A documentary film examining the personal nature of exploration in an age when there are few blank spots left on the map.
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“K2: Siren of the Himalayas” is a documentary film following a team of climbers' attempts to summit the world’s second highest peak, K2.
Shot in Pakistan during the summer of 2009, our journey coincided with the 100th anniversary of the Duke of Abruzzi’s historic 1909 expedition. As we retrace the Abruzzi route taken in 1909, the film examines the history and geography of the Karakoram mountains while contemplating the risks, rewards and personal nature of exploration in an age when there are few blank spots left on the map.
K2 is one of the world's most dangerous and challenging peaks. For every four people who have reached the summit, one person has died trying. K2 is steeper, more precarious and more technically demanding than the well-traveled Mount Everest, and films about K2 are few and far between compared to its slightly taller counterpart.
The film features world class alpinists Fabrizio Zangrilli and Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner with Jake Meyer, Chris Szymiec, director Dave Ohlson and other climbers in a breathtaking high-altitude mountaineering experience.
Our goal is to raise $5,000 from Backers to help pay for post-production costs. We have already spent about $25,000 on the film so far, and we need about another $15,000 to complete a final product. Remember, we only get to keep our Backers' generous contributions if we reach our Kickstarter goal, so we're keeping it low enough to hit at $5,000 while also covering some extremely important post-production costs!
Here's how you can help! We've broken down our remaining costs into the following categories:
- 16mm film processing and video transfer ($2,000)
- Licensing 1909 Footage ($3,600 for 3 minutes)
- Licensing 1909 photographs ($1,200 for 6 photos)
- Licensing Music ($3,000)
- Graphics and Maps ($2,000)
- Color Correction ($1,200)
- Audio Mix and Master ($1,000)
- Output to tape ($1,000)
We've partnered with Webby and Emmy® Award-winning director Jason Reid and his production team to help edit and produce the final feature cut of the film. Most of it was shot with HD video cameras, but we also shot more than two hours of beautiful 16mm film on K2. Our initial fundraising goal of $5,000 will go a long way to help cover video transfer, footage licensing and graphics.
We've also set up some great prizes to say "Thank You" to our Backers for supporting this project! Check them out on the right side of this page.
Help our project reach the audience it deserves by becoming an official Backer! We hope to hit our goal of $5,000 so we can finish the film and get it out to a worldwide audience this year.
THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Dave Ohlson and the "K2: Siren of the Himalayas" team
K2 is the world's 2nd highest peak. It is 8611 meters (28,251 feet) high and lies in Northeastern Pakistan in the Karakoram range. By contrast, Mt. Everest is in the Nepali Himalayas and is just 237 meters (778 feet) taller than K2.
No. No one climbed K2 in 2009 or 2010 because of poor weather and deep snow. In 2011, no one climbed K2 from the Pakistan side. But Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner made the summit via the North Pillar along with Maxut Zhumayev, Vassily Pivtsov and Darek Zaluski. This made her the first women to climb all 14 8000 meter peaks without oxygen.
We have set a goal of $2000 for this first Kickstarter campaign. If we raise that much money, we get to keep it minus abou 8%. If we don't reach our goal, we don't get the money and no one who pledged money gets charged.
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You, my friend, have just become the "Executive Producer" of this film! This means you get treated to dinner by Dave and the production crew, an invitation to any and all events, screenings or premieres of the film, and your name listed as "Executive Producer" in the credits, plus all the prizes listed above!Estimated delivery: Oct 2012