We launched our Kickstarter campaign at the Big Voice Launch Party in Santa Monica, CA yesterday, September 7th, 2011. The fundraising campaign will last until October 10th, 2011 at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bigvoicemovie/big-voice-dare-to-dream.
Here’s a blurb from our press release:
BIG VOICE is an uplifting musical feature documentary exploring the lives of the top-singing students of the Santa Monica High School Choir and its visionary choir director. “At a time when drastic budget cuts endanger both the quality of our public schools and their arts programs,” said writer/director Varda Hardy, “this determined high school music teacher strives to create a thriving vocal music program to ignite in his students a passion for music, a sense of belonging, and the value of working hard to achieve their dreams.” “This film is very grass-roots,” added producer Deb Love, “and we will continue updating everyone about project developments on our website, blog, and BIG VOICE facebook fan page, as well as on Kickstarter.”
Production on BIG VOICE started in May with the coverage of student auditions and interviews used in the Kickstarter video. “Our film’s production schedule will take the crew on a yearlong journey,” said producer Marina Viscun, “and will include choir performances, interviews, travels and classroom teaching.” In addition, the documentary will include original songs created for and by the students with the assistance of award-winning artists like Siedah Garrett (Michael Jackson’s Man in the Mirror), Lamont Dozier (The Supremes’ Baby Love), Pam Aronoff (Kelly Clarkson’s Thankful), Cliff Goldmacher (Jane Monheit’s It’s Only Smoke), and David Babich (Varda Hardy’s Ode to Los Angeles).
Varda Hardy has already secured partial post-production support with the win of the Grand Jury Prize of recording and editing services valued at $100,000 at ON LOCATION: The Los Angeles Video Project presented by NewFilmmakers LA. LiveTribe Productions is accepting investor partnerships to further expand the funding for this remarkable project.
We are very excited! Join us on our journey: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bigvoicemovie/big-voice-dare-to-dream!