I recently received the following email from extraordinary ultrarunner Nikki Kimball. Read on – and if you can help support the film in any way, please do so. It’s a worthwhile project with a great message!
I am writing to ask for your support in the completion of my friend Jaime Jacobsen’s new documentary film Finding Traction. In the fall of 2010 I began plans to set a new fastest known time Vermont’s Long Trail, while using the attempt to raise money and awareness for Girls on the Run, Vermont. Jaime’s film documents this project, weaving themes of women’s roles in professional sports, health benefits of physical activity in a country where obesity is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality, and overcoming personal obstacles such as depression.
Jaime is a documentary film maker from Bozeman, MT who passionately explores issues related to women and health in her films. Her most recent films The Water Carriers and Montana Fare examine both of these topics in dramatically different settings, through studies of Engineers Without Borders and the stories of two Montana women, respectively. In Finding Traction Jaime investigates the issues dearest to her in yet another venue, ultra-distance athletics.
The filming of Finding Traction began in the spring of 2011 and the project has been nearly (and frequently more than) a full time job for Jaime for the past six months. She is not looking to make a profit on the film, and in fact has not paid herself anything for her time with the project. However post production costs are high and in addition to several grants she has a crowd funding campaign underway at http://www.indiegogo.com/FindingTractionFilm.
Jaime hopes to reach her goal of raising $30,000 through this campaign. Not only will this money help considerably in covering post-production costs, but meeting that goal will increase her chances of winning grants to cover the remainder of the film’s costs, as well as costs associated with touring with the finished product and entering it in film festivals. Successful crowd funding campaigns show potential funders (those in control of grant money) that the film will have a solid fan base, and that people care about its subject matter.
Ten days [A week] remains the crowd funding campaign. Please check out the trailer posted on the above Indiegogo link. If it stirs your desire to watch the completed film, please consider donating. Contributions start at five dollars and include some nifty perks: stickers, autographed DVDs, tee shirts and other fun stuff. If you like the trailer and cannot give, or wish to help in additional ways, consider posting the link on your Face Book or other social media pages. Posts using social media have helped tremendously in procuring donations so far.
Thank you so much,