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NEWEST CYCLING DOCUMENTARY -- "Overcoming Mountains" Crossing China Check out the newest International Cycling Documentary; "Overcoming Mountains"! Watch as 3 normal people embark on an extraordinary adventure to bike across China in. We'll bring you stunning never before seen footage of the Chinese countryside, along with personal interviews of the amazing people we meet along the way; uncovering where their struggles come from, where they find hope, and just exactly what it takes to be someone that's Overcoming Mountains!

Back us on Kickstarter to get your exclusive rewards and a copy of this once-in-a-lifetime HD film.

See the Documentary Website for more Answers -www.OvercomingMountains.com-

In this documentary, we'll be riding across China on bikes, yes that's right bikes! Starting in the Northwestern Province of Xinjiang we're riding from the city of Urumqi, through the Gobi desert, over the northern himalayan plateaus, down to panda country in the southern province, and continuing all the way to Shanghai.

But this isn't just an adventure. Its a story of perseverance; a story of continuing on in the face of struggles; a story of encouragement. Being faced with challenges and difficulties is something that we can all relate to; debt, depression, financial failings to marital failings; challenges are awaiting us as though mountains upon a road called life.


Follow the crew as they Travel, un-assisted, over 4,300 miles, to cycle across China. We'll be documenting our journey and, along the way, be getting the chance to interview people in China to discover what their struggles are, where they find joy, and what keeps them going.

"In this film you'll see a unique glimpse into the lives of 5 individuals who's story of hardship, joys, hope, and triumph will leave you looking at your own life, looking for Just One Little Thing to press on and Overcome the Mountains." 

This is the perfect gift for those who are facing struggles in their lives, who feel overwhelmed by things at work, or in your family life. You aren't alone in these difficulties, that's just life. And hidden within you is an amazing human ability to endure; to continue on in the fight, and "Overcome the Mountains". 

We're so convinced the human ability to persevere in stronger than our will to give in and quit.

"Though it seems daunting, this too shall pass."
"Though it seems daunting, this too shall pass."

Why are we choosing to 'bike' across China? We think there's something freeing about it. The self-reliant power that comes from having to propel yourself along the road on your strength and persistance alone. We Think there's something empowering about going through life like this; that no matter how much money we have or how many things adorn our life it comes down to the strength of character found within a each person. Whether or not it's come into your life already or not, there's a time, when each human being has to look deep down, and make a choice. They must choose what kind of person they're going to be. We're not defined by a one-time life changing event, or choice, but instead by the continued choices which strengthen our character; choices which allow us to stare back at the giants looking at you, and to overcome the mountains that lie before you. 

To start off, no, we are not super athletes. Before Heleen met Cory, a bike was just something she used to go buy milk if she was out of gas. Now it's become one of her favorite pastimes. She says, "It's pretty awesome knowing how far your own legs can take you! (with some mechanical help) As you all know, China is a pretty huge country. "Why travel by bike?" I hear you ask. We say, "Why Not!?" We wanted to have an experience that you have to work for. We didn't want the "cosy-comfy-latte-in-a-Starbucks" kind of trip, (those can be great, no judgement here) but we wanted a "nitty-gritty-when-do-we-get-there-where-am-I-going-to-setup-my-tent-tonight" kind of trip. And we suspect this trip will be exactly that!

So, Why Bikes? Why not just drive? Why make a documentary at all? Because we've made a choice, a choice to embrace difficulty instead of hiding from it, push ourselves to the limit, and document it for your enjoyment :) So that you can be encouraged to embrace whatever difficulty, whatever mountain, comes your way next... and overcome it. Finding Just One Little Thing that gets you through to the next day. 

Cory -- Team Leader / Trip Logistics

Cory Marshman in Mongolia
Cory Marshman in Mongolia

Heleen -- Lead Photographer

Heleen and Cory together in Cambodia
Heleen and Cory together in Cambodia

Joshua -- Lead Videographer

Joshua Marshman exploring around the world!
Joshua Marshman exploring around the world!

This is going to happen, and we want you to be a part of it. It's not as fun doing an adventure if you go alone. And this trip will produce more than just an awesome Kickstarter film; it'll bring a film out into the world to motivate, inspire, encourage and empower. Don't you think our world needs a little bit more of this going?

We've Got the Tickets... We've Got the Visa... This is Happening! Come be a part of the Journey!
We've Got the Tickets... We've Got the Visa... This is Happening! Come be a part of the Journey!

Anything and Everything makes you a part of the team. Back us and become a part of this hope bringing, life changing, documentary; become a part of the next great adventure!

  ~ Social-ize it! ~

We're currently talking to travel and film companies to get products sponsored. But we need your backing to show them that people really want to see this. Spread the word around and Get your friends to check us out. Write on our facebook page, email someone the link, or tweet-ledee a  fun tweet and get a cool prize. 

Whoever has the Best Tweet or Facebook Post about "Overcoming Mountains" will get acknowledged in the movie credits! 

Be sure to tag me in the tweet #JoshuaMarshman, or, fb: 'www.facebook.com/Overcoming Mountains' to win!

  • We'll start in the great Northwest city of Urumqi, 
  • Travel through the Gobi desert, 
  • Navigate the mountains in the northern plateaus of the Himalayas, 
  • Cross down to the southern cities of Chengdu and Kunming where the Panda's live, 
  • Then, Continue on a little more N. East to the well known metropolis of Shanghai. 

"Over 4,300 miles in less than 3 months, this monolithic undertaking in surely an adventure worth documenting. "

The Road Untraveled. Our given route for the journey.
The Road Untraveled. Our given route for the journey.

Not only will we be filming, photographing, and yes of course cycling, but we'll also be discussing our personal emotions throughout the venture to give a comparison from the literal mountains that we are facing to the emotional, financial, or relational mountains that we can all face everyday.

We're going to be sleeping in houses, hostels, tents, and hotels; making sure to keep the lowest budget possible to return the highest quality film to you for the lowest turn around cost. 

"It's not just art to be enjoyed, it's a story comparing life's real struggles, to the very realistic struggles that we will face during this cross country trip."

Josh Garrels

http://joshgarrels.bandcamp.com/

Kaia Nutting

The tickets have already been bought. The main things now are:

LIGHTER, MORE DURABLE CAMERA RIGS, so that we can bring you those great in-action shots on the bike. 

TRAVEL GEAR: Newer lighter lighting rigs, quality durable audio recording, and another camera for lightweight on the road cinematography.

PROTECTIVE CASINGS for all of the video equipment... just in case we take one of those dreaded crashes we're trying to avoid.

BIKING EQUIPMENT there are some older things which need to be replaced or outfitted on out bikes to allow us to make the epic journey, both before and during our trip. Because everyone needs to be equipped when taking their adventure.

POST PRODUCTION COSTS, since we're planning on getting this put together and out to you in 3-6 months after filming we're really going to bring out all the stops on developing, editing, and producing this thing to get it back to you on time.

(*Feel free to Contact Me if you want to see a detailed spending plan)

This is the perfect gift for those who are facing struggles in their lives, who feel overwhelmed by things at work, or in your family life. You aren't alone in these difficulties, that's just life. And hidden within you is an amazing human ability to endure; to continue on in the fight, and Overcome the Mountains that you're facing.

Risks and challenges

As with many traveling expeditions, there are always a number of unknown challenges to overcome. It seems that the number one thing required of a world traveller is... well a passport, but then NEXT is versatility. Never quite knowing for sure what the new country or culture will throw your way.

CHALLENGES:
>>While some may think that going to film in an foreign country would be a challenge, but we welcome the challenge. Given our combined 15 years of international travel experience with a grand total of 67 countries visited by our team, we are excited about the adventure awaiting this new cultural experience and look forward to finally bringing you a feature length film of the world outside.

Language: The language barrier may provide a few difficulties for trying to navigate the team through some of the more rural provinces of the country.

>> But Cory and Heleen have lived in Shanghai for over a year; getting to know the culture, language, and learning the road systems leading up to this trip.

RISKS:
Weather can be unpredictable and unruly, especially when doing an outside film shoot. But we are convinced to bringing you all the best film we can, rain or shine. Like the Mailman says, "Rain, sleet, snow, or shine, we'll get your documentary to you on time."

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