Today is Candice’s birthday!

68 years ago she was born.

Just over 3 years ago, she passed away. Just shy of her 65th birthday.

For her birthday, I give you an update on the project she and I started together.

A long, slow labor – soon a birth.

Five years ago Candice asked me if I would help her tell her own story in her own words. She’d been in lots of films and told many of her stories to other people, but she wanted her story out there. Not just the story of her being in movies or the story of her making movies – but the other stories. Her dance, her artistry, her resilience, her search for her mother, her cancer, her family…where she’d come from and how she survived. (Other things too, but you’ll have to watch the film).

For some reason, this has been a particularly hard film to make from the get-go. Hard to get traction. It was challenged by my proximity to her, a country between us and opposite coasts. It was challenged by her passing. It has been challenged by my own closeness to the project and my own need to find the drive to persevere.

I am close. So, close.

At the beginning of 2018, I committed to myself to finish the film this year.

We have a rough cut – moving to fine, an editor working, a festival coordinator pondering, a composer musing…me rallying post-production houses and lawyers.

I’ve, personally, absorbed many hard costs over the years – thousands of dollars. In addition, I’ve put in hundreds, probably thousands, of hours. I will absorb some of the hard costs moving forward, but could also use a hand to get it over the finish line.

The campaign Candice and I did in 2014 was so tiring for us both, I swore I would never do it again.

I am asking for $15,000 to get this out the door. This will cover roughly half of the post-production we need to do. Any additional money will go to cover the rest and then to licensing some cool historical footage that is beyond my reach. (Candice is singing Banana Split by the McGuire sisters…to license them singing that song to intercut with her is $10,000 USD…a bridge too far right now for a little fun).

My objective is to make a film I think Candice would be proud of, that represents her and lets her tell the world her story.

I will launch a new/revived campaign at the end of the week to raise the funds to do this.

Please help me if you can. I’ll let you know when it’s launched and what link to find it on.

Originally, the film was called “While You Were Gone: The Untold Story of Candida Royalle”…right now, it seems fitting to just call it “Candice”.

Thanks!

Sheona

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