One hour film for PBS on the remaining Tallgrass Prairie and the true tale of survival of an American icon-the Greater Prairie Chicken. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on September 19, 2011.
About this project
LAST HOURS: PLEASE Help US Help Prairie & Prairie Birds!!!
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This is a 1 hr film intended for PBS & film festivals to begin a dialog on the fate of the Tallgrass Prairie and a bird we have identified as our hero: the Greater Prairie Chicken. This squat - no- dumpy 2 lb. bird saved the Pilgrims but is now greatly reduced. When do we as humans begin to act? Why do we wait until the last minute?
This film examines the history and biology of this bird and our contact with it- both beneficial and detrimental. We see suburban kids react to their first encounter with this bird, and then take a look at average people that we ask some very simple questions to. Noted Biologists, farmers and ranchers are also interviewed as we take a look at how our society operates in a world we too often think that we are independent of. Do urban/suburban people really get the big picture?
Everything is coming to a head in Kansas. How can we find a balance which allows ranchers to earn a living and yet accommodates the wildlife of these sweeping native grasslands? The wildlife has lived in these habitats for over a hundred thousand years, since the last Ice Age retreated.
Perhaps even more remarkable, is the non-migratory Greater Prairie Chicken. When we first arrived to the interior of the Continent, their ancestors greeted ours. But we'll save the surprise.
Can cellulose biofuels play a role in saving prairie and it's diversity? How would that effect the dwindling prairie species? How will intense wind power, or huge solar farms, oil and gas development effect the birds? We plant the seeds of these questions and offer some as an example of hope for change in agriculture and how we treat our native grasslands. In the long run, nearly all of these questions will have to be answered by private landowners. If everything is going to become a simple matter of using and abusing our earth until we have maximized our profits, then probably all prairie will disappear, our soils will erode and the prairie chickens are certainly doomed. However, if agriculture is truly a service industry, the power lies in choices made consciously by consumers in every convenience or grocery store, and every restaurant in America not just fast food. What do we want? How do we go about deciding consciously or unconsciously? What do we want our earth to look like?
Why we need your support:
We are now 98-99% complete with production. Some parts of production began in 2007, but during the last 2 years we were able to really pick up the pace.
Now the last standing hurdle to broadcast on PBS is the funds for post production. I have budgeted one last helicopter flight in the requested amount, but really the editing will take at least 3 months, and this is not done by amateurs. Completion of the film will be an "online" HD Master produced in a high end facility. Then we produce the DVD's (Blu-ray* & standard) and digital downloads for those of you who made this possible. We would like to include all the interviews- farmers, ranchers, biologists in these products.
We've put together some really cool rewards for all of you, so Please- help us get this Done!
Thanks So Much-
* Because of Blu-ray association fees we may produce a disk with all the content in Blu-ray format and which will only play on Blu-ray players but will be burned to a standard set of DVD -R disks.
We get no funds at all if we do not reach our goal in time.
We got this question in a private inquiry on Facebook: What conservation organizations have supported this film?
o far only American Bird Conservancy and Cornell Lab of Ornithology have provided any support at all. WE are thrilled that both of them, being oriented so strongly to both birds and Conservation are supporting us.
Beside the loan I took out, We've worked with private individuals to date. American Bird Conservancy has offered larger donors the option of having their donations be tax deductible. So we have had about $25,000 averaged out. The issue has been that it comes in all at once and then goes out suddenly too.
This Kickstarter project will finish all funding needed
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