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Expecting Sunshine is about Family

Expecting Sunshine Documentary Fundraising THANK YOU’s!

In Expecting Sunshine memoir I write about the loneliness of loss. In Expecting Sunshine documentary I hope to break down those walls of isolation. The goal is that no one will feel alone after the death of a child, whether that is through miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS, ectopic pregnancy or any other kind of pregnancy loss or the death of a newborn or of an older child.

This is a topic that matters. Children matter. Families matter. Mothers and fathers matter. Life matters – and this doesn’t change in the face of loss.

Here are our most recent supporters:

(in the order they were received)

Thank you to the Anonymous individual who donated $2,000!

Thank you to Rhonda and Bevan May for donating $250 in loving memory of their beloved son Mackenzie May!

Thank you to Virginia Smith for donating $85 in loving memory of Lucas Alexander Smith!

Thank you to Katelyn Owns for donating $85 in loving memory of Aveline Charlotte Owens!

Thank you to Olga Bernhardt for donating $110!

 


Sincerest thanks and gratitude from Alexis Marie Chute and the entire crew of Expecting Sunshine.

To contribute to Expecting Sunshine’s documentary crowdfunding campaign on IndieGoGo, please click here.


5 Reasons to Support Expecting Sunshine Doc:

  1. The film breaks the taboo around a very common type of loss
  2. The film will help the bereaved feel less alone
  3. The film educates about how to support parents after loss
  4. The film encourages healthy grief (a part of “The Healthy Grief Movement”)
  5. The film can remember and celebrate the children that made a huge impact on the world despite their short lives

5 Reasons Expecting Sunshine Doc Supporters ROCK:

  1. They see the value of sharing meaningful stories
  2. They back what they believe in
  3. They are not apathetic to helping others
  4. They show up at the right time
  5. They make a real difference

 

Expecting Sunshine documentary needs your help to finish the film. If you have been affected by and feel strongly for the topic of pregnancy and infant loss, grief and healing – please join us on the journey of making a cultural difference.

ABOUT EXPECTING SUNSHINE FILM:

The film documents an actual pregnancy of Alexis Marie Chute as she grapples with the unique challenges of the loss of a baby and the “new normal” afterward. With poignant, educational narration and interesting interviews of over twenty bereaved men, women and experts, the documentary casts fresh light on a private and isolating experience.

The documentary contains scenes across multiple seasons, and numerous locations – from Alberta, Canada, to Sedona, Arizona. It features real-life medical appointments, artistic manifestations, thought-provoking interviews with counselors, nurses and bereaved families, and a comprehensive view from conception after loss through till the actual delivery. The film successfully avoids being a bland, sterile or sentimental expose. Instead, it is a collaborative and culturally relevant work of art.

 

As a filmmaker, Alexis Marie brings together her unique skill set as both a visual and literary communicator. She exposes the unseen emotional and psychological challenges of grief, curating them into an artistic presentation that will live on in the minds of viewers long after.

The film will be shown at film festivals around the world, at hospitals as a training tool, broadcast on TV, and available for the public.

The crew has launched the “FINAL PUSH” crowdfunding campaign hoping to raise $5000 Canadian ($3885.50 USD).

Please help us break the taboo around loss and promote healthy grief and healing. 

 

 

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Thank you for reading!

With gratitude,

Alexis Marie Chute

 

Last Two Days to be Included in Expecting Sunshine Credit Reel

Last Two Days to be Included in Expecting Sunshine Credit Reel!

Expecting Sunshine documentary needs your help to finish the film. If you have been affected by and feel strongly for the topic of pregnancy and infant loss, grief and healing – please join us on the journey of making a cultural difference.

SPECIAL FINAL OFFERING

Thursday, July 13 & Friday, July 14 ONLY

Donate to the Expecting Sunshine Documentary crowdfunding campaign and have the baby you lost, your rainbow baby, supporter name or business name listed in the credit roll of the film.

We need your help. Please contribute and be a part of this meaningful project!

THANK YOU!!

ABOUT EXPECTING SUNSHINE FILM:

The film documents an actual pregnancy of Alexis Marie Chute as she grapples with the unique challenges of the loss of a baby and the “new normal” afterward. With poignant, educational narration and interesting interviews of over twenty bereaved men, women and experts, the documentary casts fresh light on a private and isolating experience.

The documentary contains scenes across multiple seasons, and numerous locations – from Alberta, Canada, to Sedona, Arizona. It features real-life medical appointments, artistic manifestations, thought-provoking interviews with counselors, nurses and bereaved families, and a comprehensive view from conception after loss through till the actual delivery. The film successfully avoids being a bland, sterile or sentimental expose. Instead, it is a collaborative and culturally relevant work of art.

As a filmmaker, Alexis Marie brings together her unique skill set as both a visual and literary communicator. She exposes the unseen emotional and psychological challenges of grief, curating them into an artistic presentation that will live on in the minds of viewers long after.

The film will be shown at film festivals around the world, at hospitals as a training tool, broadcast on TV, and available for the public.

The crew has launched the “FINAL PUSH” crowdfunding campaign hoping to raise $5000 Canadian ($3885.50 USD).

Please help us break the taboo around loss and promote healthy grief and healing. 

 

 

 

Film Crowdfunding FINAL PUSH

Last Chance to Include your Baby’s Name in the Film

Expecting Sunshine documentary still needs contributions to bring the film to life. We are still $4,860 short of our fundraising goal. This is where we need your help.

As the film is nearing completion in the editing stage, there are a few very special opportunities to get involved and support the project.

We have four contribution levels that will be closing soon. By November 30, 2016. These contribution levels all include personal or business names in the film credits. These credits will always be a part of the documentary, which will be shown all over the world.

This is your opportunity as a parent to remember your baby that died. Or to celebrate your child born after your loss. Your son or daughter’s name, or nickname, will be publicly acknowledged and celebrated. At the end of the day, this is what brings me the most joy with this film.

This is also an opportunity for businesses and professionals to join with the film in supporting those who grieve. Expecting Sunshine Documentary strives to bring attention to taboo topics, to remove the stigma around these types of losses and celebrate children! Children with us, and those that live on in our hearts.

 

PLEASE CONSIDER DONATING BEFORE NOVEMBER 30, 2016

Click here to read about the fundraising effort and see where the money will be spent.

Click here to donate.

 

The cover image for Expecting Sunshine Documentary Film.

The cover image for Expecting Sunshine Documentary Film.

CONTRIBUTION LEVELS:

 

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“In Memory / Supporter / Rainbow Baby” Credit in THE FILM $250

A unique commemoration! We join with you in honouring your deceased child, your rainbow baby, or you as a supporter, by listing a name in the “In Memory / Supporter / Rainbow Baby” in the film credit reel. We dedicate this project to these individuals.

Please email Alexis Marie at info@alexismariechute.com with the name you want commemorated.

Feature Film Credit $1,000

Not only a name, but with this film credit you also receive a photo of your deceased child or your rainbow baby, or business logo or honorary symbol of support, in the credit reel of the film.

Associate Producer Status $5,000

To celebrate your generosity for the project, we will name you an Associate Producer in the credits with a photo, logo or symbol to mark your support.

 

Executive Producer Status $10,000

To choose this perk means you’re our hero! You will be named an Executive Producer in the credits with a photo, logo or symbol to mark your support. You will also receive two VIP invitations to the premier of the film and unlimited good vibes sent your way.

Travel not included.


 

Thank you so much for reading and supporting this project. Even simply sharing this blog post will do a world of good.

 

Sincerely,

 

Alexis Marie Chute

 

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Expecting Sunshine Fall Update

Thank you to everyone reading this update! There are a lot of awesome things happening with Expecting Sunshine documentary and memoir. I’m excited to share them with you, particularly this month, which is Pregnancy Loss and Infant Death Awareness Month.

 

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Expecting Sunshine Memoir

  • The book cover has been finalized! I love the bright colors. The rainbow umbrella is also very important to me. It references the rainbow pregnancy and rainbow baby. If you don’t know these terms, they mean the pregnancy and the baby born after loss.
  • The official release date for the book is April 18, 2017 and it will be available at all places where books are sold.
  • While April is still a few months away, you can pre-order your copy now with two handy ways to do so:
  • I am accepting pre-orders for the book on my online store. You can visit the store by clicking here. Books ordered from the store will be signed and mailed out by yours truly : )
  • You can also pre-order on Amazon. Check out Expecting Sunshine on Amazon by clicking here.
  • Expecting Sunshine continues to receive wonderful testimonials from early readers. You can see many of these online by clicking here.

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Expecting Sunshine Documentary

  • Along with the book cover, the film cover has also been finalized. I love how the silhouette of the woman fades into watercolor marks at the bottom. This could be any woman, which is the point, that loss happens to so many women and families.
  • The film is being edited right now and will be released around the time of the book, in the spring of 2017.
  • Like the book, the film is also available for pre-order. You can place your pre-order now on my online store by clicking here. When the film is released in the spring, it will be a file which you can digitally download.
  • We also have the pre-order available for the educational version, which comes with an audio visual public performance license agreement so that the film can be shown to support groups or at other events. Click here to order the educational version of the film. 

 

We are continuing to fundraise for Expecting Sunshine Documentary!

I want to acknowledge our recent donor to the film:
Jamie Albrecht-Gilchriest

Jamie and I met at the International Perinatal Bereavement Conference in Phoenix, Arizona earlier this fall. I really appreciate her vision and passion for the bereavement work that she does. Along with donating to the film, she also pre-ordered a copy to show to her grief support programs, along with copies of the book. Thank you so much Jamie!

Taken from the Expecting Sunshine Twitter feed. Click here to follow Expecting Sunshine on Twitter.

Taken from the Expecting Sunshine Twitter feed. Jamie is on the right, me (Alexis Marie) on the left. Click here to follow Expecting Sunshine on Twitter.

 

If you would like to donate to Expecting Sunshine documentary, that would be WONDERFUL! Thank you in advance. We are so close to our fundraising goal, but still need all the support we can get.

Read more about donating to the film and where the money goes.

Click here to donate. Thank you so much!


 

I think that is all for now! More updates will come as Expecting Sunshine finds its home out in the world. Thank you for reading and for supporting and cheering on this important project on this even more important topic!

With much gratitude,

Alexis Marie Chute

 

Expecting Sunshine: June Film Update

JUNE FILM UPDATE

This time last year, I was still in the mental planning stage Expecting Sunshine Documentary. Now, in June 2016, we have captured all the interviews, creative scenes and recreations. I have talked to so many people who have lost children and gone on to have others.

Experts and parent advocates have shared their stories. We cover topics from the desire to parent again after loss, struggles in marriage, to welcoming the new baby. Healing looks different from person to person. The stories are sobering, heart-wrenching, but also encouraging and inspiring!

My film crew and I are now in a season of post-production and editing. This is where everything is being cropped, finessed and ordered. It is a huge process!

While I wish we were through the editing, we are allowing this stage to be a focused and intense time. Our topic is too precious to rush it. We hope to wrap up in a month or so. Then we will move into another transition. Distribution! We have already received confirmation from Shaw TV in Edmonton that they will screen the film. We are also submitting to film festivals and hope to locate a big network to show Expecting Sunshine. I have my fingers crossed for somewhere like W Network, the Women’s Network. This film deserves a great network with a wide reach. Cross your fingers on that.

I will continue to post here on this blog, keeping everyone updated on our progress. For now, here are some Expecting Sunshine film stills captured over the last six months.

Alexis Marie Chute creative scene in Sedona, Arizona.

Alexis Marie Chute creative scene in Sedona, Arizona.

Creative scene in Sedona, Arizona.

Creative scene in Sedona, Arizona.

Reflections of loss.

Reflections of loss.

Interviewing Dr. Alan Wolfelt.

Interviewing Dr. Alan Wolfelt.

Interview with labor and delivery nurse.

Interview with labor and delivery nurse.

Welcoming rainbow baby Luca.

Welcoming rainbow baby Luca.

Interview with Alexis Marie Chute about the early days after delivery.

Interview with Alexis Marie Chute about the early days after delivery.

Creative scene creation.

Creative scene creation.

 

Here is more information about Expecting Sunshine Documentary:

The documentary film, Expecting Sunshine, brings together the poetic prose and visual incarnations of the memoir, as experienced through the innovative, sometimes surreal, sensibilities of its creator.

The film documents an actual pregnancy of Alexis Marie Chute, as she grapples with the unique challenges of having a child after the death of child. With poignant narration from the memoir, along with new revelations and interesting interviews, the documentary casts fresh light on a private and isolating experience.

The documentary contains scenes across multiple seasons, and numerous locations – from Alberta, Canada, to Sedona, Arizona. It features real-life medical appointments, artistic manifestations, thought-provoking interviews with experts and bereaved families, and a comprehensive view from conception till the actual delivery. The film successfully avoids being a bland, sterile or sentimental expose. Instead, it is a collaborative and culturally relevant work of art.

As a filmmaker, Alexis Marie brings together her unique skillset as both a visual and literary communicator. She exposes unseen emotional and psychological challenges, curating them into an artistic presentation that will live on in the minds of viewers long after.

To be a part of this important film, please contribute to our CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN . Also, subscribe to our mailing list for updates on the film.

For broadcasting and screening inquiries, or if you are a network wishing to show the film, please contact Alexis Marie Chute directly: phone 780-499-4311, email info@alexismariechute.com

Expecting Sunshine Update: Now to Edit!

I have loved every second of filming Expecting Sunshine. It has been a wonderful learning experience, an excellent team collaboration, and a great opportunity to connect with bereaved families. Thank you to everyone who made it such a success!

Filming a creative scene with a globe. You can see the fab camera operator, Tom Lim, and Alexis Marie Chute - plus baby Luca on the bottom right!

Filming a creative scene with a globe. You can see the fab camera operator, Tom Lim, and Alexis Marie Chute – plus baby Luca on the bottom right!

We had our last filming date on April 30th. We captured recreations, creative b-roll, and family life after pregnancy loss. 

Choosing the wardrobe for the film has been fun. Only two out of four of these outfits actually made the cut. Thankfully Walmart saved the day at 8am on film-day.

Choosing the wardrobe for the film has been fun. Only two out of four of these outfits actually made the cut. Thankfully Walmart saved the day at 8am on film-day.

Now, my crew and I enter the next exciting stage of the film: post production! This is where we combine all the video and still footage we have captured over the last eight months. We will combine all the visuals with the moving scores we have recorded with live musicians. Here is where we bring the vision to life.

Distribution Updates:

  • We plan to have the film ready for a number of the major film festival deadlines. These are coming up before summer.
  • We have confirmation from Shaw TV in Edmonton that they will be airing the film. This will take place AFTER we, fingers crossed, premier the film at one or more film festivals.
  • We are still searching for a major network to show the documentary. This search will continue in earnest once editing is complete.

Thank you so much for reading! And for supporting this film. Expecting Sunshine will make a huge difference for many, many people.

Sincerely,

Alexis Marie Chute

 


HELPFUL LINKS:

To learn more about Expecting Sunshine book and film, please click here.

Get to know the film’s director and producer, Alexis Marie Chute.

Read testimonials for the documentary and memoir.

Check-out the awesome film crew for the documentary.

Read more posts on the Expecting Sunshine blog.

Visit Expecting Sunshine’s sister blog, Wanted Chosen Planned.

Learn how you can donate to support the film by clicking here.

Contribute to Expecting Sunshine documentary.

 

Early Film Reviews for Expecting Sunshine

Making a documentary film about pregnancy after loss, which I lovingly call Expecting Sunshine, is a labour of love and a creative process of joy. I am honoured by all the amazing people that have participated in the filming. Hearing their stories is encouraging and uplifting as we who have lost can realize that we are not alone. Others have been there. They have survived, one way or another – and we can too.

I am incredibly grateful for all the generous people who have made this stage of the filming such a huge success.

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Here are some early film reviews for Expecting Sunshine: The Truth about Pregnancy After Loss


 

“The first film of its kind that tackles the honest emotions of grief, fear and hope the mom expecting again after a loss experiences during her next pregnancy. We need more films like this that raise awareness about the struggles of pregnancy and parenting after loss.”

 

“I’m watching your trailers and bawling my head off, I’m so overcome with emotion. I appreciate your candidness and the words you say resonate so much. Even though our babies aren’t with us, we still have that strong love. When you talked about feeling intense blues after Luca, I could get that. Even though I’m soon to have our rainbow baby, I’ve been shedding a lot more tears about losing our Eli and talking about him a lot more. It’s so true that they are a part of us and that part of us will never die. I’m really looking forward to your documentary and want to thank you for your honesty. I know it will make a lot of mamas feel permission to grieve and to talk about their loss.”

  • Leanne Brooks, bereaved mom

 

“So powerfully capturing my emotions so far on this rainbow journey. There is nothing else like this….great to see more opportunity to share our stories with the world!”

  • Amanda Mayberry

 

“Beautiful and moving and important.”

  • Gene Luetkemeyer, MFA, author of Penitentiary Tales, a novel

 

“Documentaries often have this need, this urge to tell something to the viewer, whether it was a critique of some situation in a faraway land, during a distant period in time or merely an explanation of economical phenomenons that had a global footprint, recently.  On the other hand, some documentaries are stories that captivate audiences.  Expecting Sunshine, a documentary made by Alexis Marie Chute, is exactly that.  Based upon the idea of giving birth to a child after having lost a child.  On first glance, this documentary might seem like one of the abundant movies that emerge from the Hollywood abyss but it is not.  This movie is a work of art (and this is not a cliché, given the fact that Chute is an artist) that shows the fragility of life, the delicate aspects of a mother’s love and that reiterates the idea of “gone but never forgotten”.  Despite having to talk about a topic that seems dark and despairing, the documentarist and protagonist uses a palette of positivity, warmth, when talking about her “still born” son.”

  • Alex Micati, Blogger

 

“….touching and moving…well captured!”

  • ChanPeew Wan

 

Expecting Sunshine touched my heart. I never met the child my Husband and I lost 15 years ago. My husband and I never gave that child a name. I feel as though we never properly grieved the loss of our first child. Though in some ways I feel as though I never stopped grieving the child who I never had the chance to meet. Expecting Sunshine taught me that losing a child at any point during pregnancy, birth or even years later that I am a mother to ALL my children. I care and dedicate my life and soul to nurturing, loving and protecting my children, earth bound holding my hand or smiling upwards and never forgetting the child I remember as my angel. Thank you Alexis Marie Chute for bringing Expecting Sunshine to life. Your film has brought me peace, comfort, permission to grieve, but most importantly knowledge in knowing how to celebrate the life of my child that I never met. Thank-you!”

  • Erika Breen, Artist and Educator

 

 

“It is 2016. It should no longer be taboo to talk about how babies can die and how subsequent rainbow babies can never replace the other baby. Artist, writer, and photographer Alexis Marie Chute tackles this taboo head on in the documentary Expecting Sunshine. Join her on her eye-opening and creative journey of recovery.”

  • Man-Sum Yau, Writer and veterinarian

 

“Everything Alexis Marie does is straight from the heart, introspective and challenging. Traveling with her through loss, grief, growth and renewed perspective on life promises to be an insightful journey. Expect sunshine and to walk away changed.”

 

  • Donloree Hoffman, Executive Coach and author of If I Die, Please Bring Cheesecake to My Funeral

 

 

Thank you for reading and for subscribing to this blog feed. This is an exciting project and my crew and I are thrilled you are coming along for the ride. I believe we are stronger together. More updates coming soon, for example, from our amazing evening filming the musicians performing their pieces for the film. Stay tuned. And – Thank you!

 

Sincerest thanks and gratitude from Alexis Marie Chute and the entire crew of Expecting Sunshine.

Sincerest thanks and gratitude from Alexis Marie Chute and the entire crew of Expecting Sunshine.

 

Find more film reviews on ExpectingSunshine.com

Find out how you can contribute to the film.

Meet the film crew.

Learn about the companion to the film, the memoir entitled Expecting Sunshine: A heartwarming journey of grief, healing and pregnancy after loss.

Check-out more news and updates on the blog.

See the film sponsors.

Support the film with an “In Memory/Supporter/Rainbow Baby” credit in the film.

Check out Expecting Sunshine’s sister site: Wanted Chosen Planned, Life After the Loss of a Child

Expecting Sunshine Update: Fundraising Gratitude

Our crowdfunding on Indiegogo concluded Monday, December 14 at midnight. We are roughly 80% to our goal of $25,000 – which is a great accomplishment in one month!

Sincerest thanks and gratitude from Alexis Marie Chute and the entire crew of Expecting Sunshine!

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We are continuing our fundraising efforts on our own site, Expecting Sunshine, as we still need to reach our goal to make this film a success. To visit our fundraising page, please click here.


 

We want to celebrate all the children we are honoring with “In Memory” and
“Rainbow Baby” Credits on the website and in the film. We are so grateful to help remember these important lives, both the babies that have died and those that came after.

Family is the most important thing in the world.  

Our children are our life and our legacy.

 


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IN MEMORY OF:


Zachary Chute

Loren Huot

Brooklynn Huot

Ernie Walker

Perry Walker

Emree Jane Forget

Jax and Baby Selinger

Eli Jackson Brooks

“In memory of all the precious babies and families I have supported in loss and through their rainbows.” – Lori Ives-Baine

Captain Kick Ass


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RAINBOW BABIES:


Eden Chute

Alexis Huot

Jaedyn Huot

Sydney Huot


If you would like to add your Angle or Rainbow Baby, please check-out our contribution levels on our contribution page on Expecting Sunshine.

Just minutes till our Crowdfunding Deadline: Gratitude!

We are ten minutes till our crowdfunding deadline. Anyone still awake?

I am incredibly grateful for all the contributions to Expecting Sunshine Documentary FilmThis has been quite the ride and I have learned so much.

thank you crowdfunding Expecting Sunshine film Alexis Marie Chute

 

I want to acknowledge our latest supporters and celebrate their generosity and kindness.


THANK YOU TO OUR Latest CONTRIBUTORS:


Jeremy & Aimee Reimer

Mariya Taher

Julie Presley

Janet E Smith

John Henderson

Ruth Glombick

Paige Forget

Derek & Rachel Langer

Michael J Soloway

Jill Kathleen

Jeff & Jess Alberda

Grant & Heidi Fedoruk

Martha Griffith

And our Anonymous contributors as well!


With just minutes to go till our Indiegogo campaign closes, we still have a little way to go.

Any last minute supporters? 


HOW TO CONTRIBUTE:


  • Visit our Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign by clicking here: http://igg.me/at/expectingsun
  • On our campaign page you can read the story, watch the trailer and see how much has been donated.
  • There are two ways to contribute:  
  • (1) Along the right side of the screen there is a list of “Perks,” which are ways we thank you for supporting the film. You can click on the perk you want, it will open up with more info, and you will be given payment options (credit card or paypal).
  • (2) The other way, again on the right side of the screen but this time at the very top, you will see a white box that says “Your contribution” with a pink button below it that says “Contribute now.” There you can enter any amount (with this option you will not receive a “perk”). A new window will open and you can choose your payment method.

Sincerest thanks and gratitude from Alexis Marie Chute and the entire crew of Expecting Sunshine.

Sincerest thanks and gratitude from Alexis Marie Chute and the entire crew of Expecting Sunshine.