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15-Year-Old Digital Storyteller Wows Industry Panel With Documentary Film Pitch

20131115143108-image__1_On November 20th, Kasha, a 15 year old teenage photographer/writer and aspiring documentary filmmaker, pitched before a panel of seasoned film industry experts such as Gail Harvey, Mark Sanders, Adam Lopez and Stephanie McArthur in what Raindance Toronto calls the “Dragon’s Den for filmmakers”, and took home 2nd prize.

On the same day, Kasha also launched an Indiegogo asking peers, community & caring companies to contribute to the development this project and not just any high school assignment. In search of stories of resilience, inspiration and empowered leadership, Kasha, also known as the The Sunrise Storyteller, will create a documentary film and book of short stories/reflections of her journey exploring global citizenship while traveling the globe with her (single) mother.

For six months, one semester out of school, this mother/daughter duo will travel the world for the purpose of discovering a connection to curriculum that reaches far beyond the classroom. Starting from Toronto and moving through Central/South America, South Africa, Africa, South East Asia & Europe, this young storyteller will document and share her experiences in real time and online.

According to Director, Producer/Writer Gail Harvey, “I’ve seen a lot of film pitches over the course of my career but it’s not often I get the privilege of hearing one as remarkable by a 15 year old with the vision and courage to venture out into the world to make a documentary on what global citizenship looks like through the eyes of a teenager. I am happy to lend my support to Kasha, The Sunrise Storyteller.”

The campaign which runs until December 30th is showing what youth leadership in action looks like. Any additional funds contributed that exceed her Indiegogo campaign goal of $25,000. will be donated locally and globally through Free the Children to support delivery of Aboriginal Education in Canada as well as to help create alternative income projects for women living in poverty abroad

Motivational speaker/author Spencer West of Free the Children, National Geographic contributor Lola Akinmade Akerstrom, Oscar and Genie Award Winning producer Jeremy Edwardes, Coptor Productions Inc. are lending their support to this remarkable young woman and UN Youth delegate.

Please help spread the word for this worthwhile campaign:

The Global Sunrise Project:

The Global Sunrise Project is an exploration of experientially rich discovery, developing important life leadership skills which inspire action based on empathy, self-esteem, compassion, tolerance, responsibility, peace building, resilience, generosity, creativity, collaboration and service. This Mother/Daughter team will provide an opportunity for community to connect for social good and heighten awareness around purposeful travel that could quite possibly change the world.

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