The last time we talked to Leslie Ann Epperson, she was screening a preview of her All Souls Procession documentary, Many Bones, One Heart, and asking the community to share their own All Souls Procession-inspired stories.
This month, Epperson kicked off an Indiegogo campaign to help raise $7,000 to complete the project. She's raised $1,820 and the campaign ends Saturday, Aug. 11. When we touched base with her about the campaign, Epperson told us that part of the dollars raised for the project will go to hire shooters. While she will film parts of the documentary, Epperson said she continues to recover from a car accident that's left her unable to do all the videography herself.
"I really believe in this story and its value—it will show the enormous power of people using creativity to heal sorrow, it will depict the range of talent and skill of Tucson's arts community and present the generosity of those artists as they try to keep the ASP healthy," Epperson wrote to us. "It will portray the importance of telling our stories and showing our common humanity (building tolerance) and show the ability of the people to claim their public spaces. It will be a wonderful showcase for life in the Borderlands, and will also portray some material about Day of the Dead. And it will be compelling, because unknown to the general public, every year the challenges facing the organizers threaten to overwhelm the enterprise."
Epperson added that the most important theme is the way the All Souls Procession and the Procession of Little Angels (a procession organized for children as part of the project) helps people heal from loss.
"I have had plenty of loss in my own life and it helped me to make some experimental videos about those people, and about loss. I saw people doing the same kind of thing at the All Souls Procession and it really moved me. I did not plan on making a long documentary about it—but as I began to understand how important the event is, and how hard some people work to make it happen, I realized it deserved to be an hour long or longer," she wrote.
Feel compelled to help Epperson with her documentary? Head to her Indiegogo page here.