In Marco Polo-esque tradition, we're heading on an expedition in search of artificial flavoring in the New Jersey Meadowlands.
We've just finished our trip. We have lots of amazing footage and interviews. Now is the hard part of raising money to produce and edit the film! Check out all of our updates at: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1226979357/the-spice-trade-expedition-in-search-of-artificial-0/posts
Following in the footsteps of a Marco Polo-esque spice trade, this expedition and documentary will travel by canoe past massive cargo ships and factories in search of the numerous artificial flavoring factories of New Jersey, the flavoring capital of the U.S. During our two-week industrial wilderness trip, we will interview factory employees, document our campsites and adventures, and cook with various artificial flavors in an attempt to bridge our understanding of the natural and artificial. This will be edited into a documentary about our adventures and discussions that ensue.
Our expedition will be lead by NOLS mountaineer, Ryan Van Luit, and Jon Cohrs. Our support crew includes researchers, video editors, writers, a photographer, and most importantly a cook willing to work with Doritos and Tofurkey. While we are on the trip, there will be a live “war room” where the public will be following our path, aiding us with information about places we visit, potential hazards, and answering pressing questions.
The ultimate goal of the project is to create a documentary that investigates questions about the artificial flavoring industry in a manner that is entertaining, humorous, and insightful. Following the trip we will have an open invitation for artists, cooks, and those interested to join us for a 3-day canoe trip through the wetlands where an all-artificial thanksgiving feast will be prepared by the participants.
We need your help in pulling this off! Any small donation would really help. The simply posting the project on facebook, twitter or forwarding this project to others is also lovely gesture of support!. Thanks so much, and we promise we won't disappoint;.)!!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
pledged of $7,000 goal
seconds to go
Nov 4, 2010 - Dec 5, 2010
Pledge $15 or more
Our eternal gratitude - and a password to our "war room" webpage to follow our trip live and add comments, maps, and tips.
Pledge $30 or more
You’ll receive a copy of the finished DVD.
Pledge $55 or more
You’ll receive a DVD and an 11 x14 scenic film still of the expedition.
Pledge $110 or more
You’ll receive a DVD, and an 11 x14 scenic film still of the expedition, a limited edition, artificial food paper weight. (dorito set in resin;.).
Pledge $250 or more
You’ll receive a DVD, an 11 x14 scenic film still of the expedition.
Pledge $550 or more
You’ll get credits in the film, a copy of the dvd, an 11 x14 scenic film still of the expedition, and an invite to our guided 3 day expedition.
Pledge $1,100 or more
You’ll get associate producer credits and all the fun things listed above
Pledge $2,500 or more
You’ll get our utmost gratitude!!, executive producer credits to the film and a private screening of your choice, with an intro and Q+A with the Expedition Crew, and all the fun things listed above.