JUST HOURS LEFT!
We are delighted that our project will definitely be funded now we’ve passed the £20k mark and would like to say a HUGE thank you!
If you want to join our successful campaign you’ve still got a little bit of time left to grab yourself one of our fantastic rewards - a Paa Joe tee, tote bag, Ghana print or even a mini lion sculpture by Paa Joe himself!
Any money we raise over the £20k will be put towards music licensing for the film - enabling us to use tracks by Ghanaian Ebo Taylor and more. If we raise over £2000 more we also hope to be able to work with poet Benjamin Zephaniah to bring his unique voice and words to the film, adding another work of art to a film full of them.
Extra money will also help us pay for post-production work, marketing and promotion and the Gala event to launch the film when finished.
Thank you all for getting involved… here’s to the last few hours!
#Team Paa Joe
Back in 2011 I got an email from Ben that was, as is his way, very direct and to the point. It just said something along the lines of “Here’s a trailer I’ve put together. Do you want to help produce it and make it into a feature?” I watched the trailer and as soon as I heard Paa Joe’s laugh and saw the images of the different coffins there was absolutely no question, of course I was going to help to produce it!
And so the whirlwind began - applications for funding, Documentary Campus Masterschool, pitch workshops, Doc/Fest good times, and of course, going to Ghana. I’ve only been over once, to collect Paa Joe and Jacob before their trip to the UK, and it was incredible.
I was supposed to go another time, around New Year ‘13, but, the powers that be had other ideas. Just a week or so before Christmas 2012, on the day Ben and I were due to go to London and meet James Hunt from Sky Arts, I fell down the stairs and broke my foot. I was absolutely gutted as it meant I wasn’t allowed to fly with a cast on my foot and was strongly advised not to make the trip. I couldn’t believe it.
The reason for the January trip was to film Paa Joe building his mother’s coffin, who had died earlier that year, and then her funeral. I so wanted to be a part of it. At the time I was struggling with my own grief, as my Dad died just a week before I tripped down the stairs, and I thought that going to Ghana to visit Paa Joe and be with his family during their time of grief might help me in my grieving process. But alas, it wasn’t to be.
When Ben came back from the trip and showed me the footage he’d shot, I found it incredibly powerful. I was still going through the motions of what had happened and watching Paa Joe, this big, strong character, organise funeral proceedings, build his mother’s coffin, and be surrounded by his family was somewhat difficult to watch but very beautiful too. As I watched, memories of my father that had been locked away were released back into my consciousness and I felt as though I could see this in Paa Joe - as I watched him putting the finishing touches to the stunning white coffin, I imagined that memories of his childhood and his mother were being unlocked too.
Paa Joe & The Lion follows a man trying to save his business and legacy, but it also shows a man, and a family, dealing with emotions and difficulties that each and every one of us have to too. It is poignant, moving yet also celebratory and has had a deep impact on my life. I treasure this film, and Paa Joe and Jacob, very much and am looking forward to the next stage of the journey.
A great reward for anyone involved in film and documentary making - or who just loves an awesome film festival! Sheffield Doc/Fest is an acclaimed event with fantastic guests, a brilliant programme and lots of exciting opportunities for documentary film-makers.
If you’re a director, producer, editor, cinematographer or just looking to get into the film industry then you can grab this perk and get yourself a unique networking opportunity. As well as getting to meet the other festival-goers you’ll get a Professional Date with the Deputy Director Charlie Phillips, who will give you a tour of the festival and advice on how to make the most of it.
Big thanks to everyone at Doc/Fest for their support throughout our Kickstarter campaign and for donating this awesome, one-of-a-kind perk!
Visit kickstarter to grab this perk now - only 48 hours left!
Get Down Promo Mix #4 by Getdownsounds on Mixcloud
It’s time to say THANK YOU VERY MUCH to a bunch of our lovely Kickstarter supporters.
So, to these very special people we send a big squeeze from all of Team Paa Joe…
If you’d like to join the roll call of awesome individuals head to our Kickstarter page now - we’ve only got a few days left and we’re SO, SO CLOSE!
Interview with Charlie Philips of Sheffield Doc/Fest Fame
The wonderful folks behind Sheffield Doc/Fest have been very generous in their support of Paa Joe & The Lion so far. From hosting guest blog posts from us to offering up an exclusive Doc/Fest VIP reward as part of our Kickstarter campaign - including a special professional date with their Deputy Director, Charlie Philips.
To give you a tiny taste of what it’s like to gain such exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the festival here’s a quick natter we had with Charlie earlier this week…
PJ&TL: What is your role at the festival?
CP: Deputy Director
…and what exactly does that entail?
That entails doing everything really. So anything from inviting people to come to the Meet Market, either to ask for money or to give money, helping to programme the films, raising money for the festival, just kind of anything and everything really.
What is the best thing about working for Doc/Fest?
It has organisational ethics and a real commitment to helping filmmakers rather than doing an event for the sake of it. We’re totally committed to supporting the industry
Who has been your favourite festival guest over the years?
I was really excited to have Ira Glass. He’s such a big hero of mine so purely on the basis of getting one of your heroes to come, that would be it… and he was really nice as well, really inspiring.
What can a newbie from Doc/Fest expect from the festival?
That we’ll treat you as an individual…that’s kind of what we do. We try and give everyone a chance to live up to their potential and to get everything out of the festival.
What are you most excited about for Doc/Fest 2014?
Urrrmmm… well it’s too early to say anything really, we haven’t confirmed anything! But just that it’s going to be even bigger and more exciting than ever, but I can’t say any more than that!
So, you’ll have to wait and see what surprises are in store for Doc/Fest 2014 but rest assured if you love films or want to get unprecedented support for your film this is the festival for you