About this project
Elevating the Dog Human Connection
Dog Power. It’s a passion shared. Dozens of dog breeds, men, women, young, old, world-class athletes from all nationalities and athletes with disabilities are taking to the world’s landscapes and shattering the horizon. This is the first film in a series that will take you to the frontier of sled dog sports and give you an introduction to the world’s fastest sprint sled dogs, their human teammates, and the incredible variety of dog-powered sports they are involved in. You will meet a diverse group of dogs and humans who share the common passion of living, working, and playing together in the ultimate manifestation of the human-animal bond. Tens of thousands of mushers from over one hundred countries participate year round in canicross, scooterjoring, bikejoring, cart racing, skijoring, sprint and distance sled racing. From Quebec, Canada to Adelaide, South Australia to Bogota, Columbia, dog lovers have formed clubs and are posting exciting pictures and stories about their dog-powered events on social media.
Until now, knowledge of the people, dogs, and the possibilities of dog power has been relatively inaccessible to the average dog lover. We are making this groundbreaking movie series because we believe that people across the world deserve to know more. The world of dog-powered sports has never been so close to being accessible to people everywhere. We are asking for your support so that together we can help bring dog-powered sports to people and dogs all across this beautiful planet.
What we Believe
We believe in the relationship. We believe that our quality of life is better when we run, bike, scooter, ski, and train with our canine companions. We also believe that even the simplest of dog-powered sports gives animal lovers everywhere access to the amazing relationship that can be developed when dogs and humans play and race together.
We want to increase awareness. We believe that there are many dog lovers and athletes around the world who would become involved in dog-powered sports if they knew more about the dogs, the equipment and the thousands of other athletes and international competitors who are already involved. We believe there are some important and inspiring stories from the sled dog world that need to be shared.
We want to promote dog powered sports at all levels. We believe that you can have a great experience running one dog in your neighborhood, taking a dog for a solo bike adventure, racing a team at a local race, or participating in the international racing scene. We want to promote every level of dog powered sports, because we know that the sport of mushing will be stronger and will achieve greater international recognition if Dog Power inspires dog-loving athletes to take on the challenge of competing with the best dogs and best mushers in the world.
Together We Can Inspire and Educate
Taina Teräs from Kiruna, Sweden, is a paraplegic who breeds, trains and races world class sled dogs without the use of her legs. When Taina trains or races with more than four dogs she is in danger of getting injured due to the limitations of her home-made adaptive mushing equipment. Dog Power can help mushers like Taina raise awareness about the need for more specialized adaptive mushing equipment while also demonstrating the potential for dog-powered sports to improve the quality of life for those with physical disabilities.
The World's Greatest Athletes
Sled dogs are arguably the greatest endurance athletes on the planet. In Dog Power, we share with you incredible footage of well conditioned sled dogs running at their finest. We will show you that these are happy dogs who love what they are doing. But are they really they world's greatest endurance athletes? We let Associate Dean of the University of Alaska Fairbanks' Professional Veterinary Medicine Program Dr. Arleigh J. Reynolds, a two-time World Champion musher who is the leading expert on the endurance of sled dogs, give you the answer. Dr. Reynolds points to recent studies involving the measurement of the V02 max (the amount of oxygen an athlete is capable of taking in) of the world's best conditioned sled dogs. While Norwegian cyclist Oskar Svendsen is thought to have recorded the highest VO2 max of 97.5 mL/(kg·min), a "sensational" value in itself, sprint sled dogs have VO2 max values as high as 240 mL/(kg·min).
Want to see more footage? Watch one of the longer draft versions of our trailer (some footage is the same as above but we think you'll enjoy the additional sneak peeks):
So far, So good....
Dog Power is the first installment in a series of short films that will make up the Dog Power movie series. We already went ahead and raised money for the preliminary stages of our first film, allowing us to bring you the inspiring videos shown above and give you a small taste of what is yet to come. We have already gone to Alaska to film the 2013 IFSS Winter World Championship and to the Black Forest in Germany to film the 2015 IFSS Winter World Championship. Inspired by the racers and dogs we met while filming, we traveled to Norway to see where some of the world’s fastest sled dogs are bred and trained. We have been able to stretch our modest budget by focusing on content rather than equipment. Our innovative production kit was designed specifically for this project and is simple, compact, and flexible to allow us to film in the high energy race environment without disturbing dogs and mushers.
With your help we will complete the filming for the first movie. We plan on traveling to Sweden, Canada and Alaska to get more footage of dogs and mushers at races and at home. Once we complete the initial filming, we will enter the final editing and post-production process. If we are able to surpass our fundraising goal we will immediately begin filming the second Dog Power movie in 2016 so that we can continue to tell this incredible story. We want to bring this world of intense passion, adventure, and love to you and dog lovers across the world so that you can help us to spread the word: Our goal is to show the world that this ultimate manifestation of the human-animal bond is within the reach of everyone. You don’t need fancy equipment, fancy dogs, or snow. All you need is your dog, a harness, and you.
Filmmaker: Jordan Schevene produced his first documentary in 1999 and has been working in the industry for the past fifteen years. In 2004 his film Pilatzo Verde was featured on PBS. His fiction film No Stings won best picture and best cinematography at the Paonia Film Festival and was a special selection for the Breckenridge Film Festival. He freelances for both for profit and non-profit companies such as Rocky Mountain Institute, Sustainable Resources at CU Boulder, Museum of Outdoor Arts, Orton Family Foundation, I See Change, Elephant Magazine, and more. He joined forces with Kale Casey because he saw the potential for the virtually unknown world of dog powered sports to grow in North America and around the world.
Producer/Narrator: Kale Casey is a skijor racer and wildland firefighter who serves as co-captain for Team USA. He was the only North American athlete to compete in all five nordic events at the 2013 International Federation of Sleddog Sports Winter World Championship in North Pole, Alaska. He was co-captain and raced at the 2015 IFSS World Championship in Bernau, Germany. Kale has won multiple races in North America and it is his mission to promote dog-powered sports both locally and around the world. One of his deeper passions is to inspire and help train the next generation of dog lovers. Dog Power is the first in a series of movies that he will produce covering the diverse group of dogs and humans who share the common passion of living, working, and playing together.
Join Becky and Become a Supporter!
"You don’t need fancy equipment, fancy dogs, or snow. All you need is your dog, a harness, and you." - Becky Childs, serious dog lover and Dog Power movie series contributor. Becky is a veterinary student at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine who will be volunteering her time and skills at the 2015 International Federation of Sleddog Sports Dryland World Championship at the end of October in Bristol, Canada. Please join Becky and many others from around the world by supporting the Dog Power movie series today!
We Owe Special Thanks to You and...
Advice/Support: Solveig Kristiansen Aaseby & family, Scott Aimone, Corinne Almquist, Gilbert Backstrom, Elin Björk, Arne Boysen, Laurie Brandt, Beda Calhoun, Cally Carswell, Mark Casey, Amy Cooper, Zoran Dimovski, Colin Dyck, Steph Dwyer, Egil Ellis, Emilie Entrikin, Kathleen Flynn, Lotte Friid Fladeby, Chantelle Goddard, Sarah Gilman, Clint & Mandy Graham, Amber Green, Russ Gregory, Matt Hammersley, Jessica & Emory Haynes, Julie Boysen Hillestad, Kjetil Hillestad, Lena Boysen Hillestad, Ninni Hjortvall, Yngve Hoel, Yvette Hoel, Dallas Johnson, Vesa-Pekka Jurvelin, Susannah Kelly, Rebecca Knight, Rich Kisseloff, Heidi Snellingen Knag, Eskil Knag, Krista Langlois, Mikal Lillestu, Lars Lindh, Anne Marte Løvstuen, Reidun Løvstuen, Helen Lundberg, Anne McIntyre, Adrian Meissner, Vickie P, Teresa Petterson, Marian Pierce, Dr. Arleigh J. Reynolds, Seth Sachson, Janet Saxon, Rob Shore, Katherine Casey Spengler, Joel Spengler, Diane Locotos Stewart, Taina Teräs, Marika Tiiperi, Joakim Wahlgren, Michael Wason, Lynn Whipple, Sarah Wood and the non profit entity of Paonia Colorado's Paradise Theatre
Editing/Feedback/Insight: Cally Carswell, Becky Childs, Julia Kumari Drapkin, Kathleen Flynn, Liza Mitchell, Emilene Ostlind
Photography: Maximilian Eckmann, Per Sverre Simonsen, Casey Thompson (www.caseythompsonphotography.com)
Crucial Startup Funding: Liz Ann Potamianos, Kay Casey, and an Anonymous Foundation
Risks and challenges
We will be traveling and filming through 2015. Our goal is to submit this first film in the Dog Power series to several of the 2016 mountain film festivals. Any delays in funding will cause a delay in the release date of the first film.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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