Last season, The North Pole introduced us to Oakland’s favorite trash-talking, revolutionary polar bears: Nina, Marcus, Benny, and newcomer Finn.
Now after the dramatic season finale, the four friends are forced to embark on a whole new journey of laughter and liberation. Join the homies as they face up against ICE agents and shady sheriffs, wildfires and white supremacists, BBQ Becky and Kombucha Kenny. In the face of all these personal and political crises, they all confront one question: what are you going to do?
Welcome to Season 2 of The North Pole.
We launched The North Pole’s first season last fall, and the community response blew us away – both here in the Bay and around the country.
The show premiered at the historic Grand Lake Theater in front of a sold-out crowd of 1,000 people here in Oakland. After we launched the show online, thousands more watched, laughed, and shared our little polar bear project farther than we could have imagined.
Taking the show on the road, we did a national tour of amazing, packed-out screenings in New York, DC, Philly, Chicago, Detroit, and more. More than just a show, we partnered with the Climate Justice Alliance and local racial justice groups to amplify their grassroots campaigns. We were invited to screen at the SF Urban Film Festival and the prestigious Film Independent conference in Hollywood. Our undisputed favorite screenings and workshops, though, were our Oakland youth events, as we hosted powerful (and always hilarious) events at high schools and colleges across the Bay Area and beyond.
And most importantly, we introduced people to the crucial, mindboggling concept of the Pizzly Bear…
Building off the successful pilot run, The North Pole: Season 2 dives head first into the big issues we’re all facing right now, from the block to the White House and back. This season Nina, Marcus, Benny, and Finn find themselves in the middle of the conversation around immigrant rights and black/brown unity, toxic air and toxic masculinity, hood vegans and tamale revolutions. More than just new problems, the four friends try to figure out creative solutions – and discovering some unexpected ideas that no politician in Washington would ever imagine. And that’s just the point.
In this moment of rising state repression, racist violence, and climate chaos, we need new stories like this more than ever. Bold. Brown. Unapologetic. And yes, hilarious. (Cuz you know, life is still #Life.)
We’re blessed to have an amazing team coming together again to make it happen:
Our full cast is coming back: Reyna Amaya (Nina), Donte Clark (Marcus), Santiago Rosas (Benny), and Eli Marienthal (Finn).
This year, Reyna and Donte joined the creative core of writer/producer Josh Healey and director Yvan Iturriaga in the writers room – so you know it’s only going to get bigger and better. We’re blessed to work with our co-producer Darren Colston, as well as creative consultants Adam Mansbach, Yosimar Reyes, Patricia Flores, and Cinthya Muñoz Ramos.
The show is executive produced by Movement Generation. As an innovative social movement organization, MG is proud to present this show that pushes the intersecting edges of art and activism.
Budget and Where We’re At
We’re getting ready to film in just a few months. We’ve been hustling hard on the fundraising front – and we’re almost there! We just need your help to bring us home. This is only a piece of our total budget, but with your help, here is what this Kickstarter campaign would support…
Timeline and Plans
With your help, we'll film this fall and then launch Season 2 in Spring 2019 with a major premiere here in Oakland and national online distribution.
The North Pole has always been a project by the people, for the people. This is more than just a web series. This is a cultural organizing project, a creative picket line, a celebration of our resilience, our brilliance, and our JOY.
Thank you so much for helping make it happen. We couldn’t do it without you.
Risks and challenges
We don’t foresee any major risks with this project. Season 1 showed that we’re able to make a high-level production on a tight budget. That doesn’t mean there aren’t challenges (all of us working overtime, playing multiple roles, fighting over who gets to wear the Polar Bear suit), but we know we can pull it off in style.
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