Funded! This project was successfully funded on July 5, 2012.

Update #12

To Clarify...


Hi again.

We have gotten a little blow-back from this whole Facebook 'like' request so we wanted to clarify a couple of things.

- We are compiling our backers' emails into our own email list so that we can message your from our personal accounts, rather than on the Kickstarter platform.

- Since you backed our movie, we hoped you would have no problem 'liking' our FB page and enable you to read our status updates, of which we don't want to bombard you with here on Kickstarter email.


-We are NOT migrating you to FB! As stated above, we are compiling our own backer email list for use with our own accounts. This is all an attempt to simplify the myriad platforms we have going on at once. This means that you may eventually get a Backer update from our gmail account rather than from a Kickstarter messaging service. You will still continue to get backer emails when appropriate, not to mention this account shall always remain active and you will still be able to contact us thru here anytime.

We appreciate your continued support. Please stay with us here as the journey is just about to begin!!

With Regards

Matt & Liz

Update #11

World Premieres and other delights..

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Hi Everyone!

Last time we spoke, we promised to have some exciting announcements, so here goes--

We are proud to announce the WORLD PREMIERE of the Last Safari at the Hamptons International Film Festival Oct 10-14!

Now here's the funny thing, we had a sneak peak screening in Sept at DocUtah, but we were not allowed to announce it. And despite the fact that we were abroad and unable to attend, we won the Best Cinematography award! 

And there's more-- As it turns out we have also been invited to screen at the Tucson Music and Arts Festival on the very same day as our World Premiere at HIFF, so we're calling that one our Southwest Premiere.

It looks like things are finally moving for our little movie. The next step is to have a nice and long festival run, get some press and land for a good sales agent so we can get this little engine-that-could distributed.

So, if you happen to be in either the East Hamptons area (NYC is only 2 hours away) or Tucson Arizona on Oct 13 (& 14th in the Hamptons), then you should get back to us immediately so we can get you a ticket to the screening. It is a holiday weekend afterall, so you may wanna take a little jaunt out of town before it gets chilly.

For more info on the World Premiere at HIFF (Oct 13/14):

And for Tucson Music and Film Fest (Oct 13):

Lastly, there are just way too many forms of communication floating around the ethers these days. Between Facebook and websites and gmail accounts and Macmail and Tweets and Kickastarters, we simply can't keep up. So we are trying to consolidate, but bear with us; we're still working on a few awards! For now, we think it would be a good idea to migrate our backers to our Facebook page. It seems to be the easiest way to stay in touch. In fact if you're already following us on FB then its likely you already know some of this info :) So please, if you haven't already, click this link, push the "like" button and you'll be sorted--

Its also accessible from our newly launched webpage--

Thanks again everyone. And of course do not hesitate to bug us about your reward if you haven't gotten it, or just to say hello.

With much love and appreciation

Matt & Liz

Update #10


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Dear Friends and Supporters,

Greetings from Kenya. I am writing from Nairobi where Matt arrived last week with the first printed Bluray copy of our film, The Last Safari, in hand! It seems like ages since we wrote to you to say we were in 'picture lock' . Little did we know that we were in for several more months of labor-intensive post production -  sound mixing, color correction, graphics, VO recordings and even further editing....

But finally, a week ago, Matt wrapped up the project on a cold day in New York and headed back to Africa. So, we're pleased to announce: It's done! (REALLY pleased!!!)

What next, you may wonder? Well, first there is the Kickstarter campaign to complete - We'll begin catching up on the rewards now that the film is done. That process has already begun and started when we submitted names to the graphics department for the film credits - you're already on the credit scroll. :) Next we'll start sending out the physical rewards - books, photos, and the collage of all our car breakdowns on safari, among others. Thanks for your patience on those!!!  Now, with the hard work of the film behind us, this is our first priority.

And then, there' s what to do with the movie itself. We'll start applying to film festivals, speaking with distributors, looking for additional screening venues such as museums, private auditoriums, university theaters...and planning a launch for the film here in Kenya.

Here's how you can help or get involved: If you or anyone you know is involved with local film festivals in your area, or any local programming (such as at museums, schools, clubs or local theaters) please let us know. We'd like to send screeners out for consideration and get the film up and running. Additionally, if you would like to host a screening in your area, please contact us.  Private screenings can be anywhere - at home or in a small local theater, auditorium, club meeting venue or private screening room.

We truly can't wait to share the film with you and will continue to post updates in the months ahead. Thank you for all your patience and support over these many months.

We are ever grateful.


Liz & Matt

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Update #9

Still moving forward


Greetings friends and backers!!

Liz and Matt here just giving you a quick update on our progress. We are fast approaching picture lock and expect to be in final post stages by next week, taking us to around Thanksgiving.

We have already submitted a rough cut to Sundance. We are keeping our fingers crossed, but if you happen to know someone over there, feel free to make mention of our movie :)

If you are in the New York area and are interested in attending a private screening of the film in Nov/Dec let us know and we will make sure there's a seat waiting for you.

And lastly, we are hoping to refocus on our rewards program as soon as the film is complete. This does include devising our festival and sales strategies, creating a website and gathering promotional materials and that like. So please be patient as we get it all together. We haven't forgotten about you!!

Thank you again for your support and we can't wait to show you all the movie. We promise you'll love it.


MattG & LizzieG

Update #8

Thanks to you.


Hi friends!

Just a quick hello to update you on our progress.

We are in the thralls of post production and Matt is cutting away with his editor Thomas Dexter, as well as working thru an epic original score with three very talented musicians- Hisham Barooch of Soft Circle, Timothy DeWit of Gang Gang Dance, Alex Minoff of Extra Golden. In addition to the original score, we are currently negotiating clearances with the Kenyan Boys Choir, Baaba Maal, Tinarewen Ali Farke Toure' and several other gems of Africa.

We have assembled a strong team to help us bring this film to the finish line. We have 2 compositors, a title designer and color corrector standing by for picture lock, as well as the generous support of Sound Lounge (the BEST sound house in the greater NY area). In addition, we have a remarkably talented artist and illustrator named Kim Sielbeck burning the midnight oil on a stylish movie poster that we might just have to include in a bonus reward to some of you.

All of this is thanks to YOU.

Thanks to YOU, we are well on our way to having a cut ready for submission to Sundance 2013. Thanks to YOU, The Last Safari is becoming even greater than the film that we dreamed it could be.

We will actively  keep you updated.

With much gratitude,

Lizzie & Mattg

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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"

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