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A funny new documentary about kids, turtles, small town tradition, and big world problems - shown from the perspective of kids!
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Our film:

We are two filmmakers working on a really exciting new documentary about turtles, kids and the environment, and we need your help to finish our film! Please check out the trailer above to see a preview!

How you can help us finish the film:

If you like our trailer and want to see the film get made, here's how you can help...

1- Donate today! (Any amount helps – even $1!)

2- "Like" Turtle Derby's Facebook page! www.facebook.com/TurtleDerby

3- "Like" our Kickstarter link below our video and share it!

4- Spread the word!! Share our Facebook and Kickstarter links with friends, family, and anyone else that would think this is a cool project too! (especially those who love kids, animals, the environment, or documentaries!)

Important:

Kickstarter is an ALL OR NOTHING proposition. That means we NEED to meet our goal of $12,000 by our deadline of July 24th. If we raise even a dollar short of our goal, we lose it all. EVERYTHING WILL BE REFUNDED and no rewards can be given! PLEASE help us prevent this from happening!

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Synopsis:

(Watch the trailer above!)

Every July 4th for the past 50 years our small hometown in Pennsylvania has held an annual turtle race – a fun event that sounds like something from a Mark Twain story.  But this year the state outlawed collecting turtles from the wild because they’re becoming endangered.   It’s a fun and funny opportunity to see what happens when tradition and environmental issues collide.

Shown from the uniquely insightful, candid and often hilarious perspective of children, Turtle Derby gives voice to the turtle - a slow, silent, unassuming symbol of wisdom - and reveals that both children and turtles have a lot to teach us.

You will make this film happen! Please join us to help share this hilarious, touching and timely story.

About Us

Todd Bieber – Co-Director/Producer
Todd writes and directs videos - mostly comedy and documentary, or some combination of the two. He is currently Director of Content and Production for UCB Comedy. Previous to this he worked at the Onion News Networks during their Peabody Award Winning year. One time Todd found a role of film in Brooklyn that led him on a worldwide search for the owner. He documented his experience and TIME Magazine called it “Youtube’s Greatest Adventure” and ABC News called him a “real life international man of mystery.” His work has been featured in several film festivals including Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, and AFI. His video/film work has been watched over 25 million times and has been featured on New York Times' website, Entertainment Weekly's website, Huffington Post, and his Mom's Facebook Wall.

Juliana Brafa – Co-Director/Producer
By day, Juliana works at a holistic nutrition school in NYC. She also writes, directs, and produces videos, and her work has been featured at Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, and AFI film festivals. Most recently you might recognize her from the online viral video series, Brooklyn Found Film, or from the Vigilante Gardener on Youtube.


Thank you so much for your help! We are so passionate about this film and are honored to have your support!

We LITERALLY couldn't do it without you!


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    And you'll get previous rewards, plus beer and dinner with Todd and Juliana! You (and 1 friend) come to NYC (at your own expense) and Todd and Juliana will take you out for their favorite beer and dinner! Plus ASSOCIATE PRODUCER credit in the movie!

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    And you'll get the previous rewards, except the NYC trip, plus... an adventure with the filmmakers! Todd will take you (and 1 friend) Pennsylvania turtle observing and photographing via kayak on Penns Creek in central Pennsylvania. (You are responsible for accommodations and travel expenses needed to get to New Berlin, Pennsylvania.) Plus, a picnic prepared by Juliana! Plus CO-PRODUCER credit in the movie!

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Funding period

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