Originally published February 20 2016.
Making The Rankin File has truly been a communal experience. Since launching the Indiegogo campaign, I have had so many people reach out to me and share personal recollections of Harry – some funny, some sentimental, some upsetting, some just weird. Further, I’ve heard countless times just how strongly people feel this film needs to be made. I watched as friends, family, colleagues, and (excitingly!) people I’d never met dug deep into their pockets in order to contribute what they could. I was further delighted by how many people broadcast our campaign to their networks to help get the word out.
So as our Indiegogo campaign has finally closed, I’d like to extend a huge THANK YOU to everyone who personally contributed to the film, who shared our campaign, and who supported us in other ways. I think it’s immensely fitting that this documentary is partly being made through crowdfunding – community organizing and grass roots action was what Harry was all about! We hope you’ll feel proud seeing your names in the film’s credits.
We’ve already begun prepping our next Vancouver shoot this spring, and plans are underway to get the rest of Peter Smilsky’s footage digitized in LA. We will need to continue fundraising in order to start and complete postproduction (editing the full film). As such, I’m happy to let you know that we have created the Harry Rankin Film Society, a nonprofit entity that we will use to accept contributions by cash or cheque. So if you know of any person or organization that would want to support this film, please have them get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org or donate directly to the Harry Rankin Film Society Paypal here.
Once again, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for all of your contributions, support, and love for the documentary.