Guardians of Fire

Smallpox Zero

A project in Philadelphia, PA by Donald Rayne Mitchell

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A feature-length screenplay based on Bill Foege's book, House on Fire: The Fight to Eradicate Smallpox.
Backers: 201
Average Pledge Per Backer: $368

Funded: $73,931 of $71,000
Dates: Apr 5th -> May 7th (33 days)
Project By: Donald Rayne Mitchell
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Latest News

The Finish is Just the Beginning

May 7th - via:
Hi Everyone, Today at 5:00 PM EST marks the official close of our campaign. A huge thank you to every single one of you for believing in the value of this project and wanting to bring it to life on film. Soon Rob and I will begin the exciting work of... (Read More)


May 5th - via:
Exciting news, Everyone: We've reached our goal! A huge thanks to all of you for your support of this great story and of our efforts to tell it. It's a far cry from eradicating a deadly disease but meeting this goal makes it easy to imagine what Bill... (Read More)

Channeling Their Determination

May 5th - via:
Hi Everyone, Wow, the support for this amazing story is heartening! When you really think about what Bill and his public health colleagues did you can't help but marvel at their audacity, their resolve, and their shear determination. They faced... (Read More)

The Final Five!

May 3rd - via:
Hi Everyone, This is it, the final five days of our campaign. And your support of this story has been remarkable. We are now at 80% of our goal with just over $14,000 to go. We're so close. No doubt, there are a lot more folks out there who... (Read More)

In the home stretch

April 29th - via:
Hi Everyone, This is it, the last 8 days of the campaign. Your support for the project has been amazing! We've achieved 66% of our goal. That means we have just 1/3 of the way to go. And we can do it!  Please take three minutes right now to reach... (Read More)

The race is on!

April 26th - via:
Hi Everyone, We are so proud and humbled by the wonderful support this project has received to date!  Thank you for wanting to tell this story as much as we do.  We've reached 56% of our goal, which is incredible.  But we have just 11 days left in... (Read More)


April 21st - via:
Hi Everyone, Some very important news below but first I'll note that today marks the halfway point in our campaign and we're happy to report that we have reached 52% of our goal.  We will reach our goal if we average just over $2K/day for the... (Read More)

Sweet New Rewards

April 18th - via:
Hi Everyone, It has been a great week so far and it just got even better.  First of all, we've reached 47% of our overall goal.  Thank you all for your amazing support!  And an exciting new development, our friends at the Pennsylvania General... (Read More)

A Sweet Week!

April 16th - via:
Hey Everyone, A quick update: We’re closing in on 50% of our goal and with your help we can get there by Sunday.  Please reach out to those people in your life that you know will appreciate our effort and ask them to help us tell this... (Read More)

A boost in Week #2

April 13th - via:
It was an awesome first week!  With your support we reached 31% of our goal in the first seven days of the campaign.  Thank you all!  We have 24 days left.  Now we're going to need a boost in week #2.  Please think of two people you know that... (Read More)

A great five days!

April 9th - via:
Hi Everyone, We’ve had an amazing first five days, receiving pledges equaling 29% of our overall goal!  In fact, we’ve already surpassed our week #1 goal and we still have the weekend to go. Thanks to everyone who has joined our effort so far!... (Read More)

Wow. What an incredible start!

April 7th - via:
In just over two days we've reached 25% of our goal!  Thanks to everyone who has come on board to support the effort so far.  We have quite a ways to go to reach our goal so please share this amazing story with everyone you know and help us reach... (Read More)

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