About the Event

Dear Friends and Family,

We did it! With your help and support, we not only met our $5,000 IndieGoGo goal, but we exceeded it by $450.00!  We want to thank everyone who has supported and donated to our campaign over the last 6 months. You made this happen!

We are now that much closer to the ultimate goal of finishing our films and are both anxious to get to work on our rough cuts.  We will keep everyone posted as we move through the next stages of the filmmaking process, toward completion. You can also keep up with us at our websites, www.fijitimefilm.com and www.reunionfilm.org. 

Those of you who would still like to make a donation to “Fiji Time” can click here: http://fijitimefilm.com/donate/

We are truly honored and inspired by your support of our projects!

 

Thank you,

Liz and Alexi

The Mission
The Great Grandfather Club has been recording and promoting ancestor stories in a continuing multi-media film and video project that is helping to support the production of two local documentaries, Fiji Time, directed by Alexandra Lacey, and Reunion, directed by Elizabeth Cabrera. These films explore the histories of two family ancestors, Alexandra’s great-great grandfather and Elizabeth’s great-grandfather, and the role that these men played in the creation of each filmmaker’s identity. Both films look back in time to individuals who, following the tides of colonialism and migration, changed the courses of their families’ lives, as well as helped sculpt the present day demographics of the globe.

Fundraiser Mission Statement
The primary goal of this event is to raise money for two local documentaries, Fiji Time, directed by Alexandra Lacey, and Reunion, directed by Elizabeth Cabrera. The films explore the histories of two family ancestors, Alexandra’s great-great grandfather and Elizabeth’s great-grandfather, and the role that these men played in the creation of each filmmaker’s identity. Both films look back in time to individuals who, following the tides of colonialism and migration, changed the courses of their families’ lives, as well as helped sculpt the present day demographics of the globe.

The Art Project
Beyond raising money for their films, Cabrera and Lacey are excited by the potential impact of storytelling on individuals and communities and are inviting everyone to share the stories of their own ancestors, all of whom have shaped our present day world. These stories will be filmed and woven together by local video artists to create installations and be exhibited at a unique storytelling event.

The Event (June 16, 2012)
Believing that all films are projects of collaboration, Cabrera and Lacey want to push this collaboration beyond the limits of conventional film, to the medium of video installation. The fundraiser will culminate with a multimedia film and video exhibition and cocktail party in San Francisco, CA.

Video Installation Description

5 installation submissions will be chosen for the event and the categories and themes of each art piece will be proposed by the artists they select to participate. Artists will be given 10-minute, interview-style oral histories (shot in collaboration with the artists), to use in the installations. Besides the limit of using the oral history footage, the artists will have complete artistic freedom. Alternatively, we invite artists to use their own interview footage. The filmmakers also plan to coordinate (with the artist’s consent) with local galleries and storefronts in the Bay Area, to exhibit the work beyond the fundraising event.

Stories Collected by the Great-Grandfather Club at the Oakland Art Murmur, February 2012 from greatgrandfatherclub on Vimeo: