We Are Family Project

London, GB
FUNDED

 

The Issue The Family Courts of England & Wales are "Closed Courts" which means that they are Secret Courts. Reporting what occurs in specific cases can be considered to be "Contempt of Court". Threat of imprisonment becomes a real possibility for anyone breaking the silence.

The We Are Family Project plan to address this by producing a documentary that details what forms some of the insanity takes. We will provide suggestions for clear solutions and improvements and look at where such aversion to common sense and reason comes from.

Latest: WE ARE NOW INTO THE LAST FEW DAYS OF FUND-RAISING ON SPONSUME.ORG AND IT SEEMS UNLIKELY THAT WE WILL ACHIEVE OUR GOAL TO BE FULLY FUNDED BEFORE WE START FILMING. WE ARE NOW AIMING TO RAISE JUST AS MUCH AS WE CAN IN THIS PERIOD AND WILL START SHOOTING ANYWAY AND CONTINUE TO TRY AND RAISE FUNDS AND JUST KEEP GOING…..

While the subject is very serious we intend to make a film that uses comedy and satire as much as serious reportage to demonstrate what goes on behind these closed doors. Michael Moore and Mark Thomas are inspirations every bit as much as Panorama, and we will address the many points that Dispatches on Channel 4 recently failed to deal with in their woeful “Sharing Mum and Dad” episode.

http://chortle.co.uk/correspondents/2013/01/30/17073/comedy_saved_my_sanity

We have been running "Dad/Fathers Rights/Childrens Rights" themed stand-up comedy nights and filming them, the edited shows are offered up as Rewards for people kind enough to donate to the fund to make this documentary. We have been, ahem, putting the "Fun" into "Fundraising". Tasters of the 30 or so comedians that have brought the funny can be enjoyed by clicking the following links:

https://vimeo.com/58446488 

https://vimeo.com/58177431

https://vimeo.com/58447460

https://vimeo.com/59354331

https://vimeo.com/59395151

Comedy legend Arthur Smith headlined one of the nights and generously agreed to allowing us to film his whole 30+ minute set and offer it to donors as a reward for supporting us. The full shows and themed comedy material cannot be found anywhere else. More acts, more funny stuff, more risque jokes can be enjoyed by making a donation to the fund and then receiving downloadable copies of the comedy shows. See a clip of Arthur in comedy action at the following link

https://vimeo.com/59397795

We shall be interviewing many knowledgeable people, and sharing lengthy extracts from their interviews online, before the film is completed. The We Are Family Project website and Facebook page is, and will be, a great resource for those who find themselves caught in the Courts.

Britain now has the most un-happy children in the developed world.

Many Family Lawyers are clearly decent professionals who do the best that they can within a complex system. Nonetheless, a generation of children have often been stripped of one of their parents for very little reason. The Courts often appear to have notable bias while "The System" has its' own unwritten rules. "The System" has not been open for scrutiny and review. "The System" does not keep records of the outcomes of the decisions it has made for tens of thousands of kids. "The System" is deeply flawed.

The Future is Changing The government announced in the Winter of 2012 that they plan to reform Family Justice in the area of Shared Parenting. While it is commonly understood that Fathers in particular (and therefore their children) have had a raw deal in the Family Courts, there are those who oppose even the limited changes that are said to be coming. Some changes, such as the broad loss of access to Legal Aid will have an immense and negative impact. However, Legal Aid will be made available for those making allegations of domestic violence. This is a clear incentive for making false allegations. Other developments represent steps in the right direction, such as the development of Mediation as an alternative to the Courts. As are promises to speed up Children's Services investigations in general and the Court process in particular.

We Are Family Project Aims We wish to make a film that tells something of what have been seemingly common experiences in the Family Courts. The film will help to advise parents and kids caught up in the trap of what they might expect and how they might best manage through the trauma. We shall also highlight details of the planned changes and examine how they are to be executed, and by whom.

In this multi-media age we have the opportunity to publish significant information online. We will remind good people in "the system" that they are far from alone. We aim to reassure with the knowledge that there is strength in numbers, and by providing insight and solid advice. We shall produce podcasts and downloads of interviews with the powerful and the knowledgeable. This is first and foremost a documentary project. The media and research from the film will provide regularly updated content for the We Are Family Project sister website.

Money is needed to pay the lighting cameraman, rental of cmaera and audio kit, animation sequences, music, editing, transportation and location costs. This film is budgetted at 1/10th of the cost of my last broadcast documentary, digital media and committed production people reduce costs...but we still have costs.

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Funny Daddy

£10.00 or more : Every contributor will receive a video download of our first professionally filmed unique stand up comedy show where the performers were challenged with producing material on the issues of Fatherhood, Fathers 4 Justice, Strange Justice, etc. They also brought some of their tried and tested funny material. Each contributor will also get a name check and "Thank You" on one of our developing social media sites.

 

Download Daddy

£20.00 or more : Every contributor at this level will receive a download of Arthur Smiths' 30 minute comedy set in support of the We Are Family Project, as well as the first two "Dad/Family Courts" themed stand up comedy shows and a download of the finished film upon completion. And bigger font for our "Thank You" on the sister site.

 

Daddy Long Legs

£30.00 or more : At this level, all contributors receive video download of Arthur Smiths 30 minute comedy set in support of We Are Family Project PLUS ALL THREE "Dad/Family Courts" themed stand up comedy nights, AND a link to download the finished film upon completion.

 

Dear Daddy

£50.00 or more : Downloads are great and they are fast. But there's nothing quite like having something real, something tangible, to hold in your hands. So along with the downloads of all four of the themed stand up comedy shows and the downloadable finished documentary, you will also receive a DVD of the finished We Are Family Project film, signed by the director, upon completion of the film.

 

Daddy Dearest

£100.00 or more : Along with the everything else you will be invited to a London screening of the finished film and meet the people behind the project.

 

Oh Daddy

£250.00 or more : If you can make it to London under your own steam then the director of the We Are Family Project will take you out for dinner, on him, during the production period of the film, and spend the evening answering any questions you might have and also entertain you with his remarkable wit and bizarre table manners.

 

Daddy Cool

£500.00 or more : Based in Central London, we shall host a stand up comedy night for you and up to 60 friends. You will be able to nominate a theme or subject and 12 comedians will take to the stage and perform some of their proven funny stuff alongside freshly written material on the topic of your choosing. You might want to make a person the focus of the comedy (a stag night perhaps) or an issue, whatever you choose, you'll have a night that only you and yours can take part in. It'll be a private event and a night that you will remember forever hosted in a superb venue.

 

Big Daddy

£750.00 or more : All of the aforementioned Rewards will be yours, in addition to an Associate Producer credit on the film and massive applause for you on our social media outlets.

 

Sugar Daddy

£1,000.00 or more : You will be the beneficiary of all the aforementioned Rewards. You will be credited as Executive Producer. Your name will appear on the IMDB.