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Sail was once the life blood of the Caribbean. The film tells the compelling story of a tradition on the verge of extinction.
Sail was once the life blood of the Caribbean. The film tells the compelling story of a tradition on the verge of extinction.
Sail was once the life blood of the Caribbean. The film tells the compelling story of a tradition on the verge of extinction.
355 backers pledged $62,023 to help bring this project to life.

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Caribbean Spirit

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Dear Backers,

We are gradually moving towards a wider release of Vanishing Sail, building awareness through special curated screening events with partnering opportunities for selected companies. Our ambition? The global ONLINE PREMIERE! 

To achieve this, we are looking for a U.S. based Producers Rep/Outreach Coordinator to join our team of two. The role will cover general production management for screening bookings, promotional campaigns for on/off line media, connecting with institutions and distributors in the film business, sailing world and West Indies diaspora. Digital marketing skills, a strong core belief in our project and LOVE of the West Indies VERY necessary, If you know this person [or company] please get in touch!

Next Screening Events:

We are much saddened by the overwhelming devastation caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria to our sister islands here in the West Indies. Our thoughts are with the many communities affected by so much loss where it will take a long time and great effort for life to return to normal.

May the resilience & determination of the Caribbean spirit together with international and regional support make steady progress to rebuild as we continue through the last remaining months of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season.

With Thanks & Respect, 
Alexis & Justin

 

 

Invitation to our next screening: Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, UK

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Dear Backers,

Thank you for believing in our project way back and helping us to complete the film. We have been screening in some pretty cool places recently including schools and community centers in Bequia, Petite Martinique and even 6 shows at the epicenter of American Maritime Heritage: Mystic Seaport Wooden Boatshow!

NOW West Indies Boatbuilding Culture comes to the South Coast of the UK, on August 6 @ 6pm Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Auditorium will resonate with the sound of caulking mallets on a wooden hull taking shape on a beach in Carriacou, the Land of Reefs...

This Special Presentation with post screening Q&A with the Filmmakers is part of our outreach to introduce the film to Boatbuilding Academies, Yacht Clubs, Maritime Heritage Institutions and Coastal Communities in the UK.

Do let us know if any of you good Kickstarter folks can attend so we can reserve your VIP seats!

AND PLEASE SHARE this link with friends who may enjoy the story too: 

Tickets:  http://www.vanishingsail.eventbrite.com

With Thanks & Respect,

Alexis & Justin

Sailing along...

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Dear Backers,

Here is a long overdue update!

We have been very busy taking the film directly to niche audiences in all kinds of cool places around the world, meeting with awesome people along the way and being introduced to many meaningful projects that resonate very much with our own. From a small Colombian island in the far Western Caribbean called Old Providence where the Raizul people, descended from Jamaican & Cayman Islanders still people speak an English dialect to the Outer Hebrides in Scotland, the passion of building and restoring simple, beautiful handcrafted traditional boats is far reaching indeed.

These screening events are helping raise enough funds to begin distributing our film wider through several exciting outreach programs in development. AND, in April 2017 we plan to begin creating our first Blu Ray & DVD versions for general release!

In the meantime we are preparing the Special Backer Edition DVD for those of you that chose the reward [thanks for your patience, these will ship in April] and if you would like to host your own community screening event, hit the button below.

 

Feb 09 | Halifax International Boatshow, N.S. Canada

Feb 12 | El Paracaidista, Madrid, Spain

Feb 21 | St. John's Arts Festival, Cruz Bay, St. John, U.S.V.I.

Feb 22 | HLSCC Auditorium, Tortola, B.V. I.

 

UK Premiere - Reconnecting with Scotland!

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Dear Backers,

You are invited to a very special event...on September 14th the harbour of Stornoway, Isle of Lewis will come alive with a parade of sail to announce our UK Premiere & opening night film at the 3rd Hebrides International Film Festival​ with further screenings on Barra, Harris and the communities of Berneray and Ness.

We are very excited to premiere our film for the very first time in the UK on Scottish soil as many of the first boatbuilders on the island where Vanishing Sail was filmed, came from Scotland. The Hebrides International Film Festival’s commitment to bringing meaningful international stories to their remote islands resonates deeply with our outreach programme for the film: to engage with sailors, boat builders, coastal communities and maritime heritage around the world.

Thank you to our supporters Rural Nations & Mast Partners for this unique opportunity.
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Inspiring Coastal Communities

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Dear Backers, 

Our film has just won another award + official selection by 3 more upcoming USA festivals, to which Backers [of course] are always invited!  We have also been researching various options for distribution and recently attended one of the most respected documentary markets in the world - Sheffield Doc Fest where 2000+ delegates converge each year to network the industry and discover new films for their programming.

Feedback from TV networks, sales agents and distributors: Vanishing Sail is just one of those documentaries that does not represent immediate commercial success to them. So, rather than wait for the industry juggernaught to accept us, we are now developing our own hybrid distribution release - because, just like Alwyn, we are determined to keep this thing going, going keep it ALIVE!

The encouragement we received at our recent screenings in Bequia, Turks & Caicos and Isla Providencia [Colombia] proves that our film is inspiring to many traditional boat building communities out there who also want to preserve their heritage. 

For the next few months, Vanishing Sail will continue to engage with our audience through special programs and events, banging the big drum of island spirit around the world - and as this ripple becomes a wave, we will continue to develop new partnerships for wider distribution...

Please visit our website for upcoming screenings.

With Thanks, Alexis & Justin