About this project
***WE'RE VERY NEARLY THERE! PLEASE JOIN US...***
Greetings, potential backer.
With our latest film, There Will Be Some Who Will Not Fear Even That Void, we aim to turn the traditional ‘ecological-documentary’ on its head and ask "can art save the Arctic?" We want viewers to see that the movement to protect the natural world is as much about ethics and humanism as it is about technology and politics, and we want you to join us in making this film.
By supporting ...Even That Void you will help audiences to see an alternative vision of the environmental movement, one that approaches the crisis of global warming through art, experimental documentary and a bold new filmmaking voice. You'll also get some excellent incentives in return, from copies of the finished film on DVD, to exclusive art work, to tickets to join us at the film's premiere.
One year ago, I was invited to join an artists residency on a tall ship sailing around Norway's Svalbard Archipelago for two weeks. During that trip I shot ...Even That Void, a surreal, semi-fictional, sci-fi ecological documentary. Our film will bring a new dimension to the debate about climate change and ask "can art save the Arctic?"
ABOUT THE FILM
There Will Be Some Who Will Not Fear Even That Void is an ecological film for the 21st century.
During the two weeks I spent on the tall ship Antigua, I filmed, interviewed and collaborated with the other artists on board to chronicle the bizarre, surreal, beautiful and frightening works of art they made in response to the extreme and poetic environment of the Arctic landscape. Together with photographers, performance artists, painters, sound artists, writers, and general creative disruptors of the norm, we made a documentary that will re-define the "environmental film" genre and surprise audiences into reconsidering their relationship with the natural world.
While the footage I shot is real, the plot - inspired by the other-worldliness of the location and recent events in my own life - is fictional. I imagine the artists as a team of specialists sent on a mission in the future to rebuild the Arctic environment after it has been almost completely destroyed by global warming. With no master plan, maps or blueprints, each artist recreates the Arctic of his or her own (flawed) memories, fears and desires.
Through the film's narration I will also address darker contemporary concerns: global warming, the Arctic resource race, the political tension of a militarised Arctic and the disappearance of the last great wilderness.
Ultimately, the film is my love-letter to the Arctic: obsessive, tumultuous, affectionate and heart-breaking.
Wondering about the film’s catchy title? It is taken from a letter Johannes Kepler wrote to Galileo Galilei in 1610, musing on the future of space travel. "Provide ship or sails adapted to the heavenly breezes," Kepler hypothesised, "and there will be some who will not fear even that void."
So why have we launched this Kickstarter campaign? The team and I have been invited to return to the Norwegian Arctic - to the city of Tromsø - in November to edit the film and write and record an ambitious soundtrack with Norwegian ambient and Jazz musicians.
We will return from Tromsø with a finished film that will have a wide international release. We already have an excellent distributor on board - DR Sales from Denmark - and a brilliant Norwegian co-Producer, John Arvid Berger from JAB Film based in Tromsø. We also have plans for an international premiere in a major US festival. But in order for this to happen, we really need you to be a part of the team too.
And don't forget, this campaign is all or nothing. If we don't meet our goal by October 18th, we don't get any money and the pledge you make will not be charged on your card.
WHAT WILL YOUR MONEY BE USED FOR?
We've already secured a grant from the wonderful people at the North Norwegian Film Centre to cover expenses in Norway like studio time and local technicians and studio engineers. This Kickstarter campaign will get our team to Norway to work for five weeks, and will allow us to collaborate with a local sound designer. Your pledges will also cover the costs of bringing together an impressive collection of local and well-known Norwegian ambient and Jazz musicians to record the soundtrack: musicians travel costs, fees and legal expenses. Stay tuned for more details of the musicians we'll be working with as our new collaborations are announced.
We do need lots of generous backers to finish the film but if you can't make a pledge, you can still be part of the team by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook or just generally spreading the word. It really would mean a lot to us.
And thanks to our brilliant fiscal sponsors, the Creative Visions Foundation, US-based supporters who want to make a larger contribution can make a tax-deductible pledge through a non-profit 501(c)(3). Please contact us directly if you're interested.
Check back for exclusive new incentives that will be added once the campaign gets under way.
**UPDATE** (Oct 4, 2012) Four exclusive and signed illustrations from Marcelo Moscheta, one of the artists featured in our film, are now available as new incentives. The illustrations of icebergs - each unique - were done while on the expedition and measure 20.5 x 29cm. Please see project update #7, or click on the image below, to view all the images and read more about Marcelo's work.
Marcelo is one of Brazil's leading contemporary artists. His work has been featured in 16 international solo exhibitions, over 40 group exhibitions, and received 15 Brazilian and international awards. His work is held in private and museum collections worldwide, including Deutsche Bank (New York), Lhoist Collection, (Brussels) and RNA Foundation (Moscow). Please see the main project text and update #7 for more details and examples of his images.
**UPDATE** These two exclusive signed prints were made available by renowned polar photographer Camille Seaman as $1000 incentives. Camille's work has been published in National Geographic, TIME, The New York Times and Newsweek, amongst others, and she doesn't usually sell directly to the public, so this is a rare chance to own one of her photographs. **Sorry, both of these prints have now been claimed. But there are many other exclusive prints available from other photographers...**
**UPDATE** Polar researcher and photographer Ethan Welty has donated these two signed prints - taken in Svalbard where our film was shot during his latest research trip - as $350 incentives:
**UPDATE** Signed prints are available from Director Saeed Taji Farouky taken during the filming of this documentary as $100 incentives. Here are a few examples, click on the images to see more:
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
I am Saeed Taji Farouky, an award-winning documentary filmmaker. I am a Senior Fellow at TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design). I've been previously named Artist-In-Residence at Tate Britain and twice at the British Museum for my film and photography work. In 2004, I co-founded the production Tourist With A Typewriter with Gareth Keogh.
Gareth Keogh is the film's editor and co-writer. He has worked in the advertising and television industry for nearly a decade, with live action and animation editing and production experience in long form, short form and documentary. During that time, he has worked extensively with composer and musician Joe Lewis.
Joe Lewis is the film's Music Supervisor. He graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2001 where he studied classical guitar and composition. He went on to found the London-based music studio Dojo Studios. As a composer and music producer his clients have included Ministry of Sound, BBC, Time Magazine, Roger Sanchez, EMI, TCM, Kanal 5, ESPN, Al Jazeera International, Current TV, Schweppes and Universal.
Marie-Therese Garvey is the film's Producer and co-writer. Mar graduated from London's Metropolitan Film School with a Post Grad in Practical Filmmaking in 2010. She immediately began work with Tourist With A Typewriter, Producing a number of short films and was Production Manager on their first feature-length documentary, The Runner (also directed by Saeed).
Camille Seaman is a renowned photographer and the film's Artistic Advisor. Best known for her work in the Arctic and Antarctic, Camille has received many awards including: a National Geographic Award, 2006; and the Critical Mass Top Monograph Award, 2007. In 2008 she was honoured with a one-person exhibition, “The Last Iceberg” at the National Academy of Sciences, Washington DC.
THE FEATURED ARTISTS
The film features the work and contributions of a group of exceptional, international artists, including;
Chantal Bilodeau (Canada / US), Daniel Blinkhorn (Australia), David Bowen (US), W. Benjamin Bray (US), Kevin Cooley (US), Connor Dickie (Canada), Rebecca Hunt (UK), Dawn Johnston (Canada), Yva Jung (South Korea), Nam Le (Australia), Cheryl E. Leonard (US), Marcelo Moscheta (Brazil), Ed Osborn (US), Ian Page (US), Sarah-Jane Pell (Australia), Leticia Ramos (Brazil), Jessica Segall (US), Paul Segers (Netherlands), Oona Stern (US), Wyn-Lyn Tan (Singapore), Renhui Zhao (Singapore)
Your support, whether through a pledge or just through spreading the word, is truly appreciated.
Alright, let's make a film together...
Yes! Camille is the film's Artistic Advisor, and a highly renowned Polar photographer. In fact, some of her prints were available for backers at $1000 (but both sold out! Sorry!) You can find more of her work here: http://camilleseaman.com/
Good question. It's impossible for us to know exactly where the film will screen at the moment, but if all goes according to plan we will - at the least - hit the cities of London, New York, LA, Oslo, Copenhagen and Stockholm with screenings and festivals. We will keep you updated as to where else the film will screen as our festival schedule is put together in early 2013. In the unfortunate event that you select this pledge and we don't screen the film near you, we will be happy to replace the tickets with 3 signed DVDs of the film and a skype conversation where we can thank you personally for your support.
I'd like to choose the Associate Producer / Executive Producer level pledge, but how do I know where the premiere will be?
Another good question. While we can't be sure where the film will premiere, we can tell you that our plan is to have our international premiere at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas in March of 2013. If you select the Associate Producer / Executive Producer level pledge, and you can't make it to our premiere, we'll happily replace those tickets with 5 signed DVDs (Associate level) or 10 signed DVDs (Exec. level) of the film and a skype conversation where we can dress up just like we would at a real red carpet event!
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