What's the Story?
Written on Water is a documentary film that immerses the viewer in a lyrical exploration of the High Plains landscape and puts water issues in the High Plains into a historic and scientific perspective. The documentary will follow the farmers as they battle drought, wind and the unpredictable nature of a warming climate, but who for generations have persevered and now ask their communities: What choices are we going to make before the well goes dry?
The Ogallala Aquifer is one of the world's largest aquifers; it covers an area of approximately 174,000 square miles in portions of the eight states of South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas. Almost 56 percent of the grain, beef and cotton produced in the United States are irrigated from water pumped from the Ogallala aquifer. The initial waters that fed the aquifer came from 10,000 year-old glaciers, but now the only water source that recharges the aquifer is from modern-day precipitation and this isn't enough to keep pace with irrigation. Even before the last few years of drought, groundwater pumping exceeded the amount replenished by six to one. Essentially it is a situation where the groundwater is being mined.
My passion for water issues is based in my scientific background, but spending many months with the people of West Texas and Southwest Kansas has caused me to become passionate about how the Aquifer enriches people's lives - and how that is in jeopardy. This is a film that hopes to put water issues in the West in a global historic and scientific perspective.
Where your contribution is going...
We're at a good starting point, but to make the story complete, we need to interview scientists and policy makers. The $4,500 minimum goal will cover a three-week shoot schedule:
- Transportation: mostly car travel across the States of Kansas, Texas and New Mexico
- Renting film equipment
- Filmmaking is an expensive venture and things like batteries, hard drives, and memory cards can add up.
The Way Kickstarter Works:
Kickstarter is a funding platform dedicated to making creative projects possible with direct support. Here’s how it works: We set a funding goal. Our supporters make pledges. If we reach our goal, your pledge will be processed by Kickstarter, and we can continue filming. Also, please keep in mind that you will only be charged if Written On Water reaches its minimum funding goal of $4,500. This is an ALL-OR-NOTHING campaign!
Above and Beyond:
Lastly, if we surpass our goal, the film will have the resources for final touches done in post-production. This is the phase that really makes a good film great! Also, the additional funds will be used to hire a composer to write an original score for the film.
Ways to Help!
SPREAD THE WORD! This can be the biggest help of all. If you're excited about this project, let everyone know by spreading the word and sharing this project via Facebook, Twitter, email and word of mouth.
Risks and challenges
In all creative endeavors, things almost always take longer than expected. Without compromising on quality, we will do our absolute best to stay on schedule and keep to our anticipated delivery dates for rewards. But we have a solid start with almost two-thirds of the film shot - this campaign will support our push to complete the story and make this film shine.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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