"Finding Main Street" is a three part multimedia experiment in continental exploration. Using motorcycles to traverse the continent and cameras to inspect it, we are producing both a photo book of the people and places we visit along the way, as well as a film exploring the lives, dreams, and ambitions of a generation burdened with the mistakes of the past, but equipped with the possibilities of the future.
The film is a cross-country inquiry and video exploration into the lives of the people who are defining our generation. The film is not designed to judge or investigate rights or wrongs, but rather to offer a broad and personal view of a generation bound together by a nation that's as full of promise as it is of problems.
The next part of the project is the photo book. Throughout our trip across America we will be capturing and documenting the lives and stories of people across the continent. Sometimes we will be on Main Street, other times we will be far from it. In conjunction with our film, a photo book will be published displaying the people we meet along this journey. Our goal in this photo book is to understand and convey the many different types of people that make up such a varied nation. Writing by Brant Ozanich and Wyatt McCall with photography by Dylan Ozanich.
The blog is a day-to-day effort to show you, our supporters, where we are and what we're doing. It will give you both a realistic view of our trip, as well as an inside look at how we are making both the book and the movie.
The inspiration for this project came first with the desire to embark on such a trip. The same themes that drove us to both plan the trip and take on these projects will be present in every level of capturing, explaining, and producing the film and book. Foregoing the monotony of everyday life, traveling across a continent largely unexplored by our generation, and finding how enjoyment is taken from the process rather than the destination will all be important themes we examine. As young men who are at a place in our lives where the simplest ideas can lead to the greatest accomplishments, we aim to discover how others in our position are also using this time in their lives.
In nearly every small town and every major city across America, there's a Main Street. Some are the epicenter of small town happenings, and some are merely forgotten side streets in today's modern metropolises. Chances are you didn't live on this street, nor did you work on it, and there's an even smaller chance that you didn't even notice it. However, each and every American has an exact picture of what Main Street is to them. It could be the place where handshakes are made and small-town honor is trusted, or it could be a forgotten byway in the corner of downtown, where you've only been to stop in for a city government appointment.
With all three of us growing up in small towns in Northern California (Grass Valley and Truckee), there is an inherent desire to navigate and document small towns and connect with the people that hail from such places. In an age where more and more people are moving to cities and becoming further disconnected with a tight-knit community, we aim to shed light on the plight of small towns while also displaying the strength that still exists in such places. These towns are that fabric that hold America together.
By spending our early 20's in San Francisco, however, we've also developed a keen understanding of the importance of cities. Here we are able to further our networks, cut down on our environmental impact, and discover a place where the possibilities are endless. Throughout the journey, we will make an effort to equally explore and document the major cities across this country. The level of innovation and technology that allows cities to flourish as San Francisco has in recent years is an important factor in American society. These cities are the fuel for America's future.
Main street is a metaphor for the trajectory of our country. It stands for the past, where prosperity depended on hard labor and harder people. It stands for the future, where prosperity depends on technological advancements and smarter discoveries. We hope to find Main Street U.S.A. by finding the soul of this country; past, future, and present.
Why We Need Funding
As photographers, videographers, and writers, we have most of the resources to produce such projects. However, for the sake of video quality consistency and production on the road, a few more pieces of equipment are necessary. A portion of the funds will also be used for post-production. Though we have all the software and equipment necessary for post-production, a few of these things (such as a musical score and book publication) will require outsourcing. Additionally, any extra funds will be used to extend the trip and develop a deeper, more thorough understanding of the people we meet and places we visit.
Risks and challenges
As our project will take us out across America on motorcycles, perhaps the greatest setback that could arise would be mechanical problems along the way. We have, of course, taking every precaution we could to guarantee the reliability of our bikes. Regardless, as much as life is about finding solutions to unwanted and unexpected challenges, as is this trip. A mere mechanical problem will not halt the journey entirely, but rather offer more opportunities to grow and learn than otherwise.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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