As if the Filmmaker Magazine post wasn't enough, the Sundance Institute recently invited me to write a story about Aatsinki for their blog. They left it wide open, so I wrote about The Beginning and the first time I met Aarne Aatsinki, way back in April 2010. I hope you enjoy! Please share this story with your friends and ask them to give to our Kickstarter campaign -- we need your help to pull this off!
On that note, some of you may have noticed that yesterday was a banner day for our campaign. We're closing in on $26,000 and, as promised, will be releasing our "Are you an Arctic Cowboy?" quiz -- just as soon as we resolve some small technical difficulties. Stay tuned and keep spreading the word!
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A beautifully carved Lappish kuksa wooden mug (the cowboys often wear kuksas dangling from their belts so they can pour themselves a cup of coffee as soon as the moment presents itself) + THE AATSINKI FAN PACKAGE.Estimated delivery:
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The ultimate AATSINKI picnic basket: Finnish ground coffee and instructions for making traditional Lappish “black kettle coffee” (just like they do in the film!), rye flatbread, cloudberry jam, salty licorice, an assortment of AATSINKI reindeer salami and jerky, a bottle of traditional glöggi, and a reindeer antler bottle opener) + THE AATSINKI FAN PACKAGE.Estimated delivery:
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A reindeer skin directly from the Aatsinki herd (I will select the best of the best, just for you), approximately 30” x 60” + THE AATSINKI FAN PACKAGE.Estimated delivery:
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CREDIT, DESSERT AND A MOVIE: You and three friends will join me for a Finnish cooking lesson (featuring delicious Finnish doughnuts, among other treats) and a private screening of AATSINKI in New York City (lodging and travel not included) + THE AATSINKI FAN PACKAGE for each of you + I'll thank you as a sponsor in the film's credits.Estimated delivery:
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THE ULTIMATE FINNISH GETAWAY: You and three guests will be whisked away on an unforgettable, five-day Lappish adventure hosted by myself and the renowned Finnish Reindeer Ambassador and Father of Local Food, Jari Etelälahti. Our personalized tour of the Aatsinkis’ home town will include an exciting snowmobile ride to the Russian border, cozy reindeer rides on traditional sleds, an exclusive cooking class with the well-known local chef and butcher Hannu Lahtela, and a night of feasting and stories with the Aatsinki family, among other insider adventures. From start to finish, this trip will give you a behind-the-scenes look at how the place and the people have influenced the creation of the film. Your group will stay in a wonderful, large cabin in the woods (complete with wood-burning sauna) overlooking an icy lake perfect for quick dips. All meals and activities will be paid for and coordinated on your behalf. Travel and lodging are not included. This trip and this place will change your life. (Really – it changed mine!) Timing to be decided. Please email email@example.com with ideas or questions. You'll also get a credit in the film.Estimated delivery:
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