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7 August 2012

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Everything is Connected in Social Media

30 March 2012

I’ve been very busy, happily so, with things vegan related since the beginning of the MEET IRENE project a year ago. I’ve also been delving into social media even more deeply than I had in the past. I am fascinated by the pioneers in the funding and distribution of films in the new reality of the 21st century, people like Peter Broderick, and have been experimenting with ideas I get from these people as I go along with the MEET IRENE project.

I think I was perfectly positioned for this moment, having returned to Canada in 2005 from latin america, where there is little state support for filmmaking. I have always been a do-it-yourself, and a grassroots kind of girl. So rather than whine and whimper, I am excited.

The production phase of MEET IRENE was finished by July of 2011. We are editing, as time for an unfunded project permits, and thinking about the next phase. It is time to rev up that part of it so that I am ready when the film is finished. I’ll try to keep you all posted.

- madeline

MEET IRENE an Unlikely vegan

21 June 2011

It has taken fifty-something odd years of life, but Irene is finally fed-up. Who knew that the baby boomers would end up aging? Our parents are older and need us now. Our children are grown, but just won?t leave. We have aches, and pains, and mortgages, and worries of all types. Our width-to-height ratio insists on its creeping approach to one, and it isn?t the ?one with the universe? we were hoping to have achieved by now. Irene has decided that enough is enough. She is sick and tired of being sick and tired and is ready for change in a big way. If the state of the world today is what we have made of it, then the state of Irene may also be of her own making. Speaking of ?one with the universe? if the new environmentalism is all about the food we eat, maybe our health is too. Irene thinks so. Irene has decided to become a vegan! AN UNLIKELY VEGAN is a documentary about Irene, the state of her health, the power of her wit, and her resolve as she embarks on the 21-day VEGAN Kickstart, promoted by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). We follow Irene from the moment she discusses her plan with her medical doctor. We go grocery shopping with her, We watch her learn new recipes. We see how she manages at restaurants, and at the office. We hear what her doctor tells her as she progresses through the Kickstart, and we see how her friends and family react. Through Irene?s experience, we see that she is not such AN UNLIKELY VEGAN, and perhaps neither are we.

18 April 2011

http://www.indiegogo.com/project/widget/19391?a=17473

My Indiegogo Experience… so far.

14 April 2011

I am grateful that I have been born in times of change. I find it stimulating and growth provoking.

As is usually the case, elders and experienced professionals have much to teach younger folk. What is different in moments like this is that younger folk also have much to teach their elders. Could this be a characteristic of times of change, or perhaps it is just more obvious in times like these. Some aspects of the way we have done things for decades is no longer the best way, or no longer an option. I for one have decided to look around, try new things, experiment with new tools, and watch the young folk. They are not spending much time crying over broadcast licenses, since they probably have never had one. They are just making movies.

My current project, a documentary called MEET IRENE – an UNLIKELY vegan, was my opportunity to test the waters in things related to crowd funding. We are not finished with the campaign yet, and we may not meet our goal of $10,000, but the experience has been well worth the time. I am learning to build the end at the beginning, and am building both community and audience during production. I hope we meet our goal. It is a small budget and the product will be a valuable contribution to the documentary world, and to awareness about food. If you have ten dollars you can spare during the coming few weeks, remember us. Here is where to go: http://www.indiegogo.com/AN-UNLIKELY-VEGAN

Thank you.

an unlikely vegan – the documentary

19 February 2011

GRYPHON media productions launches indiegogo fundraising to fund local documentary

Fundraising Campaign http://www.indiegogo.com/AN-UNLIKELY-VEGAN

 

AN UNLIKELY VEGAN is a documentary about Irene.It has taken fifty-something odd years of life, but Irene is finally fed-up. Who knew that the baby boomers would end up aging? Our parents are older and need us now. Our children are grown, but just won’t leave. We have aches, and pains, and mortgages, and worries of all types. Our width-to-height ratio insists on its creeping approach to one, and it isn’t the “one with the universe” we were hoping to have achieved by now.Irene has decided that enough is enough. She is sick and tired of being sick and tired and is ready for change in a big way. If the state of the world today is what we have made of it, then the state of Irene may also be of her own making. Speaking of “one with the universe” if the new environmentalism is all about the food we eat, maybe our health is too. Irene thinks so. Irene has decided to become a vegan!

AN UNLIKELY VEGAN is a documentary about Irene, the state of her health, the power of her wit, and her resolve as she embarks on the 21-day VEGAN Kickstart, promoted by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). We follow Irene from the moment she discusses her plan with her medical doctor. We go grocery shopping with her, We watch her learn new recipes. We see how she manages at restaurants, and at the office. We hear what her doctor tells her as she progresses through the Kickstart, and we see how her friends and family react. Through Irene’s experience, we see that she is not such AN UNLIKELY VEGAN, and perhaps neither are we.

IMPACT: WHY WE WANT TO MAKE THIS DOCUMENTARY?

We want to encourage, educate, illustrate, and inspire you to consider what may be the biggest contribution you can make toward a sustainable future for humans on this planet. This is a lofty goal, but we will achieve it if you help us.

As a bonus, on a more individual level, we want to contribute to the reduction of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease, and maybe just make you feel a whole lot better.

We also want to show that government funding or not, broadcast license or not, we can still make movies.

YOU CAN HELP

Link to our fundraising campaign anywhere you can post links, share it on your Facebook network, email it to individuals and community groups who may be able to contribute or who may also post it on their networks, mention us once a week on your personal networks, donate perks to help encourage others to contribute

FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN http://igg.me/p/19391?a=17473&i=shlk

“LIKE” our Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/An-Unlikely-Vegan… tell us what you think you can do that we haven’t thought of yet!
If you are local and vegan, invite us to dinner. Pick your day when the meal plan comes out, prepare a meal with Irene so she can see how easy it is, and appear in the documentary!

Be our MOMENTUM HERO. The first five campaign contributors of any amount from $10 to $1000 will be listed as MOMENTUM HEROS in the beginning of the closing credits of this documentary, and will receive a framed certificate attesting to their hero status.

 

50 minutes
Expected release date: Summer 2011

 

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