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A cross-country journey to experience and define the New American Dream. This is not a web-series, it's a movement.

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What's your version of the American Dream?  We're telling the stories of Gen Y's PIONEERS.  People who do what they love, and use that passion to make the world a better place.  Check out how our journey began in the full-length video:

THE WAYWARD NATION MISSION

Gen Y is the first generation to rise to adulthood since the new tech revolution, and we are so very very different from generations past. The old notion of the American Dream we see as not only unattainable, but undesirable. We want greatness. WE WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD. But we're cynical. 

It's the mission of Wayward Nation to change that cynicism to optimism. We’re traveling all across the country, creating 5 to 10 minute documentaries on people behaving magnificently. Each episode features a member of Gen Y who identified something they wanted to change about the world, and then just started doing it. Some are more successful than others, and some are just beginning, but they all share the same glorious fearlessness necessary to make a difference. 

That's the message we want to show our generation - identify something you want to change, and start changing it. It's time we got off the couch and started being awesome. That's why we're making a drastic change in our lives, and why we're asking you to donate. So please, join us. Give what you can, and be proud to be a part of this movement. 

THE WAYWARD NATION TEAM

HARRIS FISHMAN: Produced and directed the critically acclaimed documentary for HBO, Cat Dancers, which won the 2007 SXSW Film Festival Special Jury Prize. Concurrently with Wayward Nation, Harris is producing and writing a feature 3D documentary with IMAX Films based on the organization Doctors Without Borders.

MIKEY MCMANUS: After co-creating Wayward Nation, Mikey left his development position at Magical Elves Inc., where he shot and edited pitch reels that sold shows to Bravo, Lifetime, WEtv, Showtime, ESPN, and MTV. Together with Eric Rusch he founded and runs 4AM Films. 

ERIC RUSCH: Eric comes from the ad agency TBWA/Chiat/Day, where he has edited several major national ad campaigns, including Visa, Pepsi, Nissan, Infiniti, Gatorade, Pedigree, Bare Essentials, and an award winning campaign for the 2012 Grammys. Together with Mikey McManus he founded and runs 4AM Films.

SPENCER TUCKER: Spencer is a freelance cinematographer and VFX Artist. He comes from the ad agency TBWA/Chiat/Day where he worked on campaigns for Crate&Barrel, Pepsi, Visa, Nissan, Infiniti, The Grammys, PUR, and Gatorade. He is also known amongst friends and the Wayward Nation team as a vagabond.

ETHAN AMARANT: Ethan has been working for Greenpeace (an international, independent, environmental non-profit) since April 2009. He left to seek adventure and spent 7 months traveling abroad mostly in South America and the Middle East, returning early from his travels to be a part of Wayward Nation and its message. 

GREG EPSTEIN: Greg has been fully immersed in the world of production since the age of 14. Since graduating Emerson College, he has been working freelance in LA in numerous platforms, including commercial, film, and live production. Alarmingly, he might be most responsible of the Wayward Nation crew. They're in trouble...

WE NEED YOU NOW   

We’ve worked, scrounged, and saved (who needs a home when one has a car to sleep in?) and put away $30,000 of our own money, but we’re still short $30,000 (and that’s just enough to hit the road and make a few episodes. We need $100,000 for the whole season). 

So WE NEED YOU to join the team and support the project. Become a part of Wayward Nation and get some fun shout outs and gear. Join and Donate because you want to be a part of an entire generation discovering their collective and individual potential. Join and Donate because you are a part of this generation as we rise to power. Join and Donate because we can learn from past young generations. Join and Donate because these stories are worth telling. Join and Donate because you know we’ll entertain you. Join and Donate because you want these AWESOME PRIZES! Because, along with the goodwill and much obliged tidings accompanied with your donation you can also receive some great rewards such as ... 

PROUD CITIZENS (2x "The Roads We Travel" Bracelets)
PROUD CITIZENS (2x "The Roads We Travel" Bracelets)
ROMANTICS (Postcard from the road)
ROMANTICS (Postcard from the road)
STREET TEAM (Wayward Nation T-Shirt/Hat)
STREET TEAM (Wayward Nation T-Shirt/Hat)
DREAMERS (Art Print)
DREAMERS (Art Print)
TRAILBLAZERS (Coach Jacket)
TRAILBLAZERS (Coach Jacket)
COLLECTORS (One-Of-A-Kind Mementos from the Journey)
COLLECTORS (One-Of-A-Kind Mementos from the Journey)
SPECIAL GIFT (ERIC'S COMIC STRIP SAMPLE)
SPECIAL GIFT (ERIC'S COMIC STRIP SAMPLE)
SPECIAL GIFT (MIKEY'S HEADSHOT + HAIKU)
SPECIAL GIFT (MIKEY'S HEADSHOT + HAIKU)


And don’t stop at donating. If you would like to help further please contact us at Journey@WaywardNation.com We Also Need Driveways and roadsides to park at and sleep Please suggest subjects whose stories you want shared with the world We need road teams to help spread our message and host screenings! 

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

OUR BIGGEST RISK

While all that inspirational stuff sounds great, it's boring to our ADD-riddled brains. So the series is about adventure and pushing both ourselves as hosts/storytellers, and the people we meet (i.e. jumping out of an airplane with Mark Meagher, a US paratrooper saving soldiers in Afghanistan, Brewing coffee in the Rockies with Ricky Padilla from Brown Water Coffee, then skiing our way down, ice Swimming in Vancouver with Yael Cohen from FuckCancer, storm chasing, getting in the ring with an MMA fighter, etc.) because ULTIMATELY our goal is to push the viewers. We want our generation to get off the couch and start being awesome.

POTENTIAL PROBLEMS:

Q. What if the RV breaks down?
A. Fun! We’ll fix it.

Q. What if you run out of money on the road?
A. We’ll wash dishes (but seriously, please donate)

Q. Don't some cities and locations require permits to shoot?
A. We already have a production bible and all necessary applications for major cities and pre-established subjects.

Q. What if you grow to hate each other spending months together in a cramped RV?
A. No worries, I already hate Ethan! Plus, it's better entertainment for you, the audience... And we’ll just have to deal because none of us are giving up on this.

Q. What if no one watches this series?
A. We have a marketing strategy to stop at local television stations, radio stations, and college campuses to promote and screen our episodes, and to develop street teams who will continue to help us build and reach an audience ready to feel empowered. And ALSO, you’re going to watch it, right?

Q. What if your gear gets stolen, or breaks?
A. We will have insurance, but it costs $ (That's why we're here)

Q. What if you don’t raise enough money on Kickstarter?
A. Please don’t let that happen guys... But I promise you this: We will make Wayward Nation one way or another. It will happen.

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