Documentary Film Fund: 11DAYS

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Raised by 31 people in 26 months

My Name is Charles Upham. I am the father of the late Native actress Misty Upham.

I am raising money to complete a documentary film project that tells the tragic story of how Misty was missing for 11 days and we did not recieve help from police or government services to find her.

I feel this film will raise awareness about the issues regarding the policies and practices of first responders that ultimately fail the people who desperately need these services. It is my hope that we can make a difference and implement positive changes in procedures for people in need emergency services because all lives matter. No family should ever have to experience the hopelessness of losing a child and not finding help with search and rescue from agencies with all the resources.

The money I raise will be used to purchase the equipment for film production, music production, travel to get the film shots and interviews, the cost of post production, computers and software, film festival, publication and distribution costs.  The film project is underway but the current lack of funds, used outdated equipment are major factors in steps to completing the project in a timely manner. 

I miss my daughter so much and this film is a way to tell her story and provide answers to questions by all her friends and family. It represents my quest to find closure and healing, I can still do something for my girl.

Your generous donation will be greatly appreciated.
All donors will receive a free digital copy of the film in HD.

Thank You
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Our film will serve as a call to action. To bring meaning to an unnecessary tragedy. It will explore what went wrong, what could have been done differently. It will expose the lies and actions associated with Misty's death. It will provide answers that still linger. With the development of new information new interviews and shot locations are necessary. Our Challenge is the cost of completing this project. New equipment is needed to replace the old components that are failing or lack necessary features. HD video camera and lenses, editing computer workstations for video and music production, portable lighting and field power generators, up-to-date software for editing film, photography and music, independent contractor services, travel costs for shot and interviews that have not been covered yet, Shooting permits, DSLR gimbal, slider and jib, microphones, cables and field mixers for sound production, subtitling for English (Closed Caption for the hearing impaired), Foreign Language audio and subtitles, DVD and BluRay conversion, Digital Distribution costs, Submission to local and international film festivals and promotional costs. For documentary film-making at the lowest-budget level, averages about $1000 to $2000
per finished minute. We anticipate a 90 minute film.
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Hello Friends,

Our film is still in post production. The release date has been pushed back due to some new information that was recently acquired. But what is most needed now is additional funding to complete the project. We need software and hardware upgrades as well as replacing broken equipment. Your generous donation will help us remedy these needs. Up till now many of Misty's friends and family were left to draw their own conclusions regarding her untimely death. Knowledge is power and this film will finally provide answers and closure but it can also foster change regarding the social injustice that Misty fell victim to in her final days. This is not just a personal problem or a cultural issue. Although it affects the culture of indigenous people and our personal lives this has become a growing epidemic that can be cured. Misty wanted to use her celebrity to raise awareness regarding issues that need to be addressed. A voice for the voiceless. This film represents her final cry to make a difference. Please support our endeavor with your generous donation. And share the link with people you know. Together we can make a positive and lasting change.
All lives matter.

www.gofundme.com/11DAYS



Thank you
Charles Upham
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Barring the tragedy of Misty’s last days, she was a wonderful human being who lived an extraordinary life. The impact she had on many that she interacted with made lasting impression. Whether it was with the Hollywood Elite or her cousins on the Blackfeet Reservation in Browning, Mt. she always came away with a memorable experience. For those who knew her, she had a veritable sense of humor. She had an infectious laughter as she cracked corny jokes, or as she put it, indulged in intellectual satires. For her it was exercising her craft, as she would fall in and out of characters using different foreign accents. She could be hilarious, frightening and insulting all in the same sentence. She felt everyone was entitled to her opinion and even mom and dad were not immune to her observations. She use to tell her friends; “Living with my mom and dad is like being in a bad movie starring Mr. Magoo and Joe Pesci, my dad can’t hear or see and my mom is always like ‘DO I LOOK LIKE I’M JOKING? WHAT, DO I AMUSE YOU?’, the fun just never ends”. Before James Corden made it famous, I and Misty use to drive around LA and do our best at sing-a-longs to classic rock hits like Born To Be Wild (Steppenwolf) or Hotel California (Eagles). Misty’s jam was Stuck in the Middle (Steeler’s Wheel). Misty loved her pets and, at the cost of their dignity, would dress them up for the holidays. The sounds of Christmas cheer was soon replace with The Jingle Cat’s Christmas Carols. But she was a good cook. An aspiring chef her signature genre was pastries. But she was known to whip out a batch of Indian Tacos when the need called for it. I use to love going on hikes with her. We would visit Elysian Park near Dodger Stadium and Griffith Park to Mt. Hollywood Summit. We conquered the Redwood Forest and took the challenge across Mt. Clemens glacier to Hidden Lake at Glacier National Park in Montana. Life was truly an adventure. Misty had the good fortune of having the best of friends and family members. She didn’t get too close to everyone but the ones she did trust became her besties. Most of them felt the sharp jab of her pointed humor now and again; some are still licking their wounds. Many of her friends open their hearts and homes to her and it would not be uncommon for her to couch crash with folks she knew and ask for help when she needed it. These are the memories that we hold on to; the good always out weigh the bad. Misty was a regular person with hope and dreams, likes and dislikes, joys and fears. She laughed and she cried, she hurt and healed. What set her apart from others is the passion and vision that she had to change her world. Her message to everyone was believe in yourself, dare to dream, help, love, forgive and create beauty. We miss our daughter.

Please help us tell Misty’s story. She deserved so much more. Support our documentary film project: 11 DAYS The Search for Misty Upham.
Misty Anne Upham 1982-2014
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Please donate to our Documentary Film Fund. We are in immediate need of finances for equipment repair and computer replacement. The main source editing computer workstation finally gave out. Help us tell Misty's story. Your donations will be greatly appreciated. Thank You
Charles Upham - October Rain
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Chance VanDamme
12 months ago

Surely you are now connecting the dots concerning Harvey Weinstein's Mossad goon squad that ran operations against 91 sexually abused women in Hollywood? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5096921/Harvey-Weinstein-secret-hit-list-100-names.html?ito=social-twitter_dailymailceleb

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Melissa Frolander Hawkins
13 months ago

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Lori Lewis
27 days ago

I believe your story should be heard.

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Kelly Mazza
28 days ago

Stories must be told. Justice must be served. May your heart heal.

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Leigh Salvage
1 month ago

We need to listen to native voices tell native stories. The real life stories of murdered and missing indigenous women need to be heard and told by the families that this is happening too. Don’t go to the movies, donate to this instead! Watch some YouTube videos at home with popcorn instead. Help this grieving father honor his talented daughter.

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Chance VanDamme
12 months ago

Surely you are now connecting the dots concerning Harvey Weinstein's Mossad goon squad that ran operations against 91 sexually abused women in Hollywood? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5096921/Harvey-Weinstein-secret-hit-list-100-names.html?ito=social-twitter_dailymailceleb

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Melissa Frolander Hawkins
13 months ago

just to bring some closure i wondered if you can test those ashes to make sure the dna is that of your daughters i did some research and here is just one of many companies that offer these kinds of services. look into it and find a reputable company maybe we can bring some form of closure to your family lots of love to you and your family stay strong http://thecarlsoncompany.net/cremains/

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