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Follow Cousteau on an environmental cleanup project with a new solution for cleaning up lead-contaminated soil...fish bones!

THE PROJECT:Follow environmental advocate and explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau as he investigates a new method for cleaning up the widespread problem of lead-contaminated soil. Fish Bones is a documentary that follows an environmental cleanup project in a small California community where waste products from the sea – ground fish bones - are being used to neutralize the lead-contamination on the land. The Environmental Protection Agency guides the effort, making the project a showcase for the latest in green technology. Things get even more interesting as they look to the eclectic and artistic local residents to help bring about change - not only in the physical environment but in the community as well. The result is heartening true story – and blueprint – for how communities all over the world can restore the earth.

This documentary has it all: the romance of tagging along with one of the world’s most famous explorers, the seriousness of purpose to solve a problem that affects our children’s health, a cultural and political history lesson, the excitement of scientific discovery in the making, the interesting showcase of what a “zero-emissions” project looks like today, the hope and wonder of bringing about positive change in our world, and the endlessly fascinating kaleidoscope of human personalities. It's the stuff of adventure and powerful documentary storytelling, but we won't be able to make it a reality without your help!

WHAT WE NEED TO MAKE IT HAPPEN: The EPA Lead Cleanup Project is happening now, and we’d like to get the word out in the form of an hour long documentary film to be aired on public television. We have the film-making crew already, but need to raise the money to pay them. Initially we are targeting $55,000 to cover the following pre-preproduction expenses:

• Research the scientific, medical, historical and political issues
• Scout out the filming sites
• Prepare a synopsis of the film
• Produce a step outline, which breaks the story down into one-paragraph scenes that concentrate on dramatic structure
• Prepare a treatment, a 25 to 30 page description of the story, its mood, and characters.
• Write a screenplay, the narration dialog and movement
• Create a storyboard , film illustrations and images displayed in sequence

[Note that this project only covers pre-production. Once we get pre-production off the ground, we will then launch production as a separate project and post-production as a separate project after that.]


WHY DONATE?Your generous gift will not only help us to shoot a documentary and realize our vision. By getting the word out, you will be actively helping to:

a) Use science to create a true solution for the problem of lead-contaminated soil
b) Pioneer a model for reclaiming the health of the planet that minimizes the impact on the environment
c) Pioneer a model for fostering strong and vibrant communities
d) Sow the seeds of change that are needed to solve our serious environmental challenges

HERE'S OUR STORY:
Follow environmental advocate and explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau as he investigates a new method for cleaning up the widespread problem of lead-contaminated soil. Remediation efforts up until now were limited to either capping or relocating the soil – expensive and not a true solution since the hazard still remains.

Fish Bones is a documentary about pioneering a new solution. It follows an environmental cleanup project in a small California community where waste products from the sea – ground fish bones - are being used to neutralize the lead-contamination on the land. The scientific discovery behind it is explained, and we follow along as theory is put to the test. We think this will work and we want it to work, but does it actually work? Each technical hurdle brings us closer to the answer.

But it’s not just about science. Equally interesting is that the US EPA, sponsor of the project, takes this opportunity to see how far it can go to accomplish the cleanup with Zero Environmental Impact. Not only do they “walk the talk” of Reduce-Reuse-Recycle, but they pull in the latest in green technology, from a solar-powered field office with a deck made from reclaimed lumber to biodiesel and plug-in electric trucks to compostable “plastic” spoons made from corn.

Sustainable landscaping is also given top billing as each plot of soil is remediated. Home-owner re-landscaping choices include native “no-mow” grasses, water-wise plantings, and edible landscapes. Check out the aquaponic farm, where the water continuous cycles between a tub of fish and a tub of hydroponically grown vegetables – all monitored by iPhone.

Perhaps the most significant aspect of the project is its mandate to support the community by using local resources wherever possible. A small, local woman-owned business is brought in as the primary contractor. Young men are hired from a local jobs training center where many of the students are coming out of jail or were once involved in drugs or gangs. The diverse and artistic community of local residents is tapped to bring their unique individual contributions to the mix - landscape designers, bloggers, web designers, and graffiti artists.

The result is heartening true story – and blueprint – for how communities all over the world can restore the earth.

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    We will add your name to the film credits! Plus you will have our heart-felt thanks and a smile in your heart for actively bringing about the change you want to see in the world - protecting our children’s health, cleaning up our planet, and fostering community.

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    In 2002, Jean-Michel Cousteau was honored by being named the first Ambassador for the Environment for Olympic Games, and carried the Olympic flag into the stadium during the opening ceremonies in Salt Lake City. We will send you a limited edition AEF poster that commemorates the Olympic Games, suitable for framing, to serve as a reminder of how you helped to make the world a better place. Plus all of the good stuff above.

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