5 Reasons To Join #Storytellers

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Posted by OBS Team on January 17th, 2016

On January 5, 2016 we launched our big campaign of 2016: #Storytellers. This campaign centers around the single truth that nothing improves in the world without the help of storytellers: people who run into the darkest corners of our world to shine a light on forgotten conflicts and people. The objective of the campaign is very simple: raise $61,000 by April 15 to make our next documentary film about Sudan.

We've gotten a lot of great feedback and social media sharing about the campaign, but a lot of you are still on the fence about jumping in. Here's 5 reasons why you should join the campaign now:

1. This Campaign Only Works If You Join

We want this film to be a collaborative, interactive effort from start to finish, so we've decided to crowd-fund the entire $61,000 we need so that we can build a community throughout the whole filmmaking process. We want people just like you to be a part of the story so that when we launch the film, you can bring it to your hometown. 

We've already raised over $17,000 since launching the campaign. You can keep pushing us forwards by starting a fundraising page or pitching in a few bucks right now. 

2. You Won't Be Alone

A lot of other people have joined this campaign by either starting a fundraising page or chipping in a few bucks towards our goal. In fact, over 250+ amazing individuals have already given and 14 others have started fundraising pages!

If you decide to join the campaign by fundraising, we're also here to support you with an Action Kit and top-notch Fundraising Resources. Both of these make fundraising exciting and easy!

3. You're Impact Will Be Huge

Over the last 3 years we've spent a little over $31,000 to make 3 films and used those films to raise over $260,000 more. Pretty much, for every $1 we put into our storytelling efforts, we get over $8 back to put into our programs that are saving and changing lives in Sudan.

That means at some point after you fundraise or give, your support of the #Storytellers Campaign will grow by eightfold. 

4. This Will Be Our Best Film Yet.

We're doing more than just fundraising differently, we're also handling the entire filmmaking process differently than our previous films. Here's 4 ways our 4th film will be the best one yet:

  1. This will be our first feature length documentary film (over one hour long) 
  2. Our fourth film will comprehensively tie together the issues examined in our past three films through the eyes of the Sudanese directly impacted by them.
  3. We are upgrading critical pieces of media gear to capture higher quality images and to grow our media capabilities for the long-term.
  4. We are doubling the size of our volunteer media team to include very talented individuals that have a passion for Sudan, videography, and photography.

5. We Show Our Gratitude

We're offering exclusive rewards not as incentives for you to join the #Storytellers Campaign, but because we are sincerely thankful for your support. We know that without it, none of what we're doing is possible. 

Each fundraiser that raises $200+ will receive all of the donation rewards, be listed as a Fundraising Backer on our website, and have the opportunity to see the film before anyone else! If you don't have time to fundraise right now, you can also make a donation of any size towards the making of this film. You'll receive the reward levels listed here: 

Sounds Great! How Do I Join?

There are two ways to participate in the #Storytellers Campaign: you can create a fundraising page and raise $200 or make a donation. JOIN THE CAMPAIGN »

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