SOAR

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Documentary Feature Portland PRODUCTION PHASE 2
“Soar,” explores the evolving bond between two sisters: both are phenomenal dancers, and one is a quadruple amputee from a childhood illness. Their art helps them define themselves, together and separately, and helps us redefine our idea of what is possible.
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Props
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The Chair
We broke the chair that Kiera & Uriah use into 5 sections so that more of you can help us buy it.
$10.00 per bunch 15 of 25
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Production
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Assistant Director
Another set of eyes on stage and on the audience is crucial, plus making sure it all runs smoothly.
$20.00 per hour 6 of 25
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Camera Operator + camera rental
We need a 3rd camera to cover the show from out front, while I'm backstage with the dancers.
$25.00 per unit 9 of 20
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Newmark Theater rental
The Newmark is the best theater for dance in Portland and was the only one available!
$50.00 per hour 9 of 25
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Stage Lighting Design & Operation
We need to set lights, run a dress rehearsal and then a show. Good lighting is key to a great show.
$10.00 per hour 28 of 90
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Stage Manager
We're bringing together 4 different dance groups and have half a day to get it right. We need a pro!
$50.00 per unit 3 of 10
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Steadicam Operator
Steadicam coverage of the dress rehearsal is critical to having beautiful footage to edit with.
$5.00 per unit 11 of 50
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Theater House Staff
We need to pay a house manager and other staff to prepare the theater and greet the audience.
$10.00 per unit 11 of 76
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Theater Stage Hands
The union Stage Hands have set hours and are charging us 20% more because we are filming.
$5.00 per unit 34 of 640
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Ticket handling
Setting up and running ticket sales is challenging. 30 days of sales at $20 a day almost covers it.
$20.00 per day 7 of 30
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Post-Production Picture
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Editor
We needed experienced editors to produce our trailer and pitch videos.
$40.00 per hour 3 of 18
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Publicity&Advertising
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Graphic Design - Logo
Coming up with a logo and then transposing that image into a variety of formats costs money!
$12.00 per item 1 of 170
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Marketing Materials - Posters
Posters let people know about our show. We need a lot to become visible to our audience.
$25.00 per bunch 10 of 10
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Postcards
Postcards are great for helping people remember the details about our show and the film.
$35.00 per bunch 1 of 10
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Press Release
It takes fresh eyes to read through all our descriptions and come up with a new way of seeing it.
$15.00 per service 16 of 16
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Promotion and Advertising
Getting our project out to as many people as possible requires support. This is what it cost so far.
$12.00 per service 2 of 70
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Web design
Web design requires a lot of fixing, and revisiting, and undoing, and redoing. Chris did a great job
$35.00 per hour 2 of 36
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Travel and Living Expenses
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Subsistance pay for Uriah & Kiera
Kiera & Uriah had to put their lives on hold to make time for rehearsals, classes, and interviews.
$33.00 per day 28 of 120
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Protection
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Liability and Equipment Insurance
Before I can film anyone, I have to be insured. This is the weekly cost for 1 year of coverage.
$55.00 per week 8 of 52
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Theatrical Endeavors
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Choreography royalties for Soar duet
The duet Soar was the inspiration for this film and is used to promote all our efforts.
$40.00 per portion 7 of 50
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Soar music licensing
Josh Kramer's Beginnings is the music for the duet. This is the cost of using it for our film.
$5.00 per portion 44 of 180
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A HERO will get this project to 100% in ONE contribution. The WHOLE Seed&Spark community will get a Sparks bonus and message that you were the HERO for SOAR . You'll get a HERO badge you can share with the world! BE A HERO!
Total value raised : $21,603
Wishlist total : $24,130

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$ 10 or more

A psychic hug and a huge thank you!
Estimated Delivery : June, 2014
Limit : None
6 Supporters

$ 15 or more

A digital postcard posted to your Facebook page or Twitter account.

Estimated Delivery : July, 2014
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$ 25 or more

A digital download of SOAR.

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Estimated Delivery : May, 2015
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$ 75 or more

Your own personalized voicemail greeting from Kiera or Uriah.

Estimated Delivery : June, 2014
Limit : 25
1 Supporters

$ 100 or more

A digital download  of SOAR and your name in the credits of the film under FRIENDS.

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Estimated Delivery : May, 2015
Limit : 100
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$ 150 or more

An invitation to a backers only screening of SOAR, a hug from one of the team members, and popcorn. 

Plus, your name in the credits of the film under FAMILY.

Estimated Delivery : May, 2015
Limit : 80
4 Supporters

$ 250 or more

Spend a day in the editing room with Susan. Learn the process of selecting footage, editing sound, using B-roll, and building a strong story.

Plus, get listed in the credits as an Assitant Editor

Estimated Delivery : June, 2014
Limit : 4
5 Supporters

$ 500 or more

Join us for a screening of the rough cut. Be part of the conversation in making changes to the final edit while enjoying a delicious snack.

Plus, get listed in the credits as an Associate Producer

Estimated Delivery : June, 2014
Limit : 8
3 Supporters

$ 750 or more

Own the chair! The very chair that Kiera and Uriah roll across the stage on during their duet "Soar" can be yours, including a handing over ceremony with one of the team members.

Plus, your name in the credits as the Official Chair Recipient.

Estimated Delivery : June, 2014
Limit : 1
1 Supporters

$ 1000 or more

Earn a "Producer" credit in the film during the opening credits for being such a great supporter.

Plus a skype conversation with Kiera and Uriah to say thanks if you live outside of the area, or an invitation to the pre-screening cocktail and backers only screening of the film.

Estimated Delivery : May, 2015
Limit : 5
2 Supporters

$ 1500 or more

We will bring the film to you for a screening with your friends and family. Available within the Portland metro area. Some exceptions possible.

(limited to the Portland Metro area, some exceptions possible)

 

Estimated Delivery : June, 2015
Limit : 2
1 Supporters

$ 2000 or more

See your name listed on a separate card as a "Producer" during the opening credits.

Plus a skype conversation with Kiera and Uriah to say thanks if you live outside of the area, or an invitation to the pre-screening cocktail and backers only screening of the film.

Estimated Delivery : June, 2015
Limit : 4
1 Supporters

$ 3500 or more

See your name listed on a separate card in the opening credits as an "Executive Producer," you deserve it for your generosity!

Plus round trip airfare to Portland for the backers only cocktail & screening (within the continental US only. For Portland residents, a night at a luxurious downtown hotel instead of airfare).

 

Estimated Delivery : June, 2015
Limit : 1
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About the project

This project has already given me new insight into the power of perception to change the way a person approaches his or her challenges. More than once, I've had my concept of what's possible shattered, and each time my respect and affection for these two young women grows. At first I was moved by their courage, but now I feel driven to produce a documentary that lives up to their example.

There are so many stereotypes that hold people back from truly knowing each other, and thanks to this film many of my preconceived notions are slipping away. I feel as if a veil has been lifted and I am finally seeing people for who they truly are, not what I expect them to be. It is my hope that our documentary will have a similar impact on the people who see it.

What I have learned overall, and what I hope to take forward into the future, is the importance of giving voice to those individuals who have something life-altering to share. The challenge is to do so in a way that doesn’t over sensationalize or distort the true meaning of the person’s experience. In the end, this film will represent a partnership with Kiera and Uriah, a collaborative and symbiotic effort that advances each of us on our journeys while producing art that can connect deeply with its audience.

Synopsis

SOAR explores the relationship between two sisters: Kiera, a quadruple amputee who lost her limbs at age two, and Uriah, who was born a month before her sister contracted pneumococcal sepsis. The film celebrates the extraordinary ways that Kiera has learned to adapt—as a dancer, choreographer, medical assistant, and recently a driver. It also reveals the deeply loving relationship between the sisters and the part Uriah has played in helping Kiera adjust. Tension arises, however, when Uriah steps away, finally admitting her need to define herself outside of their relationship.

It all started in the spring of 2012, when Melissa St. Clair invited me to film a duet she had choreographed for Kiera and Uriah. Melissa had hoped I would be inspired to work with the girls and tell their story. None of us thought we would still be working on it 2 years later. During that first year, Uriah stepped away from her sister to focus on her senior year of high school. Kiera, busy with her own life, joined Polaris Dance Theater and overcame her fears of how she would fit in. As an observer, I developed a deepening admiration for their courage and willingness to share their lives for this project.

Things slowed down enough that summer for me to hang with the girls at their house. There, I had the chance to interview Uriah who shared with me the powerful emotions tugging at her heart as she envisioned a path that would lead her away from her family. Later that evening, we filmed as they cooked 'breakfast for dinner.' Once again, I was amazed as Kiera flipped bacon and climbed a step ladder, surprising me yet again and reminding me of how limited my own thoughts can be.

Over the course of the second year, Kiera enrolled in a medical assisting program, graduated and proved to everyone that she could draw a blood sample. Uriah fell in love, graduated from a pre-apprentice program, and introduced me to an amazing and profitable alternative to college. Best of all I got to know their family and friends, and expereince the loving the support that has helped them become such amazing young women.

After the first time I saw them dance their duet, "Soar," we all agreed they needed to perform it again, but this time on a professional stage and with the dance organizations that have fed their souls. Now, almost 2 years to date, we are about to do just that. It will be the final act of our documentary, revealing the rehearsals, the press interviews, the fundraising, and the nerves that go into putting on a full scale production.

With the dance concert scheduled for April 21, we are currently giving away 45 tickets to non-profit organizations benefitting children and the disabled community. The entire event will be filmed; the rehearsals covered with steadicam and close-ups, and the performance covered from both out front and backstage to capture audience reaction and the interaction of performers, many of whom will be meeting for the first time. Just as Uriah predicted in her summer interview, it is dance that will bring her and Kiera back together. It is the bond that keeps their relationship intact.

ABOUT THIS TEAM

Director / Producer / Editor – Susan Hess Logeais incorporates her experience as a dancer, actress and photographer into her choices as camera operator, interviewer, and editor. Her experience in producing a feature film during an 18-day shoot with a cast and crew of 35 has given her the skills needed to organize all aspects of the documentary.

Co-Producer – Kiera Brinkley is driven to be of service to others. Either by her example or through service, she dedicates her life to giving back. Through dance she breaks down barriers and encourages people to see behind her differences.

Co-Producer – Uriah Boyd displays similar courage in her willingness to reveal the benefits and challenges of helping someone with altered abilities adapt. Inquisitive and thoughtful, she brings a reflective quality to the production.

Co-Producer / Choreographer – A gifted choreographer, Melissa St Clair brings her experience as co-director of Jefferson Dancers 2 to the production.  She had the insight to invite Susan to film a rehearsal of the duet SOAR from which this project was born.

Assistant Producer - Robert Parish is an accomplished filmmaker, documentarian, and radio broadcaster that has offered to help our effort through radio broadcasts and day of show assistance. He will share his connections with the public broadcasting community and other distrubution outlets as the project moves toward post production.

Editor / Camera Operator - Liam Gillies is a filmmaker in his own right and learned how to cut trailers while working as an intern at the Ashland International Film Festival. His experience working on Hollywood film crews and in post-production makes him a valuable resource for assisting with the benefit concert and final editing tasks.

Dance Concert Participants –

• Concert Sponsor - The Portland Ballet, Artistic Director Nancy Davis, Managing Director Jim Lane. http://www.theportlandballet.org/About/index.htm

• Concert Sponsor - Polaris Dance Theater, Artistic Director & Founder Robert Guitron. http://www.polarisdance.org/about-us/mission-and-history/

• Jefferson Dancers, Artistic Director Steve Gonzales. http://www.pps.k12.or.us/schools/jefferson-dancers/194.htm

• Kemba Shannon Dance, Artistic Director Kemba Shannon. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kemba-Shannon-Dance-Center/248145695295218

Women Make Movies has also accepted our project for fiscal sponsorship and we have received a home video distribution commitment from Film Rise.

Schedule
Friday, April 11, 2014 to Thursday, June 5, 2014
Distribution plan

In addition to our home video distribution commitment from Film Rise, we will explore our growing connection with the amputee and disability community for further outreach opportunities. Our intention is submit to film festivals, Public Broadcasting outlets and cable channels as well.

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SOAR shows what's possible when people with differences get the love and support they need to adapt.

UPDATES

Thanks to Megan Griffo, and an early morning interview, this story about SOAR just went live on The Mighty.
Help us spread the word about the post and the great work they are doing.
Best,
Susan

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Dear Supporters,

We would love to have the honor of your presence at our upcoming screening of the footage shot during the SOAR Dance...

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Susan Hess Logeais 3 months ago

While we work on putting together highlights from the concert, here are some photos from backstage.

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Thanks to all our supporters and followers who made last night's show a success.

We all had a such a wonderful time putting the show...

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Tomorrow, 2 years worth of work will come to a climax with the SOAR Dance Concert and Documentary Finale. Kiera and Uriah reflect on the process...

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