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Each year, hundreds of sea turtles are injured from boat strikes, pollution, stainless steel hooks, dredging, artificial beach lighting, climate change, and cold stun events. The lucky ones are brought to a sea turtle hospital, where they are given round-the-clock care. The staff and volunteers at these amazing sea turtle rehabilitation centers use inventive technologies and therapies, helping each turtle's individual needs. And now in a joyous celebration of their hard work, these turtles are going home. 

GOING HOME is a story about the dedicated people and coastal communities who are helping sick and injured sea turtles get a second chance at life. These turtles would not make it without the care from The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, and the Loggerhead Marinelife Center.

Loggerhead Turtle at The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center
Loggerhead Turtle at The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center

This film will take the viewer on a sea turtle's journey that includes medical diagnosis, rehabilitation treatment, and ultimately release back into the wild. You will see the incredible care these turtles receive as hospital volunteers conduct daily activities. This film will discover what motivated these women to found sea turtle hospitals, emphasize the conservation activities that are making a difference, and will use this film to further their public education success. It will cover threats that sea turtles are facing in the wild including how plastic pollution is harming hatchlings and adult turtles, and how coastal communities are working to mitigate these threats. Help me celebrate the vision of these wildlife heroes, and the communities that support them.

Loggerhead Marinelife Center
Loggerhead Marinelife Center

I am visiting the Loggerhead Marinelife Center to; document the expert medical care these turtle receive, understand the vision the center has for helping turtles into the future, and how the community is strengthened through the sea turtle programs. Juno Beach is an extremely important nesting beach, visited by several thousand turtles each year. I am filming the prehistoric spectacle of a female sea turtle laying her eggs on Juno Beach. I am filming the wayward hatchlings that were brought to the Loggerhead Marinelife Center, and escorting them on their heartwarming journey, back out to sea.

Me (Clark DeHart) releasing an endangered Green Sea turtle on Topsail Island
Me (Clark DeHart) releasing an endangered Green Sea turtle on Topsail Island

I will be visiting Topsail Island and the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center. There, I will be filming the daily routine and medical care the turtles receive. I will be interviewing Jean Beasley about how the hospital first got started, and how it could not have been possible without the community rallying around her. I will also be filming a big release of sea turtles from the hospital, back into the wild. And I will be highlighting what every beach going citizen can do to help ensure sea turtle survival, as we share this planet together.

I've already written several conservation grants to fund this project, including one to the National Geographic Society. I have several Sponsors for this film, who have graciously pledged their support. These amazing Sponsors include:

Even with the support of these incredible Sponsors, I still need help funding this film, especially when it comes to camera equipment. Your contributions to this KICKSTARTER will make it possible to afford the 4K Ultra High Definition Sony A7RIII Camera to tell the story in beautiful clarity, camera gear of a DJI motorized gimbal stabilizer that will allow me to get beautifully stable footage as I walk with the turtles during the release. And an Atomos digital Recording Monitor to ensure I capture the best focus, sound quality, and white balance while filming. 

With your support, this film can initiate public awareness, ignite public participation in conservation efforts, and support these import turtle hospitals.

Thank you,

Clark DeHart

Myself and Miss Jean at the sea turtle release on Topsail Island
Myself and Miss Jean at the sea turtle release on Topsail Island

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To achieve the project in technical specs and material I can cover, this project is also dependent on additional pending grant(s) for full funding. I've known Miss Jean for over 10 years now, and have been granted access to film at both hospitals. Production will begin in June 2018 through August 2018. Some images and video will not be available to the donors until early 2019 due to the time it takes to edit a film of this caliber. I am confident this project will be a big success due to the incredible story behind it.

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