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Posted by: Cathy and Len

We recently had the chance to say “thank you” to our Seattle-area supporters and show them a “sneak preview” of some of the footage shot in Bangladesh over the past 12 months.  The event on Mercer Island was a lot of fun for us and gave us an opportunity to talk with supporters, some of whom we had not met in person before.

In addition to a big thank you to those who have donated money, time and encouragement to the film project, we also want to say thanks to our friends who brought the delicious Bangladeshi food and tea, and to those who had so many good things to say about the film and about the importance of supporting independent film.  As always, Rita Meher did an excellent job of editing the most recent footage into a beautiful seven-minute clip.

We could not have come this far without the help and support of a lot of people.  Donations of money, time and services have gotten us to where we are today.  The outpouring of enthusiasm and encouragement keeps us going.  As we continue with our fundraising efforts we sincerely thank everyone who has helped and look forward to thanking those who will help in the future!

 

 

Posted by:  Len

Cathy and I spent parts of the past Friday and Saturday in Seattle attending forums for film makers organized by the Seattle International Film Festival (the largest film festival in the United States, by the way).  The forums are free and open to the public, and are great resources for film makers of all ages and experience levels.

Friday we attended a networking event and panel on short films, and on Saturday one on the new world of independent film, which covered a lot of subjects including the major changes to film distribution taking place.  Both had excellent moderators and panelists and were provocative and thought-provoking.  Both generated good questions and a lot of good informal discussion.  It was certainly time very well spent for new film makers like ourselves, and we look forward to attending in a few days a forum on social impact films.

Many thanks to the SIFF for taking seriously its support and education mission, as well as to the sponsors without whom the forums could not take place.  We have benefited from these events and look forward to attending others in the future.