"The Bride Price" has received its first "Yes' from an independent PBS station, details to be announced. Jen is now tailoring the edit to conform to PBS standards; adding seven minutes of footage and shortening the credits. The film has completed its year-long film festival run; having been named Best Documentary at One Race Human Race Film Festival, Paris International Short Festival, Love Wins Film Festival, and Accolade Global Film Competition plus two more Awards of Excellence from Accolade in the following categories: Liberation / Social Justice / Protest and Best Use of Film for Social Change. Jen was named the Michelle Mower Female Filmmaker of the Year at Austin Revolution Film Festival where we were also nominated for Best Feature Documentary and Jen was up for the Tostevin Award for Filmmaker of the Year. An extra special surprise came when she was named a Finalist in the Accolade Global Film Competition's annual Humanitarian Award.
Past Official Selections include FlickFair On Demand Film Festival, North Dakota Human Rights Film Festival, LA Femme International Film Festival, Long Island International Film Expo, Toronto International Women Film Festival and we were Semi-Finalist in the Berlin Shorts Awards and Lonely Wolf International Film Festival and a Finalist at World of Women Film Festival, Middle East in Dubai and Jen landing a Finalist award at Lonely Wolf for Documentary Directing. What a great run it has been!
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Once we have paid outstanding production bills, profits from the finished film will go toward a new center for girls who have managed to escape their forced marriages. The Alinafe Girls Rescue Center is already in the planning stages, their board of directors having secured a $10,000 gift for construction. Skills training, high school completion, housing and day care will all be provided, as needed, for these girls as they work their way to becoming the productive women they always hoped to be. Their website (currently under construction - please stay tuned) is MalawiRescue.com.
Zikomo Kwambiri - Thank you very much.
We spent three weeks in Malawi, crisscrossing the country while shooting the film. Along the way, we saw beautiful country and met many fascinating people. A photo album from our trip:
In order to make "The Bride Price", we have had to raise a lot of funds. We raised roughly $29,000 before the Africa trip, enough to make the journey with our crew, paying for airfare, hotels, vehicles, drivers and meals. Our American crew has either accepted partial payments with the remainder deferred or, in the case of Producers, Director/Editor and Cinematographer, their entire fees have been deferred in the interest of getting the film shot as quickly as possible. We continue with our fundraising and grant-writing in order to pay those still owed and to cover the costs of film festival entry fees. Thank you to the many, many people who have attended the fundraisers or made donations through the paypal giving page, our Facebook fundraiser and our indiegogo campaign. Special thanks to the Carl and Annamarie Fernyak Donor Advised Fund at the Richland County Foundation. Here are some photos from a few of our fundraisers: