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THE STORY - 25 YEARS IN THE MAKING - CLYDE BUTCHER: Passion & Power of Photography is a feature length biographical documentary film on Clyde Butcher, an award-winning large-format black and white landscape photographer who has brought the wild and pristine environments of Florida and the United States to the minds and hearts of America and throughout the world in order to bring attention of the need to protect and preserve their natural wonder.

Elam Stoltzfus, the producer and cinematographer for the project, has known Clyde since 1989 and has filmed him every year since they first met—in a sense, this is a documentary that is 25 years in the making. The film is targeted for a national public television release.

WHY WE ARE MAKING THIS FILM

To share Clyde Butcher’s vision to inspire and educate others through his photography about the beauty of our planet. This is a filmmaker’s biographical documentary about his mentor. Travel along with us through Clyde’s personal journey along with his family and friends and learn how he creates his art that has inspired generations. As a Public Television-length documentary film, we will use interviews from Clyde’s family members as well as national policy makers and internationally recognized conservationists who collectively understand the importance of our environment as we tell a universal story of one man’s journey through love, loss and life.
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FILM GOALS - THE TOUGH STUFF

• Finish the film by February 2016.

• Release to our backers and distribute rewards shortly thereafter.

• Distribute the film on Video-On-Demand, DVD, and Blu-Ray by April 2016.

• Distribute the film to National Public Television for Earth Day 2016 release.

Our goal is to get the film out to our supporters sometime in March 2016 and have it ready for public television broadcast in April 2016.

WE NEED FUNDING FOR

1. Production & Post-Production

2. Research & Archival Footage

3. Kickstarter Fees & Rewards

4. Equipment Updates

5. Travel Expenses

LINKS TO LEARN MORE

Clyde Butcher Facebook I Elam Stoltzfus FaceBook I

HOW YOU CAN HELP - BE A VOICE - RALLY TOGETHER

We want to tell Clyde’s story, but we need YOUR help to finish the film. This is a chance to actively contribute and become part of our team over this next year by offering us your support. The goal of our documentary is for it to be a megaphone to propel Clyde’s message to a wider audience.

In order for this project to be successful, we ask you to please share this project on as many social media platforms as you can. We urge the use of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google +, Tumblr, e-Mails, phone calls, and good old-fashioned conversation! However you communicate, please share this project with those you know who care about conservation, photography, the arts, and Clyde Butcher's story.

International Backers: Please add $15 for shipping anywhere outside the USA.

Risks and challenges

This is an all-or-nothing campaign. Yes, it's risky, but we believe in this project and think that there are enough people who will rally with us to reach our goal. 

Risks and challenges include first and foremost getting the full amount of funding on Kickstarter to make the project. A big challenge is going to be sorting through all the archival images and photos and converting it into video format.

WHAT HAPPENS IF WE DON’T REACH OUR GOAL
If we don't reach our goal no rewards will be sent, and you will not be charged. You are only charged if we meet or exceed our goal. We must reach or exceed our goal or this film will not be made.

WHAT HAPPENS IF WE GO OVER OUR GOAL
We are asking for the bare minimum amount of money we need to finish this film. If we exceed our goal, we will use those funds to bring this comprehensive documentary to the highest level of excellence possible. One of our target goals is to have the film featured on PBS American Masters, and we would use Kickstarter funding to pursue this goal.

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    Access to Backers Only Updates + Documentary Poster Digital Download

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    All the Above, PLUS: MP3 Soundtrack Digital Download

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    All the Above, PLUS: HD Digital Download of the Film

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    All the Above, PLUS: HD Digital Download of "Big Cypress Swamp: The Western Everglades", a film by Elam Stoltzfus featuring Clyde Butcher

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    ***EXCLUSIVE OFFER!***

    "Apalachicola River: An American Treasure" coffee table book SIGNED by Clyde Butcher

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    All the Above, PLUS: HD Digital Download of "Photoshop Made Simple", a 150 minute tutorial by Clyde teaching photographers how to use Adobe Photoshop using his methods

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    "Apalachicola River: An American Treasure" coffee table book SIGNED by Clyde Butcher + "Apalachicola River: An American Treasure" DVD SIGNED by Elam Stoltzfus

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    ALL the Above, PLUS: HD Digital Download of"America the Beautiful", a video of Clyde revealing how he took some of his most iconic images across the United States

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    ***EXCLUSIVE OFFER!***

    All 5 one-hour Public Television projects that Clyde and Elam worked on together SIGNED by Elam Stoltzfus

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    All the Above, PLUS: Blu-Ray of the Film Signed by Clyde Butcher and the Film Crew + Thank You Credit in Film

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    All rewards up to $100 PLUS: a private guided swamp walk at Clyde's Big Cypress Gallery for you and up to 7 of your friends.

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    Private photography-based swamp walk at Clyde's Big Cypress gallery for you and up to 3 of your friends PLUS: HD Digital Download of "Photoshop Made Simple", a 150 minute tutorial by Clyde teaching photographers how to use Adobe Photoshop using his methods.

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    All the Above, PLUS: A Pair of Tickets to the Worldwide Premiere of the Film

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    3 night stay in Clyde Butcher’s Swamp Bungalow in Big Cypress AND a private swamp walk at the Big Cypress Gallery.

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    VIP TICKETS
    All Rewards up to $1,000, PLUS: A pair of VIP tickets to the worldwide premiere of the film where you will be invited to an exclusive pre-screening event with Clyde Butcher, Elam Stoltzfus, and the film crew

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    FILM SNEAK PEEK
    All Rewards up to $1,000, PLUS: You and a guest will have the opportunity to view a rough cut of the film with the film crew and offer your comments before the final cut.

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    A DAY ON THE SET
    All Rewards up to $1,000, PLUS: You and a guest will get to spend a day with the film crew when they film Clyde.

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    A DAY WITH THE SCREENWRITER
    All Rewards up to $1,000, PLUS: The screenwriter will travel to your location, let you read the script, discuss his process for writing the script, and answer any questions you may have. He will even come to your home and cook for you!

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    A DAY WITH THE EDITOR
    All Rewards up to $1,000, PLUS: You and a guest will get to see the film studio and have the editor explain the process of editing the film. The film crew will make dinner for you and also find local accommodations.

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    A WORKSHOP WITH THE PRODUCER
    All Rewards up to $1,000, PLUS: The producer will travel to your location and offer a workshop for you and up to 20 friends on film-making.

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    DARK ROOM TOUR AND LUNCH WITH CLYDE
    All Rewards up to $1,000, PLUS: You and three friends spend the day with Clyde in the darkroom discovering how Clyde prints those HUGE photographs. The day will include lunch with Clyde. Get your friends to help you with this one!

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    PRINT AN IMAGE WITH CLYDE
    All Rewards up to $1000, PLUS: Choose your favorite image of Clyde’s and spend the day in the darkroom printing that image with him. This image can be any size up to 36x46”. We will frame and ship it to you. This includes lunch with Clyde.

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
    All Rewards up to $1000, PLUS: Your name will be featured under the tag-line in the credits as Associate Producer.

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    SPECIAL SCREENING
    All Rewards up to $1000, PLUS: Clyde Butcher and the film crew will travel to your location and host a special screening and Q&A in a venue of your choice (with approval from Clyde and the crew). Get your friends to help you with this one!

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