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Chicago's own ELLA JENKINS, The First Lady of Children's Music, has fought for civil rights, broken gender and color barriers, defined a genre of music, performed on all 7 continents, received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and written several now-classic songs, all while carving her own path as a pioneer in American music. At 90 years old, Ms. Jenkins is still at it, performing around Chicago and across the United States.
The documentary, "Ella Jenkins: We'll Sing a Song Together," will tell Ella Jenkins's remarkable story for the first time, as one of the definitive, if overlooked figures in American music. To support the making of the film now in its final day of online fundraising, visit www.indiegogo.com/at/ellajenkins before midnight TONIGHT on Tuesday, September 30th, to pledge your support, or contact producer/director Tim Ferrin at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more after tonight.
Donation gift highlights include lunch with Ella (for $5,000), ask Ella a question (for $500), an autographed first-run poster (for $75), an "I Heart Ella" shirt (for $50), a Hohner harmonica (for $45), a download of the finished film (for $25) and a download of Ella's timeless music (for $20). Help the filmmakers reach their $65,000 goal tonight!
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