Help Jack Reach Rome!

By Jack O'Donnell

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Help Jack Reach Rome!

Project 2015-03-25 14:36:57 +1300

Copper stillCOPPER RETURNS TO ITS ROOTS

My name is Jack O'Donnell. My short film that I directed, Copper, has recently been selected to screen at the CINEDEAF film festival in Rome in June! 

I need to travel to this festival in Rome because of the connection Italy has to Copper - It was in Italy when I was sixteen that I first encountered a living statue. I found it these street performers to be exhilarating, seductive and mysterious, and  was determined that this would make a strong subject for a film.

Years later in Wellington, I wrote a script inspired by this experience with a small writing team. The story had expanded to to capture the innocent wonder one gains when encountering a living statue through the experiences of a young boy.  

I have worked extensively with members from the Deaf community on various theatre and film projects and I was lucky enough to meet at the Wellington Deaf club nine year old Rahui Lee, who I felt would be perfect for the role. We went back to the drawing board in the writing process to create a story that reflected what it is like growing up in a hearing family when you are born Deaf, based on some actual Deaf experiences.  We incorporated the theme of communication and non-verbal communication in his relationship with the living statue.

I was extremely lucky over the next year to work with a hugely dedicated creative team to bring the film, now titled Copper, to life, and I am so proud that as director, editor, co-writer and co-producer of this film that I am able to go and represent all of our efforts as this film festival on the other side of the world. Working with both Deaf and hearing cast and crew members made for a truly unique filmmaking experience. 

Copper was selected to screen at the Maine Deaf Film Festival and the Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival last year in 2014. Unfortunately due to timing, I was not able to attend those festivals, but now that it has made it into its third festival, and it is in a country significant to the film, I really need to get there!!

I need a minimum of $2,000 to travel to Italy, pay for accommodation, food and expenses. While I am there, I will promote the film heavily, represent the team, and be an advocate for Deaf and hearing co-prodction. This will also give me the opportunity to be an ambassador for New Zealand filmmaking and further my own upcoming projects.

This film has been such a huge part of my life for many years and my cast and crew have worked so hard on it, so to celebrate its success at an international level while promoting and furthering it really is a dream come true. So please, give what you can and I will make sure you won’t regret it! 

About CINEDEAF: http://www.cinedeaf.com/home-english/

Please Note: Subtitles are available for Deaf and hearing imparied in video above - press the CC options.

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Cassie
2015-04-09 10:21:05 +1200

"All the best Jack! You will be a hit in Rome :D"

Matt Wilson
2015-04-04 16:24:02 +1300
John Smythe
2015-04-02 18:00:52 +1300
Anonymous pledger
2015-04-02 04:39:03 +1300

"Good luck !"

Simon Ryan
2015-04-01 23:46:48 +1300

"Go Jack!"

Amy Leah Brosnahan
2015-04-01 22:29:58 +1300
Patricia Hetherington
2015-04-01 22:19:43 +1300

"I wish I could be there with youl."

Alice Bray
2015-04-01 19:03:17 +1300

"GOOD LUCK! What an amazing opportunity, I wish you all the best"

kinanewilliams
2015-04-01 14:07:35 +1300
Cameron Mehlhopt
2015-04-01 12:19:15 +1300
Joe
2015-04-01 11:42:48 +1300

"Make it happen Jack! Everyone's proud of you and what this film has accomplished."

Sally Thorburn
2015-04-01 11:30:32 +1300
Anonymous pledger
2015-04-01 10:35:55 +1300
Louise Designnz
2015-04-01 10:24:46 +1300

"Good luck Jack."

Emma Tiller
2015-04-01 09:44:12 +1300

"Well done Jack and team!! :) This is a brilliant film and I hope it gets the kind of recognition it deserves at the film festival! Em x"

Anonymous pledger
2015-04-01 09:10:25 +1300

"Good luck Copper and buona fortuna Jack!"

Praveen Fernando
2015-03-31 22:08:12 +1300

"Well done Jack! All the best in Italy!"

Nancy Sandilands
2015-03-31 22:04:07 +1300
Brooke Paske
2015-03-31 20:24:23 +1300

"Congratulations! So awesome Jacko! x"

Deborah Eve Rea
2015-03-31 19:41:26 +1300

Help Jack Reach Rome!

Project 2015-03-25 14:36:57 +1300

Copper stillCOPPER RETURNS TO ITS ROOTS

My name is Jack O'Donnell. My short film that I directed, Copper, has recently been selected to screen at the CINEDEAF film festival in Rome in June! 

I need to travel to this festival in Rome because of the connection Italy has to Copper - It was in Italy when I was sixteen that I first encountered a living statue. I found it these street performers to be exhilarating, seductive and mysterious, and  was determined that this would make a strong subject for a film.

Years later in Wellington, I wrote a script inspired by this experience with a small writing team. The story had expanded to to capture the innocent wonder one gains when encountering a living statue through the experiences of a young boy.  

I have worked extensively with members from the Deaf community on various theatre and film projects and I was lucky enough to meet at the Wellington Deaf club nine year old Rahui Lee, who I felt would be perfect for the role. We went back to the drawing board in the writing process to create a story that reflected what it is like growing up in a hearing family when you are born Deaf, based on some actual Deaf experiences.  We incorporated the theme of communication and non-verbal communication in his relationship with the living statue.

I was extremely lucky over the next year to work with a hugely dedicated creative team to bring the film, now titled Copper, to life, and I am so proud that as director, editor, co-writer and co-producer of this film that I am able to go and represent all of our efforts as this film festival on the other side of the world. Working with both Deaf and hearing cast and crew members made for a truly unique filmmaking experience. 

Copper was selected to screen at the Maine Deaf Film Festival and the Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival last year in 2014. Unfortunately due to timing, I was not able to attend those festivals, but now that it has made it into its third festival, and it is in a country significant to the film, I really need to get there!!

I need a minimum of $2,000 to travel to Italy, pay for accommodation, food and expenses. While I am there, I will promote the film heavily, represent the team, and be an advocate for Deaf and hearing co-prodction. This will also give me the opportunity to be an ambassador for New Zealand filmmaking and further my own upcoming projects.

This film has been such a huge part of my life for many years and my cast and crew have worked so hard on it, so to celebrate its success at an international level while promoting and furthering it really is a dream come true. So please, give what you can and I will make sure you won’t regret it! 

About CINEDEAF: http://www.cinedeaf.com/home-english/

Please Note: Subtitles are available for Deaf and hearing imparied in video above - press the CC options.

Comments

Hey! Thanks for checking out this project.

We haven't made any updates yet, follow us if you want to be notified when we do.

Cassie
2015-04-09 10:21:05 +1200

"All the best Jack! You will be a hit in Rome :D"

Matt Wilson
2015-04-04 16:24:02 +1300
John Smythe
2015-04-02 18:00:52 +1300
Anonymous pledger
2015-04-02 04:39:03 +1300

"Good luck !"

Simon Ryan
2015-04-01 23:46:48 +1300

"Go Jack!"

Amy Leah Brosnahan
2015-04-01 22:29:58 +1300
Patricia Hetherington
2015-04-01 22:19:43 +1300

"I wish I could be there with youl."

Alice Bray
2015-04-01 19:03:17 +1300

"GOOD LUCK! What an amazing opportunity, I wish you all the best"

kinanewilliams
2015-04-01 14:07:35 +1300
Cameron Mehlhopt
2015-04-01 12:19:15 +1300
Joe
2015-04-01 11:42:48 +1300

"Make it happen Jack! Everyone's proud of you and what this film has accomplished."

Sally Thorburn
2015-04-01 11:30:32 +1300
Anonymous pledger
2015-04-01 10:35:55 +1300
Louise Designnz
2015-04-01 10:24:46 +1300

"Good luck Jack."

Emma Tiller
2015-04-01 09:44:12 +1300

"Well done Jack and team!! :) This is a brilliant film and I hope it gets the kind of recognition it deserves at the film festival! Em x"

Anonymous pledger
2015-04-01 09:10:25 +1300

"Good luck Copper and buona fortuna Jack!"

Praveen Fernando
2015-03-31 22:08:12 +1300

"Well done Jack! All the best in Italy!"

Nancy Sandilands
2015-03-31 22:04:07 +1300
Brooke Paske
2015-03-31 20:24:23 +1300

"Congratulations! So awesome Jacko! x"

Deborah Eve Rea
2015-03-31 19:41:26 +1300
This campaign was successful and got its funding on 27/04/2015 at 2:00 PM.