It’s hard to believe that it’s been over 3 years since we first met Michele Baldwin and almost a year since you supported our Lady Ganga project on Kickstarter and became a part of Michele’s movement. We’re so excited to tell you about our progress and the upcoming opportunities for the film. The project has exploded and has now become something even bigger than we originally anticipated…THANKS TO YOU!!
We haven’t taken your contributions to the project lightly and we hope you’ll be proud of your donations when you see and hear what we have in store for Lady Ganga. We hope that each and every one of you will feel connected and a part of this journey, because you ARE a part of it. We’re setting out to make a difference in the world and to help eliminate a preventable cancer. You should know that because of YOU and Michele’s incredible story, lives have already been saved…and we have proof (which you’ll soon see). We’ve been waiting to share with you all the details of our India trip, but we didn’t want to give it all away before you had an opportunity to see it on film.
So now is your chance, because our FIRST BIG UPDATE is that we have finished a huge step in the Lady Ganga journey!! It’s a powerful, 15 min. film called:
“LADY GANGA: Nilza’s Story”
This short version is a sort of “PSA” which we aim to dub into as many languages as possible and make available for free to everyone around the world. It tells the story of Michele’s incredible journey down the Ganga, but it’s also about so much more than that. It’s about a mother in Northern India named Nilza, who watched our short video of Michele’s story and was inspired to make her own journey through the Himalayas to get screened for cervical cancer. We were there and filmed breathtaking footage of Nilza and her family and everything she went through to get screened.
This short film is also about Michele’s daughter, Audrey, who returned to India with her grandmother, Ruth, 3 years after her mom’s death to spread Michele’s ashes in the Ganga. At just 16 Audrey has already became an advocate for women’s health, in memory of her mother.
This short film will be available in many formats from iPhones to Theatrical DCPs (Digital Cinema Package)… and we believe it’ll be an inspiring tool to help people around the world understand the importance of cervical cancer screening and prevention. Nilza’s story is proof that Lady Ganga can make a difference. We hope the film will inspire thousands of other success stories like Nilza’s.
Nilza’s story is an integral part of what will ultimately be a 90+ minute feature film simply called LADY GANGA. We plan for the feature film version to include Michele’s story and everything in the short film as well as the impact that the short version makes around the world. As you can see, we have high ambitions for what both the short PSA and the eventual feature film will accomplish. And that brings us to our next announcement…
The kickoff in London
A few year ago, Ambassador Sally Cowal, the Senior Vice President of Global Programs for the American Cancer Society commissioned a multi-year study with economists and scientists at Harvard University. The goal of the study was to simply answer one question: What would it take to end cervical cancer in the world? The answers to this study will be presented at anhistoric conference in London on November 4th called the Cervical Cancer Action Conference. Some of the largest organizations doing good in the world, such as The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Global Fund, UNICEF and many others will be attending. To help launch their 5-year initiative, Ambassador Cowal invited us to screen our short film “LADY GANGA: Nilza’s Story”! at the conference and present our vision of how the film can be used to educate and inspire women around the world to get screened and vaccinate their kids. Our message will be simple: The film’s goal is to inspire women to use the services your organizations will provide. It’s a wonderful tool, and it’s free to everyone. It worked for Nilza and the women from her village, and we know it can work for women around the world.
This screening will officially kickoff the Lady Ganga movement. In a few weeks we’ll be launching the website Ladyganga.org. This will be the central location where people will be able to :
1. Get a copy of the film in their language and in the format they need (TV, theatrical, smart phones, etc.)
2. Find women’s health services in their area.
3. Upload short videos of viewers saying “Thank you Lady Ganga!” after viewing the film.
Since the vision for Lady Ganga has expanded over time, we’re also expanding the rewards for you, our donors. Everyone who backed the film at the digital download and above level ($25)will receive a digital copy of Lady Ganga: Nilza’s story before the official kick off on Nov 4th. You’ll also receive a digital copy of the feature film Lady Ganga when that is eventually completed.
For those of you who donated $50 or more, we’ll send you a DVD or Blu-Ray of the 15 min. short film Lady Ganga: Nilza’s Story. As a bonus, the disc will also contain our feature length documentary Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic. When we’re done documenting the impact of the short film, you’ll receive a copy of that on DVD or Blu-Ray as well.
Our New Creative Friends
Musicians are some of the most generous and inspired people we know. Maybe it’s because it takes a deeper level of consciousnesses to touch people’s souls with beautiful music. When we launched our Kickstarter campaign we were overwhelmed with requests from musicians all over the world who wanted to be part of Lady Ganga with their music. Unfortunately, we can’t use everyone’s music in our two films, but we will definitely be staying in touch for future productions! Of the many generous offers, we chose 3 incredible talents to be part of Lady Ganga: Nilza’s Story and are so proud to present them to you now:
Lisbeth Scott is an Oscar and Emmy Award Winner who’s music was used in Iron Man 2, Passion Of The Christ, True Blood and many other films. You can hear her soul stirring music and absolutely magically beautiful voice in our film. Lisbeth is a huge supporter of our movement and may very well be composing Lady Ganga the feature as well!
Thomas Bergersen is a rising star in the world of film music. His compositions have been featured in some of the biggest motion picture campaigns in the world, such as Avatar, Pirates of the Caribbean, Twilight, Narnia, Harry Potter, Da Vinci Code, The Mummy, The Dark Knight and 100s more. More recently, his song Final Frontier was used as the main theme in the trailer for Christopher Nolan’s film “Interstellar”. Take a look (get ready to get chills). Thomas donated one of his tracks called “Compass” to our short film.
Hélène Muddiman is the CEO and Founder of Hollywood Elite Composers, a non-profit organization where some of the top film composers in the world share the music from their films with filmmakers to support creative people around the globe. Hélène was so inspired by Lady Ganga that she and her composers donated music to the project.
It’s hard to express in words how thankful we are to Lisbeth, Thomas and Hélène. Their extreme generosity and support for what we set out to do is humbling.
We have seen first-hand the kind of impact Michele’s story can have. We want to make sure that kids like Michele’s daughter Audrey don’t lose their mothers to this cancer that kills over 275,000 women every year worldwide.
We’ll be sending you a Kickstarter survey soon so that we can collect the info we need to deliver your digital download and DVD or Blu-ray.
Thank you for taking the time to read this update. We’re changing the world! Together!!!
Frederic, Mark and Cheryl