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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.

Filmed in the Grenadines, Vanishing Sail tells the story of trading by sail in the West Indies, and follows a community of boat builders in Carriacou who struggle to maintain their tenuous grip on a dying skill. Through a collection of dramatic sailing scenes, rare archival footage and unprecedented interviews with the last old, Caribbean Sea Captains, Vanishing Sail seeks to preserve the legacy of boatbuilding in the Grenadines, first introduced by Scottish settlers in the 19th century. 

Crafted  on the beach, with skills passed down the generations, these schooners and sloops worked the trade winds, fishing and carrying cargo - including contraband from St. Barthelemy where the smuggling trade in alcohol and cigarettes thrived until the 1970's.

How close are we to finishing?

Filming is now 80% complete. We need to make two more production trips to the Grenadines to record the stories of a sea people before they are lost forever. We also plan to film the Carriacou sloop that is being built by one of the last active boatbuilding families on the island.

What will the funds be used for?

  • Equipment rental for the last stage of filming.
  • Post production [hiring editors, sound mixing, color grading].
  • Hiring a professional co-writer & narrator.
  • Fulfilling Kickstarter rewards & marketing.

What if we exceed the target?

We sincerely hope that this can happen - 100% of funding is going immediately into the completion of the film, so anything over & above our target will be used to make the finished product even better!

What if we don't make the deadline?

With the kickstarter model its all all or nothing: you pledge and we dont make the deadline: the project stalls & YOUR CREDIT CARD IS NOT CHARGED.

You pledge and we do make the target: fantastic, the movie gets made now.

Thank you for helping to bring this story to the screen!

THE REWARDS:

OWN YOUR OWN CARRIACOU SLOOP!

New Associate Producer Reward: now includes custom 42' Carriacou Sloop builder's half model [scale 1/2" = 1' ] by Alwyn Enoe, builder of Genesis: 4 X Antigua Classics winner, Summer Wind: 2 X winner, Zemi: 2 X winner, Jambalaya 2 X winner, Ocean Nomad 2 X winner.  only 4 models available - EACH ONE CAN BECOME A FULL SCALE VERSION..!

$25 - $35 Reward: ONLY available during Kickstarter campaign: Special "Backer's Edition" download/DVD of final movie. As a backer you will receive yours before the movie is officially released.

$30 - $100 Reward: Carriacou Sloops Vol. I & II as an E-book or Limited Edition box set [SOLD OUT].

$75 Reward: Signed, collector's original high quality print from the books - [each one a different page, all are 12"H, frame not included].

$125 Reward: Kickstarter Backer's Pack - T shirt [design being finalized] + Special Edition download of final movie + ebook + collectors box set 5X7" prints of Remaining Schooners & Sloops of the West Indies - even includes shipping!

$250 - $1000 Reward: Sail on West Indies Carriacou Sloop in Antigua, St. Barths or the Grenadines!

$1000 The Special Stone Reward [sold out]. Click here to read their story.

FAQ

  • Not so long ago, boatbuilding played a crucial role in the West Indies. After creating sailing vessels, by eye, on the beach, with skills passed down the generations, men would work the trade winds to make a living. In each island they visited connections were made, with contact maintained through trade. Relatives sent news & stories to each other and so the Caribbean became a spiderweb of shared culture. These vessels therefor represent the interdependent spirit of our island nations - a way of life that has vanished with the march of progress.

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  • The trailer music was created by Antigua's Offshore Music: Torsten Stenzel & Justin "Jus Bus" Nation, a very talented team indeed. Although the majority of filming has been by the director, several peole have contributed extra footage that really help to drive the story: Iain & Roddy of Acquafilms: an Antiguan company specialising in marine video & Shab Kirchner/Wadadli Film Studios who also worked on creating the trailer edit. Full credits are viewable on our vimeo page: https://vimeo.com/32574938

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  • So far all expenses have been covered by the director and contributers have kindly volunteered their talents. In order to give the film a professional look, the next stage of post production will involve considerable expense. With the kickstarter funds we will be able to give the film the energy that the story deserves by hiring additional creative people.

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    eBook version of Carriacou Sloops Vol. I & II for iPad or similar device. A ten year photo essay on the last boatbuilders of the Grenadines. Two volumes, 180 pages each with color and B&W images and stories.

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    A 1 day crew position onboard a Carriacou Sloop or West Indies Schooner during the 25th Anniversary Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta or St. Barth's West Indies Regatta 2012 + original custom regatta T shirt. Does not include travel/accommodation.

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    A sailing cruise through the Tobago Cays [bring your friends] on board the 47' sloop "Beauty of Petite Martinique" + "Special Backer's Edition" DVD reward. Does not include travel/accommodation.

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    A sailing trip to Green Island [bring your friends] onboard the Carriacou Sloop Genesis in Antigua + "Special Backer's Edition" DVD reward. Does not include travel/accommodation.

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    "The Stone" These 5 remaining stones are significant for they were used as ballast in the hold of the last active Carriacou trading sloop. Each one includes a signed original story by the director with an authentication by the vessel's captain. Shipping method TBA + "Special Backer's Edition" DVD reward.

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    Join the project by becoming an associate producer - FIRST 4 TO PLEDGE will receive a custom 42' Carriacou Sloop builders model - full credit in final movie + 2 VIP tickets to world premiere at first film festival showing - this one really makes the project a success! Does not include travel/accommodation. Oh, and of course two signed "Special Backer's Edition" DVDs, signed set of Limited Edition books: Carriacou Sloops Vol. I & II + two T - shirts!

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