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A short documentary about invasive Zebra Mussels and the threat they pose to BC. We hope to raise awareness and spur government action.
A short documentary about invasive Zebra Mussels and the threat they pose to BC. We hope to raise awareness and spur government action.
37 backers pledged CA$ 5,175 to help bring this project to life.

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11/27/14 UPDATE

We have 6 days left and we've now surpassed our stretch goal of $5,000! We are so grateful for the support we've received and so excited about the filming opportunities that are now open to us. 

With 6 days to go, we are still fundraising. Any additional money raised will go towards expanding our location shoots and securing better equipment. 

It is Thanksgiving Day here in the US where we are currently setting up location shoots, and we are grateful to all of our backers. Thank you. 

11/22/14 UPDATE

We have 11 more days to go and we're only $1,350 away from reaching our stretch goal of $5,000. It's been so exciting to see this project take on a life of its own in the community. We're so grateful for the financial support, and also grateful for the many ideas and offers of assistance that we've received over the last few weeks. 

So, with 11 more days, we need one more big push to reach our stretch goal. What will that last $1350 do for us? It will allow us to travel to Arizona and Colorado to film. This part of North America is a big part of the story. The mussels have only recently arrived there and residents and authorities are still reeling from the effects. If we can get there, it will be a powerful addition to the film. 

Please help us reach our stretch goal and give this film the full treatment it deserves. 

11/07/14 UPDATE: WE'VE SURPASSED OUR GOAL!

AMAZING! After only 3 days of fundraising, we have reached and surpassed our original goal of $2,000. Obviously, people care about BC's freshwater as much as we do. We want to say a massive thank you to everyone who has pledged so far.

Where do we go from here? Forward. It is clear that we aimed too low with our original goal. With a larger budget, we'll be able to add to our list of locations, shoot more footage, and ultimately create a more powerful finished product. We'll also be able to devote several weeks of our time to promoting the finished film and getting it in front of every person in BC.  So, our new stretch goal is $5,000. Here's an updated breakdown of our budget:

  • $3,000 for production and transportation costs
  • $800 to pay our editor
  • $400 to pay a website developer
  • $800 for promotion of the film

Please help us reach this stretch goal. We are incredibly excited by the fast response our fundraising has received, and now we feel an even greater responsibility to do this issue justice.   

*End of Update*

We are creating a short film about zebra mussels (and their closely related cousin, quagga mussels), an invasive species of freshwater mussel that is wreaking havoc in lakes and rivers as it slowly spreads across North America. There are no zebra or quagga mussels in British Columbia, yet. However, the mussels are spread by boats traveling from one waterway to another, so all it would take is one infected boat coming into our province to set off a devastating chain of events in our freshwater. 

Once zebra and quagga mussels arrive in a lake or river, they spread and colonize rapidly, with a single female spawning over 1,000,000 eggs per year. Colonies of mussels very quickly cover every hard surface in the lake. Razor-sharp and foul-smelling mussel shells pile up on beaches. Native fish populations all but disappear as the filter-feeding mussels decimate the lake plankton, which form the foundation of the food chain (in the Great Lakes, where the mussels first took hold in North America, the lake trout population has declined by 95 percent).   

Zebra and quagga mussels in BC would be a disaster of massive proportions. As anyone who lives here knows, our lakes and rivers are immeasurably valuable on so many levels. We must protect them!! There is only one solution for keeping the mussels out of BC: boat inspection stations at all of our border crossings. This is entirely realistic and achievable for the BC government, but clearly they need a little push....

Our hope is that this film will act as a rallying cry, a catalyst that creates a groundswell of public pressure on our elected officials.  

                                          Meet Our Team

If zebra and quagga mussels in BC concerns you, please donate to our campaign.  We appreciate the support, thank you!

 
 
 

Risks and challenges

We are a small film crew with very limited financial resources; however, our passion for this project (essentially our love for BC's lakes and rivers) will drive it to a successful completion. We are also lucky that our main producer, Brynne, splits his time between BC and New York. He is uniquely positioned to capture footage both here in BC, and on the East Coast where there are many mussel-infested lakes.

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    This includes you in our list of "Supporters" on our website, and gives you the satisfaction of having preserved BC's freshwater!

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    In addition to the sneak preview of the film, this donation amount bumps you up to the level of "Elite Supporter" on our website, making you a true freshwater warrior!

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    From January-June 2015, each month you'll receive a custom iPhone background of beautiful BC!

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    This buys you a one-on-one tour with the producers of the film, showing you some of the North Okanagan's most beautiful freshwater "secrets".

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