If you regularly read this blog you will know that for the past 18 months I have been working on a project to capture the spiritual traditions of my ancestors, a group of religious refugees called the Doukhobors, that immigrated to Canada from Russia almost 120 years ago. We are planning to produce both a documentary film and multimedia installation exhibit as part of this project, and have already recorded the vast majority of the video and audio that we will need (over 80 hours of footage to date).
None of this comes for free though, and the project to date has been crowdfunded through the generous donations of over 100 supporters from across Canada, the United States, and Europe, as well as financial support from a number of Canadian Doukhobor organizations and a research partnership with the University of Saskatchewan. So far we have raised just over $20,000, which means we have now covered all of our production expenses to date. However, we are doing one more final fundraising push as we move into the holiday season to ensure that we have some much needed funds in the bank to cover the thousands of dollars of specialized post-production work that will start in the New Year.
That’s where you come in. By this Friday (December 15th) I’m asking if you will:
– Take 4 minutes to watch the first promo video for our project: https://youtu.be/P4tw1K4YMoQ
– Take 1 minute to make a donation to support our work to bring this project to life (any amount helps!) via our crowdfunding page: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/phase-ii-doukhobor-prayer-service-project
…and, if you are feeling particularly inspired…
– Take 1 more minute and share the link to the promo video or the crowdfunding page (or both!) with your social networks or by email to family or friends who may be interested.
That’s it. 5 minutes to help us preserve a unique part of our Canadian community and history.
As always, thank you for your support along this journey – I couldn’t do it without you!