What does it take to make a high caliber documentary film?

Step 1 - a really phenomenal story

Civil is a documentary film about the making of America told from events found in young peoples diaries, letters and stories passed down from generation to generation. 

The story starts with the Iroquois Nation’s influence on the writing of the United States constitution, travels along the Trail of Tears and tells what it was like to live through the Jim Crow era, the Great Depression and the rise of Hitler. These historical layers lead to the success of the Civil Rights Movement and to the America that we know today.  CIVIL shows how we gain or lose freedom incrementally, what democracy is and why it matters.

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. - Anne Frank

Step 2 - a really solid action plan

Step 3 - a really realistic financial plan

Step 4 - a really fantastic partnership
between
filmmakers and film backers

IT TAKES YOU!

When great FILMMAKERS teamed up with fantastic FILM BACKERS

that's when high caliber documentary films are made.

... you are an integral part of THE TEAM!

YOU ARE ...

the WEFT to our WEAVE ...

the SALT to our PEPPER ...

the LAUREL to our HARDY!

JOIN OUR TEAM

First, check out WHY THIS FILM? below.

Then review our GIVING LEVELS placed along side it.

(We developed levels for everyone!)

JOIN US at the level that best fits your budget.

IT'S THAT EASY!

3 EASY WAYS TO DONATE

Check out WHY and GIVING LEVELS below. Then choose one of these 3 easy ways to join the team!

WRITE A CHECK

Make your check payable to: CLIFFORD CREATIONS

MAIL TO: Clifford Creations, Julia Clifford, 1677 Mt Baker Hwy #A, Bellingham WA 98226

OR 

Call us directly. We can take your credit card information over the phone, (we use QuickBooks).

Call Julia (the director): 360-305-7837

IT”S A GREAT WAY TO GO FOR SPONSORS SEEKING AWESOME ADVERTISING BENEFITS. 

DONATE ONLINE 

Set up MONTHLY PAYMENTS at PATREON.COM 

(PATREON is a well respected site that helps match artist, filmmakers, creators with their patrons.)

 

OR 

Do you like to use PayPal?

NEED A TAX DEDUCTION?

Make your check payable to our fiscal sponsor: PICKFORD FILM CENTER 

MAIL TO: Pickford Film Center, PO Box 2521, Bellingham WA 98225 

(REMEMBER to write “Civil Documentary” on the check memo!)

PICKFORD FILM CENTER is a 501(c)(3) non-profit.

PICKFORD’S tax ID-EIN is 91-1891456.

Why This Film?

A LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR

I use to think freedom was solid, something gained but never lost. But as I made Children of the Civil Rights, I realized that freedom is like water. It’s like the kind of water contained in a reservoir.

1895 – Winston Churchill as Cornet (Second Lieutenant) in the 4th’s Queen’s Own Hussars. Credit: PA/PA Archieves/Press Association Image

Winston Churchill once said, “The farther back you look, the farther forward you can see.”

And that is so true!

You can see that we do lose freedom and it happens just like the way a reservoir dries up … slowly … incrementally.

Executive Producer

$50,000

FOR 2 YEARS OF EASY BUDGETING, DONATE:

$25,000 annually
$12,500 biannually
$6,250 quarterly
or $2,084 per month

As a Executive Producer, you are featured in the beginning of the film and at the top of the film credits. We also add your business logo the bottom of the film credits and on DVD packaging.

You also receive a copy of the DVD and a link to the online version of the film that you can share with your constituents, colleagues, family and friends.

PLUS … your gift provides UNIVERSITY LIBRARY BONUSES.

We will send a copy of the DVD (with unlimited licensing) to 500 university libraries. Choose the states that you prefer and we will add a gold seal onto each DVD cover that says…

“Brought to you by [your business name].”

(3 spots)

Sometimes, the impact of past laws can take whole centuries to fully understand. This seems to be what America is facing now with Black Lives Matter, the Me Too Movement, immigration, the break up of unions, Native American tribes reclaiming their inherent rights as sovereign nations, fears around the majority’s ultimate shift into the minority … the list goes on.

All of that is hard to grapple with.

Looking back in history helps me to at least understand why we are the way we are today.

So I ask myself …

Associate Producer

$25,000

FOR 2 YEARS OF EASY
BUDGETING, DONATE:

$12,500 annually
$6,250 biannually
$3,125 quarterly
or $1,042 per month

As a Associate Producer, you are featured right under Executive Producer at the top of the film credits. We also add your business logo the bottom of the film credits. 

You also receive a copy of the DVD and a link to the online version of the film that you can share with your constituents, colleagues, family and friends.

PLUS … your gift provides MUSEUM MADNESS BONUSES.

We are working with major national museums to offer each of their visitor a free link to the film online. The messaging on their ticket and on sign in will say …

“Brought to you by [your business name].”

(3 spots)

Can I tell a story about the making of America to our young in a way that our young and future leaders will connect?

Can the young look back far enough so they better understand what they are seeing in today’s news?

Can this story ultimately help the young to see their way forward so that in the future, they can lead our country in unity and with freedom intact?

That’s a tall order.

How do I tell this story? How do I make it interesting, entertaining and compelling to high schoolers, college students, the history buffs and the general public as a whole? (And how do I keep it to one hour?)

It took a while, finally …

I thought about what interested me the most … and that was hearing the young peoples stories … seeing their point of view.

I read about  a Cherokee elder remembering when he was 9-years-old, how he and his family were rounded up and forced to march a thousand miles along the Trail of Tears.

Producer's Club

$10,000

FOR 2 YEARS OF EASY BUDGETING, DONATE:

$5,000 annually
$2,500 biannually
$1,250 quarterly
or $417 per month

As a Producer’s Club Sponsor, you are listed in the film credits under Producer’s Club. 

You also receive a copy of the DVD and a link to the online version of the film that you can share with your constituents, colleagues, family and friends.

PLUS … your gift provides schools with HISTORY EXTRAVAGANZA BONUSES.

Every public high school Social Studies and History department in one state will be provided with an online link to the documentary film that they can share with all their students. You can choose your state (first come first serve-one sponsor per state). The messaging on the screen when teachers and students sign in will say …

“Brought to you by [your business name].”

(10 spots)

Here’s an excerpt from … 

The Story of Samuel Cloud, a boy who turned nine on the Trail of Tears, retold by his great great grandson.

… My mother is coughing now. She looks warn. Her hands and face are burning hot. My aunts and uncles try to take care of me, so she can’t better. I don’t want to leave her alone. I just want to sit with her. I want her to stroke my hair, like she used to do. My aunts try to get me to sleep by them, but at night I creep to her side. She coughs and it wracks her whole body. When she feels me by her side, she opens her blanket and lets me in. I nestle against her feverish body. I can make it another day, I know, because she is here. When I went to sleep last night, my mother was hot and coughing worse than usual. When I woke, she was cold.

I learned about a young coal seller’s son who watched his friends change when they left school to work the factories and mines during the Industrial Revolution era.

… Those sickly little boys we used to meet on fine summer evenings, towards six o’clock on the outskirts of an industrial town. … We would see them, pale-faced, bodies worn out already, a little bowl in their left hand, dragging their feet on the way to a factory. And they were only twelve!

Director's Club

$5,000

FOR 2 YEARS OF EASY BUDGETING, DONATE:

$2,500 annually
$1,250 biannually
$625 quarterly
or $209 per month

As a Director’s Club Sponsor, you are listed under Director’s Club in the film credits

You also receive a copy of the DVD and a link to the online version of the film that you can share with your constituents, colleagues, family and friends.

PLUS … your gift provides PUBLIC LIBRARY BONUSES.

Two hundred public libraries will receive a copy of the DVD that they can share with their library patrons year after year.  Choose the states that you prefer (first come first serve) and we will add a gold seal on each DVD cover that says…

“Brought to you by [your business name].”

(15 spots)

I read an excerpt from a 15-year-old girl’s diary who wrote about the day she and her family dashed across the land in attempts to claim it during a land run.

An excerpt from the Diary of Laura Brown …

… Suddenly there is a “Flash,” “Boom” from the soldiers’ guns and with a might cheer the crowd was off and away in a cloud of dust, horse-backers, in buggies, wagons, and on foot. And in less time then it takes to tell it, the crowd was over the little rise of ground to the east of us and out of sight and the sound grew fainter and fainter and soon died away in the distance.

movie house
MOGUL

$5,000

FOR 2 YEARS OF EASY BUDGETING, DONATE:

$2,500 annually
$1,250 biannually
$625 quarterly
or $209 per month

We will be traveling around the US each spring and fall showing three screenings a week for two years. (That’s 96 screenings.)

As a Movie House Mogul, you are the TITLE SPONSOR for THREE screenings on all marketing materials, press releases, public service announcements PLUS its shared with partnering organization’s guests lists. Your name will also be announced at all three screenings and during the Q&A/presentation that follows the film. 

(And of course, you will receive a copy of the DVD plus the online link to the film that you can share with family, friends, colleagues and constituents.)

(10 spots)

Then I heard and account from a woman who remembered being 10-years-old living in the Jim Crow era. Her account horrified me.

An excerpt from Clara Luper’s writings

We we the only people brought to America in chain. … Back in 1933, I was 10-years old. My brother got really sick so we took him to the closest hospital. That hospital was segregated and they turned us away. My brother, he died.

 

Each story comes from a young voice so there is an innocence about each recall, but when these stories are woven together … they tell a mighty tale.

I realized then that the story didn’t need to be complicated. The answer to my question became simple. 

Now … it’s time to make the film! 

CIVIL is a documentary film about the making of America told through the eyes of the young.

I hope you enjoy the process! I will absolutely love having you join our team and come along for the ride! 

JOIN US! And together, we will make CIVIL for our young and future leaders.

Thank you! 

     Julia

PS: Though the stories I feature in this letter are on the dark side, the end will be real … but hopeful and uplifting. 🙂

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MAVERICK

$2,000

FOR 2 YEARS OF EASY BUDGETING, DONATE:

$1,000 annually
$500 biannually
$250 quarterly
or $84 per month

We will be traveling around the US each spring and fall showing three screenings a week for two years. (That’s 96 screenings.)

As a Movie House Maverick, you are the TITLE SPONSOR for one screening on all marketing materials, press releases, public service announcements PLUS its shared with guests lists invites from partnering organization. Your name will also be announced at the screening and during the Q&A/presentation that follows the film. 

(And of course, you will receive a copy of the DVD plus the online link to the film that you can share with family, friends, colleagues and constituents.)

(20 spots)

Please join us in making CIVIL.

Super Star
Sponsor

$1,000

FOR 2 YEARS OF EASY BUDGETING, DONATE:

$500 annually
$250 biannually
$125 quarterly
or $42 per month

As a Super Star Sponsoryou are listed under Super Star Sponsor in the film credits.

You also receive a copy of the DVD and a link to the online version of the film that you can share with your family, friends, colleagues and constituents.

PLUS … your gift provides UNIVERSITY BONUSES that we match!

We will send a copy of the DVD (with unlimited licensing) to 12 university libraries.  Choose the states that you prefer (first come first serve) and we will add a gold seal on each DVD cover that says…

“Brought to you by [your name].”

How we match your gift … We will send an online link directly to Social Studies/History departments at twelve different universities so that the professors can share with all of their students.

Actor's Club

$500

FOR 2 YEARS OF EASY BUDGETING, DONATE:

$250 annually
$125 biannually
$63 quarterly
or $21 per month

As a Actor’s Club Sponsoryou are listed under Actor’s Club in the film credits.

You also receive a copy of the DVD and a link to the online version of the film that you can share with your family, friends, colleagues and constituents.

PLUS … your gift provides PUBLIC SCHOOL LIBRARY BONUSES that we match!

We will send a copy of the DVD to 20 public school libraries. Choose the states that you prefer (first come first serve) and we will add a gold seal on each DVD cover that says…

“Brought to you by [your name].”

How we match your gift … We will send an online link directly to Social Studies/History departments at twenty different high schools so that the teachers can share with all of their students.

Key Grip Club

$250

FOR 2 YEARS OF EASY BUDGETING, DONATE:

$125 annually
$63 biannually
$32 quarterly
or $11 per month

As a Key Grip Club Sponsoryou are listed under Key Grip Club in the film credits. 

You also receive a copy of the DVD and a link to the online version of the film that you can share with your family, friends, colleagues and constituents.

PLUS … your gift provides UNIVERSITY BONUSES that we match!

We will send a copy of the DVD (with unlimited licensing) to 3 university libraries.  Choose the states that you prefer (first come first serve) and we will add a gold seal on each DVD cover that says…

“Brought to you by [your name].”

How we match your gift … We will send an online link directly to Social Studies/History departments at 3 different universities so that the professors can share with all of their students.

Film Fan's Club
(Top Tier)

$100

FOR 2 YEARS OF EASY BUDGETING, DONATE:

$50 annually
$25 biannually
$12.50 quarterly
or $6.25 per month

As a Film Fans Clubyou are listed under Film Fans Club in the film credits 

PLUS … you receive a copy of the DVD and a link to the online version of the film that you can share with your family, friends, colleagues and constituents.

Film Fan's Club
(Middle Tier)

$50

FOR 2 YEARS OF EASY BUDGETING, DONATE:

$25 annually
$12.50 biannually
$6.25 quarterly
or $2 per month

As a Film Fans Clubyou are listed under Film Fans Club in the website. 

PLUS … you’ll be one of the first receive TWO copies of the DVD, one for you and one you can share with your local library, school, friend or family.

Film Fan's Club
(Balcony Tier)

$25

FOR 2 YEARS OF EASY BUDGETING, DONATE:

$12.50 annually
$6.25 biannually
$3.12 quarterly
or $1 per month

As a Film Fans Clubyou are listed under Film Fans Club in the website. 

PLUS … you’ll be one of the first to receive a copy of the DVD, hot off the press!

Interview with Mike Korenbilt

My parents immigrated to America in 1950. They were holocaust survivors. … When I was seven, my Dad say the sit-ins on the evening news. That next Saturday, my parent took me to a park. My Dad asked me to drink out of the ‘Whites Only’ water fountain, which I did. And then he had me drink of the ‘Colored Only’ water fountain. It tasted exactly the same. … Then my Dad said to me, his 7-year-old son, “I always want to you remember. This is why you don’t have grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.” 

WRITE A CHECK

Make your check payable to: CLIFFORD CREATIONS

MAIL TO: Clifford Creations, Julia Clifford, 1677 Mt Baker Hwy #A, Bellingham WA 98226

OR 

Call us directly. We can take your credit card information over the phone, (we use QuickBooks).

Call Julia (the director): 360-305-7837

IT”S A GREAT WAY TO GO FOR SPONSORS SEEKING AWESOME ADVERTISING BENEFITS. 

DONATE ONLINE 

Set up MONTHLY PAYMENTS at PATREON.COM 

(PATREON is a well respected site that helps match artist, filmmakers, creators with their patrons.)

 

OR 

Do you like to use PayPal?

NEED A TAX DEDUCTION?

Make your check payable to our fiscal sponsor: PICKFORD FILM CENTER 

MAIL TO: Pickford Film Center, PO Box 2521, Bellingham WA 98225 

(REMEMBER to write “Civil Documentary” on the check memo!)

PICKFORD FILM CENTER is a 501(c)(3) non-profit.

PICKFORD’S tax ID-EIN is 91-1891456.

IT TAKES A LOT TO MAKE A FILM

IT TAKES YOU!