'The Brain That Sings' Film Autism Awareness Campaign

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Feature documentary film about 2 autistic boys and their 3 month journey through music therapy
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Campaign successfully funded on: 07 Jun,2014

This project has been successfully funded with $10,150 (102%)

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'The Brain That Sings'
 is a documentary feature film about autism in the Arab world. It follows the lives of 2 autistic boys living in the UAE as they go through 3 months of music therapy and explores the chances of their improvement and self-expression. The film answers many unanswered questions regarding autism in the Arab World. 


What We Need & What You Get
 

Now that 'The Brain That Sings' has premiered, we want to be able to get the film out there. There is a long process of submitting and paying film festival fees, marketing and publicity costs, and securing distribution, and plans for theatrical release. We have begun the process of festival submissions, finding distributors and places to screen the film etc. but we need your support in bringing the film closer families who need to watch it across the country and the region, sharing the film with you and getting the word out. This process needs financial support and if autism is a topic that is close to your heart or if you are eager to give and to learn, we depend on your support.

The power of film as an educative tool must never be underestimated.

For your contribution, we can offer some unique rewards and experiences. We want you to be a part of our world, we will celebrate you as our ambassador.

The Impact

Out of 191 films at the Dubai International Film Festival 2013, this documentary won the audiences' vote and was awarded 'The People's Choice Award'. 

As a result of the screening, the Dubai government already began putting strategies into place for those with special needs and education, families were coming together sharing stories of compassion and societies were being formed for parents and those affected with autism alike. We even had an Australian family fly over for the premiere!

But this can be amplified.


We need more people to know this story because it's such a positive and inspiring outlook on special needs, we need the right people to watch this film because we need them to talk about it and bring about bigger and more powerful changes. Finally, there needs to be more awareness. 

When we find others that share our same experiences and feelings, and feel what they feel with them, this is a source of comfort that cannot be explained and a phenomenon that soothes the human soul. If we can make that happen for others, our contribution on Earth will last long after we are gone. If a bit of spare change or a considerable contribution can change that, why not?



Other Ways You Can Help 

If you cannot financially contribute, it helps us if you share information about the film and the website with your friends and family, or with people you think can help. Filmmaking is a collaborative effort -- it takes a crew, a cast, and supporters like you. And most of all, an audience. 








$3,000

Zrinka Bunic
16 May,2014
$85

Marcelle Aleid
14 May,2014
$25

Anonymous
11 May,2014
$25

Farah Al-fardh
07 May,2014
$245

Sam Johnston
30 Apr,2014
$50

Muna Al gurg
24 Apr,2014
$530

Mideast Creatives
24 Apr,2014
$500

Anonymous
24 Apr,2014
$2,500

Mideast Creatives
23 Apr,2014
$85

Anonymous
23 Apr,2014
$85

Mideast Creatives
23 Apr,2014
$500

Anonymous
23 Apr,2014
$530

Mideast Creatives
23 Apr,2014
$500

Badr J
23 Apr,2014
$1,000

Mideast Creatives
23 Apr,2014
$245

Anonymous
23 Apr,2014
$245

  11 Aug,2014


Dear Backers,

Thank you for your patience and most of all, thank you for supporting our BTS distribution campaign.  In September we will begin screening The Brain That Sings to different companies and establishments across the UAE. Towards the end of Septmember, we will be going into schools and will also give short presentations to the children, sometimes with Khalifa's family as visitors and sometimes with Mohammed's family. As you have all contributed, please do let us know when you would like for the film to be screened at your establishment by e-mailing us at thebrainthatsings@gmail.com


Most importantly, your e-rewards will be going out this week! Please allow up to 2-3 weeks for the delivery of much larger/physical rewards such as posters, musical instruments etc. There will be a draw for the cinema vouchers and IPAD prizes.

Have a wonderful summer! The film received a prize at the Giffoni Film Festival in Italy this year and has been invited to many more places around the World. We are fortunate to have supporters like you that help the film get into schools, unis and companies across the UAE.

Regards,

Amal Al-Agroobi and team BTS



  14 Nov,2014


Dear Backers,

Great news! We just picked up the Al Jazeera Documentary Channel Award in Doha! This marks the end of the film festival tour but the start of many more great screenings all over the GCC. I'm happy to announce the film is now available on VOD and can be accessed only by those in the GCC at this link

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/thebrainthatsings

The Brain That Sings Autism Awareness Campaign has begun! We have started screening the film at different schools, conducting panel discussion, contests and spreading awareness thanks to the support you have shown us. This will continue for another 2 months. If you are interested in having the film screened at your establishment, please email the alagroobifilms email  

Have happy holidays and we wish you a fruitful new year! Please keep in touch with us via our websites and social media


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Amal Al-Agroobi is a multi-award winning film producer/director and founder of independent film studio ALAGROOBI films, established in 2013. That same year, she won “best up and coming director of 2013” at the Digital Studio Awards in Dubai for her…

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  Rewards

$25 or more
→    THANK ME, SILLY!

398 Available

Personal thanks on our facebook page and twitter page
$85 or more
→    SCREENING AT YOUR ESTABLISHMENT, A BIG THANKS AND WATCH 'HALF EMIRATI: THE MOVIE'

198 Available

Personal thanks on our facebook page and twitter page plus a private link to the director Amal’s first film ‘Half Emirati’ and a chance to have the brain that sings screened at your establishment
$145 or more
→    WIN AN IPAD!

500 Available

By contributing this amount and for showing your support for autism awareness and the film, you will be in a lucky draw to win an ipad
$245 or more
→    WIN CINEMA VOUCHERS, SCREENING AT YOUR ESTABLISHMENT, SIGNED POSTER AND BIG BIG THANKS!

97 Available

You will be put in the draw to win a stack of cinema vouchers and receive a signed mini-poster of the film. Plus, a big thank you on the director’s personal twitter page (3000+ followers). The film will also be coming to your school, university, company or offices!
$530 or more
→    THE FILM, A THANK YOU NOTE AND MUSICAL INSTRUMENT

98 Available

A private link to watch the film ‘The Brain That sings’ and a hand-written thank you note from the director Amal Al-Agroobi. You also get a small musical instrument recommended by our music therapist!
$870 or more
→    WIN A MUSIC THERAPY CLASS AT YOUR COMPANY, UNIVERSITY, SCHOOL OR ESTABLISHMENT

20 Available

Not only will we screen the film for you but we will bring along a music therapist to give a group of you a session to experience that which Mohammed and Khalifa felt for 3 months! Live the film!
$1000 or more
→    2 FILMS, SIGNED POSTER AND NAME A CHARACTER

3 Available

A private link to watch the film ‘The Brain That sings’ and the director Amal Al-Agroobi’s previous film ‘Half Emirati’ plus a first edition signed poster of the film with a chance to visit her at ALAGROOBI Films studio in Sharjah. You will also get to name a character in Amal’s next film.
$2500 or more
→    A FEATURED EXTRA ROLE IN THE NEW MOVIE AMAL WILL DIRECT THIS YEAR! EXCLUSIVE REWARD.

4 Available

Did you ever dream of being part of a film along big name actors, actresses or director? We will give you a featured extra role on Amal’s new movie. You will receive the star treatment and all the goodies. Date to be determined. You will need to arrange for your own travel to and from the set. Plus you get a private link to watch the film ‘The Brain That sings’, a first edition signed poster of the film and VIP lunch/dinner with director Amal Al-Agroobi.
$10000 or more
→    BECOME A DIRECTOR ON A FILM WITH ALAGROOBI FILMS. EXCLUSIVE REWARD.

2 Available

Amal Al-Agroobi will become your producer on a short film directed by you, receiving all the guidance of creating a film. You will have to cover your own travel and accomodation costs to and from the UAE. Date to be determined.
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