Making changes with the new year

We wanted to give a big thank you to everyone who has supported Through My Eyes. Last year we made $4,472.60 in donations! This almost all came in the 4th quarter of the year when we were finally able to resume our work. Our own contributions from within came to a tallied $15,000. For the duration of our project along the border so far, we have been splitting our time to pick up jobs from temp services to postmates in order to continue funding the work so it moves forward. This brings us to the point of this post!

Through My Eyes is looking to bring on people to join the team! As of the time this blog entry is being made, the efforts of TME has been almost solely on me, Nathaniel Dennison. Along the Border: Migrantes Valientes has proven to be an immense project that has too many moving parts for one person to successfully keep moving alone. To this end, the following positions are looking to be filled:

Board of Directors:

The board of directors is the governing body of a nonprofit. Individuals who sit on the board are responsible for overseeing the organization’s activities. Board members meet periodically to discuss and vote on the affairs of the organization. At a minimum, an annual meeting must occur with all board members present. Individuals with a background in filmmaking, education, and youth advocacy are preferred, but we are open to review anyone interested.

Chief Financial Officer:

The chief financial officer position is accountable for the administrative, financial, and risk management operations of the company, to include the development of a financial and operational strategy, metrics tied to that strategy, and the ongoing development and monitoring of control systems designed to preserve company assets and report accurate financial results.

Media and Communications Manager:

A communications manager promotes a company’s mission, products and/or services. They works closely with management teams and execs to shape a company’s image and values, as well as the appropriate methods to communicate them to the public. Their responsibilities include identifying press opportunities and developing content to be disseminated via social media, websites, newsletters, press releases and any other distribution channels. The communications manager ensures messaging aligns with key business strategies. They will also serve as a company’s media liaison and formal spokesperson, conducting briefings and press conferences.

Though we have more roles to be filled, this is simply our starting point. Since the lawsuit was released in the news, we have had an increase of other organizations reaching out in hopes of us working with their youth. To see TME grow and bring on other mentors to work in communities, teaching the youth to create their own documentary film, is the direction we want to move towards. Without bringing on a team of people that work together, it would be too much to start expanding to multiple communities at once. We will be listing these roles on idealist.org and sharing the links on here and social media.

As for the current project, Along the Border: Migrantes Valientes. We are 3/4 the way finished with the work on the border. An asylum seeker from the shelter where this all started for us in Tijuana had reached out to tell about another caravan. The decision was made that it was important to go down to travel with the caravan and allow them to film their journey and stories. That only lasted a month before the Mexican government detained and deported them. Making way back to the United States just in time for the ACLU lawsuit against the US government hearing in Los Angeles.  They challenged my, Nathaniel Dennison, 4th amendment rights in an attempt to dismiss them in the lawsuit.

While getting ready to head down to Tijuana, our van broke down. Initially told it was just the radiator and motor mounts, we spent just over $500 to get it fixed. Upon getting those parts fixed, they handed a list of all the other things that needed to be fixed in order for it to run. That total reached over $4,000 in repairs. So the van was junked and the project is currently on hold while we try to find a vehicle to continue the work. I have traveled to San Antonio to help and be helped by the Carrizo Comecrudo tribe of Texas. This sets the timeline back a little bit to project completion and getting all of the footage edited.

Our work will continue to move forward and we are looking to release the finished film from our current project at the end of this year or early next year. Thank you to everyone for the continued support! It is an honor to have the help of all of you to lift up the voices of others.

In Love and Solidarity,

Nathaniel Dennison

Executive Director

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