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Spencer Pride Documentary

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Hi, I'm Mitch Teplitsky, director/producer of the new documentary-in-progress about Spencer Pride and how they are helping transform a rural Indiana town. It's an uplifting story from the heartland that shows how Americans can work together to make their community better.

After two years, we aim to begin editing this summer and get this out into the world by year-end. (See plans below). There is already LOTS of interest from around the county!

I am launching this campaign to invite you to help me finish the film and get this out into the word ASAP!

Crowdfunding is the fastest way I know to raise funding. It's also a great way to help build our passionate community of fans and partners even before the film is finished.

Please back this project at any level - and share it with your friends and networks! I would love to see at least 1,000 people donate. Let's make a statement!

Donations raised in this campaign will help pay for editing and other aspects of post-production, including music, archival footage, and color correction.

Everyone who donates will receive updates from me, recognition online (and in the film credits for donations of $100 or more), and a lot of pride!

Tax-deductible donations and grants are also an option! These can be made directly (checks or credit card) through our 501C-3 fiscal sponsor, the Center for Independent Documentary. Contact me with any questions!


Mitch Teplitsky (Director-Producer) is a documentary filmmaker, U.S. Fulbright Specialist, and marketing expert who tells stories that bridge cultures from the Andes to Indiana. His films Soy Andina and Return to the Andes have been shown on PBS and at film festivals, universities, and community venues worldwide. He was the marketing director for Morgenstern’s in Bloomington, IN, and for the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York City, where he's originally from.

Charles Pearce (Creative Director) is a video producer, marketer and digital artist, based in Bloomington, IN. After graduating from the Indiana University School of Media, School of Fine Arts, Charles e worked in Chicago and Austin for a decade producing award-winning commercial and independent content before returning to his hometown in 2022. He is the founder of the Bloomington Motion Artists Group, and a committee member for Constellation Stage & Screen.

And a small but mighty Indiana-based team:

• Lex Barrett (assistant editor)
• Steve Sobiech (sound recordist)
• Lessie Frazier (educational advisor)
• G Angel (archival researcher)
• Emelie Flower (consulting editor)
• Samantha Eads (executive producer)


Here's the game plan: We want to premiere the documentary at the historic Tivoli Theatre in Spencer — then bring it to audiences across the USA, via:
  • Film festivals and regional independent theaters
  • Pride centers and other community venues
  • Universities and high schools
  • Conferences
  • Non-profits, companies, and other institutions
  • Online platforms
We are building partnerships and interest now with organizations to promote, support and host in-person and virtual screenings to their constituencies.

We plan to create study guides to facilitate discussions and a permanent timeline/multimedia exhibit at the Spencer Pride CommUnity Center.

PARTNERSHIPS (partial list)
  • Center for Independent Documentary
  • Center for Rural Engagement
  • ​Constellation Stage + Screen
  • Farm Stop Collective
  • (online platform for Indiana stories)
  • Indiana Public Media
  • Indiana University, Dept. of Gender Studies
  • Owen County Community Foundation
  • Spencer Pride CommUnity Center
  • Spencer Main Street
  • WFHB Community Radio
Contact me if your organization is interested in joining us!

Thank you!

MItch, Charles, and the Spencer Pride CommUnity.


  • Jonathan Skurnik
    • $50 
    • 19 d
  • Marianne Zarzana
    • $25 (Offline)
    • 1 mo
  • Robert Schweich
    • $100 (Offline)
    • 1 mo
  • cheryl moch
    • $100 
    • 1 mo
  • John and Sharon Martin
    • $250 
    • 1 mo

Fundraising team (2)

Mitchell Teplitsky
Bloomington, IN
Charles Pearce
Team member

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