Final Day for Indiegogo Donations

Dear Fans and Friends of Ella Jenkins,

We've reached the final day of the Indiegogo campaign for Ella Jenkins: We'll Sing a Song Together, and if we've all done our jobs right, late tonight we'll be able to breathe a sigh of relief.

But we're not there just yet.

This is it, and it's up to you. You have to pitch in, push and make all of our efforts pay off. There are less than 20 hours to go.

Let's do it the old fashioned way. The way Ella says they used to pay rent when she hung out in Chicago with Big Bill Broonzy.

Give the word, share a song, pass the hat.

Below are some Ella Jenkins tunes, Ella in her element, if you will.
Take these links and post them for your friends and family, share them along with the campaign link.

Take a minute or two to listen to what she has to say, and if you can, pay attention to how she does it. You'll be glad you did.

"Who Fed The Chickens?"
a classic video at the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center

"I Know a City Called Okeechobee"
Ella performs at her tribute concert in 2006

"Wake Up, Little Sparrow"
A hidden gem by Ella, later adopted by jazz singers

"Wade in the Water"
with the Goodwill Spiritual Choir of Monumental Baptist Church
"You'll Sing a Song and I'll Sing a Song"
the original recording from 1966

Ella's Blues Harmonica Demonstration
from our documentary footage

Here's some copy to paste where you see fit. Let's help get Ella singing all over social media today:

Ella Jenkins is an American pioneer, a national treasure who broke race and gender barriers, and who developed an entire discipline of music that didn't exist before she blazed her trail. And at 90 years-old, she's still at it, traveling, teaching and singing songs for children and families everywhere.

Today is the last day to support a film about her extraordinary life. This film needs to be made now. I'm a supporter, and you should be too:



For those of you who have donated in the last couple of days, I will be contacting you as soon as I can via email to thank you directly for your contribution.
Your support has been noticed, counted and very much appreciated.


Last Minute Match

Your Matching Gift can make a difference!

It's not too late to offer a match of $2,000 or more today, but don't wait!
To nominate yourself or your organization as a matching gift donor for this campaign, contact Director Tim Ferrin now at to make it happen.

Prefer to be an Executive Producer on the project, including access to production process? Email to find out how you can make a significant tax-deductible contribution to the film.  



Coming Full Circle
Yesterday, we received a very generous match grant from Red Rover Records, which helped kick off some fantastic activity for the campaign.

Jim Walton and Fred Koch began Red Rover Records in 1982 as a vehicle for distributing Fred's music. Fred was then, and is now, a music educator and an award-winning musician. Jim, an excellent school principal.

Fred and Ella in the studio, c. 1989
Shortly after the founding of Red Rover Records,  I became a student at Jim and Fred's school. Little did I realize how fortunate I had become!

Jim ran a wonderful school full of exceptional teachers, and in it, Fred taught music and introduced me and my classmates to the music of many artists whose work I still love today, including Tom Paxton, The Beatles, Steve Goodman, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and, you guessed it, Ella Jenkins.

Much like Ella has done with children for decades, Fred helped me and my fellow students on an early path to appreciating a wide range of music and culture, which informed us and helped us to better understand the world around us.

Many decades later in a chance meeting, Fred planted the seed for this project in my head, and later helped connect me to Ella and her management to get the ball rolling on this documentary. I can't thank Fred enough for lighting the fire, and for continuing to fan the flames.


Fred and Ella today. Still making beautiful music together! 
   A limited number of downloads of Fred's Award-Winning tribute album to Ella, "Did You Feed My Cow?" are also available for your pledge.  


Very recently, Fred wrote and recorded this lovely tune in tribute to Ella. I hope you'll enjoy it as you help spread the word, during this final day of our campaign to bring Ella's story to the screen




Plentiful, Wonderful Press for the Film
Jay Shefsky of Chicago Tonight talks to Ella on our set
at the Old Town School of Folk Music.

Below is a collection of media attention we've received for  Ella Jenkins: We'll Sing a Song Together, which is suitable for sharing, posting and forwarding to friends, family and all current and potential supporters of this project.
We've also had the support of artists including:
Dan Zanes , Cathy & Marcy ,
Suni Paz, Fred Koch, & Ralph Covert, as well as
Wilco, Neko Case, They Might be Giants and more.

Donation Gift Highlights

As a final email reminder, here are just some of the Thank You gifts available for your donation to Ella Jenkins: We'll Sing a Song Together!
Limited Edition Poster autographed by Ella Jenkins!


For a full list of perks, please visit the campaign page.



 Campaign Wrapup Contests

Contests are running on Twitter, as that's the quickest way to get the word out. Follow the updates @ellajenkinsfilm. Check our facebook page for other news as it breaks!

Thank you for all of your support, encouragement and appreciation of the importance of Ella Jenkins, a wonderful, original, trailblazing woman whose story needs to be shared now!

Let's do Ella proud!

Tim Ferrin
Producer/Director Ella Jenkins: We'll Sing a Song Together
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