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
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.-----------------------
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.
- 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
SHARE THIS PAGE – Use the Indiegogo
share tools above to let others know about this campaign. @drivingwselvi or facebook.com/drivingwithselvi
- WRITE A BLOG OR ARTICLE – Let us know if you want to do this and we’ll happily send you a press kit.
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.
- 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.