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July 5, 2012 / Helene Bienvenu, travel-writer

Our interactive film on Detroit needs your help – Kickstarter campaign

This is it, folks. We launched a Kickstarter campaign.

As you might have noticed I haven’t been very active on this blog in the past few months! I was mostly blogging with my colleague Nora Mandray on detroitjetaime.com in parallel to writing and shooting our documentary project. The overwhelming response we’ve gotten from all of you beloved readers has carried us through a full year in Detroit. When we see our posts read and shared, when we read your comments, when we dialogue via emails with you… we know why we’re doing what we’re doing.

More than anything, sharing ideas with you all has allowed us to shape our interactive documentary in a very unique fashion.

Today we’ve crafted a story that will not only inspire you: it will empower you. Our project tells the story of three Detroiters, whose DIY spirit lead their city forward. Yet it’s not only a film. It’s also a tool for change. For the first time ever, a documentary will feature guidelines and tools for you to take action. Watch our pitch to see what we mean.

In Spring 2011, we were able to finance the development stage of our project thanks to a grant from the French Film Institute. We spent hundreds upon hundreds of hours developing the story. Then, because documentary fundraising is a long process of patience, and that we felt an emergency around telling our story, we decided to dig in our own shallow pockets in order to keep filming.

Over the coming months, there are some hard costs we just can’t cover without your support. Today production is halfway complete but we need $25,000 to get us to the finish line. This is why we’re asking for your support through Kickstarter, a well-trusted crowdfunding platform.

Our dream of bringing DETROIT JE T’AIME, the film, to everyone in the world via the Internet, requires funding to hire a talented team of web developers, flash designers and sound mixers, as well as to cover the ongoing costs of web hosting and internet bandwidth, continued production travel, and festival submissions.

Our Kickstarter campaign ends on July 30th. Until then, every little bit helps. Watch our pitch and please contribute, by pledging a reward and by spreading the word among friends. Merci!

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