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Filmmaker seeks crowd-funding to complete Unfinished Sentences

Thursday, March 3, 2016
A scene from the film Unfinished Sentences for which producer Mariel Brown is seeking funding for the post-production phase.

On February 23, award-winning filmmaker Mariel Brown launched a fund-raising campaign on popular crowd-funding website Indiegogo, to raise money towards the completion of her film Unfinished Sentences. 

Fund-raising for the film began in late 2014 attracting several investors and sponsor Republic Bank, enabling completion of the pre-production and production phases of the project. The Indiegogo campaign goal is set at US$12,500, and all funds raised will go towards finalising post-production on the film. Some great perks are being offered to people who get involved, a release said. 

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Indiegogo is an international crowd-funding website enabling people to fund-raise for different projects. Funders receive gifts or “perks” based on their monetary investment in the idea. The Unfinished Sentences campaign welcomes contributions starting at US$15, which can be made by credit card or PayPal. 

The perks include beautiful Unfinished Sentences branded merchandise, such as notebooks and bags, and literary ephemera, such as sets of postcards with quotations from Wayne Brown’s poetry, all designed by Trinidadian Richard Mark Rawlins. 

The campaign will run for 35 days, and all proceeds go towards post-production costs on the film. 

In the wake of writer and columnist Wayne Brown’s death in 2009, his filmmaker daughter, Mariel, examines his legacy in her time of grief. In Unfinished Sentences, Mariel examines the nature of family, love, loss and art, and in so doing, learns that, through his writing, her father can transcend space and time to connect with her. 

Unfinished Sentences features interviews with Caribbean writers Mervyn Morris and Rachel Manley, as well as close friends and family of Wayne Brown. Different visual approaches to the documentary are realised by directors of photography Sean Edghill and Nadia Huggins, with Edghill focusing on reenactments (which were filmed on Super 8 film) and Huggins creating a poetic visual aesthetic. 

The film is carded for release later in 2016.