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CarLess in L.A. is a documentary about a woman who goes without a car in Los Angeles for 80 days...and survives to tell the tale.

We are raising money to turn eighty hours of unedited footage into a finished documentary movie. We will only get funded if we reach the entire $10,000 goal by May 22 at 9:01 PM.  Help make it happen!  Donate by clicking on the green Back This Project button --->  

Thank you!

****NEW REWARD-- For every $100, you will receive a Live Skype Caricature Portrait of you or your loved ones.  (Up to 5 people)  For more info, go to carlessinla.com.  And check out Gene Hamm's artwork at hammcamcaricatures.com  -- He'll be doing animation for the movie!

Yay!  

THE BRIEF SYNOPSIS: In the documentary, CarLess in L.A., Katie Rogers attempts the impossible:  to go car-free in a city where cars are everything.

HER GOAL: To have zero carbon emissions via transportation for 80 days. Not even the cinematographers could emit carbon!  (They followed Katie via bike and bus.)

WHERE IT IS NOW: We have over 80 hours of footage.  Really funny footage. With some priceless interviews.  And lovely L.A. shots.  And cool bike scenes. And side-splitting, sometimes shocking moments.  A great story waiting to be told.

The camera was a Sony digital HD so that the movie could make it to the big screen. All of the footage has been captured into Final Cut Pro.  Much has been logged and a loose assemblage has been made.  

Now all we need is to hire a savvy editor to string it all together in an entertaining way to get us to the next stage -- which is the film festival route!  

THE MESSAGE:  This movie highlights the impact we humans – and the cars we drive – have on our planet.  But more than that, CarLess in L.A. is a look at the impact that our cars have on us as a society and a culture.  I mean, let's face it:  no one likes to sit in traffic, breathe smog, look for parking, nor buy gas. 

After going completely car-free for 80 days, Katie Rogers experienced firsthand the public transit system of Los Angeles, with all its benefits and fallbacks.  She discovered the beauty of the city from the seat of a bicycle.  And she walked.  Like Magellan and Columbus encountered new worlds, she too felt like the explorer.  However, the expedition was, not oceans away, but just outside her front door.

Was it easy?  No way!  It was downright difficult!  Until Katie hit her stride, that is...

As Mayor Penalosa of Bogota, Columbia says in his interview, "Cities are either built for people...or they are built for cars."  

Can you guess which one Katie thinks is better?  Can you guess which one Los Angeles is?!?

THE TASK:   Yay, Kickstarter!  We set the goal at $10,000 because we know we can get it done for this amount.  $10,000 will get us a good editor, some archival footage, some cool graphics, and a soundtrack...and the movie to you!  If we happen to raise more (Praise Jesus!), then we can use the funds for higher quality everything, plus the costs to send it to film festivals.  Or heck, maybe we'll take it on the road (...cycling cross-country, anyone?)  

               Oh, and a big shout out of THANKS to Chris Silagyi of Los Angeles who edited the trailer you viewed here.  Mahalo!  

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    An e-book written by Katie Rogers on How To Be An Awesome Eco-Commuter! Will include tips on biking, riding public transit, and carpooling with co-workers -- humor included. ALSO Regular email updates for special people like you + Your name will appear on the Thank You list on our website + lots of smiley faces from us.

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