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About this project
A documentary about the man behind the DOUBLE RAINBOW YouTube sensation and his unbelievable rainbow journey! We begin in Iceland...
We can only make this film with your participation!
Every contribution counts and please help us spread the word! We have hours and hours of material, safeguarding a magical and inspiring story that needs to be finished, told and shared with everyone! At this point, everything we have done has been with no budget, just pure passion. Join us to make this film a reality!
Early in 2010, Paul "Hungry Bear" Vasquez, a former firefighter, MMA fighter and today a sustainable-living farmer in Yosemite Park, posted a three minute video on Youtube of a double rainbow. In the following months the video caught the worlds attention and has now been viewed over 39 million times.
Intriguingly, it was not the double rainbow that caught the worlds attention in the video but Bears emotional reaction while filming. He is overwhelmed with joy and awe over the rainbow, starts crying and finally shouts out “What does it Mean?". For most people it would have been just a double rainbow but, as it turned out, Bear was on to something. The double rainbow did in fact have greater meaning, it would change his life forever!
That same year, a group of Icelandic high school students, loving the sincere happiness displayed in the video, contacted Bear and invited him to come to Iceland and become a patron of their school. They had funding to pay for his travels so Bear, having never before traveled out of North America, accepted.
Words from the director, Marsibil
"I got news that Bear was coming to Iceland and accompanied him with a small crew to film his Icelandic adventure. After five days of traveling in Iceland with Bear I knew that Bear's double rainbow story was so much more than a three minute viral video.
As a person, Bear is somewhat bigger than life, completely unshy with a rarely seen childlike joy and playful nature, for an adult. I found him to be genuinely real and sincere about everything he is. He could be the elder and the child, which fascinated me. Bear has, in a way, travelled many different roads in his past and has had to overcome enormous challenges, some of which seriously threatened his life.
I found myself wondering how the journey Bear was embarking on would effect him as a person. At this point he was on the verge of fame, money was coming in and opportunities were knocking on the door. Being invited to Iceland was only the beginning. Understandably It was all kind of overwhelming for Bear, a strange and uncommon time in his life which comes undeniably through in the footage we have.
We need to close the circle and visit Bear in Yosemite Park. The complete story wont be told unless we see where he is today. How has the double rainbow changed Bear and his life? The time is NOW!"
HOW YOUR CONTRIBUTION WILL BE USED
The plan is to go to Yosemite in May/June and visit Bear for at least a week while filming. Post-production is the next phase and then in November, because of you, we will have a premiere!
Equipment rental, crew & post production will make up a majority of the costs. We also want to buy additional footage we know about and is relevant to the story. Wouldn't it be beautiful if we would finish the film completely together the way the story deserves to be told?
HOW YOU CAN HELP!
1# YOU can PLEDGE! We need to reach our Kickstarter goal if we are to finish shooting the film and take it through post-production.
2# YOU can SPREAD the WORD! We would truly appreciate your help in getting the word out there to help us connect with those who share our interest. The more people that know about the campaign the more likely we are to succeed!
You can SHARE the campaign on TWITTER or FACEBOOK, "Like" us on Facebook and/or EMAIL this Kickstarter link to your friends or anyone who loves a feel good and inspiring story! We sincerely hope you will be a part of this epic double rainbow forever!
WHAT YOU GET IF YOU PLEDGE!
We hope you find a pledge that speaks to your heart! Whether it's a rainbow, a postcard from Iceland, a creative opportunity, a double rainbow T-shirt, your name in the film forever, a digital copy or a dvd of the film, a special pre-screening of the film, to be in the film, to stay with Bear in Yosemite or an associate- or executive producer title and tickets to the premiere with Bear and the crew.
Mostly, we hope you get the feeling of joy and good karma from knowing you contributed in making this film possible by helping us achieve our goal!
Kickstarter is the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world. Every Kickstarter project must be fully funded before its time expires. If we don't raise our goal, we don't get anything. We truly want to avoid this so please help us spread the word. Everything helps! When you pledge you don't actually pay until the goal is reached and the funding deadline has passed. When we meet our goal we will begin shooting the film and keeping everyone up to date along the way through our social media sites. Join us as we embark on this remarkable journey together.
MORE ABOUT BEAR
We named our production company "arCus films" because arcus means rainbow in latin. We work in co-production with the original crew in REC Studio Iceland. They have much experience in producing documentaries and most importantly, are really great guys! Here is more about us, the arCus films production team:
Director/Producer Marsibil Sæmundardóttir graduated in Project Management and Leadership Training from the University of Iceland and as a Coach before deciding she wanted to study filmmaking. She graduated as a writer/director from the Icelandic Film School after two years of studies.
Previously she co-founded her own company, a therapeutic center for young drug addicts in 1998 and managed it until 2006. Marsibil was a deputy councilor in the City Council of Reykjavik from 2002 -2010, her main emphasis being on human rights, gender equality and welfare. Marsibil’s films have been selected to numerous festivals in Iceland, Scandinavia and the US. Her second film FREYJA winning several awards.
-Marsibil has been a board member of WIFT ( Woman in Film and Television) in Iceland since 2011.
Producer Edda MacKenzie Kristinsson is a Canadian/Icelandic producer, director and actress. Graduating in 2006 with a BFA in Acting from the University of Windsor her interest soon turned from acting to directing and producing. In spring of 2013 she gratuated as a director/producer from the Icelandic film school. She has worked in production with a few Icelandic production companies, such as Pegasus, Ljósband and Ísfilm, on feature films and commercials as well as directed and produced a few of her own short films, The Embrace and Cold War in the Country Side ( in post-production).
Producer Svava Lóa Stefánsdóttir is a historian, living in Iceland, with M.A. in Applied Studies in Culture and Communication. She is one of the producers of “The Unicorn” a film by Marsibil Sæmundardóttir, now in post production. Svava also works as a Program Coordinator for the Reykjavik International Film Festival. Before that Svava worked at the Reykjavik Museum of Photography as well as doing some research for a couple of documentaries, one of them being “Árásin á Goðafoss”, 2009 by Björn Brynjólfur Björnsson, Jón Ársæll Þórðarson and Þór Whitehead.
CLICKABLE LINKS TO FOLLOW OUR DOUBLE RAINBOW JOURNEY
Risks and challenges
It is only the funding that is holding us back at this point and finding budget for a documentary is never easy, especially in little Iceland. The good part is that we've already shot half of the film here in Iceland. It is just not an option to give up at this point, what we have is just too good!
We are dedicated and we will make a beautiful and relevant film!
The only question is: Will we finish the film with full budget or with minimum budget and blood, sweat and rainbow tears? Either way we will make an amazing film! We sincerely want you to be a part of our rainbow! We can do this together! Yes we can!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
Pledge $5 or more
THANK YOU!! Everyone who supports us will get special e-mail updates about the project and a heartfelt "thank you" on our FB page and twitter!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $10 or more
A DOUBLE THANK YOU!
A rainbow will appear somewhere in the world, just for you, with wishes of miracles and waterfalls of abundance! You are now a member of THE DOUBLE RAINBOW FELLOWSHIP! Your name will appear in a special donor section on our website. We will also send you a personal "Thank you" tweet!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $15 or more
A POSTCARD FROM ICELAND! Since you are as bright and colorful as a rainbow we will send you a postcard from Iceland, with personal greetings and a heartfelt "thank you" from the director. We will also put your name in "The Double Rainbow Fellowship" on our website and send you a personal "Thank you!" tweet!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $20 or more
CREATE THE POSTER with us! We are collecting rainbows for the Rainbow Poster Collective on our website! Send us your personal digital picture of a rainbow, a drawing or a photo and we will put it with your name on our website. We are going to create a mosaic, using your rainbows, for the official film poster. You will get a digital copy of the poster and your name in "The Double Rainbow Fellowship" on our website. We will also send you a personal "Thank you!" tweet!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $30 or more
A DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the film once the film is released. This is what it's all about, the film! If you like fun, sincere and inspiring films about real people then this one has your name on it!
We will also put your name in "The Double Rainbow Fellowship" on our website and send you a personal "Thank you!" tweet!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $45 or more
A special edition DVD of the film once the film is released. We will also put your name in "The Double Rainbow Fellowship" on our website and send you a personal "Thank you!" tweet!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $75 or more
YOU ARE AMAZING! A very special THANK YOU in the end CREDITS of the film. A special edition DVD of the film once the film is released. We will also put your name in "The Double Rainbow Fellowship" on our website and send you a personal "Thank you!" tweet!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $110 or more
A DOUBLE RAINBOW T-SHIRT SIGNED BY BEAR! A very special thank you in the end credit list of the film. A special edition DVD of the film once the film is released. We will also put your name in "The Double Rainbow Fellowship" on our website and send you a personal "Thank you!" tweet!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $200 or more
SEE IT FIRST!
Two tickets to a Special pre-screening of the film, including a Q&A with Bear and the director in California. A very special thank you in the end credit list of the film and a special edition DVD of the film once the film is released. We will also put your name in "The Double Rainbow Fellowship" on our website and send you a personal "Thank you!" tweet! *Travel and accommodation not included.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $400 or more
A DOUBLE SPECIAL BACKERS "THANK YOU!" CREDIT in the film. This credit will be larger and listed in a separate category. Plus a special edition DVD of the film once the film is released and your name in "The Double Rainbow Fellowship" on our website. We will also send you a personal "Thank you!" tweet!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $1,000 or more
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BE PART OF THE FILM! Join Bear and our crew for a two hour nature walk while filming in Yosemite Park. We might see a double rainbow! Filming will take place in May/June 2014. *No travel cost included.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $3,000 or more
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VISIT BEAR AS A GUEST! A two night stay for two people with Bear at his home. Included is a guided tour with Bear through Yosemite Park and wonderful meals cooked by Bear with his home grown organic food.
*Time of stay to be arranged with Bear. Travel cost not included.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $5,000 or more
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AN ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDIT in the film! As you are now a huge part of the film you'll receive two tickets to the première of the film in California and enjoy an evening out with the crew after the screening. *Travel and accommodation not included.Estimated delivery:
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AN EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT in the opening credits of the film. As you are now one of the people that made this happen, your name will appear on posters, covers, credit-rolls ect. A trip to California to attend the film's premiere. Join the crew for dinner beforehand and then an evening out after the premiere.
*Flight/Hotel included if in Canada/US. *Only hotel included if international.Estimated delivery:
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