Finding those moments in the middle

It’s a countdown now.

I can’t believe it’s already December. Do you ever have months that just fly by and you have no idea how you got to the point where you are? Well, I feel that way. Somehow I got stuck in September and whenever I look on the calendar and see number 12 I can hardly believe it. But it is December, the end of 2015 is near! And for our team this means a COUNTDOWN. We have started raising funds for our short film a couple of months ago and we are 37% in, which means $21,000. Thank you! To be honest, it’s been quite a ride.

I got to talk to some filmmakers recently and we chatted about how this stage of production seems to be never-ending. There is a lot of work involved. We are constantly reaching out to people, getting marketing material together, spreading the word, attending events, reading articles and books, writing emails, proposals, making PowerPoint presentations and designing infographics, as you are trying to connect with the world about your project. And you still have your crew to communicate with day by day – so, in other words, yeah, there is a lot of work to do. Add to that you have to take into account the unknown and add a little bit of time pressure, as you really have no clue at what point your fundraising will be done.

But, it’s all about perspective. You see, you do have to do your job, and to succeed you have to do it well. But your job is what you love to do, right? We are making a movie – how cool is that?! And making a movie is one of the best things that I have experienced in my life. Last year, when we made 1440 and Counting, I felt like I was living in a dream. When you really stop and examine the fundraising stage of a movie, or the pre-production stage (when all the casting, gathering equipment, finding locations and food happens), or the production (shooting), or post-production (editing, color correction, sound design), you realize that those stages are simply BEAUTIFUL -full of people, creativity, coincidences and answers to prayers!

For past months our team has been working hard on wanting to tell a story that would raise awareness of human trafficking in the Bay Area and beyond. As we have been doing that I can tell you, not only our team has grown in awareness but also the people we are interacting with. This project has been so amazing! As I walk around campus of SFSU (I currently attend the cinema program there) I keep my eyes open for opportunities to talk to people about this issue. I talk to my friends in class about the project we are working on and how much we want to stop human trafficking. The responses have been great and people actually really do care about other human beings, which makes me so happy. In addition, once in a while things like last night will happen. Tony and I attended an annual dinner for supporters of Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition.

It was such an inspiring and encouraging event. We loved connecting with people like Betty Ann Boeving (pictured above), of BAATC, who so strongly stands for helping victims of human trafficking. I walked out of the event full of hope and determination to make a change. And knowing that there are other people who feel the same way as we do is just beyond words.

So what’s the takeaway? Fundraising is not easy. But fundraising is just a step in a big process of making a change. We are willing to take that step and we are thankful and happy for all of the time it takes to reach our goal, because that time is full of opportunities, conversations and hope.

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Till next time,

Countdown: 27 days

Ola Soler, Producer



Tony Gapastione