Sikhlens Destination S Fund

Sponsored by Sikhlens
Bicky-Portrait-720p.jpg Bicky (Sikhlens) Singh
Yorba Linda, California, US
$30,000pledged of $50,000 goal
$30,000goal: $50,000
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The “Destination S” program provides Chapman graduate students and alumni the opportunity to travel to make Sikh-themed films. They provide the “domain” knowledge to make these films successful. In the past they have traveled to the UK, India, Canada, Africa, Nepal, Malaysia, and various European locations. “Destination S” is typically in production on four to eight films at any one time.

During our 2019 Sikh Arts and Film Festival we premiered seven new Sikh-centric films. Although each film was a success in its own right, they were not without their challenges. The biggest challenge is the timely funding of each film project. Each year we are presented with many film opportunities. Whether an opportunity becomes a film is largely a function of timing and funding. We have had to pass on several good opportunities because there was a limited window to “act” and there was insufficient time to raise funding for the specific film. We decided to create a

“Destination S” Fund so we could draw money from the fund as film opportunities arose. Filmmaking is expensive and our goal was to “seed” this fund with $150,000 from sponsors who could commit to a continuous multi-year donation. These “founders” would be recognized in the end credits of each film.

Each year the “Destination S” fund provides seed money for four to six films. The remainder of the budget is acquired through Sikhlens general fundraising efforts. The donor will have his name prominently displayed amongst the 2021 patrons at the end of the films produced through this fund.

You can find all the films related to this project on our Youtube channel: 

  • 03/31/2021

    2021 Q1 Update

    So far this year, the Sikhlen Destination S Fund has produced three films with six more currently in production.

    Art Finds Its Way is about Aman Singh Gulati, now widely known as Almond Singh, a 19-year-old micro-painter who holds the Guinness World Record for making the largest drawing by an individual and for portraits on almonds.

    Kites: Beyond Boundaries--Dr. Devinderpal Singh Sehgal, a retired forensic expert, is an International Kite Maker. He holds a Limca world book record for the smallest kite that can pass through an eye of needle.

    Silver Lining: The Journey of Rashpal Singh is an inspiring journey of Seva that led an American Sikh towards establishing a mission for vision as a selfless act of serving his community. 

    During the pandemic, when we weren’t able to film on-site, we produced content through Zoom and screened content on our Sikhlens YouTube channel:

    We hope that we will be able to host our annual Sikhlens Arts and Film Festival, live, on the campus of Chapman University and the surrounding community.

Name Donation Date
Administrator Dasvandh Network $20,000.00 February 2021
Gurparkash Singh $10,000.00 December 2020

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