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  • Fabienne Lips-Dumas

    I will. I already know that your blog brought a lot of interest and energy around the project, and this is essential. Thank you.

    • Fabienne Lips-Dumas

      Thank you so much for your very welcome push. I'm afraid the last minute skyrocketing funding didn't occur. But we are still working and following other venues to complete the film. We remain hopeful. Heroes of the Sun will see the light.

      • Alessandra Rizzotti

        Please let us know if you'd like to be featured again and we can hyperlink a new campaign. Best of luck!

  • Fabienne Lips-Dumas

    This question of contemplating hope in Cité Soleil is so alive in me that I prompted a discussion about it on IDA's forum, a filmmakers' organization. I must admit that an intellectual approach has so little to offer in terms of hope, that I stopped reading about the country before filming. But surprisingly, in Cité Soleil, my experience allowed me to dare to hope. When you meet the people -- a young guy living in a tin shack infested by mosquitoes, who, pushing wheelbarrows to survive, insists "I'm an actor, it makes me feel that I exist", or a painter who spends his afternoons teaching painting to any kid who wants to learn, -- when you have experiences like these (maybe I was lucky?), you have to have hope. This film does not view Cité Soleil through rose coloured glasses. It will not shy away from the harsh realities. Nonetheless many respectable, responsible people who live there, contribute actively to the community, and they must be recognized. And that alone, is hopeful.

  • Swar Raisinghani

    It takes a positive attitude and immense strength to be able to look for hope or change in a place or situation which may only seem negative at the first glance! What you are doing is amazing :)

  • sarahjpreston

    Fantastic project! Thanks for focusing on the positive aspects of Haiti instead of helping to perpetuate the negative image generally portrayed by our media.

  • Fabienne Lips-Dumas

    Thank you Joshua!
    I'm happy to answer. Actually, they kicks in very quickly. For art and crafts, it is at 75$ with a painted sun on recycled metal and then at 100$, a painted red taptap, at 150$ an angel... Now, even at 25$, your reward which is a download of music is also connected to the community, as the band is compensated for each download. I specify it in the text of the project, not in the description of the reward. So your comment is very pertinent.
    And it is true that the 550$ is really awesome! A special edition of a warrior mask signed by the artist.
    Is there anything else, you would like to know about Heroes of the Sun?

  • Joshua Neuman

    Super project. Fabienne, you allude to "hand-made rewards" from the people of Haiti. That sounds super interesting--the way you involved your subjects as part of the fundraising campaing--but on your KS page it appears like those rewards only kick in at the $550 donation level--is that correct?