This is our blog. We are producing an independent documentary feature film through the eyes of the African Children's Choir. Enjoy!
When you work 100 hours a week and rarely get to see the fruits of your labor, anytime someone seems to recognize your passion it makes you smile. That’s what happened when my sweet friend Christina Buchanan nominated Imba Means Sing for an Epoch Award. I smiled. And then I wondered what it meant?
So as the inquisitive journalist I am, I went to the website and learned that it’s an honor and grant for “unsung heroes in ministry.” I watched the story of how Justin from Care for AIDS turned his dream into reality thanks to this generous gift. But I wanted to know more. I knew I had heard this word before. Long before. Like in middle school history class.
Here’s what Merriam and Webster have to say about this great word, epoch. An epoch is “an event or a time marked by an event that begins a new period or development.” We need Imba Means Sing to win this Epoch Award because we are ready to for an epoch to happen to our film. We need to begin a new period, a new development.
Let me explain. This has been the hardest year and a half of my life. MakingImba Means Sing has taken everything I have and has made me rely on God more than ever. It’s been a massive gift and also quite a burden. Every day the crew, the Choir and me face new and difficult challenges. Not enough money. Not enough time. Illness. Tornadoes. You name it, we’ve overcome it together. But our tumultuous time of filming is almost over. Dramatic music plays… our epoch is around the corner! Come 2014, we begin edit and then the world finally gets to be inspired by the incredible story of Angel and Moses. But we need help reaching that epoch, and are hoping Epoch can bolster the support!
So far we have raised $200,000 for the film. The whole production, from start to your screen, will cost $400,000. So we’re halfway there! We urgently need another $60,000 so we can finish shooting this incredible story. So winning $10,000 from Epoch would be a massive help. Massive. And winning $500 right now just for telling the world about this awesome award? Yeah. That would be icing on the cake. We love eating icing before the cake J. $500 today will pay for us to get to our next shoot in NC… gas for there and back so we can film these amazing kids and turn that $500 into millions for their education. Bam! Let’s do it Epoch. Thank you!
We are super thankful for how the whole city of Atlanta has gotten excited about the Choir coming to our big town this week.
Here are some of the great press hits we’ve gotten so far. Thanks for checking them out — please share and buy tickets. See y’all Thursday!
Atlanta Journal Constitution - African choir inspires film
Paste Magazine - The African Children’s Choir Joined By The Lone Bellow & More
Encore Atlanta - Open your hearts, ears to African Children’s Choir
Plywood People - Erin Levin - One Year Later
Conscious Magazine - Imba Means Sing. Film on Africa, Education and Music
Northside Neighbor - African Children’s Choir to perform at Buckhead Theatre
Scoutmob - What to do this week
Buckhead Patch - Monday Essentials
Hey y’all! We cannot believe the awesome kids from the Grammy-nominated African Children’s Choir will arrive in Atlanta two weeks from today!
We hope you’ve all purchased your tickets to EMBAGGA MEANS PARTY for Thursday, July 25 at Buckhead Theatre. If not, you can do so now right here!
For you awesome folks coming to the event, we wanted to let you know another fun way you can help these amazing children. Our event is one of their last shows in America before they head home. And they need lots of stuff to bring back to Uganda for themselves and their families. Below is their wish list. They welcome these items new or slightly used, like new. So clean out your kids closets on our next rainy Atlanta day!
Each person that brings an item from their wish list to the Choir’s merch table at EMBAGGA will be entered in a raffle to win a free ACC t-shirt, CD or DVD. Thank you so much for your continued love and support for our film, crew and the Choir kids!
Boys Wish List
1. Jeans sizes 10-16 and also small adult sizes
2. T-shirts sizes 10-12 and also small adult sizes
3. Shorts sizes 10-16 and also small adult sizes
4. Toiletry bags
Girls Wish List
1.Dresses sizes 10-16 and also small adult sizes
2. Skirts sizes 10-16 and also small adult sizes
3. Jeans sizes 10-16 and also small adult sizes
4. T-shirts sizes 10-14 and and also small adult sizes
5. Toiletry bags
Photo credit: Uncle Vic