A documentary film and news segment project about America's culture war and High Speed Rail.
TRAIN WARS - A DOCUMENTARY FILM ABOUT AMERICA'S CULTURE WAR AND HIGH SPEED RAIL IN CALIFORNIA
2012 is a do-or-die year for bullet trains in the U.S. Either construction gets started this year on California's high speed rail project, or we may never see bullet train service in this country. We want to follow the story through this most critical phase, continuing to produce short pieces for PBS and ultimately creating a full-length documentary on high speed rail in America.
In 2008, California voters approved Prop. 1A, a $10 billion bond to fund a line from Los Angeles to San Francisco. But the project has been on the brink of cancellation ever since. As the ground breaking approaches on an initial 120-mile segment in the Central Valley, public support is waning. Backers try to justify the rising costs. Oil companies work behind the scenes to bolster and amplify the opposition. Meanwhile, HSR systems in Europe and Asia continue to expand while Amtrak bounces around on dilapidated tracks. Why is American rail in such a sorry state? Is this country just the wrong place for HSR? And why is there so much confusion about the technology? By developing and producing more segments and working towards a full-length documentary, Train Wars will attempt to answer these questions and shed light on the battle to decide America's transportation future.
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on July 23, 2012.
Jun 21, 2012 - Jul 23, 2012
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Digital download of the completed film.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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DVD edition of the completed film.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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Model Siemens Valero High Speed Train for your office or home-display shelf plus download of the film.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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Special High Speed Rail poster, plus passes to the exclusive opening night screening and after party.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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A "special thanks" in the credits, a poster, plus passes to the exclusive opening night screening and after party.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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A model Valero train and an "Associate Producer" credit in the completed film, plus passes to the exclusive opening night screening and after party.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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"Associate Producer" credit in the film, VIP passes to the exclusive opening night screening and after party, and a round-trip ticket on the Surfliner from L.A. to San Diego.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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"Executive Producer" credit in the film, post-production "behind the scenes" tour and dinner with the filmmakers at "Traxx Restaurant" in Union Station, Los Angeles. VIP passes to the exclusive opening night screening and after party.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012