Pine Mud met its Kickstarter goal in just 7 days. Thank you all for the vigorous support. Even now that the goal is met, your $10 pledge continues to help. The more funding the campaign raises, the more days we can devote to filming and editing, as well as the distribution of the film. This includes the cost of applying to film festivals here in New Jersey, as well as in places across the United States that are dealing with challenging public land management issues of their own. Additionally, anyone who pledges on Kickstarter will get to stream the film before it's available to the general public.
THE STORY SO FAR...
Pine Mud started as a short film about frogs.
Three years ago, in April 2016, I was chatting with a canoe guide I met on the Batsto River. I was telling him about my interest in wildlife filmmaking, and about a few of my recent projects. It turned out the guide, Jason, had worked as a cinematographer a few years back, most recently in a refuge camp in Jordan. Now he was home, working on the river, as well as on conservation projects in the forest. It wasn't long before Jason offered to lead me to his favorite frogs: the legendary Pine Barrens tree frogs of southern New Jersey.
And so on a very dark and rainy night in May, Jason and I were standing beside an ephemeral pond in Wharton State Forest, listening to the joyful cacophony of mating amphibians. The frogs amazed me that night, but so did something else. Monster tire tracks running directly into the pond. Trash everywhere. Everything from beer cans to moldy mattresses. Deep in a protected forest on public land.
I soon realized there was a much bigger story here. And so I decided to tell it.
Pine Mud, now three years in the making, is a simple tale. A young Piney witnesses his homeland being trashed and driven over by off-road vehicles. He sets out to do what he can to stop it. It gets muddy.
WHAT WILL THIS KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN MAKE POSSIBLE?
Your support will help finish the film. It will pay for the final filming days, editing, and the costs associated with submitting the documentary to film festivals.
WHO IS BEHIND THIS FILM?
The issue of off-road vehicles in the New Jersey Pine Barrens is bitterly contentious, as I have learned. Some might wonder, where did this film come from, who is behind it? The answer to that is straightforward: It's me, Jared Flesher. As an independent documentary filmmaker, I make films about issues that I think are interesting and important. No business, non-profit organization or government agency asked me to make this film. The story you get in Pine Mud will be the story as I found it with my camera.
Filmed & Edited by Jared Flesher
Drone & Frog Cinematography by Jason Howell
Music by Chris Zabriskie
Risks and challenges
Filmmaker Jared Flesher has completed three feature documentaries and numerous shorts, so he understands all aspects of what's required to bring a film project from start to finish. A risk for the project is that it may take longer to complete than expected.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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