The film tells the stories of 3 brilliant green inventor/entrepreneurs in Appalachian Ohio trying to solve the global warming crisis.
While much lip service has been paid to the urgent need to transition to a ‘green’ economy, our new film, Appalachian Spring, will chronicle the trials of those actually trying to build it.
Over the course of a year, we will tell the stories of three brilliant 'green' energy inventors/entrepreneurs, each with their projects in very different stages of development and each facing enormous and varied challenges, as they try mightily to turn their ideas into valuable contributions toward solving a looming global environmental crisis and building a ‘green’ economy.
Set, ironically, in the very heart of coal country—Appalachian Ohio—the film will show how seemingly disparate public, private, and educational groups have come together to create a dynamic framework for encouraging ‘green’ technology innovation. We also expect to show, in heart-rending detail, the limits of that local assistance.
Our three stories show a range of financial backing and business acumen: Turning Point Solar—spearheaded by former Democratic National Committee chair David Wilhelm—recently signed a deal to build the biggest solar array east of the Rocky Mountains, on reclaimed strip mining land.
E-3 Clean Technologies was created by the charismatic Venezuelan inventor Gerri Botte, Ph.D. who patented a remarkable new technology that extracts ammonia from waste water and turns it into a hydrogen energy source (dubbed ‘Pee to Power’).
Our third story centers on octogenarian inventor William Beale and his 30 year-old sidekick, T.J. Cyders. Their enterprise focuses on finding real-world applications for one of his gadgets: the infinitely variable transmission (IVT). Beale holds the American patent on this remarkably efficient gearing system that has the potential to dramatically lower the energy consumption in everything from hydraulic pumps to automobile engines.
We'll also examine the back-story of Appalachian Ohio to give a sense of context: its century of coal industry reliance, its legendary distrust of outsiders and its proud history of independent and industrious people.
What's the Money For?
To raise full funding for this important documentary we need to create a more comprehensive fundraising trailer which requires a filming trip to Athens, Ohio. There we plan to film for 3 days (interviews and footage of our 3 subjects and some regional context footage) and then come back to Chicago and edit the trailer.
The Kickstarter funds will cover the travel costs of flying us and our film crew down to Athens, Ohio and the day rate of our sound recordist (our cameraman is donating his time). Since we own a production company we are able to access our HD camera gear and edit suite for free. The funding will cover hard costs only.
Once the trailer is finished we will use it, along with our full funding proposal, to solicit funding from private foundations, government agencies (ITVS, PBS, NEA) and private investors who have a passion for environmental issues. We are a not-for-profit, 501 (c) (3) corporation.
We have a consistent track record of raising money for documentaries from private and public foundations. We are confident this trailer will enable us to raise the money necessary to make this film.
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