Feature length documentary on the history, culture and fishery of the Elk River, all 195 miles from Tennessee to The Tennessee.
The Elk River: From Tennessee to The Tennessee documentary is a recent project idea of mine but it is one I was born to complete. With video cameras and fly rods in hand my crew and I will hike, wade, float, fish and film all 195 river miles of the Elk.
The river starts off as a small trickle in rural Tennessee and ends up as a major tributary of the Tennessee River. Mostly flowing through the countryside it provides irrigation for many agricultural operations and has been the lifeblood for the inhabitants of the Elk River Valley for centuries. As we make our way downstream we will chronicle not only life in the river but also around the river. Interviews with local farmers, businessmen and other residents of the communities that pepper the countryside throughout the Elk River Valley will illustrate the flavor and heart of this beautiful region.
We will take a historical look at projects in and around the river including the impoundment of Woods Reservoir and Tims Ford and their impact on the region and on the fishery. We will show the transition of the fishery from a tiny cold mountain stream into two large impoundments; then into a fine tailwater trout fishery and finally into a warm water fishery with a staggering diversity.
This important project will shine light on a region often overlooked. Having worked as a fly fishing guide in Nashville for over a decade I have made many contacts in the entertainment industry and have reached out for hands on guidance. Response has been overwhelmingly positive and although a project of this size is daunting. Requiring weeks of filming with a full crew and unknown hours of editing the physical support of my friends in Nashville and the monetary support of my Kickstarter friends will offer people from all over the world the opportunity to discover this truly wonderful place.
I am very excited about my thorough list of rewards and feel there is something there for everyone and something that will ensure everyone a connection to the project. I am especially excited about Nashville native and world class artist A.D. Maddox supporting my project and allowing me to utilize one of her original paintings.
Thank you for all of your time and your support!!!
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on May 4, 2012.
Apr 4, 2012 - May 4, 2012 (30 days)
Pledge $5 or more
Placed on email list to receive frequent updates from the filmmaker throughout production.Estimated delivery: May 2012
Pledge $10 or more
Receive a fly hand tied by the filmmaker (his favorite) with a description of the fly along with a handwritten thank you card and placed on the email update list.Estimated delivery: May 2012
Pledge $25 or more
Movie T-Shirt!! Designed and screen printed right here in Nashville and sent to you during production of the film to tide you over plus, receive a fly hand tied by the filmmaker (his favorite) with a description of the fly along with a handwritten thank you card and placed on the email update list.Estimated delivery: May 2012
Pledge $30 or more
A copy of the finished documentary on DVD and placed on email update list.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $50 or more
A copy of the finished documentary on DVD, a movie t-shirt, hand tied fly by the filmmaker with description, handwritten thank you card from the filmmaker and placed on email update list.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $60 or more
Added on 04/18/2012. I've been on the Elk a lot lately and tying a lot of flies and for those of us that love to fly fish, flies are what we need. So, this reward level gets you 24 of my favorite Elk River flies (Tungsten Pumpkins, Commodores, The Fly Formally Known As) and a movie tee shirt.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
Pledge $75 or more
A copy of the behind the scenes DVD, a copy of the finished documentary on DVD, a movie t-shirt, a hand tied fly by the filmmaker, handwritten thank you card from the filmmaker and placed on the email update list.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $100 or more
1 backer Limited (299 of 300 left)
One ticket to the World Premier of the documentary in Nashville Tennessee and one movie t-shirt.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $200 or more
Your name listed as a Patron on the documentary credits, a copy of the finished documentary on DVD, a copy of the behind the scenes DVD, a movie t-shirt, a hand tied fly and handwritten note from the filmmaker and added to the email update list.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $300 or more
0 backers Limited (6 of 6 left)
Supper with the filmmaker before the World Premier in Nashville Tennessee, One ticket to the World Premier, listed as a Patron in documentary credits. One movie t-shirt a hand tied fly and thank you note from filmmaker and added to the email update list.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $600 or more
You and a friend fly-fish the Elk River with the filmmaker on a mutually agreeable date within one year of the documentary release. Listed as a Patron on the documentary credits. Receive hand tied fly and handwritten thank you note from filmmaker and added to email update list plus two movie t-shirts.Estimated delivery: Aug 2013
Pledge $2,500 or more
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You will fly-fish with the filmmaker during two days of filming on the Elk River and appear in the documentary. Listed as a Patron in the documentary credits. Receive hand tied fly and handwritten thank you note from the filmmaker, a movie t-shirt and added to email update list. Must be available when we are filming.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
Pledge $6,000 or more
0 backers Limited (1 of 1 left)
Fly-fish with filmmaker during two days of filming, appear in movie and get this...Receive original AD Maddox painting used on cover of the documentary DVD after the World Premier and have a photograph of you used on back jacket of DVD. Listed as a Patron in documentary credits. Hand tied fly and handwritten thank you note from filmmaker plus a movie t-shirt. Added to email update list.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012