We are long overdue for an update. And there is lots to report: our January trip to Chharangar, exciting new opportunities, awards, etc. But I’m afraid it will have to wait till later this summer. That’s because this is a very special message…
This July 4th will be Kerim’s 40th birthday, and he’d like to request a very special birthday present. But before we explain any further, if you haven’t done so yet, please watch the trailer for our film… OK, here’s what Kerim would like for his 40th birthday: we need to raise $20,000 to pay for post-production of the film in Thailand (a very good deal for high quality studio work). This will give us a glorious HD copy of the film which will really shine at film festivals. We know we can’t raise all that money at once, so we are asking you to do one or more of the following:
(1) Support us by donating your creative talent or your time. The latest trend in fundraising is to offer prizes to people who give over a certain amount of money. Actually, public broadcasters have been doing this for a long time: donate $50 and get a tote bag, donate $100 and get a DVD, donate $1000 and get tickets to a show, etc. We realized that we know so many incredibly creative and resourceful people, and we thought that we’d ask if you could donate your talents and your time to make our fundraising even more effective. What we’d like are truly unique gifts from our friends: original music, paintings, photographs, perhaps even a short story with the donor’s name, handmade objects, whatever you can think of! We would then offer these as prizes on a site like indiegogo.com or kickstarter.com.
If you’d like to help, please fill out this form. And if you’d like to help, but aren’t sure what you could do, don’t worry, just fill out the form and we’ll figure something out. We could also use volunteers to help with online fundraising and promotion, so you can help out with that as well – just fill out the form.
(2) Donate, if you can. Anything, even $20 is a big help (we raised thousand’s of dollars via such small donations last time we did this), please click the link below, or go to our website and visit the support page.
When you are done please fill out the form to let us know you donated. And if you don’t have the money now, or you’d rather use a different way to pay, that’s OK too. Just fill out the form to make a pledge. We’ll be sure to remind you!
(3) Finally, if you are feeling especially generous, we’d like to ask you to make a matching grant. That is, to say, if we raise X amount from individual donors, you’ll match those funds with an equal grant. Having such a matching grant will really motivate people to donate. If you’d like to do this just let us know by filling out the form.
Your support will help make this a very special 40th birthday for Kerim. Thank you, and stay tuned for a proper update later this summer!
Kerim & Shashwati