“The Other Side of the Fence” is a compelling doc that explores the high-stakes struggle between animal conservation and human poverty in Africa.
Help me finish my documentary, “The Other Side of the Fence," which explores the high-stakes struggle between animal conservation and human poverty in 21st century Africa.
The film asks the question, “How can we expect to save the animals if we won’t save the people?” by focusing on men who have survived both sides of the equation: ex-poachers turned game wardens like Nanyuki. On my first trip to Kenya I met Nanyuki, a former poacher who'd killed over 150 elephants. Now, as a police reservist, he protects the very same elephants he once hunted so mercilessly.
I was able to return to Kenya for two week's filming in March 2010. I visited Nanyuki at his home, met his young daughters, and talked with him about his transformed life. I also interviewed a poacher who is trying to go legit, met a woman who left the illegal bushmeat trade to educate Kenyans on humane alternatives, and filmed a bull elephant coming right up to our Range Rover. All in all, thanks to the generosity of an individual who gave us enough funds to get to Kenya, and a talented and dedicated film crew, we have some powerful footage.
Great! So why am I here on Kickstarter? Because I want to share this story of the animals - and the people - of Africa NOW, while there's still time to effect change. And I think Kickstarter is an excellent way for us to get the backing we need to complete the film.
Some very exciting - and urgent news. I have an invitation to film a massive anti-poaching operation in southern Africa in late April or early May, along with the opportunity to interview experts at the world’s only wildlife crime forensics unit, in Oregon (very CSI-type investigations going on there). Getting this footage is crucial to the film.
With the funds from generous and enthusiastic Kickstarter backers, I’ll be able film the covert operation in the next month, film footage at the forensics unit, and then edit all this tremendous footage into a rough cut to show to distributors and submit “The Other Side of the Fence” into film festivals.
We have some genuine interest – although not the kind that gives a cash advance – from distributors here and abroad. There is an excellent chance that “The Other Side of the Fence” will be seen by a worldwide audience.*
I believe passionately in “The Other Side of the Fence,” but I won’t be able to complete the journey without your support. In return, beyond receiving our heartfelt gratitude, we’re offering lots of fantastic goodies including digital downloads of the film, on-screen “Thanks,” gorgeous photo stills, and invitations to film screenings.
Director, “The Other Side of the Fence”
*One thing I’d like to mention is that I’ve made successful documentaries before, tackling subjects like gentrification (“Bowery Dish," which aired on The Sundance Channel) and mentally ill artists (“Not Like In The Movies," which has been screened around the country).
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Can it get even more amazing? Yes it can! All of the above. AND we'll also recognize you as "Sponsor For a Day of Filming" on the home page of the OSF website, on Twitter and our Facebook page during a day of actual filming in Kenya plus a photo still from that day of filming, signed by the director.
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All of the excellent goodies above -- and you'll receive two invitations to a New York City or L.A. screening and cocktail party with the producers and hosted by the director.
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The deluxe package. Along with our complete gratitude, you get all of the above, plus four invitations to the New York City cocktail party and two invitations to any major film festival where the film premieres or the theatrical opening of the documentary.
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