A short experimental documentary chronicling the land-response to tsunami debris washing up on the west coast.
The West Coast Debris Response is an experimental documentary that will run for 20-25 minutes. Ultimately, it will outline the scope of the trash washed into the ocean from the March 2011 tsunami in Japan, and its anticipated arrival at the shores of the west coast of the United States and Canada sometime between 2013 and 2014
The West Coast Debris Response will examine the science of ocean trash dispersal broadly, and provide perspective from coastal residents and ocean experts alike on the Japanese tsunami debris dispersal in particular. It will chronicle the discovery of this debris in real-time, and track clean-up response projects in local communities, as well as government-funded programs such as the Marine Debris Program and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
While there is controversy surrounding the issue of whether the tsunami debris will indeed arrive on coastal shores of the United States, evidence in the form of Japanese Military buoys forced into the ocean during the tsunami indicate that this phenomenon is occurring. You can track the buoys here: http://www.atiak.com/buoy_maps/buoytrack.php. Many locals in Oregon and Washington are reporting that tsunami debris is already washing ashore, though government officials have said that there is so much trash in the ocean from natural disasters across the globe that we can not place causal blame on the Japan tsunami alone.
This project is my M.F.A. thesis film, and I will be using borrowed equipment from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. I will be directing, shooting, editing, and designing the soundtrack for the film.
This kickstarter fund will enable a small film crew to travel with me to various West Coast locations, to rent supplemental film equipment, conduct further research, and provide small interviewee compensation (a thank-you meal for their interview).
This kickstarter goal is set at the minimum amount required to enable the production of this project. I am also submitting grant applications to supplement the kickstarter fund in order to reach $5,000, which is a more realistic cost for a project of this kind.
Thank you for your consideration in supporting the production of a video documentary aiming to chronicle a current global issue involving the health of our oceans and coastlines from an independent, land-based perspective. Feel free to email me directly for more details on the project at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
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