Jane Goodall Endorses New ‘Ripples Of Hope’ Film Project on Kickstarter.com
Dr. Jane Goodall travels 300 days a year to encourage people around the world to act on behalf of the environment, animals and humanity. As a result of a visit to Austria, she has inspired an American, a British and an Israeli filmographer to join together and create a film, "Ripples of Hope: How Empowered and Inspired Youth Are Changing the World.”
New York, NY (PRWEB) December 14, 2010
This global project began to develop in June 2010 when two social educators and filmographers, Stuart Jolley from England and Gregory Kennedy-Salemi from the USA, filmed Jane Goodall during her daylong visit to Austria on behalf of the Jane Goodall Institute in Vienna. On that day, she spoke to 400 excited and intensely focused young people about how 12 Tanzanian teenagers started her “Roots & Shoots” youth program; their idea has “rippled” across the world to inspire a grassroots movement that now reaches over 150,000 children in 123 countries.
“We’ve never witnessed anything like it before. She’s was a mesmerizing inspiration to the teenagers that day. Jane Goodall has a way of touching your heart and soul and makes young and old fully aware of each individual’s power to do something, and how seemingly small acts can truly change the world,” said Gregory.
Stuart and Gregory, who also organize global-issues media training workshops for teenage students, were inspired to more broadly share the stories of not only the 12 African teenagers who influenced thousands but also other accounts of positive initiatives from local communities in Africa and around the globe. They described their idea to a friend, the prize winning documentary director, Taliya Finkel from Israel, who now lives in Austria; she immediately offered to help.
“When sitting in a Viennese cafÃ© with my great English friend Simon Bellwood, I described our ongoing Jane Goodall “˜adventure’ and our desire to create further film projects sharing more inspirational stories from local, creative change-making activities. He first suggested KICKSTARTER.COM as a vehicle to help transform dreams into reality. Immediately, Greg and I began designing our pitch and recording pieces to camera wherever we went,” said Stuart.
In November, Gregory and Stuart met Jane in the Netherlands to film an appeal for a Mobile Recycling Campaign. She also expressed strong support for their “Ripples Of Hope” film idea. She knew about KICKSTARTER and was excited by the prospect of seeking support for the film through the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world.
On the KICKSTARTER platform, projects gain support by offering donors special rewards such as limited editions, one-of-a-kinds, and fun experiences. Therefore, Gregory and Stuart devised unique, ecologically sensitive rewards to reflect their attempt to make a carbon-neutral film. The top rewards for donations include a flight and hotel package to Austria in May of 2011 for a personal meet and greet with Jane Goodall and unique art pieces by an internationally awarded artist.
This film will raise awareness about the spirit and strength of empowered people, young and older, who are taking action, because all their stories contain uniting and powerful messages and connect deeply to our collective spirit, our humanity.
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