About this project
IF EVERYONE READING THIS DONATED $2 - $5 OUR PROJECT WOULD BE FUNDED!
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70 Degrees West Phase III: Sargasso Sea, will demonstrate how human actions on land impact our oceans. Using underwater photography, cinematography, time lapse and interviews with scientists and other key players, we will explore the complex story of plastic pollution related to fragile species that rely on the Sargasso Sea for survival. WE WILL CREATE A DOCUMENTARY SHORT AND HARDCOVER PHOTO BOOK.
A big thank you to everyone who has donated to our project. WE ARE ALMOST HALF WAY THERE! We need your continued support to help us reach our goal. We have 9 days left, let's do this together!
WITHOUT YOUR DONATION, THIS DOCUMENTARY WILL NOT BE ABLE TO BE MADE. FOR EVERY DONATION OVER $30 - YOU WILL RECEIVE A DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF THE DOCUMENTARY SHORT.
Most importantly, we need to hire a vessel to navigate the North Atlantic Trash Gyre. We need an on-board crew, supplies, and specialized tools to collect trash samples. In order to create our documentary film short and a hard covered photo book, we need funds for the production. For $26,000 - we can hire a sail boat, crew, and pay for all the necessary costs to be at sea for one month. There will be fees for the boat, the crew, production, trawling nets, collecting trash samples and interviewing scientists. If we can raise $30,000 we will be able to extend the duration of our expedition by one week and take two scientists on board with us!
Did you know the plastics consumed by fish are making their way up the food chain. This means, they are ending up on your dinner plate. Help us create an artist documentation of global problem that not only effects the health of marine ecosystems, but also humans!
We MUST raise $26,000 for production of Phase III: Sargasso Sea and Plastic Pollution. We can't do it without the success of our Kickstarter! We are going to interview scientists and advocates, shoot underwater, shoot above water, collect plastic trash samples, and photographically capture the dynamic relationship between underwater species and the Sargasso Sea.*****This project will produce a short film, a hard covered book of photography and narratives, a collection of prints for a traveling photo exhibit, and a series of weekly blogs.***** Motivated by our passion, youth and dedication to our art, we hope that capturing the beauty and tragedy in the Sargasso Sea will invite small changes that can grow into bigger ones.
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Your support will help us document what’s happening underwater and topside in a region unlike any other. The Sargasso Sea is the only sea without land borders, as well as a floating plastic gyre. It is also home to incredible species such as sargassum fish and sargassum shrimp, unique only to the Sargasso Sea. Other species include sea turtles, flying fish, zooplankton jellyfish, sperm and humpback whales. The elusive European eels migrate to the Sargasso Sea to spawn, although scientists have not yet photographed an adult eel there. The window to capture the plastic gyre is in April, May and June. We must work with migratory species, weather patterns and changing ocean currents to successfully navigate our vessel to the trash gyre. The time is now!
Justin is committed to exploring Earth’s extremes, pushing the limits of himself and his camera equipment, having documented life above and below the ocean’s surface in more than 45 countries. He has specialized in commercial and underwater photography since his graduation from Brooks Institute of Photography and currently dedicates his career to conservation photography. Michelle has been a writer since childhood; she majored in molecular biology and chemistry at San Francisco State. Her blog appears in Huffington Post Green and she’s the word-journalist for 70 Degree West.
Our 70 Degrees West documentary will raise awareness about how humans depend on the natural world, and how Earth is changing in response to human impacts. As lifelong ocean advocates, we hold the ocean as a place of wonder, a habitat for education, and a primordial connection to our biological history. As ocean covers 71 percent of the Earth’s surface, we invite you to join us in this journey to document ways that we might heal and protect our fragile oceans.
We are seeking YOUR help to fund 70 Degrees West, Phase III: Plastic Pollution and the Sargasso Sea. 70 Degrees West is a pole-to-pole photo-documentary project exploring the impact our modern world has on eight unique bio-regions. We’ve completed Phase I: Thule Hunting Traditions in Northern Greenland. Phase II: The Penobscot River Dam Removal in Maine. Our project attempts something never been done before - illustrating environmental and humanitarian issues along a single line of longitude to demonstrate how our natural world is out of balance on a global level.
Our goal is to engage diverse audiences online, in print media, and traveling public exhibits to raise awareness about the need for responsible plastics use and disposal. In order to make this documentary short, we need your support and encouragement. Please visit our website to see our past projects - videos, photographs, and written narratives. You can also visit our blog to get involved!
Your support will make a difference, ignite a movement, and grow the conversation of change. We can do this together! We look forward to sharing our story with you as Phase III of our expedition unfolds, and the creation of our documentary film short.
WE WARMLY AND HUMBLY THANK YOU!
Michelle & Justin
Thanks for reading! Here are two images from our previous projects: 70 Degrees West
For more information on sargassum and the Sargasso Sea, check out this video below! - done by LookBermuda and LookFilms
Risks and challenges
This project lives by the motto, there are no problems, only challenges and situations. Since the inception of our photo-documentary project, we have faced many hurdles over the past year. From logistical issues in Greenland, to financial setbacks while out in the field, to learning a new skill on the spot. Each time, we dig deep and try to remind ourselves why we're out in the middle of nowhere, in the freezing cold or blazing heat, capturing a single story when there are many more that need to be told. Through it all, we prevailed. We always come back to our personal passion and conviction for art, conservation, nature, and desire to be part of something bigger than ourselves.
As artists, we strive to grow and change as life unfolds. Resisting the urge to ever give up, allowing our obstacles to come and go, we remain patient as we use our community, network of friends and followers, and out-of-the box thinking to get us through. We are sure that even if our project is successfully funded, there will be many issues that arise prior to our departure and while we are out at sea. These however, are what makes our work worth it. We will film it all, laugh at ourselves, write grants, fundraise again, sell prints, publish articles and photographs, and do everything in our power to complete our project. We won't stop until we have produced the best possible work!
As Kickstarter is an all or nothing venue, we truly appreciate your time and consideration to donate to our project. We thank you for watching our video and supporting our efforts to share stories that people usually don't get a chance to see. THANK YOU!!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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