Hi, my name is Heather, and I am in need of some help/advice. I recently graduated from NYU, and was filming my documentary thesis on BASE jumpers (people who jump off of "B"uildings, "A"nntenae, "S"pans, and "E"arth objects such as cliffs and caves using a parachute). It's mostly illegal and very dangerous but I've been able to shoot some really great stuff. You can view bits on my youtube site (http://www.youtube.com/tribepictures).
Anyway, to cut to the chase, one of the guys that I've followed around for a year, affectionately nicknamed Maggot, was just in a motorcycle accident this past saturday that has left him paralyzed from the chest down!! That is, unless he can get funding to go to China where they will treat him with their knowledge of stem cell research ...
Doctors have given a deadline of one month before he is deemed permanently paralyzed, and the race to help fund his operation(s) and transportation is underway.
Maggot was the first BASE jumper I had the privilege to meet, and he was with me on my first skydive! Aside from documenting him, he has become a true friend and someone that I see everyone fall in love with. I would absolutely love to follow his journey through this, and I feel like this is really the story I should be following instead of just BASE jumping ... but I've run out of money! Does anyone know of any immediate doc grants or wealthy patrons of documentaries?! I would love any help! I know this is more like a pitch but I'm so frazzled right now by recent events that I just need second opinions. Thanks!!!