Like the rest of the world that watched as Russia marched thousands of troops across Ukraine’s border, our hearts and minds wondered: “What can be done?”
We firmly believe that documentary filmmaking has the ability to reveal human suffering in places where mainstream media is otherwise unable to go. It is by this belief that we—as local independent filmmakers—concluded that we are best utilized behind a camera. All that stood between us, and making the film a reality, was asking for our wives blessings and two plane tickets to Warsaw Poland.
Through a series of open doors, we were fortunate enough to follow a Ukrainian man named Andriy, who is shuttling resources (stoves, warm clothes etc.) to the eastern regions of Ukraine where they are without power and heat this winter.
It was an eye opening and grueling experience. But now comes the unromantic part of filmmaking—fundraising.
We hope to enter our project in the film festival circuit this year. The deadline is fairly tight, but certainly achievable. With the funds raised we would hope to cover the cost of editing, sound mixing, color grading, composition and festival submission fees.
Any amount is deeply appreciated. With your help, we hope to get this story off the ground, one dollar at a time.
-Eli Davidson and Jeff Weeks