Testimonial from Lisa Ridlon
I was a supporter of the fabulous indie movie, Heart of the Beholder. I originally heard about the movie's story from a freethought e-mail list I belong to back when the producers were pre-selling future copies of the movie on DVD in order to help raise funds for filming the movie. The cost was about $26 or so and I sent in my check hoping to help out but not really knowing whether or not the deal was legitimate and whether or not I'd ever see my DVD.
The producers had promised that if they didn't reach their goal budget, they'd send all the money for the DVDs back to the people who bought them. Unfortunately they didn't reach their goal and I got a refund check! The producers decided then to solicit for personal loans. By this time, I knew that they'd done as they'd promised and were trustworthy and that I wanted to help them get their story told. I sent in a personal loan of $100. I wasn't sure when I'd see my money back, but they promised to pay the lenders back, so I was happy to help.
Later, after doing some "background" work as an extra for the movie and seeing the film's exciting progress, I donated another $200. I got my repayment check last year along with a check for the interest: I'd donated a total of $300 and I got $494 back and got to tell people I helped get the movie made. Not bad! I spent part of my repayment check on some DVD copies of the final product for all my friends. The movie is an incredible story of one family's refusal to give in to the hypocrisy of and harassment by a powerful religious group that threatened to destroy their lives. I'm very proud to have been a part of getting the story told.