Funded! This project was successfully funded on December 15, 2011.

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Bimblebox is new documentary film by US film maker Michael C O'Connell on the detrimental impact of coal expansion in Australia.

Huge thanks to all our supporters! We reached our conservative goal of $7500. Can you help us reach our new goal of $10 000? See below for our updated budget.

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Haw River Films and the owners of Bimblebox Nature Refuge have teamed up to produce a film aimed at drawing international attention to the issue surrounding the huge expansion of coal and coal seam gas mining in Australia (particularly the expansions planned in Queensland and New South Wales). We need your support to help promote and distribute the completed feature documentary film to a broad audience. The Bimblebox Nature Refuge lies in the path of what will be the earths largest coal mines. One woman, Paola Cassoni, decides to resist the "China First" project that will destroy her Nature Refuge and supply energy to Asia for the next thirty years. Paola's decision brings the  viewer on a tour of Australia's "Quarry Vision".

At this critical time, when so much coal and coal seam gas expansion is planned in Australia, this film aims to win the hearts and minds of the people, exposing the destructiveness of this industry to our climate, communities and environment. It tells the stories of the people fighting for their homes and culture. Australia is the worlds largest exporter of coal supplying one third of the worlds supply. It is impossible to address climate change without looking at Australia's role in the planets climate future.

The film features many prominent members of the debate against coal expansion in Australia including Guy Pearce (Global Change Institute), Ove Hoegh-Guldberg (University of Queensland) and Matthew Wright (Beyond Zero Emissions).

Not just a "coal is bad" film. Bimblebox features solutions from Beyond Zero Emissions and their vision of Australia as the Saudi Arabia of renewables, instead of the Saudi Arabia of coal. They offer a captivating, verifiable, alternative.

Bimblebox is artfully shot and features the music of Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu. The film features landscapes that would be destroyed if the mining expansions go ahead and provides a first-hand glimpse of the growing protest movement against the expansions.

Where the money will go:

The film has been produced on a shoestring budget - without compromising on quality. We are now raising funds for promotion and distribution.

Budget:

$700 For film festival submission fees.

$2 000 for production of DVDs

$3 000 for promotion (website, grassroots screenings)

$1 800 for music licensing

Original total: $7 500

$1 000 to cover fees associated with making the film broadcast ready

$1 500 for Paola (from Bimblebox Nature Refuge) and other experts to travel to screenings all over the country to spread the word

New target: $10 000

Thankyou for supporting this important project to not only help protect Bimblebox Nature Refuge but also the much larger fight against the expansion of the fossil fuel industry in Australia.

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