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Crowdfund This: Julie Dash’s ‘Travel Notes of a Geechee Girl’ (Just 10 Days Left!)

Crowdfund This: Julie Dash's 'Travel Notes of a Geechee Girl' (Just 10 Days Left!)

Come on people! If Julie Dash can’t raise $55,000 via crowdfunding to complete her next feature, that would be a terrible thing! With just 10 days left, the Indiegogo campaign she set up has raised only 32% of its total; meaning that an additional $37,500 has to be contributed between today and April 23. So give if you can.

The director of “Daughters of the Dust” hopes to raise $55,000 which will go towards completing her feature documentary “Travel Notes of a Geechee Girl.”

A project we first alerted you to last summer, Dash’s film documents the life of writer, poet, actress, and culinary anthropologist Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor, a frequent contributor to NPR (producing award-winning documentaries like 1983’s “Slave Voices: Things Past Telling,” and “Daufuskie: Never Enough Too Soon”), who went on to host NPR’s award-winning documentary series “Horizons” from 1988 until 1995, when it was discontinued.

Smart-Grosvenor, who also appeared in Dash’s “Daughters of the Dust,” was born in Fairfax, South Carolina, and grew up in a Gullah family (in case you aren’t aware, Dash’s “Daughters of the Dust” tells the story of 3 generations of Gullah women). Smart-Grosvenor traveled all over the world as editor for Elan magazine, and made appearances on several television programs including “The Today Show” and “Nightline.” 
She has written several magazine columns for Ebony, Jet, Essence, Publishers Weekly and Redbook to name a few. She also has served on the Literary Task Force for the South Carolina Arts Commission. 
She is author of “Vibration Cooking or the Travel Notes of a Geechee Girl,” an autobiographical cookbook; and of “Thursdays and Every Other Sunday Off: A Domestic Rap.”
Smart-Grosvenor also penned a food folk opera called “Nyam,” a Gullah word meaning “to eat.”

“We’re using today’s social media and online technology to reach out to people who care about independent film, about women in and on film, about the representation of African American women; and to history, art and food lovers everywhere to help us retrace her unconventional life journey from the South Carolina Low Country to the world’s stage,” Dash says.

Watch the pitch video immediately below, and to make your contribution to the campaign, visit:–2

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