Jackson, WY – On May 10, Slow Food in the Tetons and JenTen Productions launched a crowdfunding campaign for Hearts of Glass, their new documentary film collaboration. The film’s focus is the intersection of food and community and will follow the critical first year of operation of Vertical Harvest, an innovative greenhouse in Jackson, Wyoming that provides meaningful employment to individuals with disabilities.
The crowdfunding campaign is on a film-specific platform called Seed&Spark and by the end of the first day, Hearts of Glass was 41% funded! Now, approximately 15 days into the 30-day campaign, they are 80% funded with over 230 followers . (http://bit.ly/HeartsOfGlass)
The timing of Hearts of Glass’ campaign is fortuitous because it puts Hearts of Glass in the running for additional funding and distribution through The Untold Story Crowdfunding Rally, a partnership between Seed&Spark and Project Greenlight Digital Studios. The rally is for feature documentaries in production whose focus is a story an audience has never seen before.
Ms. Tennican said, “It’s exciting to step into the unknown with this innovative business. We have amazing characters with a lot a stake personally and professionally.” Ms. Tennican will tell the story from various points of view – food producers and consumers both inside and outside of Vertical Harvest. “We are excited to include the voices of some of the employees with disabilities and their family members. It’s an opportunity to allow some less-visible community members to tell their own stories and raise awareness about an underemployed population.”
Hearts of Glass needs to raise $25,000 and have at least 500 followers by June 8, 9:00 AM MT (the end of the 30-day campaign) to achieve their campaign goals and be competitive in The Untold Story Crowdfunding Rally. Followers can be financial supporters or those who sign up with their email to the campaign by clicking the follow button on the campaign page. In order to make it to the finals of the rally, Hearts of Glass has to be one of the top 10 most followed projects by July 1st, the rally’s end date.
Slow Food in the Tetons and Ms. Tennican are taking advantage of an opportunity to raise funds for the film and awareness about local food production, innovation, sustainability and disability advocacy. Ms. Tennican said, “the possibility of these interest groups overlapping on a project like Hearts of Glass is exciting – we love the idea of deepening existing community connections and creating new ones .”
Scott Steen, Director of Operations of Slow Food in the Tetons, added, “This project will help us achieve our organization’s long term goals by raising awareness about local food options in our mountain town. It will encourage us to prioritize the role of good, clean and fair food as part of a sustainable community.” Donations to the film are tax-deductible through Slow Food in the Tetons.
Celebrate in Person
Slow Food in the Tetons, JenTen Productions and E.leaven Food Company invite the community to come celebrate local food production, innovation, disability rights and the crowdfunding campaign on Monday, June 6, 5:30 – 7:00 PM at E.leaven Food Company.
Join us for light appetizers and a cash bar. Sample Vertical Harvest microgreens and chat with representatives from Slow Food in the Tetons, JenTen Productions and Vertical Harvest. Help us celebrate crowdfunding and thank the film’s funders, including you.
Hearts of Glass has received grant funding from the Wyoming Humanities Council, Center of Wonder and, most recently, the Wyoming Council on Developmental Disabilities. Business sponsors include First Interstate Bank, Prugh Real Estate (Greg and Eileen Prugh), RE/MAX Obsidian Real Estate (Brett McPeak) and Energy Conservation Works. In addition to grant monies and sponsorships, a core group of private donors has pledged their generous support, giving the project momentum as it entered the crowdfunding campaign.
Find Us on Social Media
- Instagram: JenTen_JH / #heartsofglassfilm
- Twitter:@JenTen_JH / #heartsofglassfilm
About Slow Food in the Tetons
Slow Food in the Tetons, a Jackson-based nonprofit, works to grow the local and regional sustainable food economy by supporting producers, educating consumers and connecting them together in the spirit of good, clean and fair food. Slow Food achieves its mission though events and programs like the Wednesday People’s Market at the base of Snow King, the Youth Culinary Project farm to table cooking classes for kids, The Teton Slow Food Guide, Taste Education dinners, the Teton Food Tour community bike ride, the Lockhart Ranch Party and more. To find out more about Slow Food in the Tetons, visit tetonslowfood.org
About Jennifer Tennican/JenTen Productions, LLC
Jennifer Tennican studied video production and documentary film in the late 1990s in Boston before moving to Jackson, Wyoming in 2002. Most recently she directed and produced, Far Afield: A Conservation Love Story, an award-winning documentary about 91-year-old Jackson Hole conservation icon Bert Raynes. The program is being distributed nationally by American Public Television and Wyoming PBS is the presenting station. Approximately 200 public television stations in 40 states and the District of Columbia began airing it in April. Ms. Tennican also directed and produced the award-winning The Stagecoach Bar: An American Crossroads. This hour-long documentary was also distributed nationwide by American Public Television and presented by Wyoming PBS. Aired on 158 stations in 31 states and the District of Columbia, the film explores 70 years of cultural change in and around Jackson Hole.