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Only God Can Judge Me

a documentary film from Vince Caperelli, Jr.

December 1, 2010

Major Update!

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[This is reprinted here from other update posts from an e-blast and CFC’s facebook group message.]

Greetings, everyone:

Thank you for your support over the past year of Cotton Field Communications. It has been an amazing journey thus far, and I can’t wait to see where it continues to lead.

This update is to communicate some wonderful and exciting news, some of which has already been communicated through other updates! This is one way to get everyone on the same page of information.

As you may or may not know, this past June, I was privileged to travel to Guatemala City as part of a group from my church. My role, however, was a bit different from that of the rest of the team, as I was working pro bono on some short video projects for the North Carolina-based non-profit Lemonade International. During my week of shooting video each day in La Limonada—Central America’s largest urban slum—I felt that there was a greater story needing to be told. Upon my return home, I spent time processing the faces, names and stories. I then began developing a plan for a feature documentary—LIMONADA: a story of resiliency & hope. This plan included developing the story, soliciting the volunteer assistance of a few qualified professionals, working with Lemonade International and parts of the team in Guatemala to maintain a shared vision for this project and its goals, and creating a project budget.

Following are the project highlights thus far:

  • Fiscal Sponsorship—What this means to a ‘for-profit’ entity is that a project—in this case a feature documentary film—can effectively reside under the umbrella of a non-profit’s 501(c)(3) status for grant applications and donations. In September, I submitted a detailed proposal and budget to the fiscal sponsorship program of the International Documentary Association. Approximately 2 months later, I was notified that my project was accepted into their fiscal sponsorship program. Very exciting…and gratifying to know that others believe that this is a valuable story to be told. Check out the film’s page here.
  • Official Website—Thanks to my good friend Todd Hiestand of 343design, the website for the film is up and running. Check it out at www.limonadamovie.com. Sign up for the RSS feed or check back often. The blog will be the primary place for updates throughout the process.
  • Cotton Field Communications facebook group—I will also be using the CFC facebook group for disseminating updates, as this is a cost-effective method of getting the info out there. You can join the group here. If you received this email through the Vertical Response e-blast, I encourage you to join the facebook group or subscribe to the film’s site RSS feed.
  • Fundraising Now Underway—In order to produce a quality story and maximize the potential to disseminate the story upon completion (film festivals, etc.), I hope to raise the entire budget for this project, however daunting that seems right now. Though the film industry considers this a micro-budget film, I now begin the arduous, though exciting, task of raising funds. As previously mentioned, tax-deductible contributions can be made through the IDA here.

If you or anyone you know is interested in making a substantial contribution but would like to sit down and discuss the project in more detail, please contact me directly at vcap@cottonfieldonline.com or at 215.489.2082. And just to reiterate, this project is looking for donations NOT investors. There are also various donation levels with accompanying benefits. More on this in future updates.

  • D.I.W.O.— The old Do-It-Yourself (D.I.Y.) ethic of independent filmmaking has led to a new ethos called Do-It-With-Others (D.I.W.O.). In other words, invite others into the process and project with you, in ways that are realistic and helpful to the project. This is where you can each help this project.

1) I would like to request and challenge each of you to send this email on to at least 20/50/100 people that you know and also post relevant parts of it to your facebook status, Twitter update, etc.

2) Consider making an end-of-year, tax-deductible donation. Every little bit counts and it all adds up and is greatly appreciated.

3) If you are unable to donate, perhaps you know someone who could benefit from an end-of-year tax-deductible donation of $100, $1,000 or even $5,000 or more. This project will take off with your simple ways of participating. Anyone who connects me to a $5,000+ donor will, upon receipt of their donation, receive a website “Thank You” and a “Thank You” film credit. Donors of $20,000+ will receive a “producer” film credit, along with a few other things.

Getting folks involved is nothing new to artistic endeavors. One other thought to leave you with—if 1,000 people each give only $100 toward this project, we’ll have raised a substantial portion of the budget. And if all of you send this to all you know, who send it to all they know…you get the idea. We can easily reach plenty of people with this message. And all of those $100 donations are tax-deductible by donating through the IDA here.

Again, thank you for your support of Cotton Field Communications, both our commercial video projects and our documentary films.

Many blessings this holiday season and throughout the coming year.

With care,

Vince

www.cottonfieldonline.com

www.limonadamovie.com

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