MOTHERS OF THE FILM
500 Days in the Wild launches a grassroots, innovative approach to film production fundraising and donations to Keep Canada Wild!
OCTOBER 1, 2020 | Gemini-nominated filmmaker Dianne Whelan invites Canadian women to join her campaign as 'Mothers of the Film' for 500 Days in the Wild
After a five-year ecological and reconciliation pilgrimage along The Great Trail (the Trans Canada Trail), Dianne Whelan recently crossed the border into her home province of British Columbia. Whelan will be stepping off the Trail next year and stepping into film production in 2021.
500 Days in the Wild is a feature documentary about an artist’s journey to look for lost wisdom on the world’s longest trail. A story that calls us back to a place of reverence for the earth. View the film trailer here. View one-sheet here.
Mothers of the Film is a national grassroots fundraising campaign that provides the opportunity to reimagine and rebuild how media - including films - is financed. The campaign provides an innovative approach to ensure that the voices of artists of impact and independent filmmakers are heard unfiltered, leaving creative freedom and control in their hands.
A portion of each Mothers of the Film tax-deductible contribution also provides support to CPAWS, the Canadian Park and Wilderness Society. CPAWS is Canada's only nationwide charity dedicated solely to the long-term protection of Canada's public lands, oceans, and freshwater, ensuring that Canada's parks are equipped to protect the nature within them for future generations.
"The stories we tell ourselves shape our worldview.
If you want to change the world, change the story. That is the power of art. But how do you get around the status quo to introduce new ideas? We have thousands of years of history, how do we tell HERstory?
That's where Mothers of the Film comes in. I personally invite you to become a Mother of the Film and help us tell HERstory. Together, we can and will shift the narrative to shift society." ~ Dianne Whelan
Mothers of the Film - PowHERhouse is pleased to be working closely with Dianne as an Impact Producer, building relationships, support, momentum, and awareness throughout the film's production and launch. Mothers of the Film invites Canadian women to proactively participate in backing and birthing independent film.
This campaign provides an opportunity to showcase the power of collective support and all that is possible when we come together for the purpose of creating impact.
Each Mother of the Film will be welcomed to upcoming online gatherings with Dianne to provide input and mentoring, receive updates through the production process, and connect with other like-minded changemakers. This is only the beginning!
In partnership with CPAWS, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, your one-time $1,000 tax-deductible contribution as an impact-backer of 500 Days in the Wild would play a significant support role in helping us to fundraise for this project, providing complete creative control to remain in the hands of Dianne as a truly independent filmmaker and her amazing team of producers, editors, interns, and of course, impact champions.
Learn more about the Mothers of the Film campaign - download our Info Sheet or book a conversation with Charlene now.
The Project - Dianne’s journey began five years ago, Canada Day, July 1, 2015, when she set out on an ecological pilgrimage to honour the land, the water, our ancestors, and to search for the wisdom needed to protect the earth for future generations, while simultaneously filming a documentary about the experience. The feature documentary culled from hundreds of hours of filming will be a weave of adventure film, personal reflections, and stunning captures of wildlife and landscapes. The people she encounters are indigenous elders she pays her respects to along the way, friends who occasionally join her on the trail, and locals in the communities she passes through.
“At 50, I found myself at a crossroads with the world no longer making sense. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, racial unrest and a recession, a new story has emerged on the Trail, the realization that we will not survive traveling solo. Partnerships with CPAWS and with Charlene SanJenko of PowHERhouse, our Indigenous Impact Producer, are the way we move forward together."