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.
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.
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!
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 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?
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 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.
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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.
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!
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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