Street Dreams is the type of film that is difficult to get made: while the film targets the abusive behavior of people in wealthier countries who ultimately fuel this industry, it is set in developing or less wealthy countries which are somewhat foreign to our culture, making it more difficult to relate to. However, these films are some of the most important films to get produced as it represents a view of both a problem that needs more exposure, but also a view of hope and the power of compassion. Public and government funding is often scarce due to stiff competition or under-resourced supply so we are turning to private support to help get the film on its feet.
We at Red Earth have a heart for this type of film/story/theme and we hope you do too! We are pleased to have received funding through crowdfunding avenues which have enabled us to obtain the principle footage and more recently has provided us with additional funding to begin post-production.
We have been supported by many folks in the making of Street Dreams. We have only just scratched the surface though. If we want to continue to grow this project and get it seen and used by institutions, schools and community groups then we still require funding assistance from you. Even a small donation from you, or passing the word around to others, is a big help. There’s a couple of ways you can help:
- Donate directly to our account: BSB: 034002 Account: 174114 Account name: RED EARTH FILM PRODUCTIONS
- For a tax-deductible receipt for your donation to the film Street Dreams, go through Documentary Australia
Generous Donators will be blessed with great karma and our deep admiration and appreciation! Any funds donated to specific projects can earn you recognition by having your name listed on our sponsor page plus on the credit roll for our film projects. Talk to us about more significant sponsoring and partnering with us.
Here is a growing list of generous sponsors and partners to date! Thank you all!!
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FUNDS RAISIED FOR STREET DREAMS
We successfully raised $35,000 in funding over various initiatives and for that we are extremely thankful to all those who supported us. If you have questions about the Street Dreams project & funding, see our FAQs.
Filmmaking is an expensive activity, even doing it with a shoestring budget like we did. To put things in context, the $35K raised covered less than a third of our costs and for the majority of 2012 Jason and Mike haven’t been paid for their work. While we do make films like this because we feel it is important and we enjoy it, there is a limit to this sort of activity if you can’t afford to feed or clothe or house yourself without finding some other form of income. Our dream is to be able to afford to make important films like this full-time so we can focus on the work and why we’re doing it. We are hoping that Street Dreams will be the catalyst to launch us closer to that dream. Any support you can provide would be immensely appreciated (for example, we have a couple of people who send us small sums each fortnight. We don’t know how this impacts them personally but we think that they are amazing and wonderful people. If we had enough people doing this very same thing on a regular basis, imagine what would be possible in terms of reaching out into this big world exploring the tough issues and creating real change)!
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WHY DONATE TO A DOCUMENTARY?
Why would a person put money into a documentary? What distinguishes a film like “Street Dreams” from every other charity or organization? Like every piece of art whether it be film, music or painting, a good documentary is making a statement. Our projects capture a slice of the real world, crafting it into a documentary and then sending it into the world as a statement. If you were too look at our previous works, Breathless and Ballots and Bullets, you should quite easily see what that statement is – compassion.
When an organisation or individual invests in a project like this, then they are assisting in getting a statement of compassion onto “the marketplace of ideas.”
Our documentaries are able to make a statement about compassion by promoting the shared humanity between the subject and the audience, allowing the audience to have identification and empathy for the subject. Our goal is to turn the marginalized “other” into a living and breathing human being that deserves respect and recognition. Once the audience makes this connection then the hope is that the connection will turn into action.
We want to stimulate our audience into acts of charity and justice for those in the world who are lacking both.
For more info about the project funding, see our FAQs