About this project
“4000” is a feature-length documentary following 25 courageous UT students as they embark on a cross-country bike ride from Austin, Texas to Anchorage Alaska. Their mission: Spread hope and awareness for the fight against cancer. The riders will log over 4,000 miles on their bikes as they travel across Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and up the West coast through Canada into Alaska, braving extreme conditions and surviving on only the essentials. In addition to stopping at camps and host houses over nights and in between rides, the riders also stop at community centers, hospitals, and churches, spreading the word of their mission and serving as a beacon of hope and courage to those suffering at the hands of cancer.
Our Project not only aims to spread the word of these amazing human beings and their mission, but also to go beyond the ride itself and explore how the young cyclists progress throughout their journey. These young men and women have dedicated the past two years of their lives to fighting cancer and raising hope - all because they have been affected and truly believe they can make a difference in our society. They will take their final stand this summer, pushing their bodies to the limit and undergoing immense physical and spiritual changes.
This will be the focus of our film. Change. The human body at its extremities. Determination, hope, and the human spirit defying our very physical limitations.
Why do we need your help?
Making a movie is not a cheap endeavor. This is an independent project and will not be funded by a studio or production company, so we’re looking to our friends, family, and future audiences to help us make this project a reality. Every penny you donate will go to shooting this film. Listed below are the types of expenses that your generous donations will go to: (include provisions)
- Equipment: We will be renting camera and audio gear for the duration of the trip, somewhere around 80 days. The longer we rent for, the more expensive it becomes.
- Storage: Shooting on the road for two months means we need plenty of space for storing and backing up our footage. Around $300 will be dedicating to purchasing hard drives.
-Gas: Driving to Alaska and back takes a lot of it. We’re estimating, based on current average gas prices, that we will need around $1800 - $2000 in gas money.
-Crew Compensation: These passionate filmmakers are dedicating their entire summer to shoot this project, and deserve a little cash in their pockets when they return home.
Risks and challenges
Making movies is a risky business, especially shooting a documentary of this nature. We can't make characters be interesting, or guarantee that our final edit will be as moving and enjoyable as we imagine it to be. However, with your support, you can give a few young filmmakers the experience of a lifetime, and contribute to an amazing narrative that we believe the world should see. No matter how successful this film ends up being, it will increase the scope and visibility of Texas 4000, and serve to forward their honorable mission against a brutal disease.
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