Welcome to the Crowdsourcing Mornings segment! Every weekday morning, Geek Alabama talks about and features one crowdsourcing project from crowdsourcing sites such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and others. The hope with Crowdsourcing Mornings is to feature and help a project be successful and reach its fundraising goal. Please enjoy today’s featured project!
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A Kingdom of Tea & Strangers is a feature documentary following one summer at L’Abri Fellowship, a short-term residential study center providing shelter, rest, and a hospitable space for honest questions. The film follows a group of students from around the world as they search for belonging, wrestle with their doubts & uncertainties, and grapple with finding spirituality and community in their lives back home.
L’Abri Fellowship was founded in 1955 by Francis and Edith Schaeffer in the Swiss Alps, with the second branch opening in the English countryside in 1971. In French, L’Abri means “The Shelter.”
The original idea for A Kingdom of Tea & Strangers arose from our personal experience of finding a profound vision of community, humanity, and an embodied spiritual life at L’Abri, but being unsure how apply it to our lives outside. The film explores this universal challenge: finding a place you belong, being enchanted and changed by something real, and then trying to somehow return to your old life without losing it.
All in all, we believe the film will be a transportive and immersive time-capsule allowing the audience to vicariously experience one summer at L’Abri…and we hope that the story will re-enchant a spiritually-homeless world with a surprising imagination of the kingdom.
Notably, L’Abri has always avoided advertising or promoting itself; in fact, when the staff of the English branch of L’Abri cautiously agreed to allow us to make a documentary, they did it under the condition that it would not be a commercial trying to get people to attend. Hopefully, rather than glorifying L’Abri as the single answer, our film explores a “way of being” that can be embodied in community anywhere.
As of November 8th, this project has raised $3,200 of their $28,000 goal. This project has 24 days left to raise the $28,000 or it will not be funded. For a pledge of $5, you will get your name listed on their website. For a pledge of $25, you will get a movie digital download. To learn more and to pledge money, go to: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/artwithin/a-kingdom-of-tea-and-strangers-finishing-funds?
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