Greetings family. I hope this finds all healthy and well and those on the east coast recovered from Hurricane Sandy.
Some of you got my earlier e-mail and some of you are receiving this for the first time. 12 years ago and with the help of family and friends, I made my first short film. Now I am finally making my second. This project is a documentary entitled What's Up With Down, to raise awareness about Down syndrome.
This is my almost two year old son Nathan. In the last year and a half I have been very involved in the Trisomy 21 community and have been inspired to make a documentary about what I've learned. It isn't what most think...and I'm compelled to share what I've learned in hopes of encouraging a friendlier world for those living with Down syndrome.
Our film crew will be covering many events and programs and I will be interviewing many specialists, families, heads of organizations, and individuals with Down syndrome. Please View the What's Up With Down Website
to learn more about our project!
We are crewing up - not only with production crew but with people donating their time, products, and services for the cause. View our Special Thanks page
. Our esteemed D.P. is Al Satterwhite
, a Nikon legend whose current project is a digital book called "The Racers". CNN is currently featuring his work on their online photo blog. The musical artists Renee and Jeremy
have given permission to use their song "Miracle" for my fundraising sizzle reel for the global reach fundraising stage. You can find them all over the web! Please go to our website to read more about the project
, the crew, and how you can share your stories and/or become involved
. Thank you to all who have helped the project so far!
We are raising our starter funds to begin shooting, produce our sizzle reel, the research stage, and some pre-production. I'll be sending out updates as to how we're doing on our fundraising efforts.
Our goal this month: $10,000
Funds raised so far: $760
If you are able and would like to help, you can donate in a few ways:
To DONATE OVER THE PHONE:
Contact us at 310.285.9445 ext. 2
TO DONATE BY CHECK OR MONEY ORDER mail to the ADDRESS BELOW.
Make checks and money orders out to to Into Life Productions and mail to:
Into Life Productions
2934 1/2 Beverly Glen Circle
Los Angeles, CA 90077
All donors will be listed on our donors page on our website. If you wish to remain anonymous, please type in "Anonymous Donor" on the check out page for online donations by clicking the link that says "Donating in honor of someone?", e-mail us, or send us a note with your check or money order
Our first major event is tomorrow - the DSALA 18th Annual Buddy Walk and Festival...Benjamin Bratt and many other talented groups will be performing. Please pledge whatever you can and forward this e-mail (click link below) to your friends.
Thank you to all who have already donated to the project! We appreciate your support!
Sending love and wishing all well in every case and sending all best!
Peace and Blessings! Charmaine and the What's Up With Down crew