Have I mentioned that I’m going to be in a movie? No? Ok, just kidding. Maybe.
Who doesn’t want to be some small part–or at least a voyeur into the process–of a film? I recently heard about a documentary movie project that follows a jewelry design start to finish: from the mining in East Africa (you may have read my recent post about diamond artisanal mining in Africa, so this is definitely a personal interest of mine), to the gem cutting by industry legend Roger Dery (also a philanthropist and teacher), through the design process by master jeweler Jorge Adeler, to a finished piece of one-of-a-kind spectacular jewelry. Sharing the Rough is the first movie of its kind, documenting with truth and humor the evolution of a piece of jewelry from mine to market.
The best part? You can be involved with the project, too. From now until October 10th, you can contribute to their indiegogo campaign. Ok, they’re probably not going to write you into the story (never say never?), but you could end up with a parcel of 50 carats of gemstones, a gemstone purchased from the East African miners and cut just for you by Roger Dery, a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry designed by Jorge Adeler, or a red carpet appearance at the premier of the film! There are exciting perks at every donation level.
The director Orin Mazzoni has roots in the jewelry industry, bringing an informed perspective that should provide a thread of continuity throughout the film. But he also is trained and experienced as a filmmaker and is not afraid to fully capture the drama that unfolds as they film this project. Orin has put together an amazing team. Sharing the Rough hopes to “establish the world of the documentary by guiding the audience towards a journey of self-discovery through our characters and story, in a way that is genuine, inspirational, and entertaining.” I’m very excited to see the finished film release around September 1st, 2014.
But you have to hurry, the Indiegogo campaign ends October 10th.
I’m off to check their Indiegogo page for the level that gets me a cameo. I’m ready for my close up!
*Sharing the Rough will receive all funds donated, even if the full funding goal is not reached. You can read the fine print on the campaign donation page here.