"Blessed are the Meek" Haitian Documentary Film

About this project

Welcome supporters to the feature documentary film, "Blessed are the Meek" Kickstarter campaign!!

'WHAT INSPIRED BLESSED?'

The proverb,

'Lord disturb my comfort, that I might comfort the disturbed'.

A Haitian proverb that was read to me by a New Orleans 9th Ward resident in 2009.......It was a quote that resonated deep within me, which spoke to our respective capabilities to help our fellow neighbors and improve our  communities. As Director/Producer, I was in the process of completing a  documentary film entitled,  “Heart of the City: Katrina Five Years Later” in 2009-2010. I began work on the 'Blessed' project, fully cognizant of the at once tragic and inspiring connections between Haiti and New Orleans. Today, much like the survivors of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, the surviving witnesses to Haiti’s earthquake continue an uncertain journey of recovery.  Now, two years later, disillusionment and donor fatigue have settled in. At a time when threatening conditions, lingering debris, and a cholera outbreak hamper even the smallest of strides. “Blessed are the Meek” seeks to continue a personal commitment of telling stories within the Diaspora; inspiring narratives of ordinary individuals, creating extraordinary change.

'WHAT DO WE NEED?'

We are kindly requesting pledges that will allow Jaffa Films, the opportunity to travel back to Haiti to complete this project.  We are in the production phase of “Blessed are the Meek.” However, comes the necessity to raise funds and we need your support to continue this feature length documentary. We plan to film an additional four week production schedule in early 2012 in Haiti; then conduct follow-up filming in the summer of 2012.

SOME OF OUR PLEDGE REWARDS:

MORE REWARDS LISTED TO THE RIGHT>>>       

'WHERE WILL THE FUNDS GO?'

Funding will allow for round trip travel, room & board  for a small film crew to Haiti. The Kickstarter campaign funding will be used for  on-location scouting and additional field interviews in Haiti, Miami, New Orleans and New York, where concentrated acts of the documentary are centered. Many of the expenses are related to in-country transportation and production expenses. Additional transcribing, translation of over 80 hours of footage along with script development and  the creation of a rough cut of the film are also needed by the winter of 2012.

'HOW CAN YOU HELP?'

By making a pledge today, your support brings us closer to our goal. When the project is successfully funded, and only then, will your card be charged when the project reaches its funding deadline. (March 12th 2012) If our project does not reach its funding goal, your card is never charged. That's why we call them PLEDGES.

'WHAT ARE THE PLANS FOR THE FILM?'

As soon as we finish the edit in late 2012,  we’re planning to submit the film to major national/international festivals, where we hope to premiere in a competition category. We will work towards a theatrical distribution and a PBS broadcast; then VOD/DVD to follow.

Please support this film and media project, by circulating our Kickstarter campaign to:

** Friends    ** Family  ** Local community organizations ( churches, youth groups, schools, social clubs, colleges/universities, businesses, trade guilds)

'HAITIAN DANCERS OF THE EARTH AND RAIN'  by Hertz 'Naz' Nazaire

'DAUGHTER OUT OF THE DUST'  by Hertz 'Naz' Nazaire

We're  building a community behind the film. Join us in our efforts.

PLEASE BELIEVE US...IN THIS VENTURE EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS.

MORE PLEDGE REWARDS:

INTUITION JEWELRY by Andrea Cauthen

DON'T FORGET TO LINK THIS PAGE TO YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES AND BLOGS

    * Facebook  * Twitter  * LinkedIn * Blogs

WE CAN EXCEED OUR TARGETED GOAL, BUT WE CANNOT FALL SHORT. YOU CAN HELP WITH A PLEDGE OF ANY AMOUNT. 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PLEDGES & SUPPORT.

WE WILL KEEP YOU POSTED WITH UPDATES ON THE FILM'S PROGRESS AND SCHEDULED COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT EVENTS.

THE BLESSED TEAM

Barnard Jaffier, Director/Producer

Cassandra Lizaire, Producer

Lewis Erskine, Editor

Samuel Pollard, Executive Producer

Social Media, Cynthia Almanzar

Outreach Coordinator, Andrea Cauthen

JAFFA FILMS, LLC

Cover Photo courtesy: Christopher Porche West

Insert Photos courtesy: Viviana Benitez

Contact us:

blessed@jaffafilms.org

info@jaffafilms.org

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