One Final Fundraiser for Finishing Funds
Hi All: Thursday October 17th is Marsha Hunt's 101st birthday! If you are looking for a memorable gift to send her, please consider making a donation to our documentary fund as we try to raise funds to get the film into a limited run in a theater in her hometown, New York City in October ( Oct 26- Nov. 1st)
OR, If you'd like to make a TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATION - through the 501c3 - The International Documentary Association (DONATIONS MADE THROUGH THIS PAGE ARE NOT TAX DEDUCTIBLE.) Here's a link where you can make a tax deductible donation online via PayPal. http://www.documentary.org/film/marsha-hunt-sweet-adversity?film_id=3094 I willl forward check on if you go through the IDA.
If you're not crazy about making donations over the internet, you can mail a check to me at 12740 Pacific Avenue #6 Los Angeles CA 90066
Marsha has led an extraordinary life. After she was unfairly blacklisted - and her career in film, television and radio came to a quiet halt, she found a new passion as a humanitarian and activist. She WAS the first Angelina Jolie. Eleanor Roosevelt was her mentor when she started supporting the United Nations Association in 1955. She gave over 50 years to the U.N going around the country talking about the specialized agencies of the UN & the good work they were doing. She was one of Hollywood's first celebrity activists. Starting with World War II, where she worked almost every Saturday night of the war at the Hollywood Canteen- and for the next seven decades, Marsha raised awareness and funds for the homeless, the hungry, those with mental illness... the list goes on. In 2017, she celebrates 82 years as an actress.
If Marsha has touched your life in ANY way, please show your gratitude by "paying it forward".
Please HONOR her life by giving WHAT you can. Times ARE tough. if you can't give a donation, you can do your part by SHARING this with others who love Marsha. Let's get this film into THEATERS!!
Please help me publicize this - I could use some publicity about the film.. SHARE THIS LINK..
Blessings to ALL and PEACE to all wherever you are in the world!! - Roger C. Memos, Director "Marsha Hunt's Sweet Adversity"
I am so pleased to announce that you can now watch the documentary on Amazon Prime! How fitting that today, on Independence day, we have this premiere for Marsha!!! Meanwhile, here is the link:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07TWGX58W You don't have to be a Prime member to watch the video. After watching, please write a review so we can attract more viewers.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your generosity and support over the years. This is very exciting. Thank you to my fellow producers Richard Adkins & Joan Cohen, Associate Producer Stephon Litwinczuk, Editor Katina Zinner Photo Researcher Elizabeth Lauritsen, Finishing Editor Christian Hunt and the rest of the talented crew- and a superior cast- thank you!
And just know, I would LOVE to get into theaters across the country. I haven't much money left so we all need to be creative. The time i NOW. we need to get this film seen by as many people as possible. I'm very excited about our distributor-Indie Move Rights. They BELIEVE in the film- as you do! I hope to hear from all of you- I cant wait to hear what you have to say about the film. And I spoke with Marsha tonight..She is overwhelmed with emotion- and so joyful about all of this.. this warms my heart as there would be no story without her.. thank agin all - talk soon- roger
Great news.. We now officially have a film distributor! They signed on April 22nd. Indie Rights is their name: https://www.indierights.com/ I'm so thrilled!
In 1952, Marsha co-hosted the United Cerebral Palsy Telethon with Jack Webb and Ralph Edwards in Oakland California. The telethon ran for a RECORD 36 hours- and raised thousands and thousands of dolllars for Cerebral Palsy research. In honor of Marsha and her activism, I am doing my own 36 hour" telethon" in which I hope to raise another $1000.00 or so so I don't have to spend my own money while we finish up on post -production on the documentary - this is it - no more fundraising after this!!
SO, If you know anyone who might want to make a TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATION - through our 501c3 - The International Documentary Association -Here's a link where they can make a tax deductible donation online via PayPal.
If people are not crazy about making donations over the internet, you can mail a check to me at 12740 Pacific Avenue #6 Los Angeles CA 90066 Make check out to the International Documentary Association and write film's name on the check. I willl forward check on if you go through the IDA.
Or if someone would like to make a small non-taxable donation, here's the link: https://www.gofundme.com/ctgvpg Feel free to SHARE this post with folks you feel might want to help out in our final pitch..
And also feel free to drop Marsha a note to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you've seen the documentary, tell her how you felt about it. If you haven't seen the film but Marsha has touched your life in some way, let her know and I will read her your note. She LOVES hearing from fans..Please write.. And just know, this documentary, Marsha's final act of social activism WILL CHANGE LIVES.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your love and support, all of you , everywhere - roger c. memos, Director "Marsha Hunt's Sweet Adversity"
Meanwhile, we've been busy doing "quality control" on the documentary in preparation for the documentary 's VOD, home video and hopefully broadcast premiere. My sincere thanks to our associate producer Stephon Litwinczuk for supervising this tedious process...
This past summer, we had a successful run fo the film in Los Angeles and in October, 62 people braved a noresater to see the documentary in the Village ( we need to go back to NYC!) Still, all in all, about 900 people saw the film!
I spent a good deal of my funding on this theatrical run- and now i need to do one final push of fundraising to get the documentary to the next level. The truth is, I can't keep spending my own money.. I'd like to raise a final $2000.00 to pay for closed captioning, a film trailer, clip licensing- and we need to eventually build a film website.
Marsha is SO excited about the film's progress. She talk about it all the time. She will be 101 and a half this coming Wednesday, April 17th. Please consider making a small donation in her honor..
The documentary looks wonderful. Since trimming the film four minutes from the film we showed in festivals, it flows perfectly. What I am most proud of is that SO many people told me that they were INSPIRED by Marsha's activism and vowed to be more pro-active about supporting causes. This is a big part of why we made this film. Mission accomplished!
Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your ongoing support. It feels GREAT to be at the finishing line..Onward and upward..- roger
Last night. I had the pleasure of seeing a most emotionally charged play in Venice. The play was "Finks", written by Joe Gilford and produced by Michael Pressman. https://www.roguemachinetheatre.net/finks The story is a tribute to Joe's parents Jack and and Madeline Lee Gilford. Producer Michael Pressman's dad was also blacklisted. The acting was superb and the story rang so true for me. And by the way, French Stewart in the lead role was simply brilliant - all of the actors were top notch. I left the theater feeling so depressed - and angry for what so many good people had to go through with HUAC and the blacklist. And of course, I thought of Marsha - and the silent pain she has suffered all thee years because of her name appearing in "Red Channels". All I want to say is that I am more determined than ever to get our film out there so that people can hear Marsha's story. She tells her story to help ensure that the blacklist will never happen again.. ( one can hope!)
The other story I want to share. I am SO grateful to all who have donated to this film project. It's been a long journey. I've truly depended on the kindness of friends - and strangers who have given from their heart. Bless you all!! I wanted to tell you about my all time favorite donation. I have a Facebook friend who LOVES Marsha. He told me he wanted to make a donation but was on Social Security and would give what he could. He sent me a check for $2.00! SO Beautiful.. So giving.. I was so touched.. Just know that your donations have meant so much to me- and that over a thousand people have seen this documentary - and have been INSPIRED by Marsha and her story. In 2019, people all over the world will see this film. We're almost there.. Happy New Year. Peace and Love to all! -roger