Driving with Selvi

A documentary about a former child bride who becomes South India’s first female taxi driver.
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Elisa Paloschi
Film
Toronto, Ontario
Canada
3 Team Members

WE DID IT!!

We hit our stretch goal because of you, generous supporters! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

In 2015, we will launch the Driving with Selvi Audience Engagement and Impact campaign in India with a 10 day screening bus tour around Karnataka, with Selvi at the wheel. We will then continue showing the film around India with the goal of sharing the film with one million viewers in the first year. These grass roots screenings will spark dialogue around the issues of child marriage and female agency, both economic and personal. The film will support organizations that are already working on the front lines of women’s empowerment in India, encourage more women to enter into non-traditional vocations.  Documentary films have been proven to be effective tools for social engagement.

For every dollar you contribute, 2 people will see the film. So just giving up your morning cappuccino for a single week will provide the means for approximately 60 girls and women to see the film. Just imagine if we raise the additional $10,000, that's 20,000 people who will see Selvi's story. Now that's a whole lot of impact!

OFF-LINE CONTRIBUTIONS: It is possible to contribute by bank transfer or old fashion cheque. Please email us at production (@) eyesfull.com for details.

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Dear Friends,
If you know me personally, you will have already heard all about Selvi, and how we met 10 years ago in India.  As her friend, I feel so lucky to have her in my life, not only because she is lovely, but because she constantly inspires, and surprises me. As the filmmaker of her story, I am immensely honoured to have gained her trust.

People say that I have “incredible and intimate access."  I’d simply call it deep and mutual respect. A friend recently said to me, “Selvi will move a million hearts, if a million hearts have the chance to meet her.”  I truly hope that you’ll feel the same way because it takes much more than a single person to make a film. Please join the team, I so appreciate your support.

Warm Regards, Elisa Paloschi

Driving with Selvi is a documentary film that tells the story of a remarkable young woman who defies strict patriarchal traditions and escapes a child marriage to become South India’s first female taxi driver.

We first meet 18-year-old Selvi at a girls’ shelter in 2004 - timid, soft-spoken, a fresh runaway from a violent past and the victim of a life set against her.

Over the 10 years filmed, we see a remarkable transformation as Selvi finds her voice and refuses to surrender to societal expectations – learning to drive, starting her own taxi company and working on the front lines of reproductive health education.

BONUS PERKS! Once we reach $45K all our backers will receive a digital download of Elisa's photography e-book, India North and South. At $50K everyone will receive a digital download of Sudharma House, the soundtrack of Elisa's early India documentary. Read the story behind the recording session.

UPDATE:
When I first told people that I needed to raise $50,000* on Indiegogo, they looked at me in disbelief. “Elisa, you’ll never manage to gain that kind of interest and support”.  So I listened, and lowered my ask to $30,000. But each and every one of you have proven that there is interest, and there is support, and for that I am immensely thankful. With your outpouring of love, I’d like to ask you to ride on this wave of positive energy with me, keep the momentum going, and help us reach our $50K stretch goal. These additional funds will allow me to work with a design team to brand the film, create a movie poster, postcards, and a new website. We'll also be able to work with a publicist to take the first steps to promote the film. See the pie-chart below for a full breakdown of our goals.

We’ve already begun to lay the groundwork for the Driving with Selvi Grass-Roots Screening,  Audience Engagement and Impact Campaign – participating in the Good Pitch Europe, Good Pitch India, hosting 5 round table discussions across India, and meeting with over 100 organizations, corporations and foundations. Our engagement and impact campaign has received early support from The Bertha BRITDOC Connect Fund and The Fledging Fund, The High Commission of Canada in India, USAID and Thomson Reuters Foundation.



            


We need to raise $50,000 to finish the feature lenght version of the film. Anything above this amount will go directly to support our grass roots screenings in India, so straight to the women and girls who will benefit the most from the film.

With $40,000 we will:

  • Work with our editor to complete the film
  • Hire a composer to create an original soundtrack
  • Pay for a professional sound design and theatrical surround sound mix
  • Work in a professional lab with a visual effects and colour editor to polish the film to it's finest form.
If we raise $50,000 we can:
  • Hire a graphic and wed design team to create the film's branding, key art, movie poster,  new website, and other promotional materials
  • Hire a publicist to promote the film, and get it out to the world
Film production is scalable, so the more money we raise, the more we can put into making a better film and its release.

  1. SHARE THIS PAGE – Use the Indiegogo share tools above to let others know about this campaign. @drivingwselvi or facebook.com/drivingwithselvi
  2. WRITE A BLOG OR ARTICLE – Let us know if you want to do this and we’ll happily send you a press kit.
  3. BECOME AN OFFICIAL AMBASSADOR – We’re creating a worldwide network of passionate people to work with us on this project. Our ambassadors will commit to regularly posting about the film and the issues addressed on social media, sometimes write guest blogs, brainstorm ideas for the audience engagement campaign, and ultimately bring the film to their schools and communities when it’s complete.
  4. DOWNLOAD & SHARE THE IMAGES BELOW

Thank YOU in advance for caring about this film, and helping us cross the finish line. Special thanks go to the following organizations which have shown their support in various ways thus far. 
* 30% of raised funds go towards expenses that include Indiegogo fees, perk purchase and postage, and paying the 2 people who've been running this campaign for the past 2 months etc. 


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    • $75CAD
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      India GRASSROOTS screenings

      For every dollar you contribute, 2 girls will see the film, and then participate in a discussion about female agency. Imagine youngsters in rural India being inspired by, and learning from Selvi, that dreams are possible. You will be directly supporting girls who are most at risk of child marriage and gender violence. + Community & Social Media + Website thanks + Digital download of the film

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    • $2CAD
      COMMUNITY & Social Media

      Become part of the Driving with Selvi community. Every little bit helps, especially when you share this with others. In addition to our gratitude, receive exclusive updates on the film's progress, and a social media shout-out on Facebook & Twitter. (Please include your Twitter handle and Facebook name.)

      31 claimed

    • $10CAD
      Website THANKS

      We'll add your name to our Supporters page on www.drivingwithselvi.com + Community & Social Media

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    • $15CAD
      Digital Copy of the FILM

      Receive a digital streaming copy of Driving with Selvi as soon as it's released. + Website Thanks + Community & Social Media

      56 claimed

      Estimated delivery: June 2015
    • $25CAD
      Dharma Gypsys ALBUM

      Digital download of our friend Daniel Overberger's latest album Dharma Gypsys - Volume Two: Music for Yoga, Meditation and Revolution. + Community and Social Media + Website Thanks + Digital Copy of the Film

      29 claimed

    • $30CAD
      Indiegogo-only Edition DVD

      Get a DVD copy of the finished film with exclusive Indiegogo-only packaging. + Community & Social Media + Website Thanks **Add $5 for shipping outside of Canada

      43 claimed

      Estimated delivery: June 2015
    • $50CAD
      India PHOTO Series

      Elisa has grouped together photos from India exclusively for Indiegogo. Each series contains three 5x7 photos which fit perfectly inside a $10 Ikea Ribba frame (as shown, but not included). Choose either South OR North India, OR add an additional $35 for both. Please advise which series you want. **Add $5 for shipping outside of Canada + Community & Social Media + Website Thanks + Digital Copy of the Film

      13 out of 50 claimed

      Estimated delivery: November 2014
    • $60CAD
      GOODIE BAG & Film Credit

      Receive a parcel with a bunch of surprise contents which could include incense, silk scarves, bangles, spices, aromatic oils, Mysore soaps, bindis, cotton yoga mats, colourful pigments, etc. A great (holiday) gift, or as multiple gifts. We'll add your name to the "Thanks" credit in the film. + Community & Social Media + Website Thanks + Digital Copy of the Film *Shipping to Canada included. For international please add $10.

      45 claimed

      Estimated delivery: October 2014
    • $100CAD
      Handwritten NOTE from Selvi

      Receive a personalized handwritten note from Selvi and a "Special Thanks" in the Film Credits. + Community & Social Media + Website Thanks + Digital Copy of the Film + Special Thanks in the Credits

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      Estimated delivery: October 2014
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      $110CAD
      & Sons MEN'S SHIRT

      A shirt from & Sons Spring 2015 Collection. Built on the foundation of Madras textiles, & Sons shirts are "denim-friendly" - ideal for one that enjoys Canadian urban café culture but looks forward to weekend getaways. Never too dressy for the cottage, nor too relaxed for an evening out. Available in S, M, L, XL (will retail for $150). + Community & Social Media + Website Thanks + Digital Copy of the Film + Special Thanks in Credits **Add $15 for shipping outside Canada

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      Estimated delivery: January 2015
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      $110CAD
      TOTE + Goodie Bag

      Receive your "Goodie Bag" (see above) contents inside this fashionable (Elisa is constantly stopped in Toronto streets being asked where she got hers) hand-woven tote bag straight from the hustle and bustle of Mysore's Devaraja Market. Sample photo to the left. Colours vary. **Add $15 for shipping outside Canada + Community & Social Media + Website Thanks + Digital Copy of the Film + Special Thanks in the Credits

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      Estimated delivery: November 2014
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      $150CAD
      RED CARPET Roll-Out

      Receive two (2) tickets to the film's Toronto premiere and access to the invite-only after-party (Make your own way to Toronto). + Community & Social Media + Website Thanks + Digital Copy of the Film + Special Thanks in the Credits

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      $150CAD
      WINE & FOOD Pairing Evening

      An intimate wine and food pairing evening hosted in Toronto by Vico Paloschi, president of Amici dell’ Enotria wine appreciation club. For this special event, he will dig into his cellar and provide some of his favourite Italian wines such as Brunello di Montalcino, Barolo, Tuscan IGTs, etc. Includes a 4 course meal prepared by Italian chef extraordinaire, Nicola Comazzi. October 4, 2014 + Community & Social Media + Website Thanks + Digital Copy of the Film + Special Thanks in the Credits

      20 out of 20 claimed

    • $200CAD
      VIP RED CARPET Experience

      Receive one (1) ticket to the film's screening in the city of your choice, including VIP seating with Elisa and attending crew (and extra butter on your popcorn). After that you'll be treated as a very special guest at the after-party if there is one in your city, or if there isn't, you'll be invited to hit the town for a few drinks with Elisa and the other crew. Travel not included. + Community and Social Media + Website Thanks + Digital Copy of the Film + Special Thanks in Credits

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    • $250CAD
      SARAH HARMER Living Room Gig

      An exclusive and intimate evening with SARAH HARMER performing just for us in a Toronto home. There will be a preview of a few of the film's scenes, decadent nibbles, wine and beer. October 9, 2014 + Community & Social Media + Website Thanks + Digital Copy of the Film + Special Thanks in the Credits

      20 out of 40 claimed

      Estimated delivery: September 2014
    • $600CAD
      Photography PRINT

      Get a Limited Edition, signed 18x12 in. photograph by Elisa Paloschi. Printed with high quality archival pigment inks on archival matt art paper. Frame not included. Edition of 10. Examples at www.facebook.com/Elisa.Paloschi.Photography Talk with Elisa about options. + Community & Social Media + Website Thanks + Digital Copy of the Film + Special Thanks in the Credits **Shipping extra depending on destination

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      Estimated delivery: November 2014
    • $2,500CAD
      Associate PRODUCER +Harmer

      Your name on the big screen! Receive an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER credit in the feature length version of the film. Plus 2 tickets to the SARAH HARMER living room concert Oct. 9th Toronto. + 2 VIP tickets to the premier in the city of your choice + Community & Social Media + 1 exclusive Indiegogo only DVD + Digital Copy of the Film (travel is not included)

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    • $3,500CAD
      Get on the OUTREACH BUS

      Join our 10-day bus tour around Karnataka with Selvi at the wheel and see India "off the beaten track". Together with survivors, high-profile female leaders, celebrities and activists, we’ll screen the film to spark dialogue in communities along the way. Included: Ground travel during the tour, accommodation, meals Not Included: Travel to India Must Read: http://goo.gl/u4IWtQ + Community & Social Media + Website Thanks + Digital Copy of the Film + Friends of Selvi Special Thanks in the Cre

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      Estimated delivery: September 2015
    • $5,000CAD
      Corporate SPONSOR

      With this perk, your company will be credited as a "Sponsor" in the end credits of the feature version of the film. Plus your company will be distinguished as a "Sponsor" on the film's website and on social media. Plus we'll add a decal of your company logo on the OUTREACH BUS 10-day tour, with a seat reserved in your name. + 10 DVDs of the Finished Film + 2 VIP Tickets to the film's premier in the city of your choice + 2 tickets to the Sarah Harmer living room concert (travel not included)

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      Estimated delivery: July 2015
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      $10,000CAD
      VIP Sponsor + HOST A SCREENING

      Host a private screening with Director Elisa in attendance (beyond Toronto-Ottawa corridor travel extra). Plus your company will be credited as a "sponsor" in the end credits of the feature length version of the film, and on website. + Decal of your logo on OUTREACH BUS & a seat reserved in your name. + 10 DVDs of the Film + 2 Tickets to the Film's Toronto Festival Premier & after party + 2 Tickets to Sarah Harmer concert (Oct. 9 Toronto) Travel not included

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