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Following the annual journey that goats make from their farming lives in Tibet to their sacrificial deaths in Kathmandu, Nepal.

The Journey

Journey to Kathmandu began it's life in 2008 with a number of fundraisers and grant applications. In 2009, principal photography began and was completed thanks to supporters and a Regional Arts & Culture Council grant. Through the course of four years, the film took many shapes, as we edited various cuts of the film, diligently working to find the best story possible.  Finally, in July of 2013, Journey had its first public screening at the Hollywood Theater in Portland, OR.

'J2K' screening at the Hollywood Theater in Portland, OR
'J2K' screening at the Hollywood Theater in Portland, OR
'J2K' sold out screening - July 2013.
'J2K' sold out screening - July 2013.

Now that the film has been completed and had its initial screening, we want to get it out to as many people as possible.  This film has been several years in the making and now requires one final push to do just that!

The Beauty of Nepal

From the moment we first caught sight of Nepal from the airplane into Kathmandu, until the day that we took photos of the goats on our life-changing trek through the Himalayas, we knew that we were witnessing a very special place. Like few other countries that we have ever worked in, we were to be taken-in by the sheer beauty and warmth of both the geography as well as the people of Nepal. Because of this, it was always our hope that this be reflected not only in the film itself, but also in any materials that might be connected with the film.

Special Edition DVD and Soundtrack

Many people who were not able to make the one-day premiere screening of Journey in July have asked how they might be able to get a copy of the film. Well, now there is a way! Through here on Kickstarter, by contributing to these efforts, you will essentially be able to procure a digital copy or better yet, be the first to own a copy of the Special Edition DVD/CD package of Journey to Kathmandu.

We are incredibly proud of the efforts that are going in to the making of the DVD/CD package. We wanted to make the user experience as reflective of our Nepal experiences as possible, so included a great number of extras to this special edition. They include, but are not limited to, behind-the-scenes footage, deleted scenes, photography showcase, and the director’s commentary of the film.

One of the compliments about the film at the screening was the beauty of the original score.  Many wanted to know where we'd gotten such rich, authentic sounds for the film. The answer lay in the amazing work from established and talented local artists, Samuel D. Ross and Jared Jensen. The music that they created for the film gave soul to the beautiful visuals depicting the trek, the goats, and the people of Nepal. Because of its integral part in the film and because so many people asked about it, we decided to include a CD copy of the soundtrack with every Special Edition DVD.

We truly believe that the Special Edition DVD/CD as well as some of the other nice rewards (like the calendar and film stills) represent the people, goats, and landscape of Nepal in a way we best know how.

What Will The Kickstarter Funds Go To?

- DVD Design, Duplication & Distribution

- Film Festival Submissions

- Organizing a Regional Film Tour to Share the Film with Schools and     Communities

Our motivation is our belief in the project and our aim is to see it being utilized and enjoyed. All the money raised will go toward getting the film out to audiences.

Official Film Trailer

Official Journey to Kathmandu film trailer

Original Film Trailer

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Director's Bio

Chris G. Parkhurst has worked in the television, film and commercial production industry for over 10 years, but his most passionate projects are the documentaries he has worked on or produced over that time.

Most notably, Parkhurst spent six months in 2006 in Cambodia as a sound engineer for the Fulbright and State Department-sponsored documentary film, Bombhunters. A film that examines the lives of rural villagers who seek out and dismantle landmines to turn the scrap metal into meager profit. The film, which Parkhurst also edited, received a Sundance Documentary Institute Post Production Award.

This experience working on a film in a developing country led him to direct his own documentary, Journey to Kathmanduthrough his company Barang Films.

His next project, the Regional Arts & Culture Council-sponsored Elvis of Cambodia will explore the legacy and staying power of a country's biggest pop star, decades removed from his execution at the hands of the Khmer Rouge during the Cambodian Genocide.

Director and his work
Director and his work

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Though by nature the medium of film is inherently a risky venture, because the film itself is already completed, we do not foresee any problems in producing and distributing the film once funding is complete.

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