We have been invited to Harvard University to talk about our book and movie “The Suffering and Celebration of Life in America”, and how we survived on the road for a year with $180 while managing to produce over 150 short videos. Everyone says we must take advantage of this opportunity, that it is vital for our future, but it isn’t going to be easy.
We have decided to do the Harvard talk for two reasons, mainly for the same reason we finished our book and movie, to give a voice to those who are ignored and overlooked. The reviews for our BOOVIE are really good, and this opportunity is very important, but it’s not just for us, the stories we want to present are from the forgotten zip codes across America, these are people and places that never make the news, unless it’s a tragedy. We are not of the ruling class, no one in our families even graduated college. We’re a couple of metal head former factory workers who took a different turn, and that gave us the opportunity to talk to and document the people of America in a way no professor or newscaster would or could.
The second reason is desperate times call for desperate measures and we’d define desperate times as book sales slowing, art sales in a slump, unemployment running out and no employment opportunities as of yet.
We are driving from Oregon to Harvard with our dog and turtle (who also spent a year on the road with us). We are using our rent money and the last of my unemployment to do this. This is not something uncommon with struggling artists, but the older we get, it’s not something we are as comfortable with as when we were in our 20’s… eviction, cold showers, the more you get hit, the more you clinch… we are pretty clinched about this roll of the dice.
We are driving to Harvard because our dog Cheyenne is nearing 17 years old and we just cannot leave her behind, she has been a great friend and if anything happens, we want to be there with her. Also, we do not fly due to a perilous flight we took back in 2001 (it’s a long story). The cost of driving is not that much more than a plane or train ticket, the time it will take, though is another story.
Everyone is welcome to come with and follow along as we will post photos, videos, blogs and even a podcast or two, just like on our original road trip, so this should be a fun time for all.
This is where your help comes in. If you’re into helping out a creative couple with what could be a once in a lifetime opportunity, that would be really cool.
We are looking for places to stay between here and Harvard -
Spokane, WA, Bozeman or Missoula, MT, Minneapolis, MN or Madison WI, Chicago, Buffalo, NY or Albany, NY, Chicago, New York, Philly, Baltimore, Salt Lake City, Denver, Boise. We are willing to do the same presentation we will do at Harvard for you in your living room, or at a local library. Please let us know if you live in one of these areas or know someone who does, or if you want to help support this opportunity.
Anyone who donates $10 or more, we will send you a postcard from Harvard, or you can buy a book if you haven’t already.
Thank you for your support, we really appreciate it,
Shane & Amy & Cheyenne & Myrtle the Turtle
Here’s a link to our fund raiser page: http://www.gofundme.com/shaneandamyatharvard
OR just go direct to our paypal donation area: