Thursday, 21 February 2013

A Sustainable Ridealist

(updated March 3rd)
Where we are now, and where we hope to go.

We are currently working on a 7-part series investigating poverty in Hong Kong through the eyes of photographers who document the issue. Six have already been filmed and edited, and are now in the process of being subtitled in English and Chinese.

The entire series will be released in mid-March at a gala evening hosted by The WYNG Foundation.

An earlier series “Poverty In the Midst of Plenty” can be seen on several platforms, but is currently grouped together as the latest videos on the opening page of Engage Media.

In the meantime, we plan to release a “teaser” by March 5 or 6 for The Other Hundred - a global photography project organised by The Gift Foundation.

A longer-term project we’ve been engaged on is a 25-minute feature for The Boys and Girls Club of Hong Kong, documenting their year-long mentoring programme -- The Blues and Greens. We’ve been filming since late last year, and will continue putting the story together over the next several months. We expect to “have it in the can” and begin post-production in October or November.

As a part-time, voluntary production team, you would be forgiven for thinking we had our hands full.

You’d be right, of course. But you’d also be wrong.

We are committed to establishing Ridealist as the “go to” crew for non-profit, cause and awareness video production. On a full-time basis. This is what we love to do.

While we are remain totally committed to our promise to provide voluntary, pro-bono services to those grassroots organisations who simply do not have a budget for the kind of work we do, we have to be realistic. If Ridealist is going to be sustainable, it has to be funded in one way or another.

So if you are or know of a good cause out there, one that deserves the Ridealist treatment, if you can help sponsor the project, then we’d be delighted to hear from you.

What we can earn from being a freelance social enterprise working on non-profit related projects, we can re-invest back into the community through short videos on a pro-bono basis for so many deserving causes.

Chris and Shirley.

P.S.: Also please don’t forget our Children’s Art Project - ChildofUganda - Awesome images of rural Uganda through the eyes of a child. Six-hundred children, four schools and orphanages, and dozens of volunteers made this project possible. The purchase of one painting will provide 10 meals for these talented children. So far we’ve achieved 960 meals, but we can do so much better, can’t we? Really, can’t we? 

You can also visit us on GoodnessTV 
Our website The Ridealist
And follow us on twitter @chrisgelken

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