Server Space, and Storage of Footage
  • Research Costs (including researching physical archives and interviewing experts)
  • Renting Equipment (e.g. lights, cameras, etc.)
  • Production Talent (e.g. Editors, Sound Engineers, Cinematographers, etc.)
  • Post production (musical score, sound mixing, color correction)
  • Curriculum Development
  • Web Development
  • Game Development

Other Ways You Can Help

Do you know or are you someone who is an expert about Grace Hopper specifically or computer history? Do you work in a news or national archive that has information about Grace Hopper, early computer programming, or women in the workforce during the 20th century? Do you belong to an organization that has a collection of Grace Hopper memorabilia? Please reach out to us. 

Please help us make some noise about the film.  Encourage your friends, family, and social networks to contribute toward this campaign.  Use Indiegogo's Share tools to share our campaign for 'Born With Curiosity' with your social networks.

Thank you so much.
Perks
$38
USD
Myth Moth Computer Bug Tee
Moth of legend: the very first actual computer bug found in the relays of the Mark I computer by Grace Hopper and team. Color: Navy Adult Sizes: S, M, L, XL, 2XL Youth Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL
6 claimed
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Estimated February 2015
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$10
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The Nanosecond!
Receive a PDF of a printable nanosecond + our heartfelt thanks with the world via a tweet.
30 claimed
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$25
USD
Amazing Grace
Immortalize your contribution via a special 'Thank You' in the credits, and a private link to download the final cut of the film so you can share with others how you helped make this film.
306 claimed
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$38
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Ambition and the Admiral - Tee
This soft, cottony t-shirt, illustrated by Xuanlana Nguyen, incorporates elements of gears and dials, the mythical moth computer bug, and a counter clockwise running clock. Profiles of young, ambitious Grace and the older, accomplished Grace face one another flanking these elements Color: Navy Adult Sizes: S, M, L, XL, 2XL Youth Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL **Donate before Dec 10th via Paypal to get your perk in time for the Holidays (Ships Dec 20)**
1 claimed
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Estimated February 2015
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$49
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No Go Status Quo
Grace often looked to her counter clockwise wall clock when she needed a reminder that the status-quo is something to be questioned. Bend time backwards just like Grace, with this clock, printed with our signature myth moth computer bug and Grace's famous quote "The most dangerous phrase in the English language is - 'We've always done it that way'." *Not available for holiday delivery.
4 claimed
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Estimated March 2015
Estimated March 2015
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$55
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THE FLOW MATIC
With a name like FLOW MATIC, it's gotta be good! Get yourself a PDF with a printable nanosecond + Immortalize your contribution via a special 'Thank You' in the credits, and a private link to download the final cut of the film! (Told you it was special!)
28 claimed
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$65
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Hand Coded
Get one of our limited edition prints of our beautiful Born with Curiosity illustrations, numbered and signed by the artist (Xuanlana Nguyen) and the film's producers. These hand drawn watercolor and pencil illustrations show young, ambitious Grace juxtaposed to accomplished, confident Grace. will be numbered and signed by both the artist and the film's producers. **Donate before Dec 10th via Paypal to get your perk in time for the Holidays (Ships Dec 20)**
1 claimed
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Estimated January 2015
Estimated January 2015
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$75
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Debugging Special
Films are debugged just like software. Curious to know what scenes were cut? You will get the $25 reward as well as receive a special link to watch scenes that did not make it into the film.
15 claimed
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$100
USD
Director's Commentary
Receive a special link to watch the Director's commentary on the life of Grace Hopper and a private link to download the final cut of the movie you helped create.
49 claimed
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$125
USD
System Thinker
A "Myth Moth" or "Ambition and the Admiral" t-shirt + A limited edition print signed by the artist, and the producers and directors of the film + Two Born with Curiosity diecut stickers Color: Soft/Light Blue, Navy, Black Adult Sizes: S, M, L, XL, 2XL Youth Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL **Donate before Dec 10th via Paypal to get your perk in time for the Holidays (Ships Dec 12th (International) Dec 20th (US & Canada)**
0 out of 100 claimed
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$250
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Source Code
Curious to know how the film was made? Receive a signed copy of the script + special link to watch deleted scenes and directors commentary + private link to download the final cut of 'Born with Curiosity'.
12 claimed
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$350
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Captain and Crew
Choose 10 of the "Myth Moth" or "Ambition and the Admiral" t-shirts to share with your favorite people. Color: Soft/Light Blue, Navy, Black Adult Sizes: S, M, L, XL, 2XL Youth Sizes: XS, M, L, XL **Donate before Dec 10th via Paypal to get your perk in time for the Holidays (Ships Dec 20)**
0 claimed
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$500
USD
The Rear Admiral
VIP pass to a private Chicago screening of 'Born with Curiosity' before it premieres.
7 claimed
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$5000
USD
The Mark 1
Executive Producer credit on this film as well as personal updates throughout the entirety of pre-production, production (filming) and post-production. Also the Born with Curiosity team will travel to you for a private screening and Q&A with our directors for your friends, company, or organization.
2 claimed
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Perks
$38
USD
Myth Moth Computer Bug Tee
Moth of legend: the very first actual computer bug found in the relays of the Mark I computer by Grace Hopper and team. Color: Navy Adult Sizes: S, M, L, XL, 2XL Youth Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL
6 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated February 2015
Estimated February 2015
Get this perk
$10
USD
The Nanosecond!
Receive a PDF of a printable nanosecond + our heartfelt thanks with the world via a tweet.
30 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Get this perk
$25
USD
Amazing Grace
Immortalize your contribution via a special 'Thank You' in the credits, and a private link to download the final cut of the film so you can share with others how you helped make this film.
306 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Get this perk
$38
USD
Ambition and the Admiral - Tee
This soft, cottony t-shirt, illustrated by Xuanlana Nguyen, incorporates elements of gears and dials, the mythical moth computer bug, and a counter clockwise running clock. Profiles of young, ambitious Grace and the older, accomplished Grace face one another flanking these elements Color: Navy Adult Sizes: S, M, L, XL, 2XL Youth Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL **Donate before Dec 10th via Paypal to get your perk in time for the Holidays (Ships Dec 20)**
1 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated February 2015
Estimated February 2015
Get this perk
$49
USD
No Go Status Quo
Grace often looked to her counter clockwise wall clock when she needed a reminder that the status-quo is something to be questioned. Bend time backwards just like Grace, with this clock, printed with our signature myth moth computer bug and Grace's famous quote "The most dangerous phrase in the English language is - 'We've always done it that way'." *Not available for holiday delivery.
4 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated March 2015
Estimated March 2015
Get this perk
$55
USD
THE FLOW MATIC
With a name like FLOW MATIC, it's gotta be good! Get yourself a PDF with a printable nanosecond + Immortalize your contribution via a special 'Thank You' in the credits, and a private link to download the final cut of the film! (Told you it was special!)
28 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Get this perk
$65
USD
Hand Coded
Get one of our limited edition prints of our beautiful Born with Curiosity illustrations, numbered and signed by the artist (Xuanlana Nguyen) and the film's producers. These hand drawn watercolor and pencil illustrations show young, ambitious Grace juxtaposed to accomplished, confident Grace. will be numbered and signed by both the artist and the film's producers. **Donate before Dec 10th via Paypal to get your perk in time for the Holidays (Ships Dec 20)**
1 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated January 2015
Estimated January 2015
Get this perk
$75
USD
Debugging Special
Films are debugged just like software. Curious to know what scenes were cut? You will get the $25 reward as well as receive a special link to watch scenes that did not make it into the film.
15 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Get this perk
$100
USD
Director's Commentary
Receive a special link to watch the Director's commentary on the life of Grace Hopper and a private link to download the final cut of the movie you helped create.
49 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Get this perk
$125
USD
System Thinker
A "Myth Moth" or "Ambition and the Admiral" t-shirt + A limited edition print signed by the artist, and the producers and directors of the film + Two Born with Curiosity diecut stickers Color: Soft/Light Blue, Navy, Black Adult Sizes: S, M, L, XL, 2XL Youth Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL **Donate before Dec 10th via Paypal to get your perk in time for the Holidays (Ships Dec 12th (International) Dec 20th (US & Canada)**
0 out of 100 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated February 2015
Estimated February 2015
Get this perk
$250
USD
Source Code
Curious to know how the film was made? Receive a signed copy of the script + special link to watch deleted scenes and directors commentary + private link to download the final cut of 'Born with Curiosity'.
12 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Get this perk
$350
USD
Captain and Crew
Choose 10 of the "Myth Moth" or "Ambition and the Admiral" t-shirts to share with your favorite people. Color: Soft/Light Blue, Navy, Black Adult Sizes: S, M, L, XL, 2XL Youth Sizes: XS, M, L, XL **Donate before Dec 10th via Paypal to get your perk in time for the Holidays (Ships Dec 20)**
0 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated January 2015
Estimated January 2015
Get this perk
$500
USD
The Rear Admiral
VIP pass to a private Chicago screening of 'Born with Curiosity' before it premieres.
7 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Get this perk
$5000
USD
The Mark 1
Executive Producer credit on this film as well as personal updates throughout the entirety of pre-production, production (filming) and post-production. Also the Born with Curiosity team will travel to you for a private screening and Q&A with our directors for your friends, company, or organization.
2 claimed
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