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March 27, 2014 | posted in Filmmakers
Hunger may inevitably be a global struggle until the end of time. While that seems like a tall order for someone looking to make a dent in the fight against it, three ultimate do-gooders are making a big difference with their seemingly small missions in their own communities. Jesse Roesler sheds some much deserved light on these selfless deeds in “The Starfish Throwers.”
“I was inspired by these people who looked at a seemingly unsolvable global problem and said essentially, ‘Even though I will never solve this, I will give it my all,’” Roesler explains. “I was so curious, where does this amazing courage and tenacity come from? And what I discovered is that our impact really does reach further than our individual action.”
Since Allan, Krishnan, and Katie, the heroes of the film, are not naturally eager to seek the limelight, getting them on board to share their stories with the masses took a bit of persuasion.
“All three of the subjects took a fair amount of convincing to be a part of the project,” Roesler recalls. “Once I was able to share my hopes and goals for the project and explain that we would have a very small imprint during production, all three became excited about the idea. And once we were able to meet and spend time together, we all became fast friends and it was like, ‘How could we NOT do this?’”
With a petite budget from the Jerome Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board endowments to start, the team earned additional funds through their Kickstarter campaign. Thankfully, between Roesler’s full-time role with commercial and corporate projects and a crew willing to work more as a labor of love in place of full salaries, the film was able to be completed.
“I'd say the biggest challenge was endurance to finish a feature length film on nights and weekends when 50+ hours a week are already committed to the commercial work,” says Roesler. “I could have never finished this film without the immense talent and commitment of the film's editor Bill Kersey. I've always edited my own films so it was a leap for me to have someone else cutting my footage. Bill brought so many things to the table that made this film sing in ways I had never considered. It's been the greatest collaboration of my artistic career in that regard.”
“The Starfish Throwers” shares the tales of unsung heroes that are doing incredible work right in our own neighborhoods. What began as simple acts of kindness are proving to others that no act of love is too small.
“I believe now more than ever after making this film that stories have an immense power to inspire positive change in our world.”
— Amy Kersey
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