This Indiegogo campaign ended on June 23 but you can still contribute to the Little Mountain Film Funding Campaign by sending a cheque payable to:
348 East 40th Avenue,
Vancouver B.C. V5W 1L9
And remember to mention which PERK you WANT!
And you can continue to get up to date information about the documentary and how to contribute to the ongoing campaign at The Little Mountain Film.com! You can also follow us at our Facebook Page. I've made many new friends and connections in the process of running this campaign and look forward to delivering the REWARDS/PERKS to everyone!
The Little Mountain Film follows the stories of three families who refused to be removed from their homes in Vancouver’s oldest social housing development. Together with the support of their neighbourhood, they fought back and not only won the right to stay in their homes, but changed city bylaws, and though small in numbers compelled two levels of government to build 54 units of new seniors housing at Little Mountain.
This is the story of a victory, as well as loss. It is vital that the lessons learned at Little Mountain be shared with a wider audience so we can protect our friends and our neighbours, especially those most in need.
This film will also include many other voices, from among the generations of former tenants who grew up there, to those who were forced into vacate from 2007 to 2009 and the community who fought alongside them.
I've been on a 6 year boot camp in community participation and political action and shot over 400 hours of footage. Now I want to put it all in a single documentary and give it back to you, so that you can go on your own adventures in your own communities, and shape the future of your city!
A compelling documentary film has the power to move audiences and effect change. After years of documentary filmmaking I decided that the stories I should be telling are those of my own community. This is one of those stories. I am determined to share it with the world.
***Check out our NEWEST perk: Ground Social Housing***
Own a piece of social housing history. Diverted from the landfill and saved from oblivion, precious fragments of the Little Mountain Housing Project are now available for purchase. Click HERE for more information on Ground Social Housing.
If you want to buy the perk but have it delivered to a friend just shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with their name and mailing information.
Please remember, every little bit helps.
Sam and Joan after Sam's garden harvest of 2011.
Documentary film-making is an expensive endeavor. My budget may seem high, but it's the bare minimum of time and resources necessary to accomplish the task. After
six years of filming I am preparing to turn over 400 hours of footage into a finished
product and deliver it to the world. Here’s what I need to make that happen:
- Shooting ($8,000) – In September the remaining tenants of Little Mountain will move into their new homes. I will be on site to film the final act of the Little Mountain Film. I also intend to record final interviews with current and former tenants, and other key players. The money will be used to hire crew and rent gear for the final shooting days.
– Transforming hundreds of hours of footage into an incredible story worthy
of showcasing worldwide, is a huge task. The money raised will be used for up to 12 weeks of editing.
and VFX ($3,500) – Yes all those words that you have to read at
the start of a film cost money. Good titles help set the tone of a story and
give credit to all those involved in the project (like you!) The visual language and texture of this film includes tens of thousands of stills photographs (taken over 6 years) stitched into moving mosaics that beautifully unfold across the screen - that's VFX.
- Archival Footage ($4,000) – I aim to acquire historical footage of the Little Mountain housing development as well as news coverage of the protests and hearings that surrounded the evictions and eventual victories of the tenants. Broadcasters hold the rights to the footage and it's sold by the second.
($5,000) – A good documentary has a good story; a good story needs a good
writer; a good writer needs a decent wage.
($5,000) – Sound is one of the most important and least noticed part of any
film. A good sound mix helps to tell the story and prevents the audience from
getting distracted or annoyed by unnecessary sounds.
– Music sets the tone of a documentary and helps to bring everything together
into a cohesive, compelling story.
Rights ($1,000) – Several local musicians have played in
support of the Little Mountain Project and it is my aim to use their songs in
the finished film.
Here’s what that looks like:
What if you get more than $50,000?
What if you don’t get $50,000?
I’ll do the best I can with the resources I have!
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My daughter - who has been my sound assistant on some important shoots - volunteered to hold the photograph. She is very serious about the project!
In October of 2012, David appeared with hip-hop artist Red 1 of the Rascalz in a Vancouver Province story about the film.
David Vaisbord's film career has included documentaries such as Mischa 1996 (Canada Council/NFB/CBC), Juicy Danger Meets
Burning Man 1998 (CTV/TVO/BRAVO!), Britannia Beach 2002 (CTV,TVO, CBC) Drawing Out the Demons:
A Film About the Artist, Attila Richard Lukacs 2004 (BRAVO!/TVO), Dark Pines: An Investigation into the Death of
Tom Thomson 2006 (BRAVO!) and work in series TV.
In 2008 Vaisbord launched the Little Mountain Project which won the 2012 Farris Award for Art and Social Media. His Masters thesis on social media and activism was published in POV Magazine the same year. This web project has evolved into The Little Mountain Film! Vaisbord is a board member of the Documentary Organization of Canada.
Keith Scott, lead guitarist of the Brian Adam's Band returns to the doorstep of his childhood home in 2009 for the Little Mountain Film.