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Join our awe-inspiring documentary film highlighting those with a life-long connection to the sea.

***UPDATE: FINAL 24 HOURS
YES, WE SURPASSED OUR GOAL BUT WE COULD STILL USE AS MUCH SUPPORT AS POSSIBLE. WE JUST WANT TO MAKE THE BEST FILM WE CAN.  ANY ADDITIONAL SUPPORT WILL HELP OUT IMMENSELY.
THANK YOU***

HELLO FRIENDS, 
misfit pictures welcomes all ocean lovers to join us in the creation of our next film WHAT THE SEA GIVES ME, a stunningly beautiful portrayal of the seemingly inexplicable relationship between ourselves and the sea.  Our film highlights individuals whose lives and destinies are defined by their connection to the ocean.  Whether it be the extremely dangerous researching of Great White sharks, diving to depths never before reached, surfing death-defying mountains of water or humbly feeding your family from the day's catch - all of us are invisibly linked to the ocean in one form or another.  If you are still reading, I guess you know exactly what I am talking about.  But here's a little more.
WHAT THE SEA GIVES ME is a feature length documentary comprised of intimate and candid interviews with some of the ocean's most extraordinary ambassadors.  We will give you an honest and personal look through the eyes of those who thrive under the most extreme water conditions, those ensuring the proper care of the oceans for future generations and those who simply derive a sense of pure joy from the sea.  
Proposed interviews include Great White shark researcher Brett McBride, artist Matt Beard, photographer Chris Burkard, bodysurfer Angie Oschmann, conservationist Jean-Michelle Cousteau, free-diver Herbert Nitsch, oceanographer Walter Munk and many others. In addition to riveting personal interviews, we are filming in spectacular above-and-below-the-water locations around the world (South Africa, Greece, Fiji, Australia, Ireland, New England, California, and Hawaii) to display the natural beauty of the oceans.
The goal of WHAT THE SEA GIVES ME is to raise ocean awareness on a global level while reminding the viewer how closely we are all connected to the sea; and, to introduce you to an unique group of people we find absolutely captivating.  

WHO WE ARE. 

misfit pictures is an ambitious, tight-knit production company that prides itself in creating beautiful and thought-provoking films.  We are still reeling off the international critical acclaim that our debut film MANUFACTURING STOKE has received since it's world premiere just 15 months ago.  
http://www.manufacturingstoke.com/   Completed in May, 2011, MANUFACTURING STOKE is an unflinching look into sustainability within the  surf industry and has been subject to discourse, debate and praise alike. In just over a year, we have been invited to 20 international film festivals and have screened at another 30 venues worldwide.  This success has paved the way for several international distribution deals but more importantly has given us the global connections that ensure the successful production of WHAT THE SEA GIVES ME.  
At it's core, misfit pictures is Petra Kavanagh (Producer), Pierce Michael Kavanagh (Producer/Director) and Geoffrey Smart (Producer/Writer). In addition, we have again enlisted the help of a few of our amazingly talented friends:  Chris Prescott (Composer), Sara Iyer (Editor), Max Schmige (Directory of Photography) and Gage Hingeley (Cameraman)*
*(If I am swimming with white sharks, I want back-up.)
Aside from our own production schedule, we wanted to provide a platform for other independent filmmakers so we also founded the annual SAN DIEGO SURF FILM FESTIVAL in 2012.
http://sandiegosurffilmfestival.com/

WHAT WE HAVE DONE SO FAR.

We have completed pre-production, secured our schedule and film crew from November, 2012 to March, 2013 and confirmed the majority of the remaining proposed interviews.  Post production crew and schedule is secure from April to May, 2013.  We have shot about 15-20% of principal photography and have now turned to Kickstarter for completion of this project.  

HOW YOU CAN HELP.

EVERY BIT COUNTS.  With Pledges starting at $5 we appreciate each and every contribution.  We have set a goal of $9,000 to ensure the completion of WHAT THE SEA GIVES ME and have every intention to reach this goal.
We have some amazing Rewards for Pledges that will directly connect you to the film and filmmaking process.  So whether you love the ocean, are intrigued by amazing people and stories, support independent filmmaking or just want to make a difference, please help us reach our goal.
Aside from your Pledge, networking is crucial so please let your friends and family who might be interested know about this project.  

WHY WE CHOSE KICKSTARTER

We chose Kickstarter in order to build a broader community than just our family and friends.  We have seen a lot of amazing projects funded through Kickstarter and felt it would be vital to get our proposal out to those who could make a difference.  We self-financed MANUFACTURING STOKE and upon completion many asked how they could have supported the film and now we arrived at the answer, Kickstarter.
But this is the way Kickstarter works.  IT'S ALL OR NOTHING.
We only receive project funding if we reach our goal of $9,000 in just over 30 days.  Even a penny short and all of the potential funding is returned and no Rewards will be presented.
But we are not too worried about that.  We believe in our film and believe that we will be successfully funded. In addition, we also get to keep anything Pledged over the $9,000.  Any amount that surpasses our goal will not only add production value but will help out for people who are working on this project for little or no pay just because they believe in it.  Anything over our goal would be absolutely amazing.

PLEDGES AND REWARDS

We simply love to make films and want to share this experience with you first-hand.  With this in mind, Kickstarter's Pledge and Reward system appeals to us because you can really be a part of creating WHAT THE SEA GIVES ME on many different levels.  Our Rewards connect you directly to the filmmaking process and you can be part of something you can be really proud of.  Whether it'd be a personal Thank You from the filmmaking crew, DVDs, tickets to the World Premiere, original art from Matt Beard, a Day on the Set or an Associate Producer credit every pledge will help us and every Reward will be created directly from this project. 

LET'S TALK MORE ABOUT THE REWARDS

Whether you pledge $5 or $2,500 you are directly responsible for this film happening. 

Reward #1: "SUPPORTED BY" CREDIT ON OUR WEBSITE
and a personal thank you from the filmmakers.  Every bit counts and we definitely understand that.

Reward #2: WHAT THE SEA GIVES ME DVD.  We are only offering this pre-release, limited edition and filmmakers signed DVD through this Kickstarter campaign.  Once it is available, we encourage everyone to view or download the film online to reduce waste but some of our family members still haven't figured out the new-fangled innerweb so they have requested DVDs.  Each DVD will feature 100% eco-packaging and will have a personal message from the filmmakers.
+ All of the Rewards above.
                                                                                                                Reward #3: WHAT THE SEA GIVES ME WORLD VIP PREMIERE TICKETS (2) at Bird's Surf Shed in San Diego.  Be a guest in our VIP section with cast,crew, friends and family.  Guaranteed to be a packed house and a great time and Bird's Surf Shed is by far the best spot on earth to see a film.
http://birdssurfshed.com/
+ All of the Rewards above.  

Reward #4: "SUPPORTED BY" FILM CREDIT. 
See your name up on the big screen and become forever immortalized.    Unleash your inner moviemaker.
+ All of the Rewards above.  

Reward #5: WHAT THE SEA GIVES ME 12x12" LIMITED EDITION, SIGNED ORIGINAL MATT BEARD ART PRINT.

We are extremely proud of this Reward.  Matt Beard is an amazing artist and he and his family have become our really good friends.  In addition to being featured in the film, Matt has created this amazing original art piece for our film poster.  We are offering this limited edition, signed original art print only through this Kickstarter campaign.  Once we are done we will burn the original...just kidding, but they are only available here.
***THE MATT BEARD ART PRINT WILL BE AVAILABLE NOV. 15, 2012***
http://mattbeardart.com/
+ All of the Rewards above.

Reward #6: PRIVATE PRE-SCREENING WITH FILMMAKERS, CAST AND CREW.  This is always a really good time.  Before our World Premiere we like to invite everyone closely involved in production to join us to see the final film for the very first time.  After a lot of hard work this is the first chance we get to relax and give back to all those who have helped us along the way.   Food, refreshments and cab rides provided.
+ All of the Rewards above.

Reward #7: DAY ON THE SET.  This has to be one of our favorites.  Come join us on location as we film one of our fascinating interviews.  From San Diego to Sydney, spend the day behind the scenes with cast and crew and get to know everything that goes into WHAT THE SEA GIVES ME.  Who knows, we may even put a camera in your hand.  Our filming schedule from November 2012 - February 2013 includes locations in Southern, Central and Northern California, the Pacific Northwest, Hawaii and New England.  February - March 2013 includes Ireland, Greece, Australia and South Africa.  This Reward is completely transferrable in case you know a future filmmaker who would love a day on the set.  Please inquire for a more detailed schedule.
+ All of the Rewards above.

Reward #8: ASSOCIATE PRODUCER FILM CREDIT.  This is your name on the big screen even before the title credit rolls.  This makes you a major contributor to the this film. At this level, you get all the Rewards previously mentioned and the swagger that comes with being a film producer.  (You must develop your own swagger.)  This will also give you "Filmmaker" access to all of the film festivals WHAT THE SEA GIVES ME will be invited to around the world.  Since mid 2011, we have been invited to over 20 international film festivals and expect much of the same throughout 2013 and 2014. http://www.manufacturingstoke.com/tour_dates/index.php?id=4935288472424427437
+ All of the Rewards above.

Reward # 9:  PRODUCER FILM CREDIT and VIP CINEMATIC EXPERIENCE.  Become a PRODUCER of WHAT THE SEA GIVES ME and reach the highest level of Reward that we offer.  YOU ARE A FILM PRODUCER.  This Reward is offered to those who truly believe in this project.  With your pledge you put us that much closer to achieving our goal of producing a film of major importance.  And in true Producer fashion, we will even create your own personal WHAT THE SEA GIVES ME "Producer" business cards.  In addition, enjoy every Reward we have to offer as well as an incredible VIP CINEMATIC EXPERIENCE at our World Premiere.  Join us for a VIP pre-party/dinner with the filmmakers before the World Premiere at Bird's Surf Shed in San Diego June, 2013.  Even join us on stage to introduce our film to the public for the very first time.  An experience that will definitely take your breath away.  Following the screening will be another VIP party with live music, libations, hoots and shakas.  
In addition, this gives you "Filmmaker" access to all of the film festivals WHAT THE SEA GIVES ME will be invited to around the world.  Since July 2011, we have been invited to over 20 international film festivals and expect much of the same through 2013.
+ All of the Rewards above.
If you ever wanted to enjoy the "limelight" of the film industry, then this is the reward for you.

Thank you to all,
PMK

WHERE YOUR PLEDGES WILL GO

$9,000 is not nearly the cost of the entire film but will help us complete our film. We have self-financed thus far but now this project needs your help. The funds will help with final production costs, editing, music composition and DVD production.

THE FUTURE OF WHAT THE SEA GIVES ME

Upon completion of WHAT THE SEA GIVES ME, we will follow the same successful course we took with MANUFACTURING STOKE.  We will have a World Premiere screening at Bird's Surf Shed to present the film to our ocean-loving community of San Diego in June 2013.  We will follow up with our own United States tour while the film travels around the world by way of the international film festival circuit.  Over 50,000 people have been to a screening or have downloaded MANUFACTURING STOKE and we know that WHAT THE SEA GIVES ME will have a much further reach.

PLEASE BE A PART OF SOMETHING REALLY SPECIAL BY SUPPORTING WHAT THE SEA GIVES ME.

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