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THE DRAWING WATER PROJECT films an artist hiking, sketching and painting the sites of the Vermont, Catskill & Adirondack Mountains. Read more

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THE DRAWING WATER PROJECT films an artist hiking, sketching and painting the sites of the Vermont, Catskill & Adirondack Mountains.

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OFFICIALLY BACKED BY THE VERMONT INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS

The DRAWING WATER PROJECT is an experimental documentary about the painting process and its connection to nature using the New England region comprising the Central Vermont, Catskills and the Adirondacks.

The video follows a painter {Tom Merwin} as he explores the landscape, waterfalls and cascades of Vermont throughout the changing of it's seasons. It is a celebration of the long history of American artistic inspiration that this extended region has produced and the dedication of generations of artists who were and are still inspired by it.

Later the video will take the viewer to famous cascades and waterfalls of the Catskills and finally sites in the Adirondacks which were made famous by the Hudson River School artists. The artist being filmed is Tom Merwin who has been exploring and painting the region for over 40 years and whose grandfather was an art dealer and collector of Albert Bierstadt and other Hudson River School artists.

The camera will follow Tom as he hikes with his materials to remote sites and then sketches with Sumi ink and watercolors on rice paper. Chuck Trombley, a third generation Adirondack guide and a maker of Adirondack boats will join Tom during one of his hikes. Later, in the artist's studio in Castleton, Vermont, the sketches will be seen being used to create large abstract oil paintings.

The video will be shot in High-Definition 1080p video by filmmaker, Matt Merwin. I have already created several experimental films concerning the influence of Nature and the artist in culture, their importance to the protection of society and the environment that surrounds it.  As sections are edited they will be released on Youtube in short progression clips and teasers.

WHATS THE FUNDING FOR?

With the funding completed for the project we will be able to travel to all the locations described and film them in full.  The donation money will pay for the art supplies necessary to make the piece as strong as it can be and complete the art works on location.  In addition, the funding will also cover the cost of new equipment crucial to the production such as hard drives for storage of the footage, new editing software as well as lighting and sound for the studio work.

DELIVERY OF INCENTIVES

All donation rewards will be shipped out as soon as the project is finished being edited and the dvd's burned and ready to go.  If you want to pledge in more than 1 category for other rewards just shoot us an email and we'll make a note of it.

Keep updated on the project at Twitter.com/MatttheCat7

See all the latest clips and progressions at youtube.com/Mottstvt

Support the Drawing Water Project at Facebook.com/thedrawingwaterproject

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    $5 reward

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    A big e-mail thank you and you'll be included in our mailing list so you can keep up with the project.

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    $10 reward

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    A downloadable PDF digital map to all the waterfalls in the film and e-mail thank you from the film-maker.

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    A downloadable digital wallpaper of one of the waterfall locations, A downloadable PDF digital map to all the waterfalls in the film and e-mail thank you from the film-maker.

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    $25 reward

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    11" x 14" Drawing Water Film Poster, downloadable digital wallpaper of one of the waterfall locations, downloadable PDF digital map to all the waterfalls in the film and e-mail thanks

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    $50 reward

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    Drawing Water Project T-Shirt ( white t shirt with design featuring a Sumi ink drawing of a Vermont waterfall ), poster, credit in film and thank you by e-mail.

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    $100 reward

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    Copy of signed DVD, poster, t-shirt ( white t shirt with design featuring a Sumi ink drawing of a Vermont waterfall ), credit in film and thank you by e-mail.

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    $200 reward

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    Matted 8 x 10 production still of a waterfall from the film, signed DVD of the film, t-shirt, poster, digital pdf map and directions to the major sites in the film, credit and thank you.

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    $300 reward

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    6" x 8" original Sumi ink drawing by Tom Merwin of a waterfall from the film in archival mat, poster, digital pdf map and directions to the major sites of the film, signed DVD, credit and thank you.

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    $400 reward

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    8" x 10" original Sumi ink drawing by Tom Merwin of a waterfall from the film in archival mat, poster, digital pdf map and directions to the major sites of the film, signed DVD, credit and thank you.

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    $500 reward

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    Executive Producer credit in the film, 8" x 10" original Sumi ink drawing by Tom Merwin of a waterfall from the film in archival mat, poster, digital pdf map and directions to major sites of the film, signed DVD, and thank you.

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    Executive Producer credit in the film, 8" x 10" original color ink drawing by Tom Merwin in archival mat of a waterfall from the film, poster, digital pdf map and directions to the major sites of the film, signed DVD and thank you.

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    Executive Producer credit, framed and matted 10" x 14" original watercolor painting by Tom Merwin of a waterfall from the film, poster, digital pdf map and directions to the major sites of the film, signed DVD and thank you with an invitation to the opening reception for the film and the art work created during the making of the film.

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