Update: July 4th, 2019
Hello Family, Friends, & Funders!
Happy 4th of July!
Just checking in to let you know that we are sifting through hundreds of hours of footage to piece this film together. Post-Production is a tedious, yet rewarding process. We thank you for your patience and support as we bring this film to life. That said we are still looking to wrap up the fundraising for post-production. Just $4,000 to go.
ATTENTION! We are now also accepting donations via PayPal at the address PayPal.me/SpecialOlympicsFilm
PayPal doesn't charge as steep a fee as GoFundMe.
All donations made via PayPal will be added to the campaign page here.
Please share our campaign with friends who might be willing to donate.
I hope it's beautiful where you are.
Update: April 14th, 2019
I've been receiving messages on whether or not we are going to travel abroad and film some athletes in other countries. Honestly, we'd love to, but right now our focus is on editing the footage we currently have. What's we get grounded and confident with that, we'll definitely consider hoping the pond. We'd love to take this film global.https://youtu.be/9r-qQFzv-iY
Speaking of global, here's a video of my special olympian aunt, Becky, dancing on a recent trip to Uzbekistan. Let's just say she knows how to put the "Beck" in Uzbekistan... Anyone?
Update: February 16th, 2019
Hello Family, Friends, & Funders!
Did the groundhog see his shadow? We haven't been paying attention because we've been neck deep in sorting through hundreds of hours of footage.
We hope you've had an awesome start to the year and have been staying warm, productive, and happy. We bring you this update to introduce our new line of perks for donating to our production to better incentivize donations. Please share these new perks with anyone and everyone who would like to be apart of this film.
$25 - Thank you Thank you Thank you! You’ll get a digital link to watch the film once it gets released. Plus our endless gratitude.
$50 - All of the above perks plus a digital link to watch the film before it’s public release.
$100 - All of the perks above plus your name will be featured in the credits as a funder.
$300 - All of the perks above plus I will personally run a New York City based errand for you. Need something picked up or dropped off? Wait in line for you? Singing telegram? Let’s get creative! (1 hour max)
$500 - All of the perks above plus your business or company will become an official sponsor of the film and will get your company name/logo in the film’s credits.
$1,000 - All of the perks above plus you and a plus one will get VIP tickets to our national premiere and after party. (Travel and Lodging not included) If you’re unable to make the premiere we will make sure you get you to a screening when we take the film on tour.
Please continue to spread the word of our fundraising efforts as we try and finish this film.
Have a wonderful week!
Update: January 22nd, 2019
Happy New Year!
I hope you had a joyous and restful holiday season. Our team used the last month of the year to step away from the project to relax and recharge, so we could hit the ground running in the new year. Post-Production is an incredibly tedious process, but so incredibly rewarding as you get so see your film come together piece by piece. We are excited to begin this process the instant I hit send on this update.
Post Production is very costly, but vital to create a quality film that gets into top film festivals and gets broadcast widely. We believe the message of this film is so important and want it to be seen by as many people as possible.
We are looking to raise an extra $6,000 for post. We'll use these funds in the following ways:
• Finalizing our Editing - Getting to "Picture Lock"
• Music Score - This will tie together themes & give coherence and depth to the story
• Sound Mix - This will create a professional and impactful sound design and mix
• Title Design - This ties all of our visual elements together and underscores themes
• Color Correction - This evens out and enhances the "look" of the film
• Licensing - We have famous songs and images to license...expensive but worth it!
• Outreach Plans - We'll begin building an ambitious plan to get the film out far & wide
I believe we can get to this fundraising goal by the month's end but it's going to take some effort. Please spread the word far and wide about our film. Thank you, once again, for your support. It truly means the world.
We'll continue you to keep you updated here and via email.
Update: December 17th, 2018
That's a wrap.
Wait... That's a wrap? As in we've finished production?
THAT'S A WRAP!
It's hard to believe that we're already at the finish line of production. We can't thank our supporters enough for helping us get here. We'll be taking a break for the next month to rest over the holidays and then it's off to the post-production races. Shifting through footage, editing said footage, adding a soundtrack, promoting the film and finding distribution.
Once again, thank you so much to every single one of you who donated or shared our project.
We love you!
Update: October 22nd, 2018
We are just about halfway through production which is an incredible feeling. This weekend we travel to D.C. to film some interviews and competitions and then after that, we head Southwest to Denver and Albuquerque. It's hard to believe that we'll actually be done with production by the holidays... We could not have gotten this far without your support.
That said, we are in the final stage of fundraising. These funds will go toward the last 3 shoots. Please spread the word.
As a side note, we have been sending out email updates to all donors. If you see this but have not received any of our updates please let me know.
Update: September 18th, 2018
Greetings Friends, Family, & Funders,
As you probably know we recently went to Seattle for the Special Olympics US games and what a time it was! It was the perfect event to get us fired up to dive into the next 4 months of production. I keep receiving emails about links to the various write-ups about the project so I will just post them below. Stay tuned for the production blog.Blog post about my aunt Becky Landmark Article Faithwire Article
Dear Family, Friends, and anyone else who stumbles upon this campaign:
The past several months I have been developing a treatment for a documentary that I’ve wanted to make for years. I've been a volunteer, coach, and fan of the Special Olympics since 1999. Over those 18+ years I have continued to be inspired and awed by the spirit of the community and genuine human beings that take part in the Special Olympics. It's been one of the greatest privileges of my life to encounter such a positive and empowering community. The focus of this documentary project will be to profile Special Olympic athletes focusing on their day-to-day lives as well as their Special Olympic competitions. The purpose of this documentary is to help build a bridge of understanding. More often I find that people in our society don't know how to interact with people with intellectual disabilities and rather than trying to learn they simply shun them. I want this documentary to help change that. I want this documentary to drive a dialogue of inclusion and understanding.Which is why I plan on making this film WITH athletes with developmental disabilities.
Too often is this community simply just the subjects; they should have the opportunity to be the filmmakers themselves. Think of the different scopes and perspectives that can be be provided as we collaborate on this project.
The concept has since taken shape to create two documentaries. The first will profile athletes as I've stated above. The second will essentially be a behind the scenes "making of the doc" doc that captures the collaboration of making this project a reality.
I have been extremely fortunate to grow up in an environment that has allowed me to not only attend Special Olympics events, but to also volunteer and eventually coach. It has truly been one of the most enriching parts of my life. My aunt, Becky, has been competing in the Special Olympics since the 70's.
After 6 months of making contacts and developing a game plan, I’ve gone as far as I can without financial backing. So now I am reaching out to family and friends for donations to get the ball rolling to finish out pre-production and hightail it onwards to actual production. I’m looking for $10,000 in total over the course of the next few months. A third of that money is strictly going to camera gear, audio gear, lighting, storage, and insurance while the other two-thirds will go towards production expenses. For the next several weeks I plan on building a production team that is “all in” and from there I will seek out athletes who will also join our team. From the there the sky's the limit.
This is a lofty project, but with the right support, enthusiasm and encouragement from beloved family and friends, like you, I plan to make this a reality.
Devon Alexander Flynnperrault