About this project
Update On Our Goal (5-4-14)
We've met our initial goal! The way that folks have mobilized around this campaign is powerful and inspiring. Thank you. It speaks to the importance of sharing an ecological worldview with others. Let’s keep this momentum going with a new goal of $45,000.
Raising $45,000 will allow us to grow our team and to work with other creatives on the transcoding, editing, coloring, sound design, promotion, and distribution. It will ensure the best and farthest reaching version of Inhabit. Let’s see what’s possible with this campaign and let’s propagate the promise of permaculture while we’re at it! Thanks!
Why A Film About Permaculture?
Humanity is more than ever threatened by its own actions; we hear a lot about the need to minimize footprints and to reduce our impact. But what if our footprints were beneficial? What if we could meet human needs while increasing the health and well-being of our planet? This is the premise behind permaculture: a design process based on the replication of patterns found in nature.
Permaculture is a road map for the redesign of human systems. It calls for a culture that acts in harmony with the forces of nature and it says "let's design an agriculture that increases the quality of life for all beings, and let’s achieve the same through our social, economic, and political systems."
Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective
Inhabit is a feature length documentary introducing permaculture. It presents a vast array of projects, concepts, and people, and it translates the diversity of permaculture into something that can be understood by an equally diverse audience. For those familiar, it will be a call to action and a glimpse into what's possible - what kind of projects and solutions are already underway. For those unfamiliar, it will be an introduction to a new way of being and a new way of relating to the Earth. For everyone, it will be a reminder that humans are capable of being planetary healing forces.
Focused mostly on the Northeastern and Midwestern regions of the United States, Inhabit provides an intimate look at permaculture peoples and practices. During the Spring, Summer, and Fall of 2013, we documented over 20 sites in a range of rural, suburban, and urban environments. We explored a breadth of response to local and global challenges from issues of food, water, and medicine, to governance, economy, and culture.
We Need Support For Post-Production!
At the end of 2013 we wrapped principal photography, capturing over 100 hours of footage. Now we're looking for help from the Kickstarter community to make the telling of this story possible.
Post-Production costs include:
- Color Correction / Sound Mixing
- Original Music Score
- Submitting to Festivals
- Marketing / PR
To cover these costs, we need a minimum of $18,000. This money will allow us to work with a composer and to dedicate ourselves more completely to the success of this project.
Because of the way Kickstarter works, we must raise our complete goal of $18,000 to receive any funding, so your contribution is crucial for this to succeed.
Featured In The Film
Our enormous thanks to the individuals below. Each person featured in this film represents the cutting edge of permaculture thought and practice.
Ben Falk - Whole Systems Design
Mark Shepard - New Forest Farm
Geoff Lawton - Zaytuna Farm
Dave Jacke - Edible Forest Gardens
Lisa Fernandes - Resilience Hub
Charles Eisenstein - Sacred Economics
Steve Whitman - Resilience Planning
Andrew Faust - Center For Bioregional Living
Keith Morris - Prospect Rock Permaculture
Lisa Depiano - Mobile Design Lab
Gwen Hallsmith - Public Banking Institute
Michael Phillips - Holistic Orchard
Scott Kellogg - Radix Center
Keith Zaltsberg - Regenerative Design Group
Rhamis Kent - Designer/Teacher
Susana Kaye Lein - Salamander Springs Farm
Mark Krawczyk - Keyline Vermont
Claudia Joseph - New York Permaculture Exchange
UMass Permaculture - Umass Permaculture Garden
Camden Center for Environmental Transformation - CFET
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Thank you for taking the time to read about our project, we hope that you're inspired to support us by:
1. Contributing financially to our campaign!
2. Sharing this Kickstarter with your friends, family, and followers!
With great thanks,
Costa and Emmett
Original music by Aled Roberts: http://aledrobertsmusic.com/
Risks and challenges
Post-production involves many steps: from transcoding and organizing footage, to editing, animating, coloring, composing, finalizing, submitting to festivals, and distributing. Due to the creative needs of each process, there is always a chance that our intended release date will be pushed back. We have been working passionately on this project for over two years, though, and will be putting our best effort into finishing it as impactfully and efficiently as possible.
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