Freedom’s Village: The Fayette County, TN Civil Rights Movement

$5,420
54%
Raised toward our $10,000 Goal
33 Donors
15
days left
Project ends on May 31, at 11:59 PM CDT
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We Reached $4,000! Thank You for Your Efforts in Helping Us Tell this Critical Story

May 05, 2022

Hello "Freedom's Village" team!

We officially surpassed 40% of our goal at $4,170 with 26 days left in the campaign! Thank you for your hard work spreading awareness of the campaign. Without your help, we could not have made it this far!

Please continue to share the campaign on your social media pages. Content is regularly shared through Hooks Institute social media: Facebook (facebook.com/benhooksinstitute), Twitter (@HooksInstitute).

 Let us take a moment to remember what this story is about, honoring the sharecroppers of Fayette County who gave everything in their struggle for equality and the right to vote. 

What is Sharecropping, and how was it used to continue a system of inequality in the county? University of Memphis film students explain the regressive practice and how it relates to the history of the 1960s Fayette County Civil Rights movement.

View the video at the end of the message.

Please like and share!


Thank you,


Nathaniel Ball

Assistant Director, Hooks Institute

Hooks Institute



Hooks Institute film shines light on Fayette County voting rights struggle -Read the Daily Memphian Article on Our Film!

May 02, 2022

Hello "Freedom's Village" team!

We are beginning to pick up momentum with our crowdfunding campaign for "Freedom's Village!" Thank you all for donating to this film about the importance of voting rights told through actual events from the Fayette County Civil Rights Movement. 

Through your hard work getting the word out on the film, we have surpassed $3,000! 

If you have a moment, please read this excellent article about the film and the campaign written by Alicia Davidson of the Daily Memphian https://dailymemphian.com/section/metro/article/28141/university-of-memphis-hooks-institute-fayette-county-civil-rghts-film-tent-cities

Please continue to share and build awareness of this film with your network so that we can get the critical, little-known story of African American Fayette Countians' struggle for the right to vote made. Your help is essential to that effort!

 

Thank you for your donations and your hard work!

Nathaniel Ball

Assistant Director, Hooks Institute

Producer, "Freedom's Village"

What Inspired Us to make "Freedom's Village?" : Producers Speak on the Making of the Film

April 27, 2022

Hello "Freedom's Village" team!

Through your support, we have reached nearly $2150 to support this important film on the importance of the right to vote told through the story of the Fayette County Civil RIghts movement! Thank you all for your donations and hard work getting the word out about the film.

We will be continuing our campaign to raise funds for this film until May 31! Please spread awareness of this short film to anyone in your network who supports the cause of voting rights and civil rights.

What Inspired Us to make "Freedom's Village?"

Why did we choose the true story of the Fayette County Civil Rights movement as the focus of our film on voting rights? Producers Nathaniel Ball and Marty Lang speak on the importance of the right to vote and how that inspired us to create this film.

What Inspired Us to make "Freedom's Village?" : Producers Speak on the Making of the Film


Thank you,

Nathaniel Ball

Hooks Institute Assistant Director

Producer, "Freedom's Village"

Kristen Hill, Screenwriter, Freedom's Village on Inspiration from the Fayette County Activists

April 13, 2022

Hello, Freedom's Village team!


We hit the $1,000 mark! Thank you so much for helping us get the word out about our campaign!

Through your donation, we are one step closer to telling this important, untold story about voting rights and the importance of fighting to preserve them!

Keep sharing with your network and help us get to $2,000 this week!

Today, our video is from University of Memphis students who interviewed Kristen Hill, Freedom's Village screenwriter. in the video, Kristen describes her research into the civil rights movement and how their actions inspired her while writing the film.

Thanks again for all of your hard work!


Nathaniel Ball

Producer, Freedom's Village

Hooks Institute Assistant Director

UofM Students Speak on Supporting Freedom's Village Crowdfunding Campaign

April 11, 2022

Hello, Freedom's Village team!

Thanks again for your support. We are nearing $1,000!

As part of this campaign, University of Memphis film students in Marty Lang's Film and Video Production class are diligently working to raise awareness of the film.

See what they have learned working on this crowdfunding project through the attached video!

Help us grow our team! Make sure to share our campaign with your contacts. 

Thanks so much for your help! We cannot do this without you!

Nathaniel Ball

Producer, "Freedom's Village"

Assistant Director, Hooks Institute

Our First Week Ends Tonight!

April 08, 2022

Hello "Freedom's Village" Team!

The first week of our crowdfunding campaign ends tonight with nearly $800 in donations. Help us get to $1,000 before our first week ends by sharing our campaign with your network. www.memphis.edu/facingdownstorms 

We can't tell this inspiring story without your help!

I want to thank everyone for your support of our film "Freedom's Village!" Every little bit helps!

Today we have a video looking at what University of Memphis students know about voting rights in the United States. 

Please enjoy help us get this amazing story produced about the importance of fighting for the rights guaranteed by our constitution!

The History of Voting Rights in the United States - UofM Student Video to Support Freedom's Village

April 06, 2022

Thank you to everyone who has supported our campaign so far! 

As part of the campaign, University of Memphis film students are creating videos on the history and importance of voting rights. A main goal of our campaign is to stress the importance and build awareness of voting rights in the United States and how these rights are earned by normal people who made change through their courageous actions!

Help us build more momentum for this film by sharing our crowdfunding page with you network! We can't get this amazing untold story off the ground without your help!

Please share and tell others about our film through social media. They can donate at memphis.edu/freedomsvillage.

Thank you!

Nathaniel Ball

Assistant Director, Hooks Institute

Producer "Freedom's Village"


UofM Students Give an Overview on How to Register to Vote

April 04, 2022

Thanks to everyone who has donated to "Freedom's Village!" 

We are now at 5% percent of our goal at $575!

We still need your help spreading the word about this important untold story on the historical struggle for the rights to vote. Over the next few weeks, UofM students will provide videos to continue our momentum for the campaign.

Please share our campaign with your contacts to grow our list of supporters!

Today (April 4) is the last day to register to vote for the Shelby County, Tennessee primary on May 3! University of Memphis students lead an overview of the requirements to register to vote! 

Help us support our film "Freedom's Village" a film about the right to vote based on true events that occurred in Fayette County, Tennessee in the 1960s. Make a tax-deductible donation at memphis.edu/freedomsvillage

Most importantly, make sure to register to vote! 

This Video is Intended as an Overview of the Voter Regustrtation Process and Does Not Necessarily Reflect the Entire Process or Requirements to Register to Vote. For full information on how to resgiter to vote visit VOTE.GOV.

Our way
of Thanking You

$5

Digital “Go Vote” Sticker

For $5 dollars, you'll receive a “Freedom’s Village, Get Out the Vote" sticker with a link to the campaign, so you can let your friends know you're part of the team!

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$20

Digital Backers Poster

For $20 dollars, you'll receive a poster for the film, with the names of all the backers on it, as a thank you to everyone who is part of this project.

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$25

Watch the Movie!

With a $25 donation, you'll be given a special link to stream the film when it's completed!

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$35

Downloadable Movie Soundtrack

For a $35 donation,, you'll receive a downloadable collection of songs used in the movie's soundtrack when the film is completed.

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$50

Behind the Scenes Documentary

At the $50 level, you'll receive a link to download a documentary about the making of the movie.

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$75

Thank You Credit in the Film

At the $75 level, your name will be listed in the special thanks credits of the finished film!

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$100

Be An Extra in the Film!

With a donation of $100, you'll be invited to be an extra in the film, scheduled to shoot in summer 2022! (This perk is only the invitation; it is up to the backer whether or not they actually show up to set. Travel, lodging and food are the responsibility of the backer.)

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$150

A Ticket for the Premiere!

Back this project at the $150 level, and you'll receive a ticket to the Memphis premiere of the film! (Travel, lodging and food are the responsibility of the backer.)

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$500

Associate Producer Donor!

If you back us at the $500 level, you will be given a Crowdfunding Associate Producer credit in the finished film! (This does not give the backer any financial participation in the film.)

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$1,000

Co-Producer Donor!

If you back us at the $1000 level, you will be given a Crowdfunding Co-Producer credit in the finished film! (This does not give the backer any financial participation in the film.)

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$2,000

Executive Producer Donor!

If you back us at the $2000 level, you will be given a Crowdfunding Executive Producer credit in the finished film! (This does not give the backer any financial participation in the film.)

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