A Document Worth Waiting For…………………………………..
WHAT IS “AMERICA’S GOT HOPE –REAL PEOPLE REAL STORIES” ABOUT?
An inspiring documentary chronicling a journey across the U.S to reveal how Americans feel about the “American Dream” and, if it means the same today as it did 10-years ago considering the many changes that have taken place in our country. The interviews will focus on the past decade (2002 – 2012), and how if any it has affected those sharing.
During my many travels I have listened to countless debates, numerous opinions and hundreds of stories that reflect similar views of uncertainty in America. But one story in particular sparked my desire to make a difference. The story was told by a woman from California who was battling cancer. At the same time she was losing her mother to cancer who eventually lost her battle. To make matters worse, she is fighting her long-time employer of 10-years, who is well aware of her cancer, but wants to boot her out ASAP. I spent quite a while listening, her voice was teary-eyed, her spirit was drained and it was quite apparent that her middle-class lifestyle was heading downhill real fast and quite furious. Most of her difficulties lied in the realization that she may soon be unemployed and homeless all during her fight to battle cancer.
There are so many experts reporting on their versions of what the American family is experiencing during this recession. But what about the real people with the real stories experiencing the real issues? Those who are staring down the unfamiliar road of unemployment. Those facing the lost of their healthcare, a diminished value in their 401k’s and the ultimate fear of stepping out of one life-style bracket into another. On the other hand, what will we learn from those who’s lives had little, if any affect during the rollercoaster ride into recession. You know, the ones who are not “well-off” or “wealthy” nor are they considered successful so to speak, according to many of American standards. They live pretty simple lives but usually consider themselves comfortable and happy according to their standards.
We decided to provide a platform for the real opinions from real experiences. So the decision was set in place, journey into the big cities and small towns across America to film real people with real stories. From those with current or former lavish lifestyles to those with simple to modest lifestyles. These live and uncut interviews will reveal past, recent and revised views of “The American Dream.”
WHAT MAKES THIS FILM SO IMPORTANT
Accountability. It’s America’s reality. Live and uncut. It’s an in depth look at where we were then, where we are now and where we are heading. What you won’t see is the typical politics as usual scenarios. What you will see is a wounded nation in healing sharing their hearts minus the outside biased opinions. A great nation seeking clear, comprehensible and concise guidance. A country ready for change. America’s Got Hope. It was our hope that helped our nation during our many past adversities. It is hope that will help move our nation past our present adversity and into a new change for a better and stronger America.
WHAT YOU WILL SEE IN THE FILM
Hope. Happiness. Despair. Laughing. Crying. Growth. Success. People needing people. People wanting togetherness. Families pulling together. Communities joining alliances. Cities reviving. Americans believing in Hope.
On July 23, 2012 the crew will begin to film America’s Got Hope – Real Stories – Real People. As we pack up the camera, a few snacks and a set of questions into the SUV we will make our way across 29-States covering 7,798 miles to explore 21`-Cities, countless small towns, homes, coffee shops and mom & pop diners listening to those willing to pour their hearts out and share their stocories.
What makes America’s Got Hope – Real People Real Stories so unique is that we will engage our viewers. They will follow us periodically throughout this extraordinary journey and ultimately become a part of the story. “And how will you do all this,” you may be asking yourself? With the help of modern technology we will create mini Webisodes. That’s right, parts of the documentary will be uploaded and streamed so our viewers can follow along and interact with us by submitting questions and ideas and sometimes even engaging via video chat. The Webisodes can be seen at both YouTube/AmericasGotHope and on our blog at www.indiegogo.com/americasgothope. We encourage everyone to get involved by going directly to our sites or following us on Twitter @americasgothope and post your views and questions.
WE CAN’T DO IT WITHOUT YOUR SUPPORT
To help us accomplish this journey we turned to various fundraising sites such as Indiegogo (search us out at americasgothope). Get involved, be a part of this inspiring documentary. Help us raise the money to fund the filming, the streaming and the editing needed to complete the documentary. Your contributions will not only help us to complete the film, it will also allow us to submit a completed documentary to many film festivals including the Sundance Film Festival, The independent Film Festival and many others. In return for your contributions you will be rewarded with a commemorative embossed documentary tag featuring the U.S. Flag and America’s Got Hope – Real People Real Stories documentary title. There are also additional rewards for various levels of pledges. All contributors will be listed in a special section of credits for all those who donated to help us complete our goal.
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WHO WE ARE
Coco C. – Producer
I am a mother, a friend, a nurse, a writer and an entrepreneur. I dibbled and dabbled a bit in producing, hosting and directing a local talk show in both Chicago and Los Angeles. But it was during my career as a former editor and publisher at Urban Style Magazine that I experienced a first-hand opportunity to make a difference and bring about change by way of sharing stories. In addition, as a nurse and a former executive for a healthcare company I was also given the opportunity to see up-close and in-person the many changes that where affecting so many lives. I listened to countless stories from all walks of life. Each story unique within itself. From those who were living, loving and laughing through life despite their situations to those who were heading down a mountain of despair grasping onto any object in sight to soften the plunge. And then there were those I had the distinct honor of meeting, who had come to the end of the road and shared many stories of their journey through life while knocking at deaths door. Over the years I shared my copulation of stories with others who were facing life’s little bumps and bruises in hopes that it would serve as an inspiration or provide a sense of hope. These stories are the stuff that movies are made of.
Tony Sarli – Camera Man
A camera man in his own right. Tony is a long time tennis instructor, an avid tennis player and the proud owner of a Shi Tzu. Tony prides himself on being a movie buff. He is one of the 4-people joining in on the journey. Tony hails from Austin, TX but for now calls Dallas his home.
Nisha Singh – Photographer
Nisha is a celebrated photographer in Chicago. Her work has appeared in many local newspapers and magazines. She is currently working on her Masters in Fine Arts. In addition to her artistic eye behind the camera she is a poet and a writer.
WHAT TO WATCH OUT FOR
We are off to the “City of Brotherly Love,” Philadelphia and its surrounding cities. We then make our way down to Baltimore and check out the city that neighbors our country’s capital. As we journey toward the West Coast via the Southern heart of America we will visit Winston-Salem, Atlanta, Biloxi, New Orleans, Dallas, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. The journey will then take us up North as we venture through Sacramento, Seattle and Billings, MT. As we approach the Midwest our stops will include Minneapolis, Wausau (WI), Chicago (the crew’s hometown) and Detroit. As we make our way back to the East Coast we will travel through the cities of Rochester (NY), Rutland (VT), Boston, Providence (RI) and end the amazing journey in New York City.
Below is an itinerary of our journey (dates not set in stone, due to weather or other conditions). If you or someone you know live in any of the cities listed and you would like to get involved or share a story please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
July 23, 2012
Philadelphia, PA (surrounding cities)
94.5 mi 1-hour 55-min (from NYC)
July 25, 2012
101 mi – 2-hours (from Philadelphia)
381 mi 6 hours (from Baltimore)
August 30, 2012
326 mi 5 hours (from Winston-Salem)
August 2, 2012
390 mi 6 hours (from Atlanta)
August 4 , 2012
92 mi 1 hour 33 min (from Biloxi)
August 7, 2012
518 mi 8 hours 20 min (from New Orleans)
July 10, 2012
1218 mi 19 hours (from Dallas)
August 13, 2012
266 mi 4 hour 23 min (from Las Vegas)
August 16, 2012
Sacramento (Stockton, CA)
384 mi 6 hours 23 min (from L.A.)
August 20, 2012
753 mi 12 hours 45 min (from Sacramento)
August 24, 2012
818 mi 12 hours 45 min (from Seattle)
August 28, 2012
1023 mi 16 hours (from Billings, MT)
August 30, 2012
186 mi 3 hour 18 min (from Minneapolis)
September 2, 2012
282 mi 5 hours (from Wausua)
September 5, 2012
283 mi 4 hours 50 min (from Chicago)
September 8, 2012
339 mi 6 hours (from Detroit)
September 11, 2012
294 mi 5 hours (from Rochester)
September 13, 2012
170 mi 3 hours (from Rutland)
September 15, 2012
50 mi 1 hour (from Boston)
September 17, 2012
New York City, NY
184 mi 3 hours 38 min (from Providence)