Rosie Ming, a young Canadian poet, travels to Shiraz, Iran to perform at a poetry festival, after much hesitation. Because she has lived with her overprotective Chinese grandparents for her entire life, this journey to Iran is the first she has ever taken by herself. While there, she learns about her family; namely, about her Iranian father who she thought had abandoned her. She also learns about the nature of poetry and comes to an understanding about herself, her history, and her complicated cultural identity.
Window Horses is written, directed, and produced by Ann Marie Fleming, who has been making award-winning films for over twenty-five years. She often explores the subjects of family, history, memory, and issues of identity in her work. Like Rosie Ming, Fleming comes from a mixed heritage herself and draws from her own complex personal experiences throughout life to supplement this film. The title of the film comes from an instance in her life during which she saw horses outside of her window, and the image brought back memories of her father. Fleming also cites a poem she came across as a teenager which shares a common theme with Window Horses.
Rosie will be voiced by actress Sandra Oh, who is also executive producer of the project. Oh is known for her work in Grey’s Anatomy, Under the Tuscan Sun, and Hard Candy, among many other films and television shows.
Fleming will also be working with several animators and designers to bring this project to life, including Kevin Langdale, Ge Younger Yang, Mashallah Mohammedy, Shira Avni, Louise Johnson, Lillian Chan, Jody Kramer, and Bahram Javahari.
The majority of the funds raised through this campaign will be put towards animation and voice costs. The rest will be divided among perks for donors, Indiegogo fees, and visa fees. The crowdfunding page for the film provides a more detailed breakdown of costs, as well as description of the various perks which are being offered.
Fleming explains in the pitch that crowdfunding is not only a great way to garner support for Window Horses; it is also a way for the team to figure out where the audience is, and how large the community of interested individuals is. So, if you would like to support this project, you can spread the word through Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. You can also check out the official website for more information.
If you would like to donate to this project, you can do so through the Indiegogo page here. Donations are being accepted until December 6, 2014.