Wendy (here_be_dragons) wrote,

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Iraq for Sale

I received an e-mail a few minutes ago from Brave New Films about a new film which is being made about the war in Iraq. I decided to make a contribution towards the production of this film, and I thought there might be others who would also find this to be a cause you'd like to support. So here's the information, if you're interested:

Hello friends and brave new supporters,

Some exciting news at Brave New Films. We're ready to start production on Robert's new documentary: "Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers." Over the last few months we've recruited a core team, and with the help of our volunteer field producers, have uncovered some devastating and powerful material that hasn't been seen before. We need your help to make it, more about that in a minute.

We can't tell you anything more specific about the film yet, but I can assure you it will have an enormous impact when it comes out shortly before the elections this November.

War time is about sacrificing for the common good. So many soldiers and families have paid unimaginable sacrifices, and for some to profit OBSCENELY from that sacrifice is one of the worst crimes possible. It's a crime against all of us, not just as Americans, but as human beings.

IRAQ FOR SALE: The War Profiteers will hold these corporations accountable for crimes against humanity. Watch the teaser trailer and a message from Robert here:


To start shooting, we need money. Overall, the film will cost about $750,000. We can expect about $450,000 of it to be offset by DVD sales, selling foreign rights, and an advance from our retail store distributor, but we still need $300,000.

A generous donor just stepped up and will contribute $100,000 if we can match it with $200,000 from someone else.

That someone else is you! 4000 people giving $50 each. We'll put everyone's name in the credits. You can give these donations as gifts in someone's name or in memory of a loved one if you'd like.


Imagine that. 4000 names scrolling by at the end of the film. Almost as many people as in the Lord of the Rings credits!

More importantly, this is people standing up to corporations. It's a clear message... a beautiful thing and exactly what the film is about. Every newspaper article written will talk about how IRAQ FOR SALE was funded by YOU.

Fundraising has been a constant challenge for us. What Brave New Films does is unique, so we don't fit into a neat little box for the suits with the cash. Aside from a few generous individuals, much of the money for each film has come from Robert taking out loans from the bank. DVD sales help offset this, but it can't go on forever. When Robert sees that next film in his head, there's nothing stopping him from getting to work. It's our job -- yours and mine -- to make sure that continues.

For me, this is also about what Brave New Films can be. If we don't have to rely on the handful of big donors out there, or heaven help us, the Hollywood studios, we can tackle any subject no matter how entrenched or powerful the people involved might be. No one can hide from the camera.

People Powered Film.

It's my dream...and I hope yours. Let's make it happen.

Jim Gilliam
and the entire Brave New Films crew. Rick, Lisa, Sarah, Jesse, Tracy, Paris, Devin, and Robert.

To donate or see the teaser trailer go to: http://iraqforsale.org/ ... and spread the word!
Tags: activism, peace

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