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Devin D. Thorpe

Devin Thorpe

This Film Needs your Support to help “HANA: Help a Needy Animal”

The filmmakers want to produce a documentary profiling “HANA, the Help-A-Needy-Animal Fund”. This nonprofit has a mission to prevent euthanasia in pets. They are raising money on Kickstarter. Recently I caught up with Josh Haygood to learn more about the effort; here’s what he told me:

What is the social benefit you hope to achieve with or through your crowdfunding campaign?

I’m a film and television producer in New York city having made two Emmy Award winning television programs as well as many others. I’ve made my career primarily in the documentary space. I love projects with a big heart, such as the feature doc Ride With Larry which we released last year about a man battling Parkinson’s. My father also has this disease, so this was a very personal journey for me and very rewarding to help such a wonderful cause. We’re now working with the Michael J Fox foundation to raise money for research. I feel it’s the highest calling of an artist in any medium to be able to use their voice to help others.

It’s this call to action that’s led to my current project. I was introduced to a wonderful charity in California called HANA – the Help A Needy Animal fund, a 501c(3) non profit that provides life saving veterinary care to animals whose lives hang in the balance, but whose owners lack the financial resources to afford the often high cost of surgery and other procedures necessary to save their animals. The doctors at HANA have spent years treating domestic pets as well as horses and other critical working animals across California and now want to take their expertise to other areas to try and save as many animals as possible.

My idea is to make a film about their incredible work to get the word out to a big audience. As an animal lover myself, I feel this incredible work deserves to be recognized on a national stage. However the bigger hope is that similar to our film about Parkinson’s, which has helped raise money and awareness of that cause, this film will drive donations and support to HANA which can only do its life saving work with continued financial support.

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How much money are you hoping to raise and why? How much have you raised so far?

We just launched our Kickstarter campaign two days ago, so far it hasn’t been seen very widely, thus my outreach to you. I’m a filmmaker, not a marketing or social media guru. I definitely need help in this area as I believe very much in the cause this film will promote.

The total ask is $75,000 which is about a quarter of what a film of this nature would cost on the open commercial market. I’m calling in every favor I’m owed from the film making community to get it done on a modest budget.

Whom are you trying to help with your project and why?

I’ll repeat what I wrote on your first page in case that’s not the place to enter this info:

I was introduced to a wonderful charity in California called HANA – the Help A Needy Animal fund, a 501c(3) non profit that provides life saving veterinary care to animals whose lives hang in the balance, but whose owners lack the financial resources to afford the often high cost of surgery and other procedures necessary to save their animals. The doctors at HANA have spent years treating domestic pets as well as horses and other critical working animals across California and now want to take their expertise to other areas to try and save as many animals as possible.

Vets Without Borders from Bandito Films | NYC on Vimeo.

What rewards, if any, are you offering to your supporters?

We are trying to be as generous as possible in this area. On our Kickstarter campaign backers are offered everything from t-shirts and DVDs at the lower levels up to invites to the LA premier of the film. We are also offering access to a live online backers only premier stream of the film at nearly every support level, which includes a live chat with the film makers. For those looking to be very generous, we are also offering Associate Producer and Executive Producer credits.

As animal lovers ourselves, we believe so much in this cause. We very much hope to have the opportunity to make this film and support what we think is an absolutely wonderful and necessary organization.

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