The Landscape We Find Ourselves In

Looking for the Right Kind of Relationship

HERE IS A GREAT POST by Dan Cogan, who founded Impact Partners, an organization we kind of fell in love with at IFP’s Film Week.

We find ourselves in the position RIGHT THIS MINUTE of needing to plunge into attempting to secure the relationships Mr. Cogan describes, in order to bridge our funding gap and enable us to keep the momentum rolling.

We’ve got:

  • A remarkable, timely story
  • Incredible access and intimacy with our subjects
  • Great footage (just now being unspooled and organized by Amy and Shraddha)
  • A world-class, thrice Academy Award nominated editor, Fiona Otway
  • A grant and the ongoing support of the Sundance Institute
  • An amazingly successful Kickstarter campaign (which means a big pile of invested people we now have relationships with)
  • A super savvy and well connected Executive Producer, Karol Martesko-Fenster
  • An amazing and dedicated Nepal-side team, Co-Director Ramyata Limbu and cinematographer Shailendra D. Karki
  • A whole pile of great Industry contacts that we forged at Film Week, including folks from Mr. Cogan’s organization


Now, with our editor scheduled for the first 4-6 months of next year, we are running hard against a deadline: We want to finish our film by this time next year. That’s going to cost us money, way more than we have. In fact, just getting to where we can go out and secure the REAL finishing funds. Just to get us into the first month or so of Fiona’s time, we are short about $50,000. That’s our funding gap right now.

When I scare it up, that money will bridge our gap by paying for Shraddha, our amazing Nepali assistant editor to review and spot-translate ALL of our footage, for our production manager, Kristin, to wrangle final translation with our team in Nepal, for the purchase of a new computer and RAID storage system for the footage, so that Fiona, our Academy Award Nominated™ editor (sorry, just never get tired of saying that!) can get a good start on cutting our film!

Right now, it’s off to seek investors. Wish us luck.


  1. Suzanne
    October 9, 2013

    Luck. Have u thought about securing a private loan?

  2. squire
    October 9, 2013

    Thanks for checking in. Certainly we have, and we are hoping to keep it as a last resort.

    The feedback and advice we’ve gotten, particularly in this New York trip, has bolstered our confidence that what we have is as much an opportunity for the right partner(s) as it is an ask for money from the universe.

    Now to set about finding the right partners in this big universe!

  3. Denise-Christine
    October 9, 2013

    Have you thought about contacting the Malala Foundation for a grant or loan?

    • squire
      October 9, 2013

      Thanks for following along, and for your note. We have, of course, been aware of the Malala Fund–what great work they seem to be doing. We haven’t approached them, and here’s why: We have heard from many donor-based orgs that they love our project, but that they couldn’t in good conscience take their donors’ money (which was given to support education of girls) and direct it to a project such as ours. Though the goals are complementary, the overlap is awkward, alas.

      Having said that, there are models of successful partnerships between donor based orgs and doc projects which end up working out just great. These are almost universally the result of someone knowing someone, and when it comes to introductions, we are all ears!

  4. Chris
    October 10, 2013

    Great pic, great progress and here’s hoping the fund search proves bountiful. C


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