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30 June 2009 @ 02:10 pm
Another letter from Ela Thier  

Remember when I posted this about the independent film writer/director who was in need of funds?

I gave her a small donation, and she's been sending out emails keeping everybody posted about the progress of the film.  An excerpt from the latest:
Today is June 30th (my b-day!) and the last day of our virtual fundraiser. The higher the number is at the end of today, the more likely it will be that I will find someone who will pick up where we left off and bridge the gap between what we raise and our goal. (Several prospects on the horizon. The amount we raise today will be critical towards that end.) If you planned on contributing, today is the day to cast your vote for this film by doing so:

I know we're all tightening our belts these days.  And with all of the problems the world faces, why on earth am I so wound up about a movie?

Simple.  Movies are important to me.  They feed my soul, and make me happy.  They scream for me when I'm hurt, cry for me when I'm sad.  They inspire me when nothing else will.  A great portion of the worst years of my life was spent watching movies just to get myself through the day or through the night.

I still remember the first time I watched Requiem for a Dream and started crying in relief that someone, somewhere, had managed to capture some of my experiences with prescription drugs on film.  Communication matters.

I have a lot to say about the warped state of the entertainment industry, but at the end of the day... I just hopelessly love my movies.  They're dreams come to life.  And it touches me to see someone who reminds me very much of myself trying to get her little film made.

My reward tonight for studying so hard for the GRE?  Will be to go see a movie.  :)

Please donate if you can.  This film has to be shot within the bounds of summer, because the stars will have to go back to school soon!
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