A Note from Fellow Adventurer/Co-Founder of Atlas Obscura, Dylan Thuras
Jessica and I go back to 2008, when we met and immediately bonded over being mutually jealous of each other’s travels. Hearing about the year (!) she spent in the Arctic, I agreed that I needed to take a trip there myself . I decided to designate myself a field agent for the Atlas Obscura, and bring our audience of curious travelers along.
Jessica will be leading myself, my wife, and the Atlas Obscura audience (via blog posts, photos and videos) on an expedition to the remote locations she visited while filming. We’ll be taking overnight trains, hiking, herding reindeer, and soaking in the reality that Jessica captured so intensely in her film.
Though the trip we’re planning is somewhat similar to the one Jessica will be organizing for donors who give 10K to her Kickstarter campaign, it will be much less luxurious. We’ll be living just like Jessica did when she was filming – no heat, no hot water, lots of fire building and sauna-ing, and lots of time to simply explore this crazy beautiful place. We’ll be bringing back a ton of material for the Atlas as well, and maybe some tidbits for a few other projects…
The area we are traveling in is a unbelievably beautiful corner of the Arctic, and her film Aatsinki is the next best thing to actually visiting this remote location. Though she has already reached her Kickstarter goal, she still has just 24 hours left to raise additional funds, all of which will go toward making Aatsinki even more amazing. Please help us spread the word and contribute what you can. I promise it will be worth your while.
A sincere thanks from us at Atlas Obscura to Jessica for collaborating with us and organizing this upcoming expedition, and thanks to all of you, for helping make her film a reality!
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Apr 13, 2012 - May 11, 2012 (28 days)
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I'll send you a really fierce Arctic Cowboys temporary tattoo + thank you as a backer on the AATSINKI website.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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I’ll send you an original AATSINKI movie poster (29"x40") + the above. (If you would like your poster in a tube as opposed to folded, please add $5 to your pledge for shipping)Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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Be one of the first to receive a DVD of AATSINKI + get all of the above so you can wear your Arctic Cowboy tattoo and hang your stunning poster while you watch the film.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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You'll look fantastic in your official AATSINKI t-shirt + I'll send you all of the swag above.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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You'll get a $110 Film Forum membership (details here: http://www.filmforum.org/membership) AND I'll send you everything included in the $50 donor package -- the DVD, poster, and temporary tattoo.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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Get the complete AATSINKI FAN PACKAGE: A cozy AATSINKI sweatshirt + all of the above rewards. Show your love, summer or winter.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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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: Dec 2012
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You'll receive a signed archival art print (8"x10") of a photo I took in Lapland during my year there (you choose the theme: aurora borealis, fall colors, or reindeer) + THE AATSINKI FAN PACKAGEEstimated delivery: Dec 2012
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A *super deluxe* Lappish kuksa wooden mug with reindeer antler detailing and a handy reindeer antler stirrer + THE AATSINKI FAN PACKAGE.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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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: Dec 2012
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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: Dec 2012
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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: Dec 2012
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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: Dec 2012