We hope 2014 brings you singing angels!
And we can almost guarantee that the New Year will, indeed, bring you that splendid wish*. Check out all of our exciting updates and year-in-review below. Thank you for your continued love, encouragement and support!
The Imba Means Sing Cast (the 39th African Children’s Choir) & Crew (Erin Levin, Danielle Bernstein, Jason Maris and an array of awesome audio mixers, Production Assistants, interns, volunteers, mentors and donors!)
*Singing angels included.
After two years of filming the Grammy-nominated 39th African Children’s Choir from being selected in Uganda, to their tour around the world and back again, we are thrilled to share that we have successfully wrapped principle photography and are beginning to edit this incredible story!
Click the photo above to watch our 27-minute rough cut. The rough cut is simply a stringing out of a few of our main characters and themes and shows a glimpse of the beautiful camera work in our feature film. Please note that the film itself will be much more a work of art and a very character-driven story (think Beasts of the Southern Wild). Most importantly, the rough cut does not include any footage from our favorite and final shoot - we just returned from spending the Choir’s last week on tour with them in the UK and their first three weeks home in Uganda - MAGIC!
That’s right, y’all. Where our precious Choir kids come from, painstakingly caught, plucked and fried grasshoppers are a Christmastime delicacy. Our crew was brave enough to try them a couple weeks ago with Nina’s family. They’re actually quite good and the heads taste like yummy popcorn. Pictured is her friend Matty enjoying a fresh and crispy catch.
You’ll learn in Imba Means Sing that for these children, happiness really comes from friends, family and faith. Not from material possession or even running water or electricity. Nina, Matty and their friends live in Kampala’s Katanga slum - one of the most impovershed places we’ve experienced as social impact filmmakers. But they are some of the most joyful and loving people we’ve ever met.
If you are in a festive holiday panic about last minute Christmas gifts and are too nervous to give grasshoppers, you’ve opened the right newsletter! You can give your loved ones a donation to sharing this story with the world in their honor. Just click the donate button below, enter the name of your giftee and we’ll send them a special e-card from you!
We’ve got some great news to share! This year we won two prestigious awards which came with financial support for the film. At the Sundance Collective we were honored with Best Social Impact Film In-the-Making and we also just found out that Erin, the film’s Producer, was named Female Filmmaker of the Year by the Speranza Foundation.
The greatest gift of all, however, is how the children have lifted us up all along the way and we are so thankful to be sticking with our commitment to donate 100% of film profits to help continue their education (and hopefully thousands more) in Africa. It is our hope and goal for these incredible kids to uplift millions more lives through Imba Means Sing.
Angel’s dream is to be Uganda’s first female President. We are confident she can achieve this ambitious goal - thanks to the Choir and to the awareness our film will raise. But first we need to get her story out in the world — and we NEED YOUR HELP!
We have raised $230,000 and have $217,000 more to go. Please consider making a year-end tax-deductible donation to our film. Thanks to our amazing sponsors at the Creative Visions Foundation, we will be able to get you a tax-receipt before the clock ticks midnight.
If you’d like to buy an #AngelforPresident t-shirt, proudly made for us by Spanx, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Here’s a photo of these awesome tees.
This year has been full of dreams come true for our film. And they are very much thanks to YOU! Please click the photo above to hear these awesome young ladies thank you on behalf of all of us behind Imba Means Sing.
We are eager to make you proud. Our distribution, outreach and marketing strategy is almost as ambitious as Angel’s plan to be President. But we know that the world is hungry for this thought-provoking, mind-changing, heart-opening content. Our goal is for the film to release late summer/early fall of 2014 and for at least a million people to see if before year-end. We are confident that with a community like y’all around us, it will be!
Imba Means Sing has already caught the attention of leading innovators and influencers like TEDxWomen, CNN and Plywood People. We look forward to ringing in this new year with even more sparks alongside you!