We are happy to announce a “film in progress” is now complete. If you are interested in using this or other footage that we have for the purpose of raising money or awareness about Haiti, please contact us at email@example.com The film can be seen on our “video” section on our website.
We recently received a grant to attend a three-day Sustainable Haiti conference in Miami Beach on March 17th -19th. Following the conference we plan on traveling back to Haiti on March 20th-28h. Although we know the trip involves risks, we feel that it is important for our film that we return as soon as possible. We also want to reconnect with our friends in the music programs as they prepare for benefit concerts in Haiti and Saint Domingue. CNN recently covered one concert that has already taken place.
Our own efforts in the Appleton area have helped a great deal. In collaboration with Fox News and Lawrence University, the first concert raised over $5,000 for the music programs in Haiti during the Concert for Haiti.
Another large benefit concert in collaboration with Lawrence University- the Friends of Haiti concert, involved many students from Haiti that are now in the states. Many of our friends from Haiti were able to visit us and we were able to conduct follow up interviews with many of the students we interacted with in Haiti in December. Fabienne Fanord, a teacher at the Sainte Trinité School of music was in Haiti during the earthquake but was able to come to Appleton for the benefit concert. Our interview with her is featured in our new cut and we will put an extended cut of her interview on our website soon. A selection from the concert can be found here.
We hope to update you soon with an accurate amount that the benefit concerts in the Appleton area have raised. Reports estimate over $15,000.
This experience has been difficult, but we are proud of what we have been able to accomplish with your support. The communities involved with the music programs in Haiti have come together and exemplified the message of our film. A common understanding of humanity, brought together through music really can make a difference. Our hope is that this film will inspire others to join this cause and use what they love to make a difference in their community and the communities around them.
Stephen and Carolyn