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Dive headfirst into bear dens with the biologists studying how human development affects bear behavior. ********************************To make additional contributions, contact: bearsofdurango@gmail.com
Dive headfirst into bear dens with the biologists studying how human development affects bear behavior. ********************************To make additional contributions, contact: bearsofdurango@gmail.com
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Bears of Durango is a short documentary film project that dives headfirst into bear dens with a team of wildlife researchers studying the effects of human development on bear behavior and bear population trends.

After reaching our initial goal of $10K, we created a stretch goal bonus as a ‘thank you’ for your continued support. If we reach the stretch goal of $14K, every single backer of the project will receive the digital download of an original song about bears at no additional cost! The song will be created by Emmy Award-winning composer, Micah Dahl Anderson, and Dusty Hulet.

Funds raised beyond the initial goal will improve the quality of the film, allowing our editors, colorists, composers, musicians, and designers more time to work on the project. These funds will also help us submit Bears of Durango to film festivals, including: 

 

 

In 2011 Colorado Parks and Wildlife initiated a major research effort to address increases in human-black bear conflicts. A team of wildlife researchers led by Dr. Heather Johnson has spent the past six-years investigating the factors driving the increase in bear-human conflicts and the effects of expanding human development on bear populations. Dr. Johnson and her team of wildlife researchers are in the final weeks of the study, with the first of their findings already published.

"If we want our native biodiversity here, if we want these large carnivores to be back on our landscapes, ultimately we're going to have to figure out, how do we coexist? How do we share a single landscape?” 

— Heather Johnson, PhD, Lead Wildlife Researcher.

Dusty Hulet, a filmmaker based in Salt Lake City, has been documenting the study for the past two years. His team has filmed Dr. Johnson’s winter den visits, summer trapping efforts, an experiment to test the effectiveness of bear-proof garbage receptacles, surveys assessing natural bear forage, and other elements of the large scale research project. This content and other related media gathered by Hulet and his team are being combined into a short documentary, titled Bears of Durango.

With the filming completed, funds raised through the Kickstarter will help cover the costs associated with post production. $10,000 is the minimum amount needed to complete the film. In filmmaking, more money means the ability to spend more time with more skilled specialists who can make the most of the content. Exceeding the $10,000 goal will increase the quality of the film, with the team working to stretch every dime through editing, color correction, sound design, visual effects, music composition, and other post production efforts. 

Attached to the production is Emmy Award-winning composer, Micah Dahl Anderson, who will be scoring the film. Listen to more of Micah's terrific creations here: http://micahdahl.com/

 

There are some awesome rewards for those who donate to the project. A full description of all the rewards can be found along the side of the page, but you can find an overview of the rewards below.

Many of the photo prints featured in the rewards were created by the very talented photographer, Lucy Call. Find more of Lucy's excellent work here: http://www.lucycall.com/

Also featured in the rewards is original art from the magic hands of illustrator, Cheryl Johnson. Find more of Cheryl's wonderful work here:
https://cherylsart.squarespace.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

Teeth. Claws. Angry mother bears. Collapsing dens. Puking from overexertion while trying to keep up with ultra fit biologists on brutal mountain climbs. I think we're through the worst of it!

We just wrapped up production on the film. The study is coming to an end, and other than the possibility of needing a few pickup shots, we are finished shooting.

With the proper resources, only an act of God can stop us from finishing!

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    THANK YOU Ringtone

    Thanks for your contribution. We can't do it without you. You'll be receiving a ringtone made from the sounds of little, tiny, baby bears!

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    Bears of Durango - The Film

    Be the first to see the film through a private, digital link.

    With plans to submit the film to as many festivals as possible, it will be a while before the film becomes publicly available online.

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    5X7 Photo Print + Film + Ringtone

    A 5X7 photo print from Bears of Durango.

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    Digital Bundle + 5X7 Photo Print

    The Digital Bundle includes access to the film, a download of the ringtone, and a digital download of Bears of Durango's original score, created by Emmy Award-winning composer, Micah Dahl Anderson.

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    T-Shirt + Digital Bundle

    A t-shirt featuring original Bears of Durango art by illustrator, Cheryl Johnson.

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    8X10 Photo Print + Digital Bundle

    An 8X10 photo print by Bears of Durango photographer, Lucy Call.

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    5X5 Photo Print Series + Digital Bundle

    Get up close and personal with the work of the wildlife researchers through the lenses of Lucy Call and Dusty Hulet in this series of ten, 5X5 photos.

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    11X14 Art Print + Digital Bundle

    An 11 X 14 print of original Bears of Durango art, paying homage to Durango's iconic railways, by illustrator, Cheryl Johnson.

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    18X24 Photo Print + Digital Bundle

    Your choice of one of three, 18X24 photo prints from Bears of Durango.

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    Friends of Bears of Durango List

    Your name featured in the credits of the film as a supporter of the project. Also includes the Digital Bundle.

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    The Big Bundle

    Digital Bundle
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    18X24 Photo Print
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    The Humongous Bundle

    Take everything from The Big Bundle and add a limited edition Bears of Durango GrizCoat. This faux fur fashion statement comes with the Bears of Durango logo embroidered along its hem. Available in black bear black (while supplies last) and cinnamon black bear brown.

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    An Original Song + Digital Bundle

    Emmy Award-winning Composer Micah Dahl Anderson and Dusty Hulet will co-write and record an original song for you. You choose the (appropriate) topic, and the style. Songs are at least one minute long, and all songs are final!

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    Executive Producer

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Funding period

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