We are raising funds to complete the production of a short film, "The Arctic is Paris" (L'Arctique est Paris). Filming was done during the 2015 Climate Change convention (COP21) and after the Isis attacks. The film is a poignant message from Greenland delivered by an Inuit leader, as a witness to what has happened to his culture, and (in his opinion) will be happening to ours.
The film features Jens Danielsen from Qaanaaq, the northernmost town in Greenland, who came to Paris during the climate conference, and seven French poodles. Jens is an elite hunter from the top of the world; he represents indigenous Arctic people. He is a witness to the demise of sea ice and how it has affected his in-tact culture, their hunting traditions, their ability to survive, and where they go from here.
We have captured Parisian poodles dashing through a French garden path, pulling an Inuit sled and driver, Jens dragging the sled pass iconic Parisian landmarks, solemn images of places of mourning and memory after the violent terrorist attacks and the sonorous and sobering message from Jens: The Arctic is changing, his way of life is changing, and the extreme changes in climate will affect people around the world as clearly as the Inuit culture of northern Greenland is now being affected. We are not separate; we are connected.
Your donations will help put all these parts together. We are specifically raising funds to pay for the post production that will include translations into many languages, special effects, sound design, original musical composition and global distribution of the video.
REWARD #1: OFFICIAL RECEIPT
All donations of $8 or higher, will be mailed a hard-copy Official Receipt hand checked with a polar bear claw amulet.
REWARD #2: Ice Cold Solidarity
Set of 4 fantastic High Resolution Jpegs of Jens Danielson and Mamarut Kristainsen, KINGS of ICE, in front of Paris Landmarks on the morning after the Paris ISIS attacks.
REWARD #3: FOCUS ON THE POODLES
8” x 10” Glossy Photo Head Shot of one of the Sled Poodles SIGNED with individual paw print. Only 10 of Each Poodle will be Issued!
REWARD #4: Film Poster: "I Want You DAWG"
Image in French or English, 11” x 17”
REWARD #5: Ice Cold Solidarity Print
Choose one of the photographs of Jens Danielson and Mamarut Kristainsen, KINGS of ICE, in front of Paris Landmarks on the morning after the Paris ISIS attacks. Arranged by Mel Chin and photographed by cinematographer Ben Premeaux. 13 x 19 inches.
REWARD #6: SUPER COOL—Dress like the film crew!
Official Film CREW T-SHIRT with Quanaaq (Greenland), Paris, CLT, NYC & Paris map LOGO
REWARD # 7: THE FUTURE OF ICE
Signed book by world renown travel writer and essayist, Gretel Ehrlich.
REWARD # 8: L’Arctique est Paris Poster
22” x 34”, in color/signed
REWARD # 9: Polarpoodle Woodblock Print
9.5” x 12.5", in color/signed
REWARD # 10: Carbon Sequestering BRIQUETTE with Documentation, Limited Edition
a. Patent-Office inspired Documentation of “Carbon Sequestering Briquette” by Mel Chin/signed and witnessed.
b.Sculptural Carbon Sequestering Briquette, hand finished in solid white oak, exact specs as Zwoyer's drawing, by Mel Chin/signed.
REWARD #11: More to the STORY
An Original Storyboard Page, hand-drawn & colored and mounted, from film, L’Arctique est Paris, by Mel Chin/signed. With Cover Sheet.
REWARD #12: POIGNANT POLAR IMAGE
Limited Edition Photograph from Antarctica: by The Canary Project.
REWARD #13: Out of FIRE and ICE HOT & COLD, by Mel Chin
One Original Charcoal (fire) Drawing On Paper of a Greenland Inuit Artifact, each unique, in an artist-made frame, 5 Unique Drawings Total
Collected Land Melt Water from the Arctic (ice) Presented in sealed bottles with artist’s documentation
REWARD #14: WARM Food with COOL people.
One night only - dinner with the director at your house. Mel will create a dinner for you, your family or friends (up to 8 people) in your home, and discuss the stories from the field.
REWARD #15: Inuit Sled Prop from film, L’Arctique est Paris.
This is a to-scale replica of an Inuit Hunting Sled used in the Arctic for yearly hunting missions, with lashings and ties made by the elite hunters from Greenland. The sled is modified for filming on the streets of Paris with hidden rubber wheels in place of the runners used on snow.
Risks and challenges
To address Climate Change, I feel that individual behavior must also be modified. So as climate changes we must also apply creative opportunities to change minds about how to interact with the world. A film can do a lot to provide a starting point. It can give a human voice with a powerful message to provoke a quest for transforming and adapting individual behavior.
When the film is done, we will use it's message to point to the website, thearcticis.org. This website, in development, will allow an active relationship with climate change. The connections will be made by focusing on where the person lives and introducing climate change on a regional level. Interactivity with the projections based on data will allow ownership and clarifications of the global problem through what affects each person on a local level.
I cannot see not completing this project. It would it mean we failed at responding to the often stated: "Doing nothing about Climate Change is the greatest risk of all."
I have worked over forty years on artworks and projects with some that have had enormous obstacles and have overcome them with persistence and time.
With this team of committed creative individuals who have contribute thus far on the film, we will regroup and find a way if needed.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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