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A film documenting a standup comedian who walks across North America in search of material, finding a fresh perspective on her country.


                                    STRETCH GOAL

All the money raised over $15,000 will go into the editing budget! The more $ we get, the longer we have to cut the project and the 100+ hours of footage! Let's keep the good times rolling!!

It's official! Blackmagic is a sponsor for Burning Daylight. I just received my new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera! It's going to shoot a beautiful film!
It's official! Blackmagic is a sponsor for Burning Daylight. I just received my new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera! It's going to shoot a beautiful film!

ABOUT THE FILM

On April 13, 2014, New York City standup comic, actress, and writer Jessica Watkins will embark on a 3,000 mile walking comedy tour. From Delaware to California, Watkins will travel on foot performing more than  50 shows, joining local comedians along the way, and documenting the adventure for her new documentary “Burning Daylight.” 

My life is that of a full-time waitress and comedian. I spend my days serving pizza and writing jokes. As night falls I perform at open mics and in the back of bars and small comedy venues. For more than 6 months I will leave behind my day job, boyfriend and dog, for hiking shoes, a camera and cart. Setting out on a pilgrimage, walking from the East Coast to southern California, writing and performing comedy along the way, in search of gaining a fresh perspective on my country, the people in it and what they feel affected by.

Each comedy show could be weeks apart in distance. I will walk anywhere from 10 to 30 miles a day. I will stay with comics on the road, or sleep in locals' homes, camp in yards, in beautiful national parks or in the middle of the desert. Sometimes I will wonder where I am going to lay my head at night and sometimes I will be like... What the f*ck, where am I, why did I do this, my feet HURT!! The journey must continue, as does life, ol' FDR said "Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself". So, I decided to film it.

The feature length documentary will follow me as I travel through the changing demographic of this vast land, searching for material for my first comedy special. It will capture the many comedy shows I seek out at the end of a long day, and the people that help me get there. A look into the life of American’s. Burning Daylight is a collaborative project where I'll meet up with local filmmakers, and they will help me capture the journey. The ambitious project will compile over a hundred hours of footage. To properly store the information, post-production will begin as soon as I leave New York City. Every two weeks I will send the footage I have gathered to my editor for safe keeping.

The cameras won't stop rolling in California. A few weeks after my arrival back in NYC (flight) I will film my first standup special. The special will tell the story of my adventure, and that will be the beginning of the documentary. The film will be partially narrated by standup, as some jokes flashback to the walk and you get to see footage of the events at hand. You will see the evolution of a joke, the evolution of a journey, the evolution of a country.

MY GOAL

$15,000 would cover the bare bones expenses to get me on the road, with some basic equipment and an editor to help retrieve footage from the road. As you can see below, things add up

Perhaps you can't give money but you can help me with some gear, a place to stay or maybe just arm me with some knowledge for the road? Please email me!! - thejessicawatkins@gmail.com


GENERAL ROUTE

general route
general route

 My Cute DOG

That's my dog Tiki, she is very cute and I will miss her a lot.
That's my dog Tiki, she is very cute and I will miss her a lot.


TALKING TO PEOPLE ABOUT THE WALK

SPECIAL THANKS FOR THE KS VIDEO

  • Cinematography: Micheal Bryk 
  • Edited By: Lorena Ospina Visual
  • Effects: Guillermo Ospina
  • Sound: Alex Acevedo
  • Produced By: Lolo Bello, Leonard Zelig
  • Original music By: http://bramblemusic.com/

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

For over six months I will be homeless, that is the greatest challenge my film project faces. All my equipment will be exposed to the elements, and saving footage at the end of the day will be tricky when I have limited access to electricity. After safely recording and saving the footage, I must be careful with my vulnerable hard drive that will be traveling with me everyday exposed to many different weather conditions. To help overcome the chance of loosing footage I will be mailing drives back to new york every few weeks. This means several drives, several cards. And also there is the challenge that I AM WALKING ACROSS AMERICA.

FAQ

  • The route has changed a little since I filmed the video. Below is a list of the major cities and states I will be going through, it is more specific at the beginning. I plan to leave around the last week of March starting in Cape Henlopen State Park, DE. After that we got
    Milton, DE
    Bridgeville, DE
    Denton, MD
    Annapolis, MD
    Bowie, MD
    Washington, DC
    Brunswick, MD
    Harpers Ferry, WV
    Oldtown, MD
    Green Spring, WV
    Scherr, WV
    Grafton, WV
    Clarksburg, WV
    Ellenboro, WV
    Parkersburg, WV
    Coolville, OH
    Cincinnati, OH
    Louisville, KY
    Nashville, TN
    Memphis, TN
    Little Rock, AK
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Amarillo, TX
    Albuquerque, NM
    Flagstaff, AZ
    Phoenix, AZ
    Oceanside, CA
    then i rest

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