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Adventure travel TV series about 2 friend's record setting journey through South America in the worst vehicle ever invented
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Hi.

My name is Adrian and he's Dustin. That's confusing, I'm the guy on the right, he's on the left. We are friends, adventurers and filmmakers, and we've got some big plans!

We are creating a 12 episode travel doc series about our attempt to drive a 198cc Auto Rickshaw the length of South America.  

We have worked hard to raise the majority of the funding to shoot the series through private investment, savings and sponsors but we need YOUR help to get us over the top!

Rickshaw South will be the sequel to Around the Next Bend, our 12 episode travel series that aired on Travel & Escape, Adventure HD, Radx and Discovery Civilization in over 15 countries around the world.

Rickshaw South will be a hilarious, intimate portrait of two regular guys attempting something equally astonishing and foolish.   

The rickshaw is a ridiculous feat of engineering and we love every part of it. Look at this thing. It has 3 wheels, no doors and a lawnmower for an engine. In all reality it shouldn't be used to navigate a parking lot let alone a transcontinental expedition. But that’s what makes it an adventure, if success is guaranteed then what’s the point? Topping out around 40km per hour and prone to constant breakdowns it will inevitably become the 3rd character on our trip. 

Since we are literally driving a taxi, we want to pick people up along the way. These encounters will help shape our route as we head south, taking us to places impossible to plan for and into experiences we could never imagine. 

The Route- 6 countries, 10000kms
The Route- 6 countries, 10000kms

We will start at the northern tip of South America, a coastal desert on the border of Colombia and Venezuela, then head south, driving over 10,000kms through Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Chile before crossing the finish line in Ushuaia, Argentina, the end of the road and the southern most city in the world. The expedition will take 5-6 months.

With no crew and no experience driving the machine, the show will be a raw, undeniably true look at what it takes to complete such a journey. The cameras will always be rolling, documenting the highs and lows that go hand in hand with such an adventure. The story will focus on our relationship with each other, the rickshaw, the environment and the incredible people we meet along the way. 

During the trip we will pass some of the world’s most iconic sites. But this show is not about these fantastic places. This show is about all the places in between. 

The Website

We are creating a totally interactive website that will enable you to virtually ride along with us.  You will be able to see everything we are going through as we are going through it. This will be achieved by GPS maps that show our location as well as geo-tagged photos and video. A statistics page will let you know all the details you could possibly ask for from how many times we have broken down, to how many hours of footage we have shot. Anything weird and specific you want us to keep track of? Let us know and we will add a counter for it!

The Backstory

A few years ago we filmed our adventure rowing a 12’ inflatable raft over 2500kms down the Ganges River in India and Bangladesh. It was a hair-brained scheme that was born over a bottle of vodka and a game of chess. We had agreed in principle but our fates were sealed when we found a cheap raft on Ebay and bought it together. It felt like a very slow game of chicken: who would blink first. No one blinked, and by the time we realized we probably should have we were stuck in the middle of the Ganges River with no food, no idea what we were doing and no other way out then Dhaka, 2500kms down the river. 10 months later, over 70 pounds lighter, and with more close calls then we care to remember, we rowed into Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh.

We call this fat Adrian/skinny Adrian
We call this fat Adrian/skinny Adrian

We were incredibly lucky, there was no way we should have been able to complete the expedition. Fortunately, around almost every bend in the river we ran into incredible people who helped us get closer to our goal. Without the love, help and generosity of these amazing people we would not have survived. The experience was unbelievable and we filmed every minute of it. We had a great team at home who were able to take over 160 hours of footage and create something special.  We have the same fantastic team now and they will make sure Rickshaw South is something special.

The feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Viewers felt the show was “real.” They knew they were watching something genuine unfold and had an emotional attachment to the journey and us.

“A fabulous adventure journey with joy in simplicity and raw realities. Your (Dustin and Adrian) personalities both compliment the spoken and unspoken dialogue with an unfiltered connection with those you meet along the water as well as the communities. Thoroughly enjoying the show and living it vicariously through the tele. * Have spent 40 years travelling the globe and your show is REAL!! Thanks” -Lynn (Travel+Escape website)

Around the Next Bend aired on Travel & Escape, Adventure HD, Radx and Discovery Civilization in over 15 countries around the world.

Check out more info @ www.aroundthenextbend.com

Why it's going to be Awesome

Rickshaw South is Around the Next Bend on 3 wheels. The task is just as absurd in nature and the adventure will be filled with all the same things that made Around the Next Bend great: Stupidity, danger, friendship, persistence, failure and success. Everyday will be a learning experience; you will see our mistakes, cheer our successes and ride shotgun with us on this adventure of a lifetime. 

This is not another reality TV show.  This story is REAL. No contrived drama, no set up situations, no manipulative editing. There will be plenty of drama, there will be plenty of dangerous situations and there will be intense conflict. But these instances will be real, true. On an adventure like this we do not need to manufacture these situations, they occur naturally.

Around the Next Bend was an experiment. No one really knew what was going to happen. We had no experience in front of or behind the camera, no experience on a boat, no experience on the water; everything was brand new. Luckily, Around the Next Bend turned out to be a success. We will build on everything we learned while filming the first series to make sure Rickshaw South is even better.

Why we need your help

Even with a series under our belt we can’t walk into an executive’s office and walk out with a production deal.

Just like Around the Next Bend we need to get the show shot before we are really able to sell it. Things could go very wrong, very quickly. Thats what makes it an adventure, that's what makes it something people will want to watch. We can’t tell anyone what will happen in the third block of the 6th episode because we really don't know, and that makes it hard to secure a deal before it is shot. Rickshaw South will be a great show, but we need to get the footage in the can before we have a realistic chance to get a broadcaster on board.

The cost to get down to South America and shoot this thing is hovering around 52,000 dollars. That is straight up costs. Nobody getting paid, no frills, just the basics we need to get it done.  

We are heavily personally invested in the project and are super excited to have some private investment as well as some great sponsors onboard. But we need YOUR help to get us over the top!

Travelling in South America is cheap, but camera equipment is not. 

Its actually really expensive. In order to have a high quality product we need to start with high quality gear.

Here is a breakdown of the costs associated with getting the trip shot.

 Who are we?

 DUSTIN CORKERY

After getting his first taste of Asia at the age 20, the product of Regina, Saskatchewan was smitten. His appetite for traveling grew as his attention span in the classroom waned. Unable to stay in school for more than a few semesters at a time, Dustin found purpose in being lost overseas. His relentless pursuit of imperfection and disorganization has led him on numerous expeditions of dubious nature. Dustin’s true talent lies in owning maps and guidebooks, but being too lazy to open them. Once en route to Israel from Egypt, Dustin thought it more convenient to enter through the Gaza Strip than a beach resort on the Red Sea. In 2009, through an act of divine intervention, Dustin finally passed a Statistics class and received his BA in Psychology from the University of Regina. He moved to Taiwan in 2010, where he currently teaches English.

 ADRIAN TRAQUAIR

Adrian has felt like a nomad ever since he can remember, having lived in 3 provinces before the age of 10. He was never able to sit still and at an early age was diagnosed with ADD. Sort of makes sense since his mind constantly wonders to far off lands and the “what ifs “of hair brained schemes. Researching anything from the fuel economy of old motorcycles to the logistics of crossing dodgy land borders. When Adrian is not travelling or attempting something foolish he is most likely planning for his next (mis)adventure. Adrian has worked in the film industry in Saskatchewan for the last 9 years.

The Rewards

When the campaign is successful you will be sent an survey to choose your colour/size Blu Ray/DVD options.

All physical rewards(the shirts, blu rays, stickers) will be ordered when the campaign ends.  All rewards associated with the show and filming will happen/be sent during the filming from October 2015 to March 2016.

Shipping times will very based on location.

T-SHIRTS
 

American Apparel Tri-Blend track shirt.

Sizes available from XXS to XXL

Around the Next Bend DVD/Blu Ray

12 episodes on 2 DVDs or Blu Rays.  Not available anywhere but this kickstarter page!

The discs will be encoded as NTSC so they will work on any North American player.  If you live in a PAL area check your DVD/Blu Ray player.  It seems like most can now play NTSC encoded video.  

Your Face on the Rickshaw!

After the campaign is complete we will contact you with a email address and details of what we need.  After that we will do a little photoshopping and send your face to the printers.  The size on the rickshaw will be approx 3"x 3".

Be in the Show!

Please email us before selecting this reward.  There is a lot of logistics that will need to get figured out.  19 years and older.

Local Pickup

If you are in the Regina, Sk area and would like to pick up your rewards we can provide you with an address to do that.  Unfortunately Kickstarter doesn't have a pickup option. But if you let us know, we can give back the shipping charge when you pick up.

Do you want more then 1 of an item?

Email us and we can figure out how to get you what you need and save on shipping!

Cheers!

Risks and challenges

We are setting out to do something incredible, but with that comes risk. There is a very small chance that something goes drastically wrong and the trip gets cut short. We will mitigate these risks by preparing properly, doing the research and having health/evacuation/gear insurance policies in place before we start. We are also hellbound to make it to the finish, and will do everything in our power to make sure we get there.

There is also a risk that after completing the trip we will not get a broadcaster on board. We are very optimistic that this will not be the case, but if for some reason it is we will edit the footage into a feature length documentary and you will still be able to watch the trip in all of its glory....with less commercial breaks.

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    WE'LL TURN YOUR NAME INTO SOMETHING DIRTY

    We will use your name as a curse word at some point on the trip. We'll scream it out in frustration, in joy, whatever circumstances apply. Hey, maybe it will even make it into the final cut. "Son of a Devlin Williams!" "TIFFANY!" etc etc

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    YOUR VERY OWN RICKSHAW!

    Well not really, but we will send you a sweet vinyl die cut sticker of the Rickshaw South logo and you can stick it where ever you like. Bonus points for creativity!

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    RANDOM THOUGHTS ON A RANDOM POSTCARD

    At some point on the trip we will send you a unique, rambling, handwritten postcard from whatever random post office we are in front of.

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    SWAG! WELL A TSHIRT ANYWAYS

    Awesome soft and sexy American Apparel T-shirt with the Rickshaw South logo on it. The AA tri-blend shirts are the most comfortable shirts ever. No shrinking, no itching, nothing but pure comfort.

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    AROUND THE NEXT BEND BLU RAY SET

    A limited edition signed Blu Ray set of our first series! Watch the first adventure in mouth watering/stomach turning HD. Only available on Kickstarter. Also available on DVD if you're into that kind of thing.

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    COMBO MADNESS!

    Blu Ray set of Around the Next Bend and the Rickshaw South T-Shirt. Wear it, watch it! Hey, it's cheaper this way.

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    YOUR FACE ON OUR RICKSHAW!

    Send us a pic of your face and we will stick it on the rickshaw. Your face will be along for the ride, and probably on TV!

    You will also get the Blu Ray of ATNB and the Rickshaw South T-shirt.

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    YOUR FACE(S) ON OUR RICKSHAW!

    Same as 'Your face on our rickshaw' but up to 4 pics so the whole family can ride along! Don't have a family? Thats ok, dogs, cats, ferrets its all good.

    Obviously the Blu Ray of ATNB and the Rickshaw South T-shirt as well.

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    THE FULL MEAL DEAL!

    You want it supersized? You got it!

    Exclusive first look access to RICKSHAW SOUTH series(when complete)

    The STICKER
    The POSTCARD
    The T-SHIRT
    The BLU-RAY

    We will even curse your name for free!

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    CHEAPEST ADVERTISING YOU WILL GET!

    Got a business? Looking for a write off? We will stick a small bumpersticker sized logo of your company of the Rickshaw and will guarantee that it makes it into the final cut!

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    SUPER JUNIOR ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

    All the rewards of "FULL MEAL DEAL" plus your name in the credit sequence of each episode as "Super Junior Associate Producer!"

    We want to thank you in person from somewhere in South America. So lets Skype sometime. We really want to say thanks.

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    MARRIAGE COUNSELLING

    We will live stream a session with a marriage counsellor half way through our trip!

    We aren't married, and we're not a couple but we are gonna need it! Going on a week long vacation with someone is tough enough. 6 months in a rickshaw together is gonna test the limit of our friendship.

    Nothing like airing out all your dirty laundry for the world to see.

    You will also get full credit in the live stream as "marriage counselling provided by"

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    SPLICED IN THE SHOW

    Have you watched Fight Club? You know that thing Tyler Durden used to do when he worked at the theatre? Ya, we will do that with you. Clothes on please.

    Send us a picture and well will insert it into the final cut of an episode. It will be quick, 1/30 of a second, but for that frame it will be you, all you. 1 available per episode.

    You will also get all the perks of "FULL MEAL DEAL"

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    NAME THE RICKSHAW!

    Pretty self explanatory. You name the rickshaw and as long as its not too derogatory or offensive we will vinyl it across the top of the windshield and will refer to the silly machine by the name you pick for the entire trip.

    You will also get all the perks of "FULL MEAL DEAL"

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    KEEP US ALIVE!

    This will enable us to get invaluable rescue/evacuation insurance. If something does go terribly wrong this will make sure we have the best chance of coming home, in one piece.

    You will get all the rewards of the "FULL MEAL DEAL" plus a credit on the series as "Evacuation Insurance Provided by"

    Our mothers thanks you in advance.

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    BE IN THE SHOW!

    We will buy you a return airline ticket from anywhere in North America to come join us for a week on the rickshaw. You will not be staying in the Ritz, probably just on the floor of the tent, but we can guarantee it will be an adventure! Use this as an excuse to come explore South America. We will get you there and get you home, but why not do some exploring while you're down. We will kick you off the rickshaw in a week, but stay as long as you want, there're plenty more comfortable ways to check out the sites! PLEASE EMAIL US FOR DETAILS.

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    BE A PRODUCER!

    Want to be in show biz? We can do that for you. Full producer credit in the series, name on IMDB. Hell, we will even CC you on all the emails that are flying around. Welcome to this magical, mysterious world. Good Luck.

    As well as all the perks of "FULL MEAL DEAL"

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