Support: Status Report August 2017



More than 10 years ago we began to develop a work that placed Helen Keller's life within the social justice struggles and historical experiences of people with disabilities in her own lifetime. When we began, none of the archives associated with Helen Keller's life were well catalogued or digitized and the research was slow going. Initially this work was supported by grants from the Alabama and Massachusetts Humanities Foundations and the NEC Foundation.

Next, Becoming Helen Keller 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--coming late in 2017. 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 bringing our story of this human rights pioneer to the American public!

With American Masters -PBS help, we are currently looking for a corporate sponsor. We are also seeking Major Gifts from Donors. In late 2017 or early 2018, we will run a crowdsource campaign to close the final budget gaps. 

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