Support: Status Report



Some projects come to getether slowly. More than 12 years ago we began working on ways to place Helen Keller's life within the social justice struggles and historical experiences of people with disabilities in her own lifetime. Initially the effort was supported by grants from the Alabama and Massachusetts Humanities Foundations. The NEC Foundation also helped with the R&D.  Eventually Becoming Helen Keller, a two hour film documentary, received a generous production grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. American Masters came in as a co-producer and will broadcast the work nationwide on PBS. WETA Washington, D.C. will help conduct pre-broadcast nationwide outreach. 

What's next?   Raise the Capstone Budget: $265,000.    The work this budget will accomplish?

  • Complete Hour 2 editing
  • Pick Up Interviews
  • Record Final Narration
  • Music Composition
  • Animation & Graphics
  • Mastering Stills & Archival Footage
  • Pay Rights
  • Color Correction 
  • Prepare for Broadcast

What's accomplished, to date?

  • All research, script, principal photography completed
  • 2/3 of interviews completed
  • Hour One very tight Rough Cut, completed
  • Hour Two assembly, completed

Interested in being a project sponsor?  Want to send a donation?

If you make a contribution, we can acknowledge you on our new HONOR ROLL web page. It will be available by the end of April 2018. All donations are tax deductible. Straight Ahead Pictures, the sponsor of and this project, was founded in 1989 as a non-profit educational media organization focusing on disability history. 

Join us in reclaiming  Helen Keller's story.

The Gibney Family Foundation and the Mathew/Hayes Charitable Trust both committed additional funds to the project in 2017. With American Masters -PBS help, we are currently looking for a corporate sponsor. We are also seeking Major Gifts from Donors. 

Individual contributions are welcome, every contribution moves the project forward.

Help us crowdsource campaign 5% of the final budget gap:

Kickstarter Campaign Coming April 23-May 25, 2018

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