FIRST GOAL REACHED, HELP US ACHIEVE THE FINAL GOAL!!!
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED US REACH AND EXCEED OUR INITIAL GOAL OF $2600!!! WE ARE STILL SHORT ONE PLANE TICKET AND EQUIPMENT RENTALS. HELP US REACH OUR FULLY FUNDED RETURN COST OF $4500!!!
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A film documenting the Cinque Terre of Italy's struggle for sustainable eco-tourism in the face of political corruption and environmental disaster.
In 2008, we embarked on a journey to document the remarkable efforts for sustainable ecology, environmental and historical preservation, and eco-tourism in the Cinque Terre of Italy.
We wrapped filming in September 2010 and returned home to begin editing. Then, two weeks later, a sudden turn of events changed everything.
Politics, corruption, greed, and an unexpected environmental disaster last October of 2011, which largely destroyed two of the five villages, now threaten the landscape of this beautiful Mediterranean coastline.
Our film at first explored the creative endeavors undertaken by the Cinque Terre National Park to preserve culture and agricultural heritage within this UNESCO World Heritage site, while still welcoming three million tourists every year. Today, the film explores the Cinque Terre's now unstable future, and the story is being continually shaped by ongoing massive restoration efforts and the tug of war over precious territory and a heritage thousands of years old.
Everything is about to change in the Cinque Terre, but no one knows how.
You can help us to find out. You can help us tell the story.
The film has been self-funded thus-far, with a talented crew working for little or nothing, volunteering countless hours of time and talent because they believed in the story.
Now you can help to finish this film, to give the residents of the Cinque Terre a voice, and hopefully help them share with the world what they need to move forward in the direction they desire.
Our initial Kickstarter campaign was set at a financial goal to fully complete the film, all the way through to the finishing stages of audio post production and music licensing. The goal was unreached, and so we've established a new plan: raise just the funds enabling us to return to Italy, and we'll figure out the rest when we get back.
The established goal of $2600, combined with our own limited financial resources, would cover MOST of the bare-bones essentials to allow us to return. But according to our budget, if you can help us reach an actual goal of $4500, we can secure not only the lodging, transportation, and airfare, but also have the necessary funds to gas up the car at the current $8/gallon, feed us three squares a day, and rent our gear.
If you can help us exceed the goal by more than that, we are able to secure all the equipment rentals to ensure better audio quality, hire a translator an extra day or two, and possibly even secure at some of the post production costs, including audio post production, music, and film festival submission fees so we can get the story out there.
About four years ago we started on a crazy journey to complete a feature documentary film in a country where we don't live, in a language we don't speak, and with money we didn't have.
Along the way, we just figured it out. $4500 will get us through the final filming stage of this journey, and if you help us get there or exceed that, by however much possible, we promise we'll figure it out from there again.
How Does Kickstarter Work?
Kickstarter gives independent filmmakers and other creative projects a launch pad to get their projects made. Here's how it works:
- Donate to our project
- Help us reach (hopefully exceed!) our goal and finish our film
- Redeem rewards!
Donations start at just $8, but the bigger your donation, the bigger your reward! All donations include your name listed on our website, and in some cases, the film credits, showing exactly what you funded... a gallon of gas in the rental car, one day's lodging, a train ticket.... see our donation levels and notice that they have been matched to reflect our actual needs and costs.
The future of the film is in your hands. We need you.
**A note about the "Est. Delivery" date underneath all of the rewards - Kickstarter requires that you put the latest expected delivery date for ALL rewards listed in each package - since we are including a DVD of the film in most of the packages, we can't promise delivery of that until we finish the film and get it shown at a premiere! But most of the other rewards are things that can be sent out relatively quickly after the Kickstarter campaign ends.
Please check out all of the rewards we are offering on the sidebar to your right, and especially note this gorgeous book with stunning photography on anchovy fishing in the Cinque Terre, SIGNED by the photographer:
- (34 days)