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Funding
The Glass Ceiling Documentary
One woman, one dream and an Everest climb that changed a nation
Nancy Svendsen
San Francisco, United States
$121,788 USD raised by 491 backers
62% of $195,000 
flexible goal
6 days left
Overview
Pasang Lhamu Sherpa was born in the shadow of Mt Everest. All she wanted was the chance to climb it. But Sherpa women climbing mountains was unheard of at the time. Equipped with a climbing rope, an ice axe, and a relentless will to succeed, she broke through age-old cultural barriers to become the first female Sherpa to summit Everest. But things took a tragic turn on her descent. Pasang became a hero in Nepal, but she did not live to share her story. We need YOU to help us tell it.

The Glass Ceiling will be an incredible film and we need your help to take it over the finish line! We need financing to cover the cost of acquiring high-altitude cinematic footage, an original musical score, and of course editing, color correction, sound mix and visual effects.

Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law through our fiscal sponsor the Follow Your Dream Foundation, a 501(c)(3); EIN 27-0682435 (Receipts for tax purposes will be emailed in mid Dec.) 

If your employer offers corporate matching, please contact us at andrea@followyourdreamfoundation.com if you need to submit documentation. 

A true trailblazer who battled racism/sexism and defied political leaders in her quest to become the first Nepali woman to summit the world’s highest peak, Pasang shattered the age-old barriers that prevented Sherpa women from climbing. Her initial attempts to get to the top of Everest where thwarted by bad weather and climbing politics, but her determination finally paid off when she made it to the summit on her fourth try in 1993. News of her success catapulted her to hero status among the people of her nation…but triumph turned to tragedy, as Pasang did not make it back down the mountain alive.

The Glass Ceiling is a true story of adventure, romance, politics, courage and a woman who sacrificed everything to pursue her dream. Pasang’s fight for gender and racial equality turned "impossible into possible" for millions of Nepali women, and her story is one of universal appeal that will resonate with people of all ages and all demographic backgrounds.

 

We want to transport you straight to the windswept slopes of Mt. Everest. Breathtaking aerial footage of the Himalayas provides a close-up view of the conditions and gives you a feel for what it’s like to make the climb. Alison Levine and Jan Arnold’s narration provides harrowing descriptions of the preparation required and the extreme strain the body and mind experience up in “the death zone.”

But the story plays out off the mountain as well. Nancy tracked down archival video of interviews with Pasang and her husband. She travelled to Nepal and personally interviewed people who knew Pasang and can speak to her ambition as well as those who said she didn’t belong on the mountain. We've literally left no stone unturned in our efforts to peel back the onion in this complex and nuanced story.

 

Pasang may have died on the mountain…but we refuse to let her legacy die.

We are seeking to raise $195,000 by December 6 of this year to finish this film. The funds we raise will specifically be used for the following:

  • Acquiring high altitude footage from Mt. Everest
  • Editing
  • Visual effects
  • Sound mix 
  • Color correction
  • Music composition and recording of an original score
  • Distribution and publicity
  • Community outreach to bring the film to young people in outlying areas of Nepal and the world
  • STRETCH GOAL: If we raise an additional $50,000, we will be able to make and distribute a 50-minute educational version with accompanying study guides to schools.

Our goal is to complete the film by April 2018 so that we may submit to film festivals such as Sundance, Tribecca, Mill Valley and others around the country and world.  Also, April marks the 25th anniversary of Pasang’s summit.  We want to take the film to Kathmandu for a special screening that will be included in the commemorative events planned to mark this historic anniversary.

We appreciate any and all support!

Please follow our social media to stay updated on our progress and see sneak peek clips from the film and behind-the-scenes production shots.

Links to social media found next to BACK IT.

The Glass Ceiling is being produced by an award-winning team in the San Francisco Bay Area. The team brings together a broad range of expertise ranging from mountaineering, award-winning documentary film editing, top-notch writing, after-effects,  project management, journalism, photography and digital and creative design.

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Overview
Pasang Lhamu Sherpa was born in the shadow of Mt Everest. All she wanted was the chance to climb it. But Sherpa women climbing mountains was unheard of at the time. Equipped with a climbing rope, an ice axe, and a relentless will to succeed, she broke through age-old cultural barriers to become the first female Sherpa to summit Everest. But things took a tragic turn on her descent. Pasang became a hero in Nepal, but she did not live to share her story. We need YOU to help us tell it.
Perks
$10
USD
Thank you on our website
For this level donation you'll get a thank you on our website and you'll be the first to receive film updates.
Items included:
  • Acknowledgement on our website
12 claimed
Estimated January 2018
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$25
USD
Digital download
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86 claimed
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Autographed Prayer Flag
Give with no strings attached by clicking "Back It" and receive acknowledgement on our website. Or choose this perk and receive a prayer flag signed by Alison Levine, one of the few people in the world to have completed the Adventure Grand Slam. Frame it and give it as a gift or keep it for yourself.
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"Conquer the Route" Poster
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Signed Copy of "On the Edge"
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Nepali Dinner in Your Home
Give with no strings attached by clicking "Back It" and receive acknowledgement on our website. Or choose this perk and Ang Dorjee and Nancy will serve a traditional Nepali dinner in your home for up to 10 people. Limited to the Bay Area.
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Give with no strings attached by clicking "Back It" and receive acknowledgement on our website. Or choose this perk and submit your own video tribute (or written tribute) to someone who inspired you or who you would like to inspire. We'll run it at the end of the film. A great way to honor someone you care about.
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A Week at Beach Front Home SF
Give with no strings attached by clicking "Back It" and receive acknowledgement on our website. Or choose this perk and spend 5 days with family or friends in an architecturally significant Stinson, CA beach front home. Home sleeps 10-12. (Dates TBD - holidays not available)
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Producer Film Credit
Give with no strings attached by clicking "Back It" and receive acknowledgement on our website. Or choose this perk and receive "Producer" credit in the film as well as 4 VIP tickets to our special film screening near you..
Items included:
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  • Producer film credit
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Lunch with Dorjee Sherpa
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  • Your name in film credits
  • Private screening with Nancy
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