$7,870 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 32 people in 42 months

SOME SAY SAPPHO: A project by Carol Muske-Dukes, Cecilia Woloch, Kate Gale, Sara Ballantine, Mischa Cantu, Terrence Scott, & Hannah Sanghee Park

 We are raising funds to make a film titled "Some Say Sappho" (echoing a poem fragment)- bringing the poetic silences and gaps among the brilliant fragments into visual imagery that will reflect her poetic thinking.

“Violet-haired, pure – with a smile like honey” -  Alcaeus.  Images of Sappho, a Greek lyric poet, born on Lesbos around 610 B.C. -  whose passionate lyric poems to and about women exist now only in fragments – have also been filtered through contemporary consciousness. 

 Who was Sappho? Sappho was a poet who wrote songs for choruses (sung at public events in ancient Greece)—OR she was a teacher (and lover) of young women – OR she was a prostitute – all of these possibilities have been examined by scholars,  with conflicting minimal evidence.

Is it possible to see her through the lens of the present – through feminist politics, lesbian-defined – or is Sappho only a name and a voice?

Do we have to know “who” she was at all – beyond this timeless lyrical voice?   “Our” filmic Sappho will answer that question – or will evade it  - but she will appear before you: playing her ancient cithara (a lyre, an ancestor of the guitar) under a full moon, singing of  “what she loves most on this earth” – or rapping  (& trying stand-up comedy)  in contemporary dress, in today’s  Los Angeles.

Money raised here will go directly towards the film's production and post production expenses. That means film equipment, cast & crew, production design, costume, makeup, and festival entry fees. 

 We are a group of poets, professors, students, actors -  all based in L.A.  The Team:

Carol Muske-Dukes

Cecilia Woloch

Kate Gale

Sara Ballantine

Mischa Cantu

Terrence Scott

We know that you’re besieged daily by requests for donations. But here’s a request to make Sappho’s poems accessible to a new audience – to “see” her and “hear” her on film. We will list anyone who donates in the credits (unless anonymity is preferred).
Donation levels:  for a $1,000 contribution, you will be eligible for a "walk on" part, if you are interested. 
A $5,000 contribution will generate a speaking part.  Higher levels of support will receive above title credit - and more.

For now,  Sappho is waiting for your call:   
“The moon has set, and the Pleiades. Midnight comes. I sleep alone.”

+ Read More
Some Say Sappho has a Twitter account! Tweet us @somesaysappho
+ Read More
Read a Previous Update
Be the first to leave a comment on this campaign.

$7,870 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 32 people in 42 months
Created June 3, 2015
Your share could be bringing in donations. Sign in to track your impact.
We will never post without your permission.
In the future, we'll let you know if your sharing brings in any donations.
We weren't able to connect your Facebook account. Please try again later.
Lee Chemel
31 months ago

A great project by a wonderful poet and writer.

Kate Gale
32 months ago

This movie will help bring awareness of the Greek refugees, the drought, and the beloved poet Sappho.

34 months ago
Dennie Scott
34 months ago

Congrats on this exciting venture!

34 months ago
Be the first to leave a comment on this campaign.
Use My Email Address
By continuing, you agree with the GoFundMe
terms and privacy policy
There's an issue with this Campaign Organizer's account. Our team has contacted them with the solution! Please ask them to sign in to GoFundMe and check their account. Return to Campaign

Are you ready for the next step?
Even a $5 donation can help!
Donate Now Not now
Connect on Facebook to keep track of how many donations your share brings.
We will never post on Facebook without your permission.