Maggie Doyne Documentary
Maggie Doyne on cover of NYT Magazine, CNN Hero of the year and being honored by Dalai Lama.
Maggie Doyne is the founder of the Kopila Valley Children’s Home and School in Nepal. At age 19, on a gap year, she witnessed firsthand the situation with the children of war-torn Nepal and decided to use her savings of babysitting money to build a home for orphaned and at-risk children in Nepal. She moved to Nepal and took on the role of full-time mother to the rapidly growing Kopila Family. In 2010, she opened her first school for 350 of the remote region’s most impoverished children. Now, at age 30, Maggie is the mother to 49 Nepali children and her team's inspiring message of grassroots change has begun to spread around the world.
Maggie's work has been championed by Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Nicholas Kristof as a cover story for The NYT Magazine, and has also been featured in the Guardian, Huffington Post, TIME, VH1, CNN, and DoSomething.org. She’s been named as Glamour Magazine's Woman of the Year, honored by the Dalai Lama as an Unsung Hero of Compassion, used as an example for her groundbreaking work at the Forbes 400 Summit on Philanthropy and was also named one of the 30 most influential people under 30.
In 2014 Maggie was faced with her biggest challenge yet: a two month old baby boy (named Ravi) who was brought to her home with severe malnutrition and no mother to care for him. Yet over the next year and a half Maggie would miraculously nurse him back to health and he would become "the love of her life."
Maggie and baby Ravi as she nurses him back to health.
A year later in 2015, as Maggie began preparations to send her oldest kids off to college, she won the honor of being named CNN’s Hero of the Year. Maggie’s heart was fuller than it ever had been, seeing the effects of her work not only in the children but in the inspiration that was spreading around the world, igniting others to take action and make change. It was in the peak of this high that her world came crashing down when on Dec 30th, 2015, a tragic accident claimed Ravi’s life.
"I wanted to die, I went black out... Love was the scariest thing in the entire world... I didn't want to love another human being..." - Maggie Doyne
All that Maggie had accomplished, was ripped away by the grief of losing her son. She traveled back to New Jersey where she stayed alone in fetal position for 2 months. Yet somehow, in this dark place where she didn't know light still existed, another miracle occurred. She met Jeremy. Immediately a bond was formed when they discovered they shared the point of view that “focusing on raising the children of the world is how we can change our future.” They've been inseparable ever since. Through his love she was able to remember her own and after four months away from her children, she and Jeremy made their way back. Our film will revolve heavily around the power of this love and the strength it took for Maggie to return to her children and continue her work.
Maggie flying back to Nepal for first time with Jeremy after accident.
Inspired by Maggie’s strength and compassion in all that she had gone through, filmmaker Jeremy Power Regimbal began to film her journey as life marched on. Surrounded by her kids and her projects, she began to rise from the darkness of her grief and step into a newly found “savor every moment” perspective on life.
Though the film will describe Maggie’s incredible 10 year journey of creating BlinkNow, the main focus will be the time immediately following the tragedy and the momentous years ahead. The film will follow Maggie as she wades through a sea of grief, now armed with love, to complete her dream project, one of the greenest campuses on earth. She'll also be watching the children she has raised for the past ten years leave their sheltered world in Nepal for the first time to continue their education in places like Amsterdam, Italy, and New York City.
Through Jeremy’s lens we’re granted an intimate look into Maggie’s journey of grief, loss and the power of love to bring her back. It is a touching portrait of a woman who has accomplished so much in her young life, with an incredible outlook and amount of compassion, even in the darkest of times as she rises back to her feet with the help of love. And, more specifically, his love. This film will be a celebration and deeply personal look at their journey together.
Meet the Kopila Kids! (Maggie's 30th Bday)
A film Jeremy made with all the kids to surprise Maggie for her 30th bday.
What is BlinkNow?
The BlinkNow Foundation provides an education and a loving, caring home for children in Nepal. The foundation also provides community outreach to reduce poverty, empower women, improve health, and encourage sustainability and social justice - it fulfills its mission by providing financial support and management oversight to the Kopila Valley Children's Home and Kopila Valley School in Surkhet, Nepal. In addition to the home and school, Kopila Valley runs a Health Clinic and a Women's Center for the local community.
If you want more information on BlinkNow check out their story.
What will the money be used for?
THIS MONEY IS FOR A DOCUMENTARY NOT FOR THE BLINKNOW CHARITY. IF YOU ARE LOOKING TO DONATE DIRECTLY TO THE CHARITY PLEASE VISIT THEIR SITE -- www.blinknow.org
With the funds from the campaign, we plan to produce a feature length documentary film. We're one year into filming so far, and we plan to film until the new campus is complete in summer 2018. Our goal is to give the world that “savor every moment” perspective that comes after losing someone really close to you.
From Maggie: "If we could give people that perspective without them having to lose someone, that would be amazing."
From Jeremy: "Up until now this project has been basically a one man team of ME. The majority of this money will just go to hiring a good crew that can support us on this journey such as cinematographers, field producers, editors, sound recordist, and more!"
Filmmaker Jeremy Power Regimbal, with his current camera team.
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I cannot imagine a more worthwhile endeavor than this film. I cannot wait to see it. I wish I could give buckets of money to complete this but I am an out-of-work single mom. I am so happy for Maggie to have met her soulmate, and I think it is so cool you get to work together on this project. Best of luck with getting it done and bless you all at BlinkNow!