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A documentary film introducing Permaculture - designing a world where people and planet can thrive. Read more

Amherst, MA Documentary
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A documentary film introducing Permaculture - designing a world where people and planet can thrive.

Amherst, MA Documentary
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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:

  • Editing
  • Color Correction / Sound Mixing
  • Original Music Score 
  • Publishing 
  • Submitting to Festivals
  • Marketing / PR
  • Distribution

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

Eric Toensmeier -Perennial Solutions

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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Filmmakers Costa Boutsikaris and Emmett Brennan
Filmmakers Costa Boutsikaris and Emmett Brennan

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

www.InhabitFilm.com

www.facebook.com/Inhabitfilm

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.

Thank you for the support!

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    GRATITUDE: you will receive our deepest gratitude. Every dollar counts!

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    HI-RES DIGITAL PHOTOS: you will receive a personal email expressing our thanks, along with a digital download of three 'Inhabit' themed desktop backgrounds.

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    SEE THE FILM: you will receive a pre-release digital download of the finished film! + hi-res photos and an email expressing our thanks.

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    SPECIAL EDITION DVD: you will receive a signed hard copy of the DVD including 3 hours of extended footage from the site tours! + a digital copy + hi-res photos. Thank you for the support!

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    ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK: You will recieve a digital download of the original score + a signed DVD + a digital copy + hi-res photos!

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    ON-SCREEN SUPPORTER: receive a "Special Thanks" credit in the film and on IMDB for your support + the soundtrack + a signed DVD + a digital copy + hi-res photos!

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    NORTHEAST PERMACULTURE CONVERGENCE TICKET: receive a ticket to the 2014 Northeast Permaculture Convergence in Unity, Maine! An incredible experience, courtesy of Lisa Fernandes and the Resilience Hub + rough cut screening + soundtrack + signed DVD + digital copy + hi-res photos!

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    SITE CONSULTATION: receive a 1-hour skype site consultation with one of these professional designers: Andrew Faust of The Center for Bioregional Living, Kay Cafasso of Sowing Solutions, and Steve Whitman of Resilience Planning & Design! Pick their brains for advice and direction on your property and projects! + rough cut screening + soundtrack + signed DVD + digital copy + hi-res photos!

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    JOIN OUR TEAM: FINANCING PRODUCER - Please join our team as a "Financing Producer." Your name, or the name of your organization, will be credited on screen and on IMDB. You and a guest are invited to a rough cut screening. Your input will help us shape the final story + soundtrack + signed DVD + digital copy + hi-res photos!

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    JOIN OUR TEAM: CO-PRODUCER + ECO-VILLAGE WEEKEND
    Please join our team as a "Co-Producer." Your name, or the name of your organization, will be credited on screen and on IMDB. You and a Guest are invited to a 3 day retreat at Sirius Community (a permaculture eco-village in Massachusetts). You will get to sit in on a PDC taught by Kay Cafasso in July, and join in on a tour of permaculture sites in Western, MA. Food and housing is covered, travel is not + rough cut screening + soundtrack + signed DVD + digital copy + hi-res photos!

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    JOIN OUR TEAM: CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: This is the highest level of affiliation with 'Inhabit.' Join our team as a "Co-Executive Producer" and you will receive two VIP Tickets to attend the film's World Premier festival screening. Your name, or the name of your organization, will appear in the opening credits of the film and on IMDB. You will also receive 10 signed DVDs. Sirius Community retreat and PDC sit in + rough cut screening + Soundtrack + Signed DVD + digital copy + hi-res photos! Thank you so many times over!

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