Sunday, May 19, 2013
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Monday, September 24, 2012
We will be celebrating very soon...
The film is so close to being completed. The cut we have now is very close to a "fine" cut and it is exciting. Yes, we're still working on the music cues, photoshopping the many, many photos, fixing sound, color correcting, working on graphics and titles, etc. but the story is sound. I almost can't believe it. Your support, your encouragement and your connection to this project have kept me going and I am so grateful.
For those of you who have not seen the Kickstarter Page I want to give you the link because I've been posting updates about the film, sharing videos, links, poetry, photos and short clips I think you will like. Just click here.
We exceeded the goal we set on Kickstarter and I couldn't be happier and more grateful. Of course there's always time to contribute. Our post-production, publicity, marketing and outreach costs also exceed the goal we set on Kickstarter - by a lot. You can visit the website (here) to make a tax deductible donation any time. And if you get a second to go to the website and join the newsletter, that would be great. Thanks.
But please know this film will now be completed because of all the support you have already given. THANK YOU!!!
Below are the newest clips from the project. I hope you enjoy them. Feel free to comment, share your thoughts and communicate. I always love hearing from you. All the best, Mary
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
The finish line is in sight and I’m not just talking about the Olympics. I now have a rough cut of my film Lost In Living and it is because of your support and your friendship. I am so grateful and frankly quite touched by your belief in this project and in me.
I am launching a Kickstarter Campaign and I need to raise $5000 or more in the next 30 days. That’s how Kickstarter works. If the goal isn’t reached, I get nothing. This last fundraising push is necessary to complete the editing, pay the composer, update the website, create an education guide and show this film everywhere. You can read all the details about it when you click on this campaign link:
Many of you have financially contributed to this project already. Your incredibly generous help has kept me editing this film toward completion. Thank you so very, very much.
There are so many ways to participate in the project without sending money. And I need that help. Open up your rolodex or your email contact list and send the Kickstarter link to anyone who you think would be interested. See if you can find at least five people to email.
Maybe you know someone who can write about it in a blog or an article or on a Facebook page. Take up the message of the film as your own and pass the news about it to your friends, relatives, co-workers – even strangers on the street.
Become an Outreach Partner. Spread the word about the film in your community, to arts and womens’ organizations. Help us find places we can screen this film and partner with organizations that can benefit from its message.
Most of all broadcast this Kickstarter campaign as often as you can. Facebook it, tweet it, email it, talk about it. My thanks are enormous.
Please sign up on the website (below) for the newsletter and continue to receive updates on the progress of Lost In Living. There is so much more to come.
With your participation and support I plan to have this film completed in the next few months. I simply can’t thank you enough.
Monday, June 11, 2012
|Night before yard sale|
A GIGANTIC thanks to all the people who helped me with the yard sale. It was a huge, huge effort and I am so grateful to everyone who contributed so many wonderful items, helped me set up, helped sell to customers, passed out postcards about the film, hung signs and bought things. A very special thank you to my daughter, Nuala, and her friends, who tirelessly sold lemonade and cookies and always asked first before they helped themselves. The weekend took it out of me but it was all worth it. Met some great neighbors I never knew I had, met people who came because they wanted to support the movie, got to be outside all day both days and made enough money to continue editing for another week and a half, pay for the postcard printing and all the expenses from the yard sale (posters, signs, etc.). I am truly grateful to all of you and truly grateful it is over. We only had a few items left and we will be donating them to Goodwill.
The film is definitely coming along. I've often said editing this film is like writing a novel - or rather what I imagine writing a novel would be like. Because I've never even attempted to do something like that. But I've always loved novels and I want this film to feel like that. So we are working hard at interweaving the stories together. Making the difficult decisions about what stays in and what doesn't based on how the individual women reflect, comment and contradict each other. This will be a film that moves back and forth from each woman to show the connections between them. And it's all getting very exciting even when we don't know what to do next. Fortunately we're not stuck for long.
Fundraising efforts seem to never cease so with that said here is the link to donate to the film. More than your money, why not forward the link to a few friends. Spreading the word not only helps raise money but also lets people know about the film. We need that support when the film is completed and we want to screen it everywhere. So thank you for everything and more news will be coming soon...
Like the facebook page here. Thanks!
Friday, May 18, 2012
Hello Supporters of the Lost In Living Film,
As you know I am hosting a yard sale to once again raise more funds to complete this film. At this point you must be wondering, "my God, is this woman desperate, or what?" And frankly, I am.
There are few things in life that I've felt so strongly about that I'll work my ass off to make a few hundred bucks to pay my editor or buy paper stock to send thank you letters to contributors. But those few things have struck me with such power that I know I should pursue them.
And here I am. Desperately trying to complete this complicated and immense project. Seven years of filming four very different women who kept my attention and passion in a way so few people do. That is why I know their stories will resonate with you.
Heroes we can look up to and work toward. Underdogs we root for and feel good about. Sometimes we need to see who we are. People who are both heroes and underdogs as well as mothers, artists, caretakers, parents, friends and struggling humans trying to make our way in the world. This is what Lost In Living is really all about.
So with that said, how about chipping in and contributing whatever you can for the yard sale. Or maybe you'd rather write a check or donate on-line here.
Maybe you'd like to just spread the word to everyone you know. I would love that! I am so grateful for your support, your participation and your input into this project. Everyone who contributes in any way will have their name in the closing Thank You credits of the film. All cash donations are tax deductible.
Here's the info you need to know about the yard sale:
Just a friendly reminder that our yard sale is coming up and we would love to take some stuff off your hands! We’ll even pick it up. So read below and let me know. Really appreciate this.
Mega Yard Sale on Saturday, June 2nd and Sunday, June 3rd!!!
I am asking everyone I know if they have anything they want to get rid of that we can sell to support Lost In Living. We’ll take clothes, furniture, books, antiques, knick knacks, pictures, jewelry, artwork, photos, kitchen ware, toys, etc. that are in gently used condition. This is a unique opportunity for you to clean out your closets, garages and drawers and support the film. And whatever doesn’t sell we will donate to Goodwill or a local charity. Get your name in the Thank You credits of the film!
How it will work:
• Email me here directly with a general list of what you’d like to donate.
• I will email you or call you to schedule a specific pick-up time sometime during the weekend before the sale.
• We will pick-up the items the weekend before the actual sale. Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27.
• Sale on Saturday, June 2nd and Sunday, June 3rd from 8 to 4.
• If you don’t live in the area and you want to ship items for us to sell, please send to my address: 1218 E. Palm Street, Altadena, CA 91001.
• You can also deliver your goods right to us. Please email me here and we'll figure out the best time.
• If you are not available the weekend of May 26th and 27th for pick-up and your contribution can fit in the back of a Prius, please let me know and I can arrange a pick-up that is convenient for you.
I am so grateful for your help and participation. Please feel free to pass along this email to anyone else who might be interested.
To contribute directly to the film please visit the website here or you can mail a check to my non-profit 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor “Filmmakers Alliance” at 1218 E. Palm Street, Altadena, CA 91001. All donations are tax deductible!!
To like the Facebook page, please go here.