Support: Status Report



Some projects come together 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: $225,000.    The work this budget will accomplish?

  • 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 Rough Cut currently in-progress

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. 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 Harris Matthews Charitable Trust both committed additional funds to the project in 2017.  In May of 2018 we ran a successful Kickstarter campaign!  There were 531 individual donors and we've developed an Honor Roll page for those who've contributed $250 or more. A HUGE THANK YOU to all who donated. 

Individual contributions are still welcome, every contribution moves the project forward. You can DONATE here using Paypal.  We also continue to seek Major Gifts from Donors and Foundations.


Logos of supporters: The National Endowment for the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, Alabama Humanities Foundation, Massachusetts Humanities Foundation, Selis Foundation, NEC Foundation of America, Gibney Family Foundation, and Perkins School for the Blind.