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Haenyeo // Women of the Sea

A project in Philadelphia, PA by Alex Igidbashian // Kevin Sawicki

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An intimate portrait of the women free divers of Jeju Island, South Korea.
Backers: 158
Average Pledge Per Backer: $50

Funded: $7,852 of $7,500
Dates: Dec 27th -> Feb 24th (60 days)
Project By: Alex Igidbashian // Kevin Sawicki
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Hard at work

March 30th - via:
Hey Backers!Here are a few pictures of when we went out with 할머니 (grandma) to pick up sea creatures during low tide. We also met one of her friends, who was loading bait onto a boat.Love,The Haenyeo Team  (Read More)

우리의 두번째 할머니 (our second grandma).

March 25th - via:
This is 우리의 두번째 할머니 (our second grandma), a still active 82 year old Haenyeo diver who we will be living with for the rest of our stay.  (Read More)

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March 16th - via:
Dear Backers,Three days away! Right now, we are packing everything up and getting ready to fly out on Tuesday morning. We have started a new website and will be using it to keep everyone updated about our journey. We will... (Read More)

New GH3 & Test Footage!

March 8th - via:
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March 7th - via:
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February 7th - via:
This week, Alex and I (Kevin) got our international driving permits!  Attached - "Nightcall" from Drive (the movie)  (Read More)


February 7th - via:
Our producer, Daye, drew this comic strip. We love her!  (Read More)

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February 5th - via:
Check out our interview with James Yee from Kickstarter Conversations!  (Read More)

Kickstarter Conversations: Haenyeo // Women of the Sea

Welcome back to another Kickstarter Conversation! I am pleased to be joined by the creative team behind Haenyeo // Women of the Sea. Thank you for joining us today Alex Igidbashian, Kevin Sawicki and Daye Jeong. Hello James, thank you so much for giving us this amazing opportunity to spread the word about our film. We are thrilled to have this kind of exposure and hope that others find the Haenyeo as interesting and inspiring as we do. (Read More)


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January 31st - via:
Due to popular demand, we will be setting up a private online premier via The link will be limited to 25 backers, will be live for 48 hours and will require a password. You will also receive a set of production photos via email. If you... (Read More)

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