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About

Synopsis:

A Sweet Spot in Time is the awakening journey of a 15-year-old fighting for his generation’s future. In an environmental battle that puts his destiny at risk, first-time director and musician Jonah Bryson gives audiences a new look at this controversial issue while the hour glass is still trickling sand. Weaved through this true story, is a tale narrated by a great-grandfather, taking place in the world of 2100 - if we fail to protect our natural life support systems. This dramatic, but scientifically accurate story follows a character that has been separated from his family due to an ecological disaster, and now has to travel inland to find salvation. The movie ends with both the present and future story lines coming together leaving audiences hopeful, inspired, and motivated to act. This is a call to action for the people of today to fix the mistakes of the past and save the future of tomorrow’s children. 

Featured Explorers
Featured Explorers

A Sweet Spot in Time features unheard-of solutions that’ll protect our air, land, and water, that have been kept quiet over many years — the very solutions that could stop the young generation’s future from being stolen. To create change and inspire hope, Jonah Bryson has assembled a fine team of his life-long heroes to tell this important story, including Emmy® Award-winning cinematographers, astronaut Chris Hadfield, members of Michael Jackson’s, Stevie Wonder’s and Taylor Swift’s bands, celebrated ocean explorer Sylvia Earle, the world's leading coral reef scientist Charlie Veron, social media phenomenon Prince Ea, and 60-time award-winning filmmaker Rob Stewart (“Sharkwater”).

Featured Musicians
Featured Musicians

Accompanied with the release of our film we plan to release educational videos for young people, with our major sponsor the Ocean Ark Alliance. They will teach and offer solution that kids can apply to shape a better future for them to live in. The film's director, Jonah Bryson, is the North American Director of Global Endowment for the Ocean Ark Alliance.

The Problem:

Many people are now talking about climate change and taking action, but few people realize that even we stopped burning of fossil fuels right now, we will still be in big trouble. Here’s why.

Through a completely natural process, the oceans absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and when it does, it converts it into carbonic acid causing Ocean Acidification. But since we have so much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, the oceans are absorbing far more than they should, and that's destroying the underwater kingdom. It may already be too late for Coral Reefs in the wild and the countless marine species. But although this is a tragedy there is still time to protect them before they are lost from our world forever. Coral Reefs are like “canaries in the coal mine” and have always been the first to perish in past extinction events. Before history repeats itself, we must act to protect our life support system -- the ocean. The oceans are our life support system. As Sylvia Earle often says: "No Oceans, No Life. No Blue, No Green."

Here is a photo I took in the Atlantic of the coral reefs. Well... dead ones!

Dead Coral Reefs in the Atlantic / Jonah Bryson diving. Photo by Jonah Bryson
Dead Coral Reefs in the Atlantic / Jonah Bryson diving. Photo by Jonah Bryson

We also cut down the equivalent of 36 football fields of forest every minute and It’s hard to imagine at this point that we still have ANY forests left! The truth is, we have already wiped out 75% them. Not only does deforestation emit carbon dioxide into the air, but it also removes the trees that filter the carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.

Finally, it is no secrete that the big fish in the oceans are almost gone (ie: the tuna, the sharks, the whales…etc). Commercial fisheries follow a process called "The Economics of Extinction". For example, the less Tunas there are left in the ocean, the more they are worth. And once they are all gone from the sea, the few that are left frozen in the warehouse will be worth loads of money. Once they filled up their pockets and the species is gone, commercial fisheries will move on to the next most valuable species.

But in my film, A Sweet Spot in Time, I wont be focusing just on all the horrible facts and issues; I’ll also be revealing unique and unheard-of solutions that are at hand now -- many of them invented by kids. Solutions that could save our natural world -- and ourselves.

Featured Young and Avant-Garde Warriors
Featured Young and Avant-Garde Warriors

WHY WE NEED YOU:

“Please help Jonah reach his goal on Kickstarter. It's not often you have a talented young voice that understands the issues and more importantly knows how to inspire people with solutions.” - Academy Award®-Winning Filmmaker and Conservationist Louie Psihoyos

"Knowing is the key to caring, and care for the ocean is at the heart of Jonah's urgent message to everyone, everywhere. Please help Jonah save an underwater world we love dearly and have fought for decades to protect."  - Dr. Sylvia Earle and Emmy-Winning David Hannan

I have already filmed many sequences and obtained a lot of amazing stock footage images for the film, but I really need your help to complete the next important part. I need to raise $25,000 to travel around the world in 2016 to film those who are coming up with the most amazing and unheard-of solutions, and also to document more mesmerizing landscapes in order to show people the beauty we risk loosing on our only planet. 

Since Kickstarter is all-or-nothing, you will not be charged for your donation unless we reach our goal and the campaign succeeds. So by donating to this campaign, you can be sure to your donation will be used to support a project that will proceed and make a difference in the world.

Anything above $25,000 will help us get started on the next stages of the production, including working with our actors to prepare the segments of the film cast in the future. Please help us exceed our initial funding goal!

We Need: $5,700

Early in the year of 2016, a massive warm current will approach the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Nothing like this has ever happened, and we plan to capture this on camera to show the world what is happening to coral reefs. Dr. Charlie Veron, along with other world leading experts have agreed to join our film shoot. Over 50% of them are gone, but if we act and think logically, we can preserve these wonderful species.

We Need: $2,200

On the island of Sumatra, in Indonesia, the corrupt government uses propaganda to brainwash its citizens. In exchange for chopping down all their rainforests for palm oil, the government gives their citizens a crappy motorbike, a satellite dish (to watch even more propaganda), and loads and loads of cigarettes. As the poor citizens smoke their way to death, the government chops and burns all their remaining forests.

We Need: $3,100

In the country of Scotland, is one young warrior and creative mind, coming up with a revolutionary solution to preserving the corals of the world. By scanning 3D models of coral structures, manipulating them digitally and re-printing them in 3D, this individual can create sculptures that protect coral reefs and stops them from going extinct.

We Need: $4,600

A young Bolivian boy who taught himself mechanics, is coming up with ways to recycle trash from the landfill close to his home in south America. Creating robots and useful tools, this young lad hopes to inspire the world to protect 'mother nature', by showing them that waste can be re-used and not thrown away.

We Need: $3,800

In the middle of the Pacific ocean, lays the country of Kiribati. Every year, they lose more and more land, as the sea level is rising... fast. Though little hope is left that this country will live on, we hope to capture what is left before it's gone, to inspire people to act before the same happens to New York, Miami or any other costal area.

We Need: $1,700

Members of Taylor Swift's and Lady Antebellum's band have already joined the hopeful and vital song that accompanies the film. But many more musicians from New York, who've played with Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Cirque Du Soleil and Madonna to name a few, agreed to join and are waiting to do their part.  

We Need: $3,900

Explorer Rob Stewart and Oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle both live around Los Angeles, and are ready to film and dive for the film. Their stories and accomplishments are amazing, and we hope to share them with audiences.

The Team:

Director: Jonah Bryson is a 15 year-old award-winning filmmaker and musician with a passion for entertainment to make the world a better place. Hailed "A Talented Young Voice" by Oscar-winner Louie Psihoyos, Jonah has won international awards for his work and has been featured in numerous international publications, including The Huffington Post and National Geographic. Jonah has collaborated and met with some of the biggest names in the industry, and recently co-directed a short film with 60-time award-winning director Rob Stewart. Jonah is a Development Partner of the Ocean Ark Alliance, an Australian based not-for-profit (NFP) organization composed of Oscar-winning and Emmy-winning artists who use the power of the arts to help protect the oceans.

Jonah Bryson on the red carpet at TIFF 2015
Jonah Bryson on the red carpet at TIFF 2015

Producer: David Hannan is the Australian based Co-founder of the Ocean Ark Alliance. He is an Emmy-award winning cinematographer and Producer, and his credits include: The BBC's 'The Blue Planet', National Geographic's 'The Shape of Life', Coral Sea Dreaming, ABC's 'Life On the Reef', Racing Extinction, Undersea Edens, Sharkwater, and Revolution.

David Hannan's Cinematography for A Sweet Spot in Time
David Hannan's Cinematography for A Sweet Spot in Time

Producer: Richard Miletic is a New York based producer and location manager. His credits include Saturday Night Live, Person of Interest (CBS), Inside Amy Schumer, and The Night Before (Seth Rogan). 

To learn about the rest of the cast and crew, and to stay up to date with the project, visit this link: www.facebook.com/jonahlbryson

Other Ways YOU Can Help:

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2. Send the campaign link by email to 10 friends and/or family members.

3. Sign-up here for emails here: www.jonahbryson.com/email

Thank you for your support, and we hope you join our team!

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