Cara Mumford is creating Films & Short Stories
3
patrons
$32
per month
Hello internet friends. I want to share my ideas about the world today and the radical hope for the future that I envision through my stories, poems and films. I would love to share this journey with you!

I am a writer and filmmaker whose art encompasses my activism, focusing on violence against women, sustainability and Indigenous issues (I am Métis of Anishinaabe descent). Although these topics can make for heavy subject matter, my love of dance and science fiction allows me to approach these issues in unique and positive ways.

Current Projects:

Short Films

On the Festival Circuit: I completed two films in 2017 and finished principal photography on one (see Post-Production). The two currently on the festival circuit (and available through VTape) are “The Oldest Tree in the World,” a music video with Leanne Simpson featuring a love song to the oldest maple tree in the region at over 500 year old, and “Red Card World: The Tree,” featuring Christine Friday as Migizikwe speaking through that same tree 150 years in the future.

Post-Production: At the end of February 2019, I will be going to Montreal with Temagami dance artist Christine Friday for our online edit of “Path Without End,” a 10-minute dance documentary created through the National Screen Institute’s IndigiDocs program.

I will be returning to post-production for “Ecstasy” once I return from Montreal. We currently have all our our music and dialogue recorded and I have figured out the soundscape that will create the backbone for the edit. My plan is to complete the film by June 2019. The official crowdfunding for this project is finished, so this project is what your Patreon contribution will be funding at this time. ecstasyfilm.ca

Feature Films

Screenplay, First Draft: The short film “Ecstasy” was created as a proof of concept for a narrative dance feature film. "rain. dance. road" follows two Indigenous sisters, one a successful ballet dancer, the other a struggling hip hop dancer, on an unexpected and unwanted trip across Canada. I would like this film to be the first feature I direct myself. Once the draft is finished, I am hoping to go on a research road trip with contributing dance artists to develop this script further and begin general location scouting. Patrons would be updated on the road trip, as well as having access to excerpts from the screenplay.

Short Stories

Indigenous Futurisms: In 2015, my story “The Whale Danced” won the 6th annual Imagining Indigenous Futurisms Science Fiction writing contest and was subsequently published in Red Ink. In 2018, my story “The Ceremony” was published in Anomaly #27. I am currently working on a series of short stories in the Indigenous futurisms genre. Patrons will have access to that first story in the Patrons area. Other stories will be posted over time. Many of these stories are part of a series of interconnected stories that will eventually become a novel.

Cross Platform Storytelling: interactive web sites & web series

Indigenous Futurisms 2.0: In 2016, I began to develop “The Red Card Project”, a multigenerational, multi platform story that spans hundreds of years but focuses on a time 150 years in the future. I was selected to develop the interactive website portion through the National Film Board of Canada’s Digital Studio and had the opportunity to create a short film set in this future through a residency with the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and Charles Street Video. I have also been consulting with local Indigenous community members, since the future is set in the territory of the Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg and am hoping to soon offer a public presentation on the worldbuilding of this Indigenous solarpunk future. I am also working on a two web series for the project: one focusing on the main story line and a more artistic and surrealistic side story in collaboration with Jamie Whitecrow.

Poetry

Lines Scribbled on the Back of an Envelope: In some ways, I consider myself a poet first and foremost. Pick up any scrap of paper in my home and it probably has a string of words waiting to be turned into a poem. I have only shared a few of them publicly so far, but I am considering publication. For now, all Patrons will have access to my previously published poetry and select private poems, posted to my feed intermittently.

My projects are largely funded through arts grants, which often means I'm operating at 50% of my budget in the current climate of increased cuts and competition. There is also much creative groundwork that needs to be laid before I can even apply for grants: screenplays and stories need to be researched and written, rough cuts of films need to be edited… and then there's the research, writing and budgeting that goes into the grants themselves. All of which take time. Time that is hard for any creative person to find, even harder for someone like me dealing with a chronic illness that severely limits my energy and hits hard on the pocketbook. But I believe in the work that I am doing, that I have something to say, and it's something that other people want to hear, maybe even need to hear. So I live simply and do my best to sustain myself from grant to grant, but your patronage would allow me to focus more time creating and less time trying to figure out how to put food on the table and prescriptions in my pocket.
Tiers
Appetizers: blog posts, poem & story excerpts, film clips
$1 or more per month
Get a taste of my Patron-only stream where I'll be posting blog entries, poem & story excerpts, plus video clips.
Main course: poems, short stories & short films in full
$5 or more per month
This gives you access to the Patrons area where I will be posting short films, music videos, poems, short stories, short screenplays & feature excerpts.
Dessert: Let’s be internet friends!
$10 or more per month
I'll send you a postcard when you first become a Patron!

You will also receive a 10% friend & family discount on any rewards you order as part of future private fundraising campaigns through ecstasyfilm.ca or caramumford.com.

Plus I'll follow you on Twitter and/or Instagram so I can see YOUR posts too. 

You will also qualify for occasional giveaways!

+ All previous rewards

Goals
$32 of $200 per month
If I can raise $200 per month, that will give me time to focus on creative projects that aren’t currently funded and to finish projects that have run out of money. This amount would cover half of my prescription medications.
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Hello internet friends. I want to share my ideas about the world today and the radical hope for the future that I envision through my stories, poems and films. I would love to share this journey with you!

I am a writer and filmmaker whose art encompasses my activism, focusing on violence against women, sustainability and Indigenous issues (I am Métis of Anishinaabe descent). Although these topics can make for heavy subject matter, my love of dance and science fiction allows me to approach these issues in unique and positive ways.

Current Projects:

Short Films

On the Festival Circuit: I completed two films in 2017 and finished principal photography on one (see Post-Production). The two currently on the festival circuit (and available through VTape) are “The Oldest Tree in the World,” a music video with Leanne Simpson featuring a love song to the oldest maple tree in the region at over 500 year old, and “Red Card World: The Tree,” featuring Christine Friday as Migizikwe speaking through that same tree 150 years in the future.

Post-Production: At the end of February 2019, I will be going to Montreal with Temagami dance artist Christine Friday for our online edit of “Path Without End,” a 10-minute dance documentary created through the National Screen Institute’s IndigiDocs program.

I will be returning to post-production for “Ecstasy” once I return from Montreal. We currently have all our our music and dialogue recorded and I have figured out the soundscape that will create the backbone for the edit. My plan is to complete the film by June 2019. The official crowdfunding for this project is finished, so this project is what your Patreon contribution will be funding at this time. ecstasyfilm.ca

Feature Films

Screenplay, First Draft: The short film “Ecstasy” was created as a proof of concept for a narrative dance feature film. "rain. dance. road" follows two Indigenous sisters, one a successful ballet dancer, the other a struggling hip hop dancer, on an unexpected and unwanted trip across Canada. I would like this film to be the first feature I direct myself. Once the draft is finished, I am hoping to go on a research road trip with contributing dance artists to develop this script further and begin general location scouting. Patrons would be updated on the road trip, as well as having access to excerpts from the screenplay.

Short Stories

Indigenous Futurisms: In 2015, my story “The Whale Danced” won the 6th annual Imagining Indigenous Futurisms Science Fiction writing contest and was subsequently published in Red Ink. In 2018, my story “The Ceremony” was published in Anomaly #27. I am currently working on a series of short stories in the Indigenous futurisms genre. Patrons will have access to that first story in the Patrons area. Other stories will be posted over time. Many of these stories are part of a series of interconnected stories that will eventually become a novel.

Cross Platform Storytelling: interactive web sites & web series

Indigenous Futurisms 2.0: In 2016, I began to develop “The Red Card Project”, a multigenerational, multi platform story that spans hundreds of years but focuses on a time 150 years in the future. I was selected to develop the interactive website portion through the National Film Board of Canada’s Digital Studio and had the opportunity to create a short film set in this future through a residency with the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and Charles Street Video. I have also been consulting with local Indigenous community members, since the future is set in the territory of the Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg and am hoping to soon offer a public presentation on the worldbuilding of this Indigenous solarpunk future. I am also working on a two web series for the project: one focusing on the main story line and a more artistic and surrealistic side story in collaboration with Jamie Whitecrow.

Poetry

Lines Scribbled on the Back of an Envelope: In some ways, I consider myself a poet first and foremost. Pick up any scrap of paper in my home and it probably has a string of words waiting to be turned into a poem. I have only shared a few of them publicly so far, but I am considering publication. For now, all Patrons will have access to my previously published poetry and select private poems, posted to my feed intermittently.

My projects are largely funded through arts grants, which often means I'm operating at 50% of my budget in the current climate of increased cuts and competition. There is also much creative groundwork that needs to be laid before I can even apply for grants: screenplays and stories need to be researched and written, rough cuts of films need to be edited… and then there's the research, writing and budgeting that goes into the grants themselves. All of which take time. Time that is hard for any creative person to find, even harder for someone like me dealing with a chronic illness that severely limits my energy and hits hard on the pocketbook. But I believe in the work that I am doing, that I have something to say, and it's something that other people want to hear, maybe even need to hear. So I live simply and do my best to sustain myself from grant to grant, but your patronage would allow me to focus more time creating and less time trying to figure out how to put food on the table and prescriptions in my pocket.

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Tiers
Appetizers: blog posts, poem & story excerpts, film clips
$1 or more per month
Get a taste of my Patron-only stream where I'll be posting blog entries, poem & story excerpts, plus video clips.
Main course: poems, short stories & short films in full
$5 or more per month
This gives you access to the Patrons area where I will be posting short films, music videos, poems, short stories, short screenplays & feature excerpts.
Dessert: Let’s be internet friends!
$10 or more per month
I'll send you a postcard when you first become a Patron!

You will also receive a 10% friend & family discount on any rewards you order as part of future private fundraising campaigns through ecstasyfilm.ca or caramumford.com.

Plus I'll follow you on Twitter and/or Instagram so I can see YOUR posts too. 

You will also qualify for occasional giveaways!

+ All previous rewards