Friday, February 1, 2008

Fiscal Sponsorship

I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you for supporting the documentary or at least reading this blog. Production in Nepal went extremely well and we were able to accomplish a great deal.

I am back in the States and I have begun post production on the project. I am working with Brandon Kohrt on writing and editing the full trailer for fund raising and grant applications, but in the mean time, please take a looks at some selected clips that we captured while in Nepal.

Also we have been able to partner with great fiscal sponsor, we are privileged to be working with Documentary Educational Resources ( in Watertown, MA. They are a non-profit organization founded in 1968 for the purpose of producing and distributing cross-cultural documentary film for educational use. They are a great
fit with our program and this is a big boost when it comes to accepting charitable donation and dealing with the distribution of the film. Many foundations, organizations and government funding agencies require the sponsorship of a non-profit, 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization in order to apply for funds. Examples of these agencies include the MacArthur Foundation or the National Endowment for the

Other highlights from the past week or so:

Brandon has gone through 13 interviews and has code them into crazy indexing software, which makes it very easy to find specific instances of when an interview subject talks about a specific issue. We had a meeting this week to discuss the structuring of the fund raising trailer, which should be completed in the next 2 weeks.

Gordon is continuing to research Grants and Funding opportunities. He and I are went to the "Doing Your Doc" workshop last weekend at GSU featuring Fernanda Rossi AKA the Documentary Doctor ( This workshop which was organized by Kathryn Galan of NALIP, discussed ways of structuring the fund raising trailer as well as other helpful idea about documentary filmmaking. Gordon and I were invited to be mentors for the workshop, which was a great experience.

I have finished transcribing all 17 English interviews. Our translator, Nabi continues to work on the Nepali interview. This week she sent the full Ganesh Man Pun, YCL president, interview and the Prachanda, leader of the CPN-(Maoist) interview this week. I spoke to Prachanda Shrestha on the phone this week. He is going to make sure that the rest of the transcriptions are delivered to Nabi.

Harris has updated the site, which is looking great. He is working on the new changes for the website, which should be up by the end of this weekend.

Thanks again for believing in the work that we are doing,

Best Regards,
Robert Koenig