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4 American Pro-Snowboarders journey to Iran to befriend the youth and discover their culture, proving we are not that different...

“We want them to come and visit very much. I am sure they will like it and change any negative ideas about Iran. I want them to know more about my country. There is no place for politics in sports” - Iranian Snowboarder at Dizin

Boarders Without Borders will follow four professional American snowboarders, two females (Olympic Gold Medalist Hannah Teter & Pro-rider Gabi Viteri) and two male (TBD), as they journey to Iran to ride the world class uncharted Alborz mountains. When one thinks of Iran, it is typically the political strife and unrest that is widely represented in the American media. The last thing that comes to mind is 14,000-foot mountains covered in Utah-like powder, with densely populated resorts and chalets nestled at the base of the slopes. However, with over 75% of the population of Iran aged 35 and under, counter-cultures like snowboarding are hidden sanctuaries for the youth of Iran. We will explore this unknown world on and off the slopes through the eyes of these three American riders, and experience their journey as they discover a country that has been sealed off from the West for over 30 years. (View More Trailers Below)

UPDATE: We have had members of the Iranian National/ Olympic Team reach out to us on Social media and they are now volunteering and becoming involved... Olympians from both countries coming together to make this happen. We need your support and pledges (big or small) to make this a reality. More to come on this...

REWARD UPDATE: Each pledge of $60 or more will receive an additional signed/ numbered 8"x11" professional photography print and $150 or more get their choice of 2 in addition to the rewards you choose.

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::VIEW OUR TRAILERS::

KICKSTARTER VIDEO WITH GABI VITERI

BOARDERS WITHOUT BORDERS | 30 SECOND TRAILER

BOARDERS WITHOUT BORDERS | HANNAH & GABI TALK IRAN

BOARDERS WITHOUT BORDERS | IRANIAN SNOWBOARDERS IN ALBORZ MOUNTAINS

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In order to complete the film, we must successfully raise $125,000 by September the 16th to cover the remainder of the expenses. Kickstarter is all or nothing funding; meaning, if we do not raise our goal ($125,000) then we do not recieve anything. We are truly humbled if you would pledge your support to the project at any reward level to the right. There are numerous rewards for the snowboard fan and non-snowboard fan at many different levels.

We look forward to creating an amazing film that everyone can be proud to support and be a part of... Should you have any questions, feel free to contact us at the email address at the bottom of the page...

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IF YOU PLEDGE NOW, NO MONEY WILL BE WITHDRAWN FROM YOUR ACCOUNT. YOUR CREDIT CARD WILL ONLY BE CHARGED, IF AND WHEN WE HIT OUR GOAL ON SEPTEMBER 16th, 2012

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::SNOWBOARDER BIOS::

Hannah Teter :: USA Olympic Gold Medalist

Destined to carry on the Teter family legacy, Hannah evolved from a little sister with amazing skills to the definition of progression in women’s halfpipe. The Teter support team is the best in the industry with older brothers Abe and Elijah also pro riders, while brother Amen acts as Hannah’s agent. A forerunner for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, Hannah promptly made the 2006 Olympic squad and stomped the gold medal. In only four years as a professional, she has won every major halfpipe competition in the world with the exception of the U.S. Open.

OLYMPICS
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2010: Silver Medalist, halfpipe
2006: Gold Medalist, halfpipe
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
2005: Bronze Medalist, halfpipe

Hannah Teter's Olympic Gold Medal Final run::

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Gabi Viteri :: Pro-Snowboarder

Known for style and shredding flair, Colorado’s Gabi Viteri has spent a fair share of time in front of film and still cameras. After spending 2010 rehabbing from a hip injury, Gabi came back strong and filmed all season with Peepshow. In between touring from North Carolina to Montreal hunting for creative street spots, Gabi hit up the US Open rail jam, rocked the Burton’s women’s team shoot at Northstar-at-Tahoe, and stopped off at the Sundance Film Festival and Coachella with the Burton crew.

Gabi Viteri's Video Reel::

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IF YOU PLEDGE NOW, NO MONEY WILL BE WITHDRAWN FROM YOUR ACCOUNT. YOUR CREDIT CARD WILL ONLY BE CHARGED, IF AND WHEN WE HIT OUR GOAL ON SEPTEMBER 16th, 2012

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::BUDGET $125,000::

Where does the money go?

  • Travel Visas: $1,399 – Visas are required for entry into Iran for American citizens.
  • Shooting Permits: $16,000 – This number can vary, depending entirely on the Iranian government. Basically, it is permission from the government to shoot in their country for 6 months following the application. Government chaperones are assigned to the production with the permits to oversee all shooting.
  • OFAC License: $4,065 – Because of sanctions between the United States and Iran, it is necessary to get an OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets Control) license that authorizes monetary transactions done by our producers while on the ground in Iran.
  • Airfare for Crew/Riders: $19,100 – Roundtrip Airfare to the capital city of Tehran for crew and snowboarders.
  • Vehicle Rentals/Transportation: $16,900 – SUV and van rentals to transport crew and equipment from Tehran to the Alborz mountains, and for transportation in and around the mountains of Dizin and Shemshak. 
  • Snowmobile Rentals: $4,450 – Snowmobile rentals are imperative for transporting crew and equipment in the backcountry of the Alborz Mountains, particularly when the team travels to the mountain of Shemshak.
  • Iranian Mountain Guide: $5,100 – Experienced mountain guide to help us navigate through the Alborz mountains, find the best powder for our riders, and help with local customs and traditions off the mountains.
  • Insurance: $5,000 – Production insurance covers damage or loss to any equipment, as well as any medical emergencies that might befall our crew or snowboarders.  It is an important part of any film, and is very important for this trip.  
  • Equipment Rentals: $38,899 – A huge bulk of our budget, these rentals include cameras, lenses, audio packages, lighting equipment, and other miscellaneous items that all contribute to getting the best looking shots possible.  Half the equipment will come from the states; the other half will be rented in Tehran.
  • Pre-Iran Shoot in U.S.: $13,550 – Before we leave for Iran we will do preliminary interviews with our riders in their home states (Vermont, Colorado, etc.) for footage that will provide a back story of our travelers before they take their journey to the Alborz mountains.  These numbers include crew rates, equipment rentals, and location costs.

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YOUR CREDIT CARD WILL ONLY BE CHARGED, IF AND WHEN WE HIT OUR GOAL ON SEPTEMBER 16th, 2012

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::FILM OVERVIEW::

As their plane descends through the clouds in preparation for landing, the team of four American snowboarders - Olympic gold medalist Hannah Teter, Gabi Viteri, and (male riders TBD), get their first look at Iran, the country that drew them halfway across the globe. These three riders, all free-spirited and spontaneous, have little understanding of Iranian history or culture but are eager to dive into this odyssey with a fearlessness and sense of adventure; the same characteristics that are fundamental to their ascension in the sport of snowboarding.

Their first view of the city below marks the beginning of an epic adventure where they will rip new territory and experience this untamed counterculture that is full of surprises and sees no boundaries or limits. A voyage where they will connect with people whom, despite geographic distance and cultural differences are like-minded souls bound together by not just the love of a sport, but through the embodiment of a mentality that fills their essence. Not citizens of one nation or another - just snowboarders, looking for the next obstacle to surpass. Below them the sprawling urban landscape of Tehran extends towards the horizon and their ultimate destination, the snowy mountains of Alborz.

Walking through the terminal, struggling to decipher the Farsi signs that should be guiding them through security, the team mixes with crowds of women and men in both traditional and modern garb. Standing by a baggage carousel is a small crew, not yet familiar, but distinct and recognizable. Sporting snowboarding jackets and western style sneakers, they are an almost perfect mirror image of the Americans…except they are Iranian. Our team has found their counterparts.

For these American snowboarders, their journey into Iran will be one into uncharted territory. For the first couple of days, the U.S. riders will explore the urban landscape of Tehran as they ride out the first waves of culture shock. They will check out the bustling bazaars and the breathtaking ancient sites to see for themselves what it is like to grow up and live in Iran.

Next they will head to the mountains of Dizin and Shemshak where they will encounter a host of fascinating characters and personalities. From eccentric lift operators to former Olympic skiers to the next generation of snowboarding enthusiasts, the “cast” of the film will be both vast and intriguing. We will meet the families that have run these ski villages for decades, and get a snap shot of their values and ways of life. The American riders will also have the chance to teach several snowboarding clinics to the Iranian youth and casually get to know who they are. It is at the base of the slopes and along the lip of the newly constructed half pipe that the Iranian youth - both snowboarders and observers, come to hang out and socialize. This is an environment where they can escape the rigid protocols placed upon them by their government and more freely express their passions.

As the team becomes more familiar with the people and the surrounding environment, they will venture out into the backcountry terrain that is legendary in this area. Here is where a majority of the action footage will be captured. On these free-runs the three Americans will put their real talents to the test, bombing down 45 degree grades, cutting lines through untouched silky powder, and hucking off cliffs into the vast openness. By day they will attack these mountains with unreserved ferocity. By night they will take in the after-hours scene with their counterparts, eating the regional foods and socializing with the locals. It is through interactions like these that striking social similarities will begin to emerge between the snowboarders.

The mountains beckon; people are ready to connect outside the constraints of their governments to trade ideas, share laughs, and ride down the slopes toward a place where we can acquire a new understanding…and gain a foothold in an often-misunderstood world.

*If you have any questions in specific or wold like to inquire about bespoke sponsor level rewards, feel free to reach out to us at: chris@boarderswithoutborders.com

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