One day left and 100% funded!!!
We would like to thank the Dorn Family for stepping up this morning and donating over $2,000.00 to help us achieve our goal, without reward, just because as residents and parents they know the dangers. Thank you.
We thank everyone whether it was a dollar or more... this is your movie because you made it happen. Bless you all, and I am sure Emily is dancing with joy right now.
Thank you to Susan Moulton, a mother who walks in Michel's shoes. She pledged $10,000 toward the film.
For every $250.00 pledge or upgrade, you'll get two free tickets to a private film screening in Malibu. Plus, you'll get a thank you credit on the film.
Maybe the life you'll save will be your own.
What inspired PCH?
On April 3, 2010, thirteen-year-old Emily Rose Shane was ruthlessly murdered on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu. A suicidal driver— manic and relentless—deliberately struck her as she approached a crosswalk. On her way to meet her father, Emily died instantly.
Although she walked along a proper pathway and followed pedestrian protocol, Emily was added to a macabre list of fatalities. She lost her life on a picturesque road many consider one of the most beautiful in the world.
An exquisite scenic drive, PCH is also one of the most deadly.
The highway's a top kill-zone for traffic in the United States. Although Malibu only has thirteen thousand residents, its accident rate resembles a city with a population in the hundreds of thousands.
The problem is getting worse.
During a four-month time frame in 2010, eight people were killed along a five-mile stretch in the beach-side enclave. Rescue sirens commingle with crashing waves on a daily basis. They remind residents the idyllic drive through paradise is deadly.
What's the story?
PCH is a documentary film. It explores why so many people are killed in Malibu on Pacific Coast Highway. It addresses why this horrific reality isn't rectified. The film exposes obsolete road infrastructure and insufficient traffic regulation. It examines Malibu's nuances— an internationally recognized hub for surfing and cycling— and its particular safety hazards.
Drunk drivers, careless pedestrians, speeding cars, and the lack of a substantial embankment along the highway create a lethal framework. It's anarchy. A precarious context, insurance companies guarantee Malibu residents will be involved in an accident on the coastal highway.
The film will highlight the family and friends of those who've lost their lives on PCH— including Emily Shane's. PCH will also share perspectives from sheriff’s deputies, tow truck drivers, cabbies, and others who've experienced first-hand carnage on the road. It will include interviews with celebrities who have been involved in accidents on the highway.
However, PCH is not a litany of sorrow. It will not only identify problems but will explore substantive measures to make the road safer. Engineers, traffic experts, and law enforcement officials— including L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca and Commissioner of the California Highway Patrol Mr. Joseph A. Farrow— will provide solutions.
Most importantly, PCH will follow the efforts of a grassroots coalition of Malibu residents that formed in the wake of Emily Shane’s death. This group dedicates itself to getting answers that will stick.
The archive of Pepperdine University, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's office, the California Highway Patrol, Caltrans, The Malibu Times, and Malibu Surfside News will lend their resources to the film.
Risks and challenges
A film project contains several variables and moving parts— it's impossible to predict exactly how one will unfold.
Considering producer Michel Shane's track record, we are hopeful we will complete this film. We are currently in the development and pre-production stages of the documentary. We must secure interviews and the production tools necessary to tell the story.
Although there is always a chance we will not succeed, everyone involved in this project is passionate and dedicated. With the understanding there are variables out of our control, we will work diligently to realize the film and find it a home.
Getting the film out into the world poses a major challenge. Once completed, we'd like to premiere at a major film festival and secure distribution.
Michel Shane will use all his contacts in the film business to get the documentary released on a broad scale. The film could potentially receive theatrical release in theaters screening documentaries. Although limited, a theatrical release would qualify PCH for the Oscars.
The film facilitates information. We will provide it at no charge to community venues such as schools and libraries. Although the documentary analyzes Pacific Coast Highway in particular, it may incite change in other communities that have a highway running through them.
We will develop a promotional campaign to maximize impact. This film deserves and demands exposure. We will strive for innovation and create the most groundbreaking feature documentary imaginable.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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