SeaLevelTV is a brand new web channel devoted to bringing you free, high-quality programming about exceptional people and cultures that flourish in and around the sea.
During the short time SeaLevelTV has been up and running (5 months!), we've produced three major releases for two of our original series: "Entrepreneurs & Iconoclasts" and "Saltwater Daughters". Smaller releases include two Instagram mini-series: "For the Love of Logs" and "3 Boards in 3 Days with Josh Hall". One-off shorts include "Skip Frye Plays Blues Harp and Sings" and "Marc Andreini discusses the marriage of 3 surfboard design elements".
We're here on Kickstarter today to get your help writing and producing five new shows over the next six months. In addition to continuing work on our current series', you'll see all new material, including a science show with a political bent, an artist, musician and filmmaker show and a special series devoted to local seaside legends and eccentrics entitled, Beloved Barnacles.
"Beth O'Rourke and Jeff den Broeder are incredibly talented filmmakers that have, lucky for us, dedicated their time and dime for the last year to developing a web series of short documentary profiles of surfy salty people who thrive by the coast called SeaLevelTV. Thanks for elevating surf storytelling, SeaLevelTV!" — Sachi Cunningham, Emmy-award winning journalist and documentary filmmaker.
"Beth and Jeff are true storytellers: they see stories before they unfold. I had the distinct pleasure of working with them on Citrix’s “Meeting is Believing” campaign and for a guy who is generally clumsy in front of a camera, I felt completely at ease. They produced a story about my team that gets me motivated every time I see it. They are precise, personable and are motivating to work with. Their team loves them and as a client I loved working with them. Simply put, they’re amazing and you will be lucky if you have the chance to work with them." — Jascha Kaykas-Wolff, Chief Marketing Officer, Mozilla and author of "Growing up Fast"
Series: Saltwater Daughters
SeaLevelTV’s “Saltwater Daughters” series is an exploration into the lives of exceptional women who have moving, influential experiences with the ocean and recognize the power it’s had in shaping who they are.
The women featured all share a common interest in having their life’s work connected to redefining athletic, cultural, political and environmental norms. Through their actions, they demonstrate a dedication and responsibility to the significance and place they hold in the complex narrative of history, tirelessly utilizing their presence and voice to actively evolve and challenge traditional gender perceptions and limits.
Inside the Mind of Sachi Cunningham
Series: Entrepreneurs & Iconoclasts
Entrepreneurship these days is mostly associated with technology start-ups, tech bros, and the singular drive to acquire wealth. This is especially evident in California. Simple proof lives on the landing pages of Fast Company and Entrepreneur. Roughly over 65% of all the major news items of these classic tech publications revolve around existing and emerging technology companies.
Rather, we seek out individuals with products and ideas who find a very loyal, enthusiastic audience based on their dedication to staying close to their ocean roots and making something so unique that major consumer brands can’t touch their value. These people and their businesses directly challenge the status quo by feeding the evolution of small businesses through thought leadership, strong artistic and creative values, passion and rejecting the notion that big companies can satisfy the demand for meaningful products and experiences. For most people, that would seem daunting. But to these individuals, they don’t see how they could do things any other way.
The Josh Hall Story
The Jonesea Story
Saltwater Daughters: Reimagining Water Women
Currently in post-production
Cori Schumacher, three time Association of Surfing Professionals (now, World Surf League) world champion and writer/activist brings us on a journey through her past as dominating world class athlete to now as she breaks new ground, challenging and deconstructing mass media’s portrayal of women athletes and relating her work to her ongoing struggles and realizations.
Series: Beloved Barnacles [working title]
Currently in production
In this first release for this series, we profile local San Francisco icon, legend, and big wave charger, Todd Smith. He’s a private, elusive individual with a penchant for recycling everything, including surfboards. This life-long practice has yielded one of the largest “found surfboards” collections we’ve ever witnessed. We learn about Todd’s special characteristics through collected, third-party interviews and a visit to his living space in Bolinas, California.
Series: Water Craft [working title]
For this series, we profile the lives of the "important" to the purely eccentric sea-centered groups and individuals that practice many aspects of the arts. Subjects include filmmakers, musicians, visual artists, craftspeople, photographers, writers, and more.
Series: The Science of the Sea [working title]
We are keenly interested in telling stories about scientist who study the sea. We have just begun to research and reach out to several possible subjects including a Bar Pilot in San Francisco, a life long Channel Islands (Santa Barbara) uni diver, and a program at Scripps Institute of Oceanography in San Diego that studies enormous under water waves.
Show Development, Production and Post-production
Funding will enable us to produce five (five to ten minute) stories in the next six months, as well as a few "short-shorts" (Instagram Series). Our goal is to broaden our offering and appeal, which means producing several more concepts: "Water Craft", "Science and the Sea", and "Beloved Barnacles" (working titles, see above for description). We will also create a longer edit of at least one of our stories to enter in film festivals by early next year.
Perhaps our most ambitious plan is to create a longer format film for our "Saltwater Daughters" series for film festivals in 2016/17.
Our new shows will require production costs such equipment purchases, hiring small local crews for lighting and audio, and travel. Post-production costs typically cover editing, sound design and engineering, color grading, graphics, and music fees.
In the future, we'd like to incorporate the work of other filmmakers, journalists, artists, scientists, and musicians within the framework of SeaLevelTV. This looks promising as we are currently developing the relationships that will get us there.
Beth O’Rourke and Jeff den Broeder co-founded SeaLevelTV in January 2015 after many years of working together commercially, writing and producing highly effective original television and integrated marketing campaigns for global brands. Now they are following their passion, bringing you independent, original programming. Previous to SeaLevelTV, they individually launched and ran several successful businesses.
Risks and challenges
Film and video projects are often difficult to finance and produce. SeaLevelTV is no exception.
However, we feel confident and devoted to continuing to deliver great shows to you. We hope that our work thus far proves our commitment. We are industry veterans that have practiced this type of work as professionals for over 35 years combined. Even at this early stage, SeaLevelTV has received so much wonderful feedback and exposure, which leads us to strongly believe that we can succeed with your generosity.
The co-founders are very close to exhausting their own personal funds. The budget you see above reflects the least amount needed to write, produce and go live with five more shows over the next six months. If we can raise our target goal amount, we are confident that we can bring more shows to you in this timeframe.
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