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Last updated November 3, 2011

The Free Wheel Project

An exploration of the underbelly of America, an experiment in communal living and radical self reliance in the subcultures of the US.

The Free Wheel Project

An exploration of the underbelly of America, an experiment in communal living and radical self reliance in the subcultures of the US.

$800
pledged of $10,000pledged of $10,000 goal
8
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, April 22 2011 1:44 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated November 3, 2011

About

The Free Wheel Project is a mixed-media study that focuses on poverty and survival in subcultures (as a necessity of poverty) across the American South. I will be focusing on communities including cyclists, couch surfers, burners, anarchists/radical political communities and whatever other groups might help me along the way.

Starting this summer I will leave from Washington, DC to zig-zag, largely unplanned, across the southern US.  I hope to become largely integrated into these subcultures, as they exist separately and with much overlap, in different communities across the US and truly come to understand the meanings of both radical self-reliance (existing without any external means of support) and, on the other side of the spectrum, communal living. 

These ideas sometimes appear dichotomous but The Free Wheel Project seeks to investigate how one can survive off the economic grid- and expects the harsh reality of being alone on the road while still hoping to be propped up by the generosity of strangers as the trip progresses.

The Project aims to document this journey in a way only available in the modern age-through the medias of writing, photography, social networking and film all in the context of an interactive community.  While I as the traveler will be doing the writing, photography and providing the nexus for social involvement, I need your help to bring film into the equation

Film will play a huge role in the project, providing current clips as the journey progresses, but also, as an end goal, material to produce a feature length documentary that focuses on the subcultures and issues of poverty I will be exploring. 

The Free Wheel Project is community art, already intergrating content from people who are participant in my life and lifestyle, we hope to continue to create a larger community and aim to have a view from above in the form of film.

Already producers, cameramen, editors and composers have expressed interest in-and begun to sign onto- the project, and now I need your help in keeping it moving.  The approximate budget break down is $3,500 for video and audio equipment, $2,000 for gas so the crew can follow me, $3,000 for food expenses and $1,500 for shelter and other miscellaneous expenses of the crew.  None of this money will be going to me (the subject) to assist with my survival, nor for anyone's profit. 

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