Film of an Ethiopian Nun Composer

$6,975 of $50k goal

Raised by 55 people in 13 months
EF
Emahoy Tsege Mariam Music Foundation
on behalf of Emahoy Tsege Mariam Music Foundation, Inc.
 FALLS CHURCH, VA


The Emahoy Tsege Mariam Music Foundation is producing a biopic of the nun musician. Emahoy’s life spans three continents and nine decades, a study in Europe, the Italian occupation of Ethiopia during WWII, preparing to be a concert pianist and a call to monastic life. It is epic.

 Little is known about her journey both as a musician and as a spiritual figure. Although she had published vinyl records in the 70s it was her solo compositions in Ethiopiques 21 published by Buda Musique that made her world famous. She was 85 years old then, and at the age of 93 she continues to play music and has a sharp mind.

The biopic is an inspiring story, particularly, to musicians and artists who struggle with their craft, and will help to inspire any others who need to overcome obstacles in their own lives.


Phase I: Pre-Production. This entails location scouting and determining production schedule. We have already identified key participants to appear in the film and are critical for the success of this film. At this stage we are also researching archival footage and pictures that reflect Ethiopia during the early, mid, and late 1900's that are pertinent to Emahoy's story. These include archival materials that tell Emahoy's early childhood both in Ethiopia and Switzerland when she was a student, as well as her life in the monastic realm. This is where we continue to count our blessings and acknowledge your your generous support and well wishes!!!

Phase II: Production: We will travel to Israel to film Emahoy at the Monastery. We will film Emahoy playing piano for the film as well as events depicting her daily life. This may also includes footage of Emahoy playing live at concerts. We also plan to travel to Ethiopia to capture present moments of the Gishen Mariam Monastry in Gondar where Emahoy became a nun at the age of 21. While in Ethiopia, we will also interview family and friends of Emahoy who will reminisce on the life of this incredible nun. Fun job, plenty of work, your contribution will have a tremendous impact!!!

Phase III: Post Production: This is where the other fun begins as we prepare to edit the film, currently estimated to begin in late July 2016. Funds collected will help us pay for the film's editor, which includes editing the video footage, editing sound track, sound effects, music, graphics, e.t.c. We will be grateful for your help in helping us reach this far!!! We will continue to update you on our progress!!!

Phase IV: Distribution, screening, and a concerted effort to acknowledge and deliver on our promise to our funders begins at this stage. We know that without your generous help, this film won't happen. More than us, Emahoy is so eager not only to see the film, but also its impact in inspiring others.
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Update 14
Posted by Emahoy Tsege Mariam Music Foundation
9 months ago
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Filming in Israel was a success, here is something that we shot while we were there.
Thank you for helping us get this far. Please continue to share our campaign with friends and family.
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Update 13
Posted by Emahoy Tsege Mariam Music Foundation
9 months ago
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We are almost finished with our shoot here in Israel. All of our interviews with people who know Emahoy and who worked with her in some capacity both in music and at the church revealed how much she is revered and loved. Everyone we talked to gave us their blessings and told us that we are doing a great service both to Emahoy's legacy and to the Christian community to which she belongs.

Thank you so much for helping us get this far. We still need your help to achieve our goal. Please continue to share our project with friends and families.
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Update 12
Posted by Emahoy Tsege Mariam Music Foundation
10 months ago
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"Tell me, O you faithful one
For I can't find my way
Where can I find that Someone
For I have so much to say, For I have so much to say." - Emahoy Tsege Mariam Gebru https://anunslegacy.wordpress.com/her-poetry/
We have had a good start, but we are still far from our goal. Please continue to share this campaign.
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Update 11
Posted by Emahoy Tsege Mariam Music Foundation
11 months ago
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Great news! Our production phase has begun. We have passed the $4000 mark thanks to your support. However, we still need your help to achieve our goal. Please continue to share this project and remember to follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Emahoy-Tsege-Mariam-Music-Foundation-1146999858667343/ and Twitter https://twitter.com/EmahoyMuscFound
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Nikodimos Fikru
11 months ago

Thank you for believing in this film!!! $10 contribution can also make a difference! Please help!

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$6,975 of $50k goal

Raised by 55 people in 13 months
Created March 5, 2016
EF
Emahoy Tsege Mariam Music Foundation  
on behalf of Emahoy Tsege Mariam Music Foundation, Inc.
$10
Anonymous
2 days ago
LT
$100
luke troja
3 months ago
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Beautiful music and a beautiful story but not enough ears. Yet.

GC
$25
giovanni cortez
3 months ago
1
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thank you, i only hope to help in the small ways that i can

SF
$50
serene fang
6 months ago
1
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BE
$200
Blen Eshete
6 months ago
1
1
RL
$50
Richard Leigh
7 months ago
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Sorry to learn of her death - the music is marvellous. I hope you manage to raise enough for the film. Best wishes Richard Leigh

PK
$70
Paul Kelly
8 months ago
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WG
$1,500
Woldu Gabremichael
8 months ago
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2
GK
$100
Gabe Klinger
8 months ago
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Thank you for your beautiful music. I can't wait to see the film!

ET
$200
Eliab Tarkghen
9 months ago
1
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Great Work Niko.

Nikodimos Fikru
11 months ago

Thank you for believing in this film!!! $10 contribution can also make a difference! Please help!

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