Monday, April 18, 2016

Bona Fide Beauty Film

We love people in the film industry who choose to extend the conversation beyond society's definition of beauty, and ask viewers to look inward - and we were thrilled when we connected with the all female group of producers seeking to break ground in the local film market!

AUSTIN, Texas, April 18, 2016—Bona Fide Beauty, a feature film shooting in Austin, TX, will begin production this fall. Inspired by writer/director Samantha Schell’s life journey, the film explores the assumptions and beliefs tied to all relationships and the issues of connecting deeply in today’s society; most importantly, with one’s own self.

“It was written to give myself permission to be me,” Schell says. “Almost 30 years old, single, career-oriented but with hopes of a family in the future, I’ve struggled with creating a balance in my life…Plus, there are just too many hilarious dating scenarios that can’t go untold.” Though production doesn’t begin for several months, Schell and her producers began their 60-day crowdfunding campaign on April 10, 2016, with a kickoff party at Aveda Institute Austin.

Their goal is to raise $50K through seedandspark.com, which will help with production costs. “Crowdfunding is a chance for us to truly captivate people who want to participate in and engage with our story before the film even gets shot,” states co-producer and social media manager Elena Weinberg. “Crowdfunding offers Independent Filmmakers an opportunity to do things exactly how they want to, without having to compromise their vision. Ultimately, a crowdfunded film thinks about its audience first, and our ultimate goal is to make a film that we are proud of that reaches the right audience.”

Produced by an all-female team (Weinberg, Genie Anderson, Stephanie Lauren Moore, and Olivia Gray) who wants the behind-the-camera message to match the one being told on screen, BFB seeks to empower women. “We want to shout from the rooftops that all women are beautiful and strong,” says co-producer Anderson. “This film has a true message at its core and we cannot wait to share it with the world. We just need a little help doing that.”

*For more information, please email bonafidebeautyfilm@gmail.com

Visit their campaign here: Seed & Spark Campaign.

Get connected with the women here:
Instagram: @bonafidebeautyfilm
Twitter: www.twitter.com/BFBfilm (@BFBfilm)
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/BFBfilm

Samantha Schell has worked in the film industry for over 5 years, including assisting Directors, Executive Producers, and Actors from Betsy Beers (EP, Shondaland), Richard Linklater (Boyhood), VPs at Robert Rodriguez's TV network/El Rey, Giancarlo Esposito (Gus Fringe, Breaking Bad), and Lili Taylor ( Carolyn Perron-,The Conjuring). She recently wrapped on her short film she wrote and directed entitled, “Twisted.”

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Seeing Beautiful in 55

Make it 55. This month we were able to add two more children to the 53 we already send to school each month in Eastern Congo. While they're receiving education & new hope, they are constantly teaching me about peace, love, & healing - even half a world away. Thank you for seeing beautiful with us, in this moment and each month, as you help us give children new hope.
Photo by Bobby Neptune.
Learn more about how you can give a child new hope with the gift of education: http://seebeautiful.com/new-hope-collection.html


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Monday, March 28, 2016

Ella Mae's Courage Foundation

This is the story of a Mother's love and the way she continues to honor her daughter's life. We are humbled to unveil our newest giving initiative supporting the Ella Mae's Courage Foundation providing superior diaper care products for pediatric cancer patients.

Ella Mae’s Courage Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization focused on providing funding for development of superior diaper care products for pediatric cancer patients. "Ella Mae" is the moniker of Leah Marie Anderson.



In January 2009 at the age of 3, Leah was diagnosed with Wilms Disease Stage IV. Surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation began because she had a large tumor attached to her left kidney. In January 2012, she was transferred to the cancer survivor clinic and looked forward to starting the second grade. But in July 2012 she was diagnosed again with cancer, AML to be exact: a nasty form of leukemia. AML is extremely rare for Wilms survivors. For a second time, she was admitted to the hospital. Leah was 6 years old. Her incredible journey of faith, courage, and love is chronicled in the book Greater Acts than These by her mother and friend. Leah lost her battle to AML on January 10, 2013, but her legacy lives on through the Ella Mae’s Courage. Leah inspired so many with her positive and uplifting attitude and her love and care for others. Leah’s incredible journey of faith, courage and love continues to inspire others to see and create beautiful. 
How your purchase helps: Every purchase helps us provide a Diaper Care System for pediatric cancer patients that includes 72 diapers and diaper care products to provide more comfort to children during this time.

One day Leah took her mom’s phone and created this video, which is where we came up with the wording for the bracelet: God up high is amazingWATCH HERE
Follow their story and become part of there community on Facebook.



Don't want the bracelet, but want to donate to the cause? Cool, you can do so HERE.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Arusha, Tanzania

What an incredible gift to hear the voices of a few of the precious children you're supporting when you purchase one of our products for Glorious!! They love this community. They send their love to you.thank you for the ways you're changing their lives by helping us provide a passenger van to get them to and from school!

Read more HERE.

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

A Beautiful Way to Live

"I want to change people. I want them to learn to feel each other. How to lose and find themselves in the eyes of someone they don't know. And I want them all to feel like they're not alone, that we're all in this together and I hope that never changes. Imagine that. What a beautiful way to live. What a beautiful way to feel, and what a beautiful way to survive." ~‪#‎rmdrake‬
Model is teacher and soon-to-be amazing Mom: Mrs. Illy Brogdon
Photo by: Natalie Watson

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Be Glorious

This past year Glorious was confronted with a huge problem - a group of 15 orphans were evicted from their foster home and had no place to go. 

Photo of some of the children evicted from their foster home. Shared with permission from Glorious.
Alice, Glorious' Tanzanian Founder, immediately jumped to action and took the children under her wing. Although they are safe, sound and very loved, we are currently facing an additional problem of ensuring we have money each month to provide for their food, well-being and caretakers salary at Glorious Orphan’s Home. They're working to raise $5,000 to purchase a commuter bus to transport the kids to and from school, but during the day also serve as a public transport bus in the city. All proceeds from this bus will support the children’s food and caretakers.
These sweet girls will get to attend school with your support.
How your purchase helps: Your purchase will be used to allow Glorious to purchase a small commuter bus that will not only transport kids to and from school, but during the day serve as a public transport bus in the city to create a steady stream of revenue.

Follow their story and become part of there community on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and their blog.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016