JOURNEY TO JAH has been a 6-year journey so far. During the development of this project, we have been in Europe, followed Gentleman in Jamaica for three weeks and met Alborosie in his house in Kingston. We have talked to reggae artists like Luciano, Tony Rebel, Gregory Isaacs, Lutan Fyah, Rootz Underground, Mikey General and many more. We met the well known Jamaican Professor Carolyn Cooper, we followed the young, ambitious Terry Lynn around in Waterhouse, one of the numerous ghettos in Kingston, and we met Rastas, like Natty, Gentleman’s friend.
What has always impressed us, is the positive way Jamaicans confront their problems and their life in general; this is the power that forms the core of their actions as well the core of our film. We want "Journey to Jah" to be a positive story, about two young men, who left their homes to seek spirituality and truth in a different cultural context. The film follows them on their search for authenticity, identity and acknowledgement in the context of Jamaica’s daily struggle for a better society.
Reggae is a big part of Gentleman's and Alborosie's lives, Reggae is Rebel Music, in Reggae lies the power of change. Reggae is much more than just music; it is an expression of their way of life, of their political and spiritual dispositions.
In Jamaica music is politics and the key to transformation, but it also carries discrimination and enemy stereotypes. Reggae encourages freedom and justice, yet at the same time, it turns into commercialism, causes agitation and exclusion, and is, with reference to the system of values of the Old Testament, often in contradiction to a liberal worldview.
Now we are at a turning point of the film. We know, where we want the film to go, we have all the people together to make it and we were able to raise a great part of the money, we need. Now it depends, if we reach our kickstarter goal to finally start with real filming!
JOURNEY TO JAH is just beginning to venture out into the real world, we were able to film some footage dureing our research, the biggest part of filming lies still ahead! Amazing partners have joined us along the way, including Medienboard Berlin / Brandenburg (film foundation), Zorro Film (distribution), Slaughterhouse (editing), Universal Music, Bushhouse, among others
JOURNEY TO JAH needs your help now more than ever. After six years of working by hook or by crook, the production is still 100K away from starting and another 40-70K to having a strong theatrical release.
HOW YOUR MONEY WILL HELP
Your support will help us to start the real filming and allow us to spread the story of Gentleman and Alborosie and all the others to the world. Reggae is international, the search for spirituality as well. We are facing a world, where identity and orientation is getting lost to brands and the satisfaction of compulsive consuption. In this time we believe, that „Journey to Jah“reaches the largest audience possible. Besides releasing it on international television to as many territories as possible, we also hope to launch a theatrical release of JOURNEY TO JAH in Europe, the USA and other countries. The market is harder then ever, however, and we can’t do it without you! Please consider helping in any way you can.
If you are able to contribute financially we have amazing incentives to the right. If you can spread the word about our Kickstarter campaign to your friends, on Facebook, to strangers in the grocery store, we would be eternally grateful!
Here’s a breakdown of how we plan to use the funds:
- 01. Pay for traveling costs and accommodation
- 02. Pay for the rent of equipment
- 03. Pay for Film Sound Design and Mix
- 04. Pay for Subtitling Final Film in English
- 05. Pay for Editing various versions of the film to share in as many different outlets as possible: Theatrical, Domestic Broadcast, International Broadcast
- 06. Pay for Translation and Subtitling Final DVD into Italian, German, Spanish, Russian, French, Chinese, Hindu and more...
- 07. Pay for A Multi-city Theatrical Release in Europe and the USA.
It may seem strange, that a film so successful still needs funding, but this is the state of independent documentary filmmaking in the world. Independent documentary making does not follow a capitalist model, which judges success by the dollars a product makes in the market place, but more of a NGO or non-profit model, which judges success by the number of people it reaches and the change it effects. Because of all the positive feedback for the idea of the film, we have the opportunity to have the film reach millions worldwide. People are interested in programming it and airing it everywhere. However, the challenge is ours to raise funds to start it finally. so it can get to the audiences, that will and can actively watch it.
Moreover, with documentary films like this not only production, but distribution is dependent on donations or state grants to fund the outreach to a broad audience. JOURNEY TO JAH is a classic ‘social issue’ film, that can and will have a broad impact on communities everywhere, if the funds can be found to do the work properly.
HOW KICKSTARTER WORKS
Kickstarter is a new way to fund creative ideas and ambitious endeavors. Kickstarter is powered by a unique all-or-nothing funding method where projects must be fully-funded or no money changes hands. In other words, if we don’t raise our goal of $60,000, we lose everything. Once we have reached our goal we will contact you to get your address and then we will start working on getting those awesome incentives to you!
HOW TO PLEDGE
Just click the green “Back This Project” button in the upper right-hand corner. You will be asked to input your pledge amount and select a reward. From there, you will go through the Amazon checkout process. You must finish the Amazon checkout process for your pledge to be recorded.
WHAT IF WE DON’T REACH OUR GOAL?
If funding fails, all pledges are canceled and that's that. Your card is not charged, it’s like nothing ever happened. We hope this doesn’t happen! Those 40 days will fly by, donate today!
CAN WE EXCEED OUR GOAL?
Yes, and we need to!
CAN YOU DONATE IN ANOTHER’S NAME?
Of course! We will contact you once funding is complete to gather information so that we can get your incentives to you. Just let us know then the name you would like to donate under.
CAN YOU DONATE OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES?
Yes! Just click on the Amazon Payment Button and you will see that you can pay with a credit card from any country! But you must finish the Amazon checkout process for your pledge to be recorded. If you have any problems just contact us.
WANT TO HELP BUT CAN’T DONATE?
Become an Outreach Partner. Spread the word about the film in your community and receive a special Outreach Partner credit on our website. We’d love to discuss partnering with you, your organization, your community to help get the word out about the film. Please contact us and we’ll get the collaborative juices flowing!
And of course we need your help broadcasting the Kickstarter campaign. Facebook it. Tweet it. Spread the message.
INTERESTED IN PLAYING AN EVEN LARGER ROLE ON THE FILM?
There is a Co-Executive Producer credit available at $50,000, an Executive Producer credit at $60,000 and a Presenting Partner / Executive Producer credit at $80,000. Your name will appear in the credits for all Festivals, multi-city Theatrical, Some International TV. And IMDB of course!
Please note that these are honorary titles and do not engender any creative or business involvement/decision-making nor does the credit entitle any claim of ownership.
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