Talitha Brauer

is creating Photo & Film Stories of Identity and Belonging

35

patrons

$1,268

per month
Tiers
Pocket Change
$1 per month
Reward
Every little helps - now off you go, explore the stories at www.brotherskeeperintl.com and find out who that watchful chap with the cute cat is! 

Thank you for following, reading, and sharing! 💙

As a "Thank You" you will receive access to Insider updates!
Cuppa Coffee (With A Friend)
$5 per month
Reward
Skip a cup of coffee & share the stories with a friend instead! Pick one and start a conversation with a friend. I recommend starting here: https://www.brotherskeeperintl.com/from-north-to-s...

Have a nice chat and learn something new, not only about the story, but about each other, too. 

As a "Thank You" you will receive access to Insider updates + Inside-the-Studio Episodes!
Brother's Keeper International Website
$6 per month
Reward
Brother's Keeper International is a volunteer-run arts platform which is an online home to stories of refugees and communities who welcome them.

Because of YOU we can amplify the voices and raise finances for the needs of the vulnerable, such as the 2400 unaccompanied minors living in the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, Texas.

Art as Advocacy: We are also commissioning a multi-media story based on the format of the interviews we made in November 2016 with refugee children in Elliniko camp (Athens, Greece). Listen to their sweet voices here:
https://www.brotherskeeperintl.com/refugee-children-of-elliniko

As a "Thank You" you will receive access to Insider updates + Inside-the-Studio Episodes, and periodic surprise postcards from Talitha!
Bookworm
$7 per monthonly 50 left
Reward
You love reading and you want to see more thoughtful long-form content on the internet. Your support allows me to research the stories well, including recording oral histories from displaced and vulnerable people.

My goal for this tier is 50 patrons - once we hit this, it means I will have a travel budget of $350/month, which will free me up to travel to visit the refugees I met in Budapest, Jihlava, Athens, and Lesvos at the peak of the refugee arrivals in Europe from September 2015 - February 2016.

It's my dream to go to southern Germany to visit the family Syrian family I met on Lesvos in February 2016:
https://www.brotherskeeperintl.com/blog/2017/5/15/...

and my hope to be able to find these beautiful Syrian women and children who I met in Athens in February 2016.
https://www.brotherskeeperintl.com/blog/2017/5/16/...
I know which country Fatima ended up in, but -- as is the case with many refugee contacts -- her number changed and we lost touch. It will take some serious research and investigative journalism (and let's be honest, providence) to be able to find her.

As a "Thank You" I will send you a "Life As I Know It" booklet with portraits and firsthand accounts from the Roma community in the Czech Republic.
https://issuu.com/tkbrauer/docs/lifeasiknowit
You will also receive access to
Insider updates + Inside-the-Studio Episodes, and periodic surprise postcards from Talitha!
Curation of BKI Stories
$10 per month
Reward
Lads, I love telling stories. You know I do. And in start-up years of BKI (2016-2020), I discovered that I love curating stories, exhibitions, and media campaigns. I do this on a volunteer basis of 10 hours / week. I also recruit BKI volunteers, summer interns, NGO Erasmus+ partners and I apply annually for grants to financially support BKI advocacy projects (art exhibitions & films). Check out these examples:

BKI media campaign from 2018 Inside Moria's Mental Health Crisis
https://www.brotherskeeperintl.com/mental-health-m...
(Lesvos, Greece 2018) featuring photos by Ahmad Ebrahimi and reporting by BKI volunteers Hannah Pruzinsky and Ceci Sturman.

Polish photographer Anna Liminowicz was commissioned by BKI as a photographer in the group exhibition, "I Remember Your Welcome", part of our 2019 arts advocacy campaign in Finland and Luxembourg:
https://visura.co/Liminowicz/news/i-remember-your-...

*Your* support allows me to focus on the big ideas and help BKI grow!

As a "Thank You" I will send you a 6"x6" fine art analogue print. You will of course receive access to the Insiders update, Inside-the-Studio Episodes, and periodic surprise postcards from Talitha!
Sound of Music
$25 per month
Reward
Making films means I have the chance to work with local musicians to create soundtracks for stories. Your support allows me to pay them a fair wage. Thank you! <3

And the most basic filmmaking partner I need when conducting interviews is someone to do the sound. This has been one of my biggest learning curves! It adds a whole different dynamic to an image to have voices and words and music.

I love collaborating with artists like my talented friend, Irish musician and lyricist CROOK: https://crookedycrook.com. CROOK did the sound for The Peace Between in 2017 and he composed the soundtrack to the pilot episode of Lesvos Story, my work-in-progress documentary...here's the teaser: https://vimeo.com/255867697/c5166bd0e3

Join this tier and as a "Thank You" I will send you access to LESVOS ENCOUNTERS (11 min, Greece 2018) with music composed by Irish musician CROOK. You will also receive a 6"x6" fine art analogue print, access to the Insiders update + Inside-the-Studio Episodes, and periodic surprise postcards from Talitha!
Lost in Translation
$50 per monthonly 11 left
Reward
Over half of my interviews happen with the assistance of translators - Greek, Arabic, Farsi, Spanish. This year, BKI will be researching stories for the first time in the United States in San Antonio, Texas, starting in summer 2021. 

We want to make a story like I made in November 2016 in Elliniko Camp, an abandoned airport in Athens, which was home to refugee children and their families who fled from Afghanistan and Iran. https://www.brotherskeeperintl.com/refugee-childre....

I made this story with author Natalia O'Hara, and the kind facilitation of Save the Children, and the generous support of volunteer translators from Faros: https://faros.org

Your support helps us to get the translations & transcriptions turned around as quickly as possible.

As a "Thank You" I will send you a 8"x8" fine art analogue print. You will of course have access to the Insiders update, Inside-the-Studio Episodes, and periodic surprise postcards from Talitha!
Tech Support
$100 per monthonly 11 left
Reward
Photo/film work means a lot of equipment maintenance and keeping my software up-to-date. Adobe Creative Cloud is my photo & film studio, and that alone costs $56/month. My current workhorse camera is a Sony A7rii (bought August 2016) and my laptop is a MacBook Pro (bought August 2017). They are both working great for now, but will need to be updated in a year or two. 

I also have lots of memory cards, external hard drives and backups for all the photographs and footage 😅 For my documentary filming, I rent lapel mics and wireless receivers for recording the audio. These costs are seasonal and based on days of shooting.

*You* support the nuts & bolts of keeping my workplace functional! Danke schön =)

As a "Thank You" I will send you a 10"x10" fine art analogue print. You will also have access to the Insiders update, Inside-the-Studio Episodes, and periodic surprise postcards from Talitha!
Wanderlust
$200 per monthonly 3 left
Reward
I am actively entering into people's worlds when I tell their stories - being invited into their homes to represent ordinary and intimate moments of their lives. Your support helps me to afford to go *and* have a home to come back to. <3

As a "Thank You" I will send you a limited edition fine art print of your choice. You will also receive periodic catch ups with me via FaceTime or WhatsApp to talk about life, art, the projects we are working on, and takes our fancy. And of course you'll have access to the Insiders Update, Inside-the-Studio Episodes, and I'll send you a surprise postcard from time to time. 💙
Medici Family
$500 per monthonly 2 left
Reward
You are basically a classical Renaissance patron of artists, scholars and poets.  You understand my vision & art form and because of you, I'm able to move within some of the most difficult situations. 

Some of the most in-depth and complex stories can only be told over a period of time. Your support allows for that time and relationship building to tell truthful and unbiased testimonies.

As a "Thank You" I will personally update you annually about the work, including both the successes and the challenges. When I start working on something new, you'll be the first to hear about it. You may request private access to see my work-in-progress.

You may also choose an
annuallimited edition fine art print of your choice. And of course you'll have access to the Insiders Update, Inside-the-Studio Episodes, and I'll send you a surprise postcard from time to time. 💙
Tiers
Pocket Change
$1 per month
Reward
Every little helps - now off you go, explore the stories at www.brotherskeeperintl.com and find out who that watchful chap with the cute cat is! 

Thank you for following, reading, and sharing! 💙

As a "Thank You" you will receive access to Insider updates!
Cuppa Coffee (With A Friend)
$5 per month
Reward
Skip a cup of coffee & share the stories with a friend instead! Pick one and start a conversation with a friend. I recommend starting here: https://www.brotherskeeperintl.com/from-north-to-s...

Have a nice chat and learn something new, not only about the story, but about each other, too. 

As a "Thank You" you will receive access to Insider updates + Inside-the-Studio Episodes!
Brother's Keeper International Website
$6 per month
Reward
Brother's Keeper International is a volunteer-run arts platform which is an online home to stories of refugees and communities who welcome them.

Because of YOU we can amplify the voices and raise finances for the needs of the vulnerable, such as the 2400 unaccompanied minors living in the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, Texas.

Art as Advocacy: We are also commissioning a multi-media story based on the format of the interviews we made in November 2016 with refugee children in Elliniko camp (Athens, Greece). Listen to their sweet voices here:
https://www.brotherskeeperintl.com/refugee-children-of-elliniko

As a "Thank You" you will receive access to Insider updates + Inside-the-Studio Episodes, and periodic surprise postcards from Talitha!
Bookworm
$7 per monthonly 50 left
Reward
You love reading and you want to see more thoughtful long-form content on the internet. Your support allows me to research the stories well, including recording oral histories from displaced and vulnerable people.

My goal for this tier is 50 patrons - once we hit this, it means I will have a travel budget of $350/month, which will free me up to travel to visit the refugees I met in Budapest, Jihlava, Athens, and Lesvos at the peak of the refugee arrivals in Europe from September 2015 - February 2016.

It's my dream to go to southern Germany to visit the family Syrian family I met on Lesvos in February 2016:
https://www.brotherskeeperintl.com/blog/2017/5/15/...

and my hope to be able to find these beautiful Syrian women and children who I met in Athens in February 2016.
https://www.brotherskeeperintl.com/blog/2017/5/16/...
I know which country Fatima ended up in, but -- as is the case with many refugee contacts -- her number changed and we lost touch. It will take some serious research and investigative journalism (and let's be honest, providence) to be able to find her.

As a "Thank You" I will send you a "Life As I Know It" booklet with portraits and firsthand accounts from the Roma community in the Czech Republic.
https://issuu.com/tkbrauer/docs/lifeasiknowit
You will also receive access to
Insider updates + Inside-the-Studio Episodes, and periodic surprise postcards from Talitha!
Curation of BKI Stories
$10 per month
Reward
Lads, I love telling stories. You know I do. And in start-up years of BKI (2016-2020), I discovered that I love curating stories, exhibitions, and media campaigns. I do this on a volunteer basis of 10 hours / week. I also recruit BKI volunteers, summer interns, NGO Erasmus+ partners and I apply annually for grants to financially support BKI advocacy projects (art exhibitions & films). Check out these examples:

BKI media campaign from 2018 Inside Moria's Mental Health Crisis
https://www.brotherskeeperintl.com/mental-health-m...
(Lesvos, Greece 2018) featuring photos by Ahmad Ebrahimi and reporting by BKI volunteers Hannah Pruzinsky and Ceci Sturman.

Polish photographer Anna Liminowicz was commissioned by BKI as a photographer in the group exhibition, "I Remember Your Welcome", part of our 2019 arts advocacy campaign in Finland and Luxembourg:
https://visura.co/Liminowicz/news/i-remember-your-...

*Your* support allows me to focus on the big ideas and help BKI grow!

As a "Thank You" I will send you a 6"x6" fine art analogue print. You will of course receive access to the Insiders update, Inside-the-Studio Episodes, and periodic surprise postcards from Talitha!
Sound of Music
$25 per month
Reward
Making films means I have the chance to work with local musicians to create soundtracks for stories. Your support allows me to pay them a fair wage. Thank you! <3

And the most basic filmmaking partner I need when conducting interviews is someone to do the sound. This has been one of my biggest learning curves! It adds a whole different dynamic to an image to have voices and words and music.

I love collaborating with artists like my talented friend, Irish musician and lyricist CROOK: https://crookedycrook.com. CROOK did the sound for The Peace Between in 2017 and he composed the soundtrack to the pilot episode of Lesvos Story, my work-in-progress documentary...here's the teaser: https://vimeo.com/255867697/c5166bd0e3

Join this tier and as a "Thank You" I will send you access to LESVOS ENCOUNTERS (11 min, Greece 2018) with music composed by Irish musician CROOK. You will also receive a 6"x6" fine art analogue print, access to the Insiders update + Inside-the-Studio Episodes, and periodic surprise postcards from Talitha!
Lost in Translation
$50 per monthonly 11 left
Reward
Over half of my interviews happen with the assistance of translators - Greek, Arabic, Farsi, Spanish. This year, BKI will be researching stories for the first time in the United States in San Antonio, Texas, starting in summer 2021. 

We want to make a story like I made in November 2016 in Elliniko Camp, an abandoned airport in Athens, which was home to refugee children and their families who fled from Afghanistan and Iran. https://www.brotherskeeperintl.com/refugee-childre....

I made this story with author Natalia O'Hara, and the kind facilitation of Save the Children, and the generous support of volunteer translators from Faros: https://faros.org

Your support helps us to get the translations & transcriptions turned around as quickly as possible.

As a "Thank You" I will send you a 8"x8" fine art analogue print. You will of course have access to the Insiders update, Inside-the-Studio Episodes, and periodic surprise postcards from Talitha!
Tech Support
$100 per monthonly 11 left
Reward
Photo/film work means a lot of equipment maintenance and keeping my software up-to-date. Adobe Creative Cloud is my photo & film studio, and that alone costs $56/month. My current workhorse camera is a Sony A7rii (bought August 2016) and my laptop is a MacBook Pro (bought August 2017). They are both working great for now, but will need to be updated in a year or two. 

I also have lots of memory cards, external hard drives and backups for all the photographs and footage 😅 For my documentary filming, I rent lapel mics and wireless receivers for recording the audio. These costs are seasonal and based on days of shooting.

*You* support the nuts & bolts of keeping my workplace functional! Danke schön =)

As a "Thank You" I will send you a 10"x10" fine art analogue print. You will also have access to the Insiders update, Inside-the-Studio Episodes, and periodic surprise postcards from Talitha!
Wanderlust
$200 per monthonly 3 left
Reward
I am actively entering into people's worlds when I tell their stories - being invited into their homes to represent ordinary and intimate moments of their lives. Your support helps me to afford to go *and* have a home to come back to. <3

As a "Thank You" I will send you a limited edition fine art print of your choice. You will also receive periodic catch ups with me via FaceTime or WhatsApp to talk about life, art, the projects we are working on, and takes our fancy. And of course you'll have access to the Insiders Update, Inside-the-Studio Episodes, and I'll send you a surprise postcard from time to time. 💙
Medici Family
$500 per monthonly 2 left
Reward
You are basically a classical Renaissance patron of artists, scholars and poets.  You understand my vision & art form and because of you, I'm able to move within some of the most difficult situations. 

Some of the most in-depth and complex stories can only be told over a period of time. Your support allows for that time and relationship building to tell truthful and unbiased testimonies.

As a "Thank You" I will personally update you annually about the work, including both the successes and the challenges. When I start working on something new, you'll be the first to hear about it. You may request private access to see my work-in-progress.

You may also choose an
annuallimited edition fine art print of your choice. And of course you'll have access to the Insiders Update, Inside-the-Studio Episodes, and I'll send you a surprise postcard from time to time. 💙

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