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!
To contribute to Expecting Sunshine’s documentary crowdfunding campaign on IndieGoGo, please click here.
5 Reasons to Support Expecting Sunshine Doc:
- The film breaks the taboo around a very common type of loss
- The film will help the bereaved feel less alone
- The film educates about how to support parents after loss
- The film encourages healthy grief (a part of “The Healthy Grief Movement”)
- 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:
- They see the value of sharing meaningful stories
- They back what they believe in
- They are not apathetic to helping others
- They show up at the right time
- 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.
Thank you for reading!
Alexis Marie Chute
This is a short but sweet post today, a very special day for Expecting Sunshine! Also, sharing a powerful article on bereaved mom, Nancy Kerrigan.
I still remember the day I signed the publishing contract with She Writes Press. From the day I signed it was roughly a year till my book was slated to be released. It felt like an eternity. And yet, here we are!
I cannot express what a journey it has been to get Expecting Sunshine out into the world. Here are some specifics for you:
- 6 months of writing the first draft
- 120,000 word, 400 page first draft
- 4+ years of editing
- 8 drafts of editing
- 3 editors
- 1 agent
- 1 (Amazing) publisher, Brooke Warner at She Writes Press
- 2+ book cover designers
- 3 (Fabulous) publicists at Smith Publicity
- April 18, 2017!
- 1 tired but happy author!
I have so many people to thank! And I do name them all in my book in the acknowledgements section. As I’ve just got word that Time Magazine’s site, Time Motto, wants me to write an essay for them on miscarriage (YAY! BIG NEWS!!), I will thank all the wonderful people who have made such a huge difference for me by including pics of my acknowledgements from Expecting Sunshine! This is a bit of a sneak peak inside the book as well.
More Exciting News:
Article in Womanista:
I got interviewed for a very special article about Nancy Kerrigan’s experience of multiple miscarriages, which she shared about on Dancing With The Stars.
You can read the article by clicking here. In it I share all the things I’ve learned over my years as a bereaved mom and since becoming a parent advocate, author and public speaker.
If you want to learn more about Nancy Kerrigan’s story, here is a powerful video:
Thank you so much for reading this pub day update!
If you’d like to purchase the book directly from me – for a signed copy – please click here. Expecting Sunshine is available wherever good books are sold.
Sending out warm wishes of love, hope and healing,
Alexis Marie Chute
Alexis Marie Chute will be exhibiting her artwork and selling Expecting Sunshine books at the Edmonton Woman’s Show April 29 & 30 at the Edmonton Expo Centre, Hall H. TICKETS | General (13+) – $15 | Student & Senior – $11 | Children(12 and under) – FREE
Alexis Marie Chute will be speaking to the subsequent pregnancy group at Angel Whispers in Fort Saskatchewan. She will be sharing about her book, her loss, and how she survived her own subsequent pregnancy.
Join Alexis Marie Chute as she launches her memoir in Auckland NZ! It’s book party time! Everyone is welcome at Time Out Bookstore on Mount Eden Rd – kids too! Alexis Marie will present a reading from her book, share her story, tell a few dumb jokes, and welcome questions from the peanut gallery. Please join Alexis Marie and share this invite. Let’s pack the bookstore like never before! Oh, and bring or buy a copy of Expecting Sunshine to get signed by the author.
Alexis Marie Chute and her husband Aaron Chute Will be speaking at the Sands National Conference 2017 about blogging. The conference will cater to 150-200 delegates. their aim is to provide an uplifting experience for all attendees so they can feel welcome, able to reignite friendships and start new ones with other families and professionals alike. They encourage togetherness in learning and teaching from one another and above all else, being around people who can relate to our own experiences. Sands is a voluntary, non-profit organisation that supports parents and families following the loss of a baby or infant at any gestation, any age and any circumstance. Every two years since 1997, Sands has held a national conference.This is the 11th biennial conference.
Alexis Marie Chute will be at The 40th Annual Compassionate Friends National Conference. The Compassionate Friends provides highly personal comfort, hope, and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or a sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family. The Compassionate Friends was founded over 40 years ago when a chaplain at the Warwickshire Hospital in England brought together two sets of grieving parents and realized that the support they gave each other was better than anything he, as a chaplain, could ever say or provide. The Compassionate Friends became also established in the United States and incorporated in 1978. The conference brings together people from around the world to share their stories and show support for the global community.
Alexis Marie Chute will be presenting a Teaching Toolbox Session toLesley University students. Lesley University empowers students to become dynamic, thoughtful leaders in education, mental health counseling, the arts, and business. The Teaching Toolbox is a presentation about publishing that Alexis Marie will do for the students. She will share her insight and knowledge of the publishing world with her personal experience.
Alexis Marie Chute will be presenting a book talk at the Institute of Traditional Medicine.The Institute Of Traditional Medicine is Canada’s leading institute for professional and personal development programs and services in integrative health, sustainable medicine and social change. Alexis Marie will share with students about her book and personal story of loss and healing.
Alexis Marie Chute will be presenting a book talk to parents at The Hospital For Sick Children (SickKids). The Hospital For Sick Children serves families who have terminally ill children and those who will recover. Parents of children past and present who have been involved with the Hospital For Sick Children are encouraged to join us for the presentation. If you want to know how to become involved in this book talk please contact the hospital. Alexis Marie will discuss her book and share her personal story of loss and healing for all parents in attendance.
Alexis Marie Chute will be presenting a book talk to the Pregnancy Loss Support Program at the National Council of Jewish Women New York. They offer support groups for bereaved parents who have lost their child before or after birth. The groups they offer are for mothers and encourage fathers as well. They also offer professional references for parents suffering through the loss of a child. Alexis Marie will discuss her book and share her personal story of loss and healing.
Alexis Marie Chute will be presenting a book talk to The Baby Resource Center NY. The Baby Resource Center hosts support groups for parents who are grieving the loss of their child due to many factors. it is a place to share stories, pictures, and find support in your loss. They also encourage community outreach and advocate for better resources for bereaved families. Alexis Marie will discuss her book and share her personal story of loss and healing.