Thank you for taking the time to visit my indiegogo campaign page and viewing the trailer to my upcoming Documentary film, Spontaneous, premiering this summer, 2012.
I have been following the subject of my film, Mary Robinson, for the last two years of graduate school, gathering footage of her as she works towards her goal to finish a bachelor's degree in Communications from Ohio University, this June 2012, just before her sixty-sixth birthday. I've also conducted several one on one interviews with Mary, rehashing the events of her child and adulthood that eventually lead to her diagnoses of Multiple Personality Disorder, at the age of forty. I've also spent hours following Mary around in her day to day life, as she fills her many roles, as Mother, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother. She's candidly talked about her 34 alters (not all full personalities)and has shared, at great length, on camera, about them all.
Having hours of footage "in the can", I have spent the last several months, laboriously editing together, what will soon be a fifty-three minute documentary on Mary's astounding life story. She's not only survived extreme, traumatic abuse, but years later, after five marriages, 120 addresses, and imprisonment for embezzling thousands of dollars, she's painstakingly worked towards healing those fragmented parts of self, in order to function as one solid unit, under the name Mary.
What I need from you:
Any amount of monetary contribution will assist in helping me with the post-production costs of finishing the film by June 1st.
Your contributions will help to buy 8mm vintage stock footage that will work to support the narration of this extraordinary story, in hopes of weaving together some of the most visually intriguing archival footage, coupled with photographs, observational footage of Mary and interviews.
Your contributions will also help pay for the sound mix and score. Sound mixing will be conducted at that Peterson Sound Studio in Lindley Hall, at Ohio University, and compositional artist, Matthew Lo Re, will be creating the film's original score.
Lastly, your contributions will go towards film festival entry fees to Sundance, South by Southwest, Cannes, and many more (I dream big), as well as cover printing costs of blue-rays and dvd covers. Although this film will serves as a thesis requirement for my MFA in Film, it far succeeds a MFA requirement.
I've worked on this film, painstakingly at times, with all my heart, and in turn, I've received a life-long friendship with a remarkably, brave woman; a greater understanding of a very misunderstood and misrepresented mental illness; and finally, the belief in myself, as a competent filmmaker.
THANK YOU FOR BELIEVING IN ME AND BELIEVING IN THIS FILM! I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOU ALL, AT THE PREMIERE, THIS SUMMER AT THE ATHENA IN ATHENS, OHIO (specific date TBA).