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Help us fund a documentary about these millennia-old forests - many of which are still unprotected.

Ithaca, NY Documentary
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Vancouver Island is home to some of the last remaining old-growth forests on the continent. The enormous trees that exist within these ecosystems used to cover most of North America before being cut down for industrial and agricultural purposes. Unfortunately, some of these forests now confront similar threats today from numerous logging companies in the area.

These are the trees they want to cut down.
This is what they want to turn them into. 

73% of Vancouver Island's old-growth forests have already been lost. 

Only 6% of Vancouver Island's productive forest lands are protected in their parks system.

Two Documentaries

From left to right (Rebecca Billings, Adam Monzella, Jacob Wise)
From left to right (Rebecca Billings, Adam Monzella, Jacob Wise)

Our names are Jacob, Rebecca and Adam, and we're Environmental and Documentary students from Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY. In order to protect the final 27%, we will fly out to Vancouver Island in British Columbia to make two documentaries about its unique and imperiled ecosystems.

The first film will be a traditional investigative documentary detailing the ecological community's current circumstances. For this film we're hoping to interview a variety of individuals including representatives from logging companies, local environmentalists and citizens, and experts in relevant fields. By gathering a variety of opinions  we hope to paint a clear picture of the current situation facing these forests, as well as present a wide range of views on the subject and its potential impact on global sustainability.

The second film will be a non-verbal piece showing these ecosystems and their enormous trees in their natural beauty, as well as the precarious nature of their existence. By non-verbal, we mean that the film will be made up entirely of images and soundscapes, rather than interviews and narration. These images will be used to bring the viewer through a variety of themes and vibrations that resonate throughout the forests in order to bring forth understanding and connection, as well as give weight to the current events.

Thus, the films act as companion pieces to each other.

There's just one catch, though. We need to get there first.

That's where you come in. 

With your help, we will be able to afford:

  • Round-trip plane tickets
  • Lodging 
  • Rental costs for production equipment such as lenses and camera rigs.

Everything else, including cameras, equipment, supplies, sustenance and determination, is already accounted for. If we manage to exceed our goal, the extra funds will be put to use in either increasing the quality of the film or a donation towards the protection of these lands.

As a way of showing our gratitude, we've put together a plethora of incentives which you can see on the right side of this page. 

If you can't afford to donate, we would be grateful if you would share this project on your Facebook, Twitter, and with friends and family. We have a limited time to raise funds and appreciate all the help we can get!

These films are not being made for personal gain. We are making them in the hopes of reconnecting people with the planet that they are a living part of - the same planet that is currently on the brink of widespread environmental degradation, destruction and contamination. For us, this film isn't a choice or a career move. It's what all of us feel we need to be doing with our lives at this point in time.

By donating to this project, you are funding more than just a couple of films. You are helping to raise awareness and support for an ever-expanding environmental movement made up of people that want to keep our planet healthy and beautiful. The fact that old-growth forests are being logged, and will potentially continue to be logged until they are extinct speaks for the need of a societal reconsideration of the health and workings of our biosphere. Through the films that you help to complete, we hope to instill this sentiment in others. 

“To those devoid of imagination a blank place on the map is a useless waste; to others, the most valuable part.”   - Aldo Leopold

Risks and challenges

If challenges or setbacks present themselves, they are likely to have stemmed from our limited shooting schedule. However, the filmmakers, crew and students involved have had plenty of experience working on large projects under short, strict deadlines. Should something go awry during production, be it weather, crew or equipment related, we have an alternative plan to visit Vancouver Island in either late May or early June.

In addition, due to the nature of documentary film, even when a project is planned and prepared for weeks on end, the production itself can reveal unexpected surprises. Right now we have a clear vision for the two films we are setting out to create. Should a shot or situation be compromised in the process, we are all creative and quick-thinking individuals, and we will adjust the plot or structure of the film accordingly.

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    A donation to help raise awareness of this imperiled ecosystem.

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    A donation of $10 will be rewarded with a postcard featuring one of Vancouver Island's enormous trees, as well as a "Special Thanks" credit in both films.

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    ALL OF THE ABOVE PLUS:

    - Set of three postcards with different images of the forests of Vancouver Island
    - Digital download of one of the two documentaries

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    ALL OF THE ABOVE PLUS:

    - Mini movie poster
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    8 backers

    ALL OF THE ABOVE PLUS:

    - Set of ten postcards featuring different images of the old-growth forests of Vancouver Island
    - DVD or Blu-ray of both films

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    ALL OF THE ABOVE PLUS:

    - Small triptych poster featuring different images of the old-growth forests of Vancouver Island
    - Vancouver Island Documentary T-shirt
    - Personal thank-you note with artwork from one the filmmakers

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    ALL OF THE ABOVE PLUS:

    - PRODUCER credit in both films
    - Full-size movie poster with YOUR NAME on it
    - Large triptych poster featuring different images from the old-growth forests
    - Vancouver Island Documentary Mug
    - Some of your favorite candy (U.S. ONLY)

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    ALL OF THE ABOVE PLUS:

    - EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credit in both films
    - One minute short film featuring a character based on you
    - Original collage of images from Vancouver Island's old-growth forest
    - Some more of your favorite candy (U.S. ONLY)

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