Posted Tuesday 21 Mar 2017
From one man trying to turn lives around through education, to a snot-gobbling baddy (yes, really), we're continually impressed by the diversity of projects WIFT members get involved in - so we're encouraging you to get behind those who are currently crowdfunding for their latest endeavours.
The extraordinary journey of a man from Chicago and his mission to transform the lives of New Zealand and American teens is set to get the big screen treatment, with feature-length documentary In Zone calling for funds to complete this incredible story.
Directed by Robyn Paterson and produced by Jill Macnab and Christina Milligan (all WIFTers), In Zone follows Chicago-born Terrance Wallace who, after coming to New Zealand on a holiday, was so stunned by news reports of M?ori and Pasifika youth falling through the cracks that he made the life-changing decision to uproot his life in Chicago and move to New Zealand, with the sole aim to make a difference. And he's succeeding. But now Terrance is feeling the pull back home to Chicago where escalating racial tensions and violence have led to many begging him to start the scheme there.
To find out more about the project and rewards on offer, check out the Kickstarter page here. The campaign will run till the 12th April.
WIFTer Lisa Sorenson is part of a theatre/ film group of creatives called Navi Collaborative (BALLS, THE DUMMY). In collaboration with Chocolate Lantern Theatre Company, they're developing a family-friendly puppet show that tackles the oft-avoided conversation about children and families coping with serious illness and loss - in a magical, witty, linguistic, SLIME-covered story.
A successful BOOSTED campaign will help them cover the costs of their first season and raise awareness for THE GRIEF CENTRE, perform a special relaxed performance for children with Autism and also give FREE puppet making workshops to children in under privileged communities. The campaign closes in four days.