Opening Our Eyes

It's Not Just A Movie... It's A Movement.

The Trailer  www.openingoureyesmovie.com

Our Story

Every day….All around the world…

Ordinary people are doing extraordinary things. They are making a difference in the lives of others – and themselves.

Mother/daughter filmmakers, circle the globe on a 99-day journey, seeking people who are making a positive difference in the world. They find remarkable people who are showing the world how to inspire others and create positive change - through the power of ONE.

This film tells the stories of eleven change makers on six continents who are making our world a better place.

Meet some of these amazing people:

•    Maggie – a 19-year-old on a post-high school “gap year,” who built a home in Nepal for 30 orphans… using her saved babysitting earnings! She now lives there, and has recently completed construction on a school for 250 children.
•    David– a physician who trekked into Thailand’s remote northern hill-tribe villages, offering medical care where there is no doctor.
•    Ronni – a successful event planner, who saw good food being dumped daily, and started a food rescue program. She got Australian law changed, and now saves food from waste while feeding the hungry.
•    Maureen & Marian – Displaced autoworkers who are fighting for basic human rights in the declining neighborhoods of inner city Detroit.          

How many people does it take to change the world? 

Only one – one person at a time.

The Impact

A year ago we completed our journey around the world. We were seeking change-makers who believe the impossible  is possible. We set out to make a film about them, a film that would inspire and motivate others. We wanted to create more than a movie - we wanted to create a movement.  

We were inspired by people like my daughter's classmate, Maggie Doyne, who opted not to go to college right after high school. She took a gap year, did some traveling and wound up in Nepal. At the age of 19, she built an orphanage for 30 children using her saved babysitting earnings. She now lives there with her 35 children and has recently completed construction on a school for 250 children. 

At the time, little did I know that the 99-day adventure would end up being the easy part - not that it was all that easy because our budget was slim and that meant sleepless nights and arduous days. The toughest part came next and that was crafting over 150 hours of footage into a film. After many months in post-production, we have a finished feature length documentary that we are very proud of.  It highlights eleven different stories on six continents - stories that range from  a "food rescuer" in Australia to a tango therapist in Buenos Aires and everything in between.

Our goal is simple. We want to use the film to create awareness and move people to action. 

How many people does it take to change the world? Only one - one person at a time.

                      “I just want to thank you for making this movie and let you know

                       that you have definitely succeeded in inspiring people.  I’ve had

                       a {sic}paradigm shift after seeing this movie.  I think you two

                       should count yourself among the inspirational  heroes for

                       bringing these stories to a larger audience.”


                     Comment from an audience member from the State Theater sneak preview.

What We Need & What You Get

We are now in the process of submitting the film to festivals as well as setting up community screenings. The more people who see this film, the more powerful its impact will be.

Now, the real work comes in getting the film "out there" and that takes money. I can't think of anything worse than putting forth the effort of creating this wonderful film with such a powerful message and then very few people seeing it, simply because they don't know about it.

The experts say you should budget at least as much to promote, market and screen your film as you do to make it.  We are raising seed money for marketing and promotional materials such as press kits, flyers, one sheets and DVDs, as well as film festival fees, digibeta copies and travel expenses. We will also use money raised from crowd funding and "matching funds" to pick up the costs that come with qualifying for the Academy Awards. An Oscar recipient who attended a sneak preview in Detroit said "this is absolutely Oscar worthy."

Our goal is to raise $25,000 through crowd funding. With matching funds and sponsorship, we can take this all the way. Interested investors and distributors, please inquire to gail@openingoureyes.net. At this point in time, ALL RIGHTS are available.

IMPORTANT UPDATE!!!  We are proud to announce that the SFFS - The San Francisco Film Society is now the fiscal sponsor of Opening Our Eyes.

We have qualified to apply for grants and accept donations under their 501c3 umbrella.

* Now all donations and underwriting support will be tax deductible to the donor. *

The San Francisco Film Society is one of the oldest and most respected film groups in the United States and to get this distinction is truly an honor.

I am also available as a speaker and for the screening of the film. In fact, if one becomes a backer at the $2500 level, that comes with the reward. University Activity Planners take note!!!! If you know people who book speakers, let them know we have a great story to tell.

Be a backer and do a really good thing by giving our world a shot at being a better place.

Check out what some of our subjects in our film are doing:  www.openingoureyes.net

And check out our page on the IMDB

Other Ways You Can Help

Please let your friends, family, coworkers and anyone else know about our campaign. There are plenty of ways you can get involved. Right now we truly need some help with our website. If you have the skills of a web designer and would love to join the team, please let us know.

One super easy thing that everyone can do (and it doesn't cost anything) is to go to our Facebook Fan Page and click the "Like" button.

Spread the word and let's take this to the Oscars.

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