Just a few hours ago, the on-line fundraising campaign to support a DVD production of Piecework: When We Were French came to a close, and I’m delighted to report that we not only met, but exceeded, our original fundraising goal!
In the end, 116 donors from across North America and beyond stepped forward to support this project, and others helped by spreading the word. I have been overwhelmed by people’s generosity and enthusiasm for the show, and I’m happy to be able to move forward with the making of the DVD. The final total has yet to be tallied (some donations came in by check, and Indiegogo and its credit card processors get their cuts), but it’s clear that we gathered enough to support the filming and editing of the production, with some left over to put toward costs like duplication, packaging, and distribution. This is deeply gratifying! Thank you for your support!
One of my other goals during the campaign was to make daily posts on this site about Franco-American topics and other themes related to the show. I apologize if you’ve been waiting for those posts. They’ve dropped off recently, as I’ve turned my attention to rehearsing for my upcoming performances at Lost Nation Theater in Montpelier, Vermont. I will continue to post from time to time, though, as the DVD project moves forward, and I no doubt will learn new things about the issues of heritage, history, ethnicity, and memory that Piecework explores. So stay tuned! Updates will also continue to be posted on Facebook and Twitter.
If you missed the chance to contribute to our Indiegogo campaign, never fear. Email me at positive_abbytude[at]yahoo.com to find out how you can still contribute to the project. There is still much to do, first and foremost, polishing the show for audiences, to which I’ll return now.