As White Nose Syndrome continues to destroy the nation's bat population, the filmmaker attempts to uncover the secrets of the disease.
Thanks for visiting my Kickstarter funding page! I hope you enjoy the project idea and are interested in helping make it happen. Pledges of all shapes and sizes are welcome. Feel free to e-mail me at Jepsonkm@gmail.com if you have any questions
About The Film
I’m currently working on a film about White Nose Syndrome in bats. Since 2006, over 5.7 million bats have been infected and died from the disease. Species once common, such as the little brown bat, are now quickly approaching endangered status.
My film will follow me as I investigate White Nose Syndrome: from the caves in New York where the disease was first documented, to Tennessee where individuals are racing to stop the spread to gray eared bats. I envision this film to educate others on the dire implications of White Nose Syndrome and the vital importance of a healthy bat population. I believe if more people are aware of the disappearing bat population, we might be able to stop the epidemic before our night skies are empty.
I'll be filming a majority of the film in February of 2012. During that time I will be traveling up and down the east coast talking to individuals who are keys players in the fight against White Nose Syndrome.
Bats are a unique and valuable piece in the ecological puzzle. More closely related to humans than rodents, most bats are insectivores and feast on pests such as mosquitoes. It is estimated that bats are worth between 3 to 5 billions dollars to the agricultural industry. A single brown bat can eat up to 1,000 mosquitoes an hour.
Although this may not sound like much, it adds up, the loss of one million bats in the Northeast has probably resulted in between 660 and 1320 metric tons of insects no longer being eaten each year. These are insects that are being naturally eliminated without the use of harmful insecticides.
Bats, much like bees, also assist farmers in crop pollination in addition to being a natural source of pest control.
How Will Your Pledge Be Used?
Travel: Bats are amazing creatures; however most do not reside in my neck of the woods, Montana. Your pledge will help fund travel and filming expenses to the East.
Post Production: Post production such as editing, animation, and some stellar music are all the details which will bring this film together and help showcase the issue at hand. Your pledge will help cover these expenses.
Extraneous Equipment: Quick, to the bat cave! What makes this film unique is the variety of environments showcased: the labs where researchers are attempting to unlock the mystery of the disease, and the caves and mines where fungus is found. Your pledge will help fund the necessary equipment, (harnesses, helmets, coveralls, etc.), to keep my crew safe and productive in these special environments.
Distribution: The most important. What good is a film if it does not reach the right audience? Your pledge would enable me to release the film on the festival circuit and host it on relevant websites.
How else can you help?
The easiest way for you to help is to share this page with others. Social media such e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, etc., are all ways that you can spread the word about my project. Tell friends, family, or even enemies. Either way, they'll be helping to ensure that this film not only gets made, but that it truly explores the topic at hand.
For more information and updates, visit: the production website
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Jan 29, 2012 - Mar 4, 2012 (35 days)
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