We know people like to fund ideas they can be passionate about and to people they can trust - read on to find out about the campaign and those behind it:
- This campaign is to raise enough money through donations to complete and release the documentary I AM NOT INVISIBLE.
- I AM NOT INVISIBLE is a character-driven documentary. At its heart it is the story of a 20 year old Toronto woman, and how she sees the world around her. Besides being an amazing photographer, Nicole Flynn is a champion level synchronized swimmer who has won over 50 gold medals in competition. She is a writer, theatre performer, artist, and advocate. But every day she struggles for people to see her for her - rather than just focus on the fact that she happens to also have Down Syndrome. A few years back, Nicole expressed these feelings in a striking poem titled 'I Am Not Invisible.' Hearing her read this poem was the inspiration for this doc, and she reads it in the film. This is a story about Nicole, a look into her life, and her perspective on the world around her.
- Who is running this project?
- Let me introduce myself. My name is Erin Corrado and I am a Toronto filmmaker. My first film to be publicly screened was a short called 2054, which played at the Planet in Focus film festival in Toronto, in Fall 2007. Since then I have been making shorts and have now moved on to longer projects. I tend to gravitate towards projects where the subjects or topics are personal to me. I have been involved with the disability community through family and friends my whole life and I guess my films reflect that.
- What do I hope people will take away from the film?
- That we are all individuals. We all have our challenges, but also our talents. We need to see people for who they are, not how they look or whether they have a 'disability' or not. This isn't a film about Down Syndrome. It is a film about a remarkable individual who just happens to have Down Syndrome as well. And I hope that's what people will see when they watch the film.
Filmmaking is not a solo endeavour. With your help through donations, the release of I AM NOT INVISIBLE can become a reality. You can be proud of the fact that you have helped a small film get on its feet in a busy world.
What We Need & What You Get
Here are the details broken down for you:
- The funding from this campaign will be going towards the following:
- Film festival fees. These can range from nominal ($10-$25), all the way to well over $100 per submission. These fees have to be paid per festival the film is submitted to.
- At least one festival exhibition print of the film. Right now, the film is a digital file. In order to play on theatre screens, a print (such as HDCAM) has to be made. This runs quite expensive, from several hundred to over a thousand dollars per print.
- Publicity expenses for film festivals, including possible travel for Q & A's depending on festival requirements, etc.
- Music licensing fees.
- Other language subtitles depending on where the film plays (French, Spanish, etc.)
- If there are sufficient funds, a small honorarium may be given to those who worked/are working hard on the project as they have committed their time that could have been used working on something else.
- There may be expenses not listed here that will come up, that the money will also be put towards.
- Plus, any additional money received (say the campaign exceeds its goal), will be put towards either this project should the need arise, or saved for future film projects.
- We've got tons of cool perks depending on your level of contribution - from a special thanks on the official site, all the way to an Honorary Associate Producer credit! Please note this is an honorary credit only, as a sincere thank you. Plus, everyone who donates $50 or more will get to see their name in the film's credits in the 'special thanks' section at the end. These perks are our way of saying THANK YOU for believing in this film and donating. We couldn't make it without you!
- If we don't reach our entire goal of $10'000, the film will still reach an audience, but a smaller one and on a tighter budget. This means it might not be submitted to as many festivals (to cut down on publicity and fees per festival), etc. Of course, since we want to share the film with as many people as possible and get a chance at a distribution deal, we're hoping to reach our full goal.
Your contribution, no matter how small, is appreciated. While it may not seem like much to you, it can make all the difference in the world to us.
With this film, it is our hope that the understanding of everyone in the world as individuals will be greater. Filmmaking may be a long and arduous process, but it is the end results such as these that make it worth it.
In some places, people do not understand Down Syndrome, or are afraid to give birth to a child they know has Trisomy 21. We hope to change that by giving a more positive look at things. This isn't a political film. It isn't a message movie. This is a film about one individual. As an individual. Living her own unique life in this world.
Other Ways You Can Help
We understand that sometimes contributions aren't just about the money, so here's what you can do to help should you be unable to make a financial donation:
- Pass the link along and let other people in your network (Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, etc.) know about the campaign - your marketing skills are always appreciated! Remember you can use the Indiegogo share tools to help with this. :)
- If you feel that you can contribute an in-kind donation, or would prefer to donate off-line, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to explain what you'd like to offer and see what we can arrange.
*** By funding this project, you fully accept your contribution as a donation, not an investment. ***