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A documentary about the challenges facing an Oregon couple who are emptying their life savings to build the eco house of their dreams.
A documentary about the challenges facing an Oregon couple who are emptying their life savings to build the eco house of their dreams.
112 backers pledged $12,965 to help bring this project to life.

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Green: environmentally sound or beneficial

The Blues: music that has a melancholy sound from the use of blue notes

The Green Blues: an environmentally sound idea that has hit some blue notes.

We're Oregonians, and we're into sustainable living.  But even in the Pacific Northwest where green is in our cultural DNA, it's still not easy for average folks to build a truly sustainable house on a budget. So we set out to make a film that delivers that message through the trials and tribulations of two lively people who are risking it all to be as energy efficient as can be: net-zero energy. We believe there are a lot of people out there who would love to do more to decrease the carbon footprint of their homes, but encounter confusing "green washing" and economic barriers to really making that happen.  It's time to show what really happens to regular people when building green and the budget collide.

If you are into conservation, sustainable living and have the D.I.Y. spirit, you will love this film. This is the first film on sustainable building that tells a good story packed with information and humor about the struggles of average Americans, building a green home on a budget.  It is compelling enough to really make a difference in merchandising sustainable home building products to be more affordable and accessible for folks out there who want to go green but can't afford it.

Why we need your help

Construction has been delayed, and we have run out of money to finish the film. We need $12,000 to pay for 6 more shoot days and edit time. After three years of living in their temporary cabin, Milt and Chris are hoping to move  into the eco house of their dreams.

PLEASE HELP US RAISE MORE MONEY TO FINISH THIS IMPORTANT FILM!

More about This Film:

The Green Blues: When Building Green and the Budget Collide is a one hour film following a quirky Oregon couple in their sixties, who are defying retirement to build the eco house of their dreams with their life savings. As construction costs grow and their savings dwindle, the Ritters face difficult choices, personal stress and the real possibility that this house will never be finished.  

Milt and Chris Ritter dream of an eco house designed and constructed with materials that are resource efficient and won’t compromise the health or well-being of the environment or anyone who enters the property. They have set out to build a passive solar house, green enough to be deemed a net-zero energy building that creates as much energy as it consumes.  But they soon realize that for average Americans like themselves, navigating the complicated, sometimes misleading green construction market is anything but easy. Despite the growing popularity of sustainable living, the concept of net-zero has yet to go mainstream in the homebuilding trade – even in Oregon; a national leader in sustainable living.  In terms of being green, dreaming is the easy part.

Where can I learn more about this project?

You can visit the film’s website: http://thegreenblues.com to learn more about this production and our company, One Nation Films, LLC. 

If the funding goal is fulfilled, when will my card be charged?

Midnight August 16, 2011

Is my pledge amount publicly displayed?

No. Only you and the project creator will be able to see your pledge amount.

If I donate, when can I redeem the incentive?

All incentives, big and small, will only happen if our goal is met. When we do meet our goal, after we cross our deadline, we will immediately begin processing and completing incentives for everyone involved. You will get a message from us requesting information from you, like your address, etc. At that time, please reply to us as soon as possible so that we can complete your pledge reward. Some rewards, like the DVDs of the film can only happen after the film is completed so this will take a bit of time.

What if I don’t want the incentive, I just want to support?

No problem, there is a button that you can select if you don’t want the reward.

Can we exceed the goal?

YES! Exceeding our goal would enable us to make an even better film. There is no limit to the money we can raise as long as it is pledged before the deadline. We have set our goal at the low end, so if we can exceed it,that would truly be a dream come true.

Can I increase my pledge once it’s been made?

YES! Once you donate to our campaign, you may want to change your incentive reward to a different one, or increase your pledge amount. To do so, go to Kickstarter and sign in. If you go to our campaign page, the green “Back This Project” button has been replaced with a blue “Manage Your Donation” button. Click on it and you can enter a new amount, or choose a new incentive.

Who does the money go to?

Every penny (minus the fees for Kickstarter’s involvement) will go directly to “The Green Blues” film budget! Your money goes directly to the funding of this film.

I'm not in the US. Can I still pledge to projects?

Yes. You can pledge from anywhere.

How do I contact you?

Please email us: moreinfo@thegreenblues.com

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    CD of the sound track by Mike Midlo OR the T-shirt AND bumper sticker

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    CD of soundtrack and DVD of the documentary

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    NEW!! (As of July 21st) Be a party guest at the Ritters' home where all the contractors will be attending. Light bites, opportunities to meet the contractors and tours of the home abound!

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    NEW!! (As of July 21st) Receive an end credit in the film!! PLUS be a party guest at the Ritters' home where all the contractors will be attending. Light bites, opportunities to meet the contractors and tours of the home abound!

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Funding period

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