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Photojournalist Liz Gilbert sets out on a journey through remote Africa to find the vanishing cultures of a rapidly changing continent.

International photojournalist Elizabeth L Gilbert sets out on a journey through remote Africa to present slide shows to tribal audiences whom she documented in her books a decade earlier. Many have never seen photos of themselves before, let alone a projection on a silver screen.

The Last Safari documents three parallel stories - The personal journey of Liz Gilbert as she sets out to discover what is left of traditional Africa; the young African crew members who accompany her, most of whom have never been outside Kenya's capital city of Nairobi;  and the individual stories of some of the tribal people Gilbert photographed as they reflect on how they see themselves and the rapidly changing world around them.

The funds from Kickstarter will go towards the following:

1) The Edit. Good editors are hard to find, especially when you can't pay them. We are allocating at least one third of our proposed budget for a full time editor to bring this to completion in time for the 2013 Sundance deadline this coming September.

2) Pick Up Shots. There is an incredible Maasai Warrior graduation ceremony coming up that happens only once every seven years that is ESSENTIAL to this film. We intend to capture this majestic once in a lifetime event and incorporate it into our storyline in a beautiful and poetic way. Trust us you'll wanna see this. A small portion of the budget will go towards this production.

3) Music. The Kenyan Boys Choir has already allowed us to use some of their amazing music. (They sang at Obama's inauguration!) However we need a lot more music including Original Score. A portion of Kickstarter funds will also go toward paying these brilliant and tireless artists.

4) Color Correction, Sound Mixing etc... We don't want to bore you with all the details. Suffice it to say, making a great feature length documentary ain't cheap and quality post production is critical. Help us make this movie beautiful!!

KEY TEAM MEMBERS

Elizabeth L Gilbert- Photographer/Producer

Matt Goldman- Director/Editor  http://www.akjak.com

Kenyan Boys Choir- Original Music and Score http://www.kenyanboyschoir.com

Alejandro Tawil- Executive Producer

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    Out here in Africa, a little goes a long way. No contribution is too small and we appreciate them all. If you like what you see please give us a kick start! Even $10 covers something meaningful - meals for a crew member for a day, translation of tribal interviews for our editor, or a cart of water for our campsite. A contribution of $10 will get you a digital postcard from The Last Safari.

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    If we could find 1,000 people to donate just $25, we'd nearly reach our goal. That's the beauty of crowd funding. Its an affordable way to show support to projects that show great promise. $25 will get you a postcard from The Last Safari and a digital download of the film upon its completion.

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    $50 is big on a shoestring safari. Your $50 contribution can get us enough gas to make it to Narok (half way to our filming destination), cover the cost of a night's stay in a mud hut hotel for the entire crew, or buy goat supper for the gang. Fifty dollar contributors will receive a High Resolution digital photograph from Liz Gilbert's first book, Broken Spears, and free a digital download upon completion of the film.

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    Imagine seeing a projection in a silver screen under the stars for the first time. If just twenty people get together and contribute $100 each, we can meet our goal of giving a free slide show to a local Maasai school on the Tanzanian border where children will experience this wonder. To reward a $100 contribution, we will give special thanks in the credits and a digital download upon completion of the film.

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    Own one of Gilbert's photographic books documenting vanishing African with a contribution of $150. Along with special thanks in the credits and a digital download of the film upon completion, you will receive a signed copy of Liz Gilbert's stunning coffee-table table book 'Tribes of the Great Rift Valley.' This book is now out of print and is fast becoming an iconic African collector's item.

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    A contribution of $250 gets you a custom printed, limited collectors edition of Gilbert's first book, Broken Spears, A Maasai Journey. This deluxe boxed, gold embossed edition was Gilbert's personal print run. Now valued at $500.

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    In Kenya, even a 20 year old Land Rover costs money to hire. This safari-hardy vehicle, it's fearless driver, and daily fuel costs $350 per day. We need to cover ten days. Reward for a $350 contribution is special thanks in the film credits and a framed photo collage of every breakdown we encounter during the trip, signed with special thanks from the crew.

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    Our Samburu star James Lekalaile has agreed to contribute five pieces of his elaborately beaded jewelry to our campaign. A $500 contribution is rewarded by special thanks in the credits, a digital download of the film upon completion, and a souvenir of James' tribal regalia worn during filming.

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    Matt became an obsessive memorabilia and African art collector while on safari. As a result of his compulsive shopping, which made us late on nearly every departure, we now have a surplus of Maasai spears, five of which I am forcing him to part with (do we really need 10 spears at home?) So we have five authentic handmade spears on offer, one for each $1,000 contribution. Matt argues, 'They're the REAL deal!!! You won't find THESE at the airport.' True, but I don't need ten in my living room....

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    Our esteemed editor has worked free of charge thus far, but we feel we should pay him...that way he'll finish it! If ten people to contribute $1,500 to cover the costs of legitimately hiring him for three months, we'll own the guy. And we will have our movie done by August. Please help feed and shelter our editor through contributions to his modest salary. A $1,500 contribution will be rewarded with an Associate Producer film credit, all the downloads listed above thus far, and an invitation for two to the private dinner and premier party after the screening in 2012. (Cities to be announced)

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    This one just for the fun of it.....we'd like to take you to dinner at one of Brooklyn's Michelin starred restaurants. Reward for $2,500 is dinner for two at Dressler, our local favorite. We'll host, break bread together and all have a good time talking movies, Africa, art, life and travel.

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    President Obama's innaugural Kenyan choir has put in a bid to write a soundtrack for the documentary. We want to hire them! A $5,000 contribution will guarantee the film has the amazing soundtrack of African music it needs. This generous contribution is rewarded with a Producer credit, an invitation to the private screening dinner and a signed photographic print from Elizabeth Gilbert's photo exhibition valued at $2,000.

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    Ever wanted to go on safari? Come with us. Along with a Top Producer credit in the film, a $10,000 contribution will be rewarded with a 10 day private, luxury safari in Kenya that includes 3 days in Nairobi, 3 days in the famed Maasai Mara game park, and 3 days on Kenya's beautiful Indian Ocean Coast. (Airfare not included). It's an insider's trip. You'll meet the crew for dinner in Nairobi, sit in on an edit and preview footage, be hosted by Liz Gilbert in Nairobi, see Africa's great wildlife at it's most prestigious game reserve, and get three days of rest at a beautiful private home on the Indian Ocean overlooking one of Kenya's most pristine marine parks. Best of all you can bring a friend spouse or child for a nominal supplemental fee of $1500. So that's a luxury Safari for TWO which would cost upwards of 25K if you were book it any other way. Due to the limited resources of this reward, we are limiting it to four donors. Want to learn more about Lizzie's custom safari's? Follow the link to her jewelry collection, and click on "Safari Division" http://shompolecollection.com/

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