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Crowdfunding LIVE on Indiegogo

The Expecting Sunshine Documentary crowdfunding campaign is now LIVE on Indiegogo! This is a monumental leap of faith – but I believe in my crew, I believe in the vision, and, most importantly, I believe in our topic. With more than three weeks to go, I am confident we will be successful and that this film will touch many.

 

After our first four days, we have raised: $13,355!

Thank you so much to all who have contributed! You are making a difference!

 

We had a one generous donor that set us ahead on the first day! I am humbled in gratitude!

We had a one generous donor that set us ahead in the first 30 minutes!
I am humbled with gratitude!

 

While this is a fabulous start worth celebrating, more hard work is required and more contributions are needed to reach our goal. Please consider supporting Expecting Sunshine! And please share about the film with your family and friends. All these efforts will make a huge difference.

You can visit and contribute to our Expecting Sunshine crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo by clicking here.

 

Please take advantage of the many ways you can share Expecting Sunshine and the crowdfunding campaign. Thank you!

Please take advantage of the many ways you can share Expecting Sunshine and the crowdfunding campaign. Thank you!

 

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Shortly, we will be doing our first ever “Social Media Shout-Out Thank-You” to our contributors! This is only one of our awesome gratitude perks on Indiegogo. Please check them all out on our crowdfunding page. 

 

– Alexis Marie Chute, Author, Artist, Filmaker

 

 

 

Filmmaking in Sedona

Yesterday was a big day of filmmaking in Sedona! It was a small crew (just Aaron and me, Alexis Marie) and we covered a lot of highway from Phoenix to Sedona, Arizona. Our shot list was long – but somehow we managed to check it all off.

Alexis Marie & Aaron Chute driving to Sedona, Arizona.

Alexis Marie & Aaron Chute driving to Sedona, Arizona.

We hiked Bell Mountain and filmed Aaron on the precipice of a cliff. He was wearing a full suit and tie I might add. 

We climbed beneath an abandoned bridge and got dirty in the dry, cracked desert mud. 

We captured creative scenes as the sun set over Cathedral Rock.

We interviewed a lovely woman named Bonnie who shared about her experience with miscarriage and infertility.  

It was a busy day!

Filming Aaron and recording the audio of his footsteps through the desert.

Filming Aaron and recording the audio of his footsteps through the desert.

 

Sedona holds a very special place in my heart. It was there that I had a major epiphany in my journey of loss after Zachary died and in my struggle to “find myself” while pregnant with my next child.

 

Sun setting in Sedona, Arizona.

Sun setting in Sedona, Arizona.

 

The majesty of the towering red rock mountains, paired with a blanket of snow mid-March 2012, made me realize that I could hold both death and life inside of me. The paradox of lava rock and ice was profound. In that moment I was given a fresh perspective. It was a moment of personal transformation. (I have a chapter about this experience in my memoir, Expecting Sunshine)

 

Finished the hike and filming at Bell Mountain, Sedona.

Finished the hike and filming at Bell Mountain, Sedona. Thankful I did not go into labor on the mountain.

 

Bonnie Sedan interview. *Thanks for the picture Bonnie & Pam*

Bonnie Sedan interview. *Thanks for the picture Bonnie & Pam*

 

Alexis Marie, author-filmmaker, and Aaron Chute in Sedona, Arizona.

Alexis Marie, author-filmmaker, and Aaron Chute in Sedona, Arizona.

 

Thank-you for a great day, Sedona!

Thank-you for a great day, Sedona!

 

I hope you enjoy the behind the scenes photos from our day filming in Sedona!

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Welcome to Expecting Sunshine!

Welcome to Expecting Sunshine – the memoir and documentary film!

Thank you for stopping by.

Expecting Sunshine Alexis Marie Chute baby loss

This blog is a great place to connect and stay up-to-date with what’s going on. Here, my crew and I (Alexis Marie Chute) will share behind the scenes footage and photos from our filmmaking. I will post updates on the publication of my memoir. And last but not least, you can follow along as we chart our crowdfunding campaign.

Let’s start the introductions! Here is some info about the memoir and documentary film:


 

Expecting Sunshine Alexis Marie Chute memoir and film

Expecting Sunshine Memoir

Expecting Sunshine tells the story of a mother, Alexis Marie Chute, who set out to rediscover her identity – not only as a parent but as a woman and artist – after her son Zachary died in her arms at birth. The memoir’s clever structure mirrors the gestation of Alexis Marie’s subsequent pregnancy; the book beginning with conception followed by three sections, the three trimesters.

Through powerful flashbacks, readers learn of Alexis Marie’s pregnancy with Zachary and his few moments in the world, witnessing how grief touches every aspect of family life, though in different ways.

Expecting Sunshine chronicles the struggles and stresses of Alexis Marie’s next pregnancy. She is on a mission to find healing just in time to welcome her next child, yet even imagining giving birth to a baby that lives proves a major roadblock. Along the way, Alexis Marie grapples with her strained marriage, a silent faith, and medical decisions with huge ramifications.

Exploring this universal yet taboo type of loss, Chute’s memoir meets the need for personal narrative that addresses the most intimate vulnerabilities of grief and the agony and guilt any mother feels when she cannot fulfill her one most crucial role: to protect her child. Readers will cheer-on Alexis Marie in her clumsy yet noble search for healing, which will be a balm and encouragement for anyone struggling with loss.

Expecting Sunshine is represented by Mint Literary Agency and is seeking publication. Publishers should contact Morty Mint: phone 1-250-352-7844, email info@mintliteraryagency.com.


 

Expecting Sunshine Alexis Marie Chute documentary film

Expecting Sunshine Documentary

The documentary film, Expecting Sunshine, brings together the poetic prose and visual incarnations of the book, 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 INDIEGOGO CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN – NOW LIVE. 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