Ursula Williams / Loading Docs

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Kia Ora, I'm Ursula Grace, documentary filmmaker, and I'm looking to make more local documentaries about interesting and important people within our communities. Last year my film The King won the audience award at the NZIFF marking the beginning of my filmmaking career.

This year I have been selected to be a part of the Loading Docs Initiative 2017, an incredible launch pad for NZ filmmakers like me. As a part of this selection my team and I are making a three minute documentary 'Welcome to Graft' to celebrate the theme of DIVERSITY.

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What did your neighbourhood look like 100 years ago?

Artist John Radford and his alter ego, employee real estate agent Ron Jadford, are building and selling two-hundred-and-fifty-six highly detailed miniature replicas of early 1900's suburban bay villas.

Fixated on the destruction of inner city domestic architecture, the work comprises two hillside precincts from his imagined suburban oblivion. 

Enter - the real estate agent Ron Jadford: spray tanned, dark tinted sunglasses, cellphone clamped to his ear, combed moustache. He's selling the houses off the plan.

This major sculptural installation GRAFT® is also an on-going participatory performance…

What will exist where you live 100 years from now?

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Loading Docs, along with pricipal partners NZ on Air, the New Zealand Film Commision, and Te Mangai Paho, have started us out with an awesome $4,000 dollars. However, we don't get that money unless we can reach our Boosted campaign goal of $2,000. When we reach our goal, the funds are released and we can make Welcome to Graft.

Thank you for taking the time to check out our project profile and pitch video. Every little bit counts and we really appreciate your kind donation!

To find out more about my filmmaking please visit www.ursulagrace.net

UPDATES

  • Fundraising Event - Screening of The King at Golden Dawn

    7 MONTHS AGO

    Kia ora everyone, 

    Thanks again for your love and support thus far. 120% - wow! 

    Tomorrow night (Wednesday 22nd March) I am hosting a screening of my short film The King to help fundraise towards this project.

    The King was chosen as one of the top six best short films in New Zealand by Lee Tamahori as a part of the 2016 NZIFF Best Shorts programme. It went on to win the Best Shorts Audience Award at the NZIFF 2016. The King was also selected to showcase at the Sydney Film Festival 2016 and Wairoa Film Festival 2016. 

    Tomorrow's screening of this film will be held at Golden Dawn - Tavern of Power (located on the corner of Richmond Rd and Ponsonby Rd). Doors open at 8pm and The King will be shown at 8.30pm - or as it gets dark. After the screening there will also be a Q&A session with me, the director/producer, as well as a DJ set by Lewis Tennant. 

    Hope to see you there!

    Bring your whanau and friends. 

    Thanks again, 

    Ursula and the crew x

     

    Fundraising Event - Screening of The King at Golden Dawn
  • 100% Already - rewrite

    8 MONTHS AGO

    Hello again, 

    It has been brought to my attention how many typos I had in the first post. I was just so excited about reaching the first target! Here is what I meant to say...

    Kia Ora everyone and thank you so very much for supporting this creative venture.

    I cannot express how grateful I am to you all for giving your time and money in support of my project.

    It just shows the importance of telling stories about interesting people within our communities. I believe that showcasing creativity is so valid to the human experience and it seems you do too!

    The $2,000 goal was the bare minimum we needed to start working on this film. Now it's time to set a new target and really dream big!

    Our next goal to hit is:

    $4,000 by March 23rd 2017.

    If we can hit this $4,000 goal we will be able to hire a professional sound recordist (a very important part of the documentary filming process), hire a camera assist (to ensure Tim Flower, the DOP can have some help to achieving the perfect picture), buy three hard drives to back up our wonderful footage three times and cover all travel costs for the crew and I.

    Please keep sharing the love to help us reach this new target.

    Kia pa to ra!

    Ursula Grace and the dream team xxx

     

  • 100% Already!

    8 MONTHS AGO

    Kia Ora everyone and thank you so very much for supporting this creative venture. 

    We cannot express how grateful I am to you all for lending your time and money in support of my crew and I. 

    It just shows the importance of telling stories about interesting people within our communites. We believe that showcasing creativity is so valid to the human experience and it seems you do too! 

    Our $2000 goal was the bare minimum amount we need to start work on this film. So now it's time to set a new target and really dream big!

    Our next goal is to hit:

    $4,000 by March 23rd. I say the 23rd as we are running two events and this will mark the end of both of them. More to come on these events very soon so stay tunned :)

    If we can hit the $4,000 goal we will be able to hire professionals to assist with soung recording (a very important part of the documentary making process), a camera assist (to ensure Tim Flower, the DOP can have some help to achieveing the perfect picture in every frame), as well as some great hard drives to back up our wonderful footage three times!! 

    Please keep sharing the love to help us reach this new target.

    Kia pa to ra! 

    Ursula Grace and the dream team xx 

     

    100% Already!

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