Lally Documentary

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Raised by 120 people in 14 months
Also accepting checks payable to: of course i am productions, llc. 

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of course i am productions, llc.
PO Box 82
Maplewood, NJ, 07040


a feature documentary film
directed by Rachel E. Diken

From an Irish working-class family of cops and priests emerged an unlikely poet and Hollywood actor who lived and chronicled the front lines of social change.

The widely impactful career of actor, screenwriter, playwright, poet, and activist Michael Lally celebrates a milestone in 2018 with the publication of his 30th book, ANOTHER WAY TO PLAY. After a lifetime of building unlikely communities across the U.S., Lally’s book tour reunites him with New York City, Los Angeles, Washington DC, San Fransisco, and the Berkshires.

Lally’s mission to facilitate change through accessible language reveals its footprints in pivotal moments of the civil rights, LGBTQ+, and feminist movements: a motivational template for any believer in equality. Featuring original interviews with writers, musicians, activists, movie stars, & more, I WANT TO CALL IT POEMS captures the trajectory of a curious, pugnacious spirit that dares to lift its gaze beyond current limitations.

Thank you for helping to make this film possible!
We look forward to taking this adventure with you.

In addition to monetary donations, we're accepting submissions for the following services:

Director of Photography with equipment:
       local to LA, DC, NYC, NJ, & the Berkshires

·      Lighting Director with equipment:
        local to LA, DC, NYC, NJ, and the Berkshires

·      Sound Director with equipment:
       local to LA, DC, NYC, NJ, and the Berkshires

·      Production Assistants:
       local to LA, DC, NYC, NJ, & the Berkshires

·      Food Service to cater crew meals: 
       local to LA, DC, NYC, NJ, and the Berkshires

·      Video Editor with equipment:
        preferably local to NYC, NJ, or LA

·      Still Photographer local to NYC area

·      Music Composer with recording equipment

·      Sound Mixer with equipment

·      Researchers

·      Transcriptionist

·      Graphic and Title Designer

·      Public Relations

·      Legal

·      Bookkeeper

Please email ofcourseiamproductions@gmail.com if interested. Interns welcome.
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That's a wrap!

After an incredible year of filming, the Lally Documentary is heading into post-production. This success was made possible by your heartwarming encouragement, generous donations, attendance at book tour events across the country, and sharing the excitement with friends, family, and colleagues. I hope you'll join the Wrap Party to celebrate this awesome milestone with dancing, food, and the premiere screening of the film's new Sizzle Reel.

Ticket sales function as a fundraiser for post-production, but most important is having you there: so choose your own ticket price and get ready to party!
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The Poetry Foundation released an outstanding essay on Michael Lally, written by scholar and poet Burt Kimmelman. Read it here: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/articles/148631/i-might-die-of-love-for-you

In other celebratory news, the film was awarded its first grant! We're proud to count The Cynipid Fund as one of our supporters.
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Still from the California stops of the 2018 book tour: Michael Lally and director Rachel E. Diken at Lally's readings at Beyond Baroque in Los Angeles and at The Green Arcade in San Fransisco.
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Thrilled to announce that the Lally Documentary has partnered with the Center for Independent Documentary through a Fiscal Sponsorship, which means that donations are now fully tax-deductible!

Tax-deductible contributions can be made online https://secure.donationpay.org/documentaries/film_no_stats.php?f=iwanttocallitpoems
or by checks written to The Center for Independent Documentary with "Michael Lally: I Want To Call It Poems" in the memo line. Mail to: Center For Independent Documentary, 1300 Soldiers Field Road, Suite # 5, Boston, MA 02135.
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