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Welcome to My House - Music Video

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THE STORY:

Voices of the Children wrote -

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”

~ Mother Theresa ~

 

Our Story

Voices of the Children – is a nonprofit organization, based in the USA, focused on pairing teens worldwide in collaborative arts projects to promote social and global awareness and create positive change.  Currently focused on American and Syrian refugee youth, Voices of the Children has lead collaborative film-making, photography, art, theater and music workshops amongst youth from both cultures.  The results from these collaborations have been overwhelmingly successful in breaking cultural stereotypes and creating beautiful relationships.

Luc and the Lovingtons - are a World-Soul-Reggae band based out of the Pacific Northwest with roots also in South America. Known for their raucous live shows and authentic, powerful message, the Lovingtons’ songs cut to the core in the likes of artists such as Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder and India Arie. They come with a sincerity and class that leaves all listeners touched with an undeniable feel-good-ness. Rich vocal harmonies embedded in a jambalaya of Roots Reggae, Afro Pop, Motown and Soul, Luc and the Lovingtons are truly an inspiring and refreshing group that has sent their love around the world and back, and continues to receive the love and warmth of fans from all walks of life.

 

“...one of my new favorite groups, I think they’re one of the most heart-centered bands out there today.”

Jason Mraz

 

About the project

Reflecting on this year’s American election cycle, hearing the language being used and being in the middle east seeing the refugee crisis first hand we have so much we want to say.  Not to support one candidate over another or make a suggestion for whom to vote.  Rather, to remind the world we all share the same fundamental need and desire for love.  Unity makes us stronger, hate is divisive and virtuous for no one.  This music video can say it in a much deeper way and can reach the root of our consciousness to awaken that place where the most sweet and natural human love exists.

“Why would you not want to see somebody shine?”  The opening line of Welcome to my House by Luc and the Lovingtons sets the tone for the entire song and music video.  Asking any kid what “Home” means to them we always hear the same answers regardless of their physical location or culture.  They tell us it means love, joy, peace, understanding, community and safety knowing you’re surrounded by people who love and care for your well-being.  These are the same themes that emerge regardless of where we are and with whom we speak.  If we’re all brothers and sisters sharing the same home, why would you NOT want to see somebody shine?   

Welcome to My House music video features teens from Mount Vernon, WA and Syrian refugee youth in the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan.  In addition to being featured visually, they can be heard singing on track in both Arabic and English.  Footage for the video will be shot in Seattle and the Skagit Valley of Washington state USA as well as sites throughout Jordan including the Za’atari Refugee Camp, Wadi Rum, Petra and Amman showcasing the beauty location and welcoming each other to their respective home.      

 

The Budget

The total budget for this music video is

$145,000

We have received donations and services totaling

$120,000

Remaining balance needed to fully fund this project:                     

$25,000

 

The remaining balance needed will fund:

  • Transportation
  • Food
  • Housing
  • Equipment rental
  • Post Production
  • Promotion

 

Timeline

Music is recorded and complete

Filming in Jordan takes place late August 2016

Filming in Washington State takes place early September 2016

Editing and effects take place late September 2016

MUSIC VIDEO RELEASED EARLY OCTOBER 2016

 

Creative Team

The band - Luc and the Lovingtons:          www.lucandthelovingtons.com

Director – Moe Najati:   www.moenajati.com

Cinematographer – Thomas Simon:         www.thomassimondp.com

Producer – Aaron Wagner:           www.votchildren.org

Camera Man – Glen Shackley:    http://www.glenshackley.com

The Team: $25,600 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

JOIN THE TEAM
Fundraiser Title

Jason Mraz

Amount Raised

$12,371

Fundraiser Title

Voices of the Children

Amount Raised

$10,129

 

41% Raised of $25,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Sonya Campion

Amount Raised

$3,100

Fundraiser Title

Brian Collins

Amount Raised

$0

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