Hey friends, so it has been awhile since we’ve been present – close to two months now, and I want to apologize for being so M.I.A. So, please, let me explain what’s been happening, where we’re at now and where we’re going.
As the team entered winter break, we thought it’d be the perfect time for us to begin the process for our film, which we had planned to be shoot in January and screen in March. However, we realized that we were hitting too many obstacles along the way and took that as a sign that maybe this wasn’t the right time.
And it wasn’t.
So, we have decided to pull the plug on the “This Is Me” Film Project. At least, for now. It may be an option to revisit later down the road.
Note: The money we raised from our supporters will be donated to a local non-profit organization.
If I’m being quite honest, this decision has been a relief because now we can really focus on revitalizing #TIM and continue to discover and publish more stories of real people! Which brings us too…
Where We Are Now:
Sylvana and I are back in school and preparing to graduate in May, which is exciting as it is nerve-wracking! We both have internships, classes and work, so while this may slow the progress we want to see with the project, this will not stop it! We love #TIM and we want this to be powerful – a movement, if possible.
Since we’re in school, we’re in a space of so many students who faces struggles that they never get the chance to discuss and share with the world around them, and we want to do that. We want to be their platform. We’ve gained recognition for what we’ve done so far, which we are extremely grateful for, but we want to do more.
So, as part of this revitalization, I want to undertake the task of reaching out to my local community for people who may be interested in being a part of the project. I want to meet more people and hear more stories. I want their stories to affect yours and cause positive change. Pulling the plug on the film project has given me relief because now I feel like I can go back to the roots of why I wanted to do this project; to make a difference.
Where We Are Going:
I honestly have no idea what’s next in store for us. I’d like to think Sylvana and I will continue this project, and I think we will because we have both discussed how much we care about this and its message. I can’t speak for her, of course, but I will say that I hope she stays with me because she has been the biggest help throughout this process. Without her, much of this would not exist. But, even if she weren’t to stay, I want to continue this for her as well. I want to continue this for you and I want to continue this for me.
In terms of the next step, I’ve made a little list of what I want to do.
- I want to produce more content on the photo series.
- I want to utilize the blog more and actually blog about topics related to the stories.
- I want to begin compiling video interviews into a short documentary-style video (this is a personal project that I want to complete by the end of summer)
- I want to create short videos of each interview to correspond with their respective posts!
- I want to look into turning this into non-profit OR align with non-profits to make more of an impact on both my local community and hopefully you.
- I want #ThisIsMe to become a movement.
I know that some of these goals may seem crazy, but if people aren’t laughing at your dreams, then they’re not big enough!
I want to take this moment to thank every single one of you who has supported this project since its inception and thank you for sticking with us. You have no idea how much it means to me to have this much support. I love you, so very much and I am so excited to see where this new adventure takes us!
We’ll try to have some more content as soon as possible!
Peace, self-love and happiness
– Jordan Daniels