Four months after touching down in Delhi to begin production on India’s Mothers (working title), we were back in the air again, America-bound.
No one said making a feature film would be easy, and we’ve certainly experienced that over the past few months. There’s been some turbulence along the way, but overall it’s been a rewarding 2017 thus far.
We’ve made fantastic headway on the project, gotten great footage, secured inspiring characters. We set out to make a film, having a vague idea of what it will look and sound like. To finally see that film take shape and take on a life of it’s own, is a bit like what I imagine it feels like to have your child walk or speak for the first time.
We have a few more legs of the journey ahead of us, but we wanted to take a moment to tell you all about the progress we’ve made and what’s up next for Goat Tree.
Some highlights from our first stage of production:
We got powerful and informative interviews with key players in the field of reproductive rights, from organizations like the Human Rights Law Network, the Population Foundation of India, and the Centre for Health and Social Justice. With our “expert” voices in place, we’ve been able to script the history / policy sections that will lend structure to the film.
Zoe received a Fulbright grant to continue our work on the film, and for her to conduct related research on the topics of reproductive justice and India’s population control policies.
We secured inspiring characters who invited us into their worlds. We’re excited to introduce you to characters like Mitilesh, a woman in rural Madhya Pradesh who decides to get sterilized, and Devika Biswas, a health activist fighting to change the system.
Zoe returns to Bombay in July to being her Fulbright grant period. She’ll be working on archival research and research concerning the rise of non-consensual IUD insertion.
Annie and Zoe will be based in NYC for the next few months, to begin scripting and editing! Now that we’ve secured most of our footage, we’re able to start putting the film together. This will allow us to figure out what filming we will still need to do when back in India.
…But editing costs money. We’re now back in the fundraising game, seeking post-production grants and funds to support the costs of an editor and animator.
Thank you all for flying with us, and we look forward to continuing this journey together.