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Help US reach our Stretch Goal!!! 20K by Tuesday, August 16th at 11 a.m.
STRETCH GOAL: Thanks to your generous donations, we made our goal $15K. We are adding a stretch goal, an additional $5K, that will allow us to translate and subtitle all of our science videos into Spanish. $20K for Living Springs. Let's DO this! Thanks to the Austin Parks Foundation for getting us started with a $1500 donation!
Barton Springs is Austin’s premier natural landmark and is touted by many as the “soul” of Austin. Emanating from an underground aquifer into a pool that is 1000 feet long, the Springs have played a central role in this geographic region for thousands of year. Philosophers, poets, painters, politicians, biologists, geologists, religious leaders, and daily swimmers all call Barton Springs home.
LIVING SPRINGS, an interactive, viewer-driven documentary, already presents many of these stories, and we're excited to be embarking on the vital Next Episode of the LIVING SPRINGS project!
There are 27 completed videos already available on our website, where people from around the world can learn about our amazing Barton Springs. In addition to our web platform, over the last four years, we've hosted free, full moon screenings at the Springs, and LIVING SPRINGS is permanently installed at the SPLASH into the Edwards Aquifer Exhibit at Barton Springs, an educational exhibit that sees 90,000 visitors each year.
We're so excited to be able to share LIVING SPRINGS in so many places and to share our latest plans via this campaign.
LIVING SPRINGS: AGE OF CONCERN tells the vital, little-known story of the crusaders who spent the middle part of the last century fighting to preserve Barton Springs for the future of Austin.
Many remember the events of the late 1990’s when Austinites stood together in defense of the Springs. But even before the Save Our Springs movement, a small group of dedicated Austinites fought hard to create a vision for Austin that included the preservation of our water and land. And yet, the history of Austin’s environmental pioneers is largely forgotten.
In the Next Episode of LIVING SPRINGS, we will explore the turbulent history of these early efforts to preserve Barton Springs and forge a green identity for Austin. Understanding the legacy and vision of Austin’s earliest environmentalists is one of the keys to protecting the Springs and the aquifer in the future.
In the last 4 years, LIVING SPRINGS has raised over $200,000 to complete our 27 episodes to-date. The City of Austin, Still Water Foundation, Shield Ayres Foundation, Austin Community Foundation, Humanities Texas, Mary and Thomas Grasseli Foundation, Creekmore and Adele Fath Foundation and countless individuals have helped us get this far!
We're so close to completing the 30-episode project and especially close to completing the 28th episode, AGE OF CONCERN. We already have an assembly edit put together and archival elements researched and ready to license. We're launching this Kickstarter to get AGE OF CONCERN across the finish line. Our goal is to raise $15,000 to pay for the final editing, archival footage licenses, audio mixing, and color correction of this crucial piece of the Barton Springs story. These funds will also be matched by one of our foundation partners so we can go full steam ahead to complete the whole project. When you back this campaign you'll be an essential part of telling the AGE OF CONCERN story but also in making all of LIVING SPRINGS a reality.
We've got some amazing Austin-based partners on board to help spread the word as well as some awesome rewards for folks who help out. Even if you can't contribute we hope you'll spend time surfing through the rewards list to get to know some of the amazing environmental groups, nature lovers and sharers, and artists who love Barton Springs and hope to preserve its history through LIVING SPRINGS. Dive in!
Even if you can't support the project financially there are SO MANY ways you can help out! You can share the campaign on social media, like us on Facebook, and follow us on twitter and instagram. Sharing LIVING SPRINGS with your friends is a great way to be a part of preserving the history and legacy of Barton Springs!
Karen Kocher, the creator and producer of LIVING SPRINGS was born under the Chinese sign of the Ox. Being “diligent, determined and trustworthy,” are the perfect traits for this documentary media producer since she has been building a big community including family, friends and complete strangers to get her “save the world, one-film-at-a-time,” projects completed.
In 2008, she developed Zilker Trek, an innovative iPod-based scavenger hunt/nature journaling project that brought new media into the hands of underserved kids at the Austin Sunshine camps and to the general public online in 2009. Her Austin Past and Present, is a cutting-edge interactive documentary that brings history into unlikely places, like Austin City Hall and the baggage claim at the Austin-Bergstrom International airport. Ms. Kocher has been teaching interactive digital storytelling and digital post-production for the Department of Radio, Television and Film at the U.T. Austin since 1998.
When Producer Susanne Mason is not producing her own amazing work, including the startling, Writ Writer, she is an ace archival gumshoe, tracking down key image and motion picture elements with the precision only a Virgo can bring to such work.
Deb Lewis, cinematographer extraordinare!, has a wealth of documentary shooting under her belt including P.O.V. and Independent Lens broadcast films. She's been involved with LIVING SPRINGS since the beginning and is an expert at keeping the sun off her head using her array of hats and umbrellas.
Amy Bench, also cinematographer extraordinare!, has braved sun, chiggers, and wet tripods to get the best shots for LIVING SPRINGS. Aside from her daring-do she brings extensive experience in both narrative and documentary film.
Justin Hennard has recorded and mixed for LIVING SPRINGS and even devised an especially cool parabolic device for recording perfect sound from across the vast expanse of Barton Springs. He has serious street cred as sound recordist and mixer for a number of important films including Laura Dunn’s, The Unforeseen.
More fantastic folks who have helped us to move the boulder up the hill, in no certain order: May Kuckro, Josh Hilliard, Anastasiya Bulavkina, Keely Steenson, Dan Stuyck, Susanne Kraft, Jeremy Gruy, Ben Bays, Jeanne Stern, Alex Herrera, Russell Bush, Joe Malina, John Brown, Glenn Dill, Therese Tran, Chithra Jeyaram, Hillary Pierce, Megan Gilbride and the U.T. Students who cut their teeth at LiVING SPRINGS: Sonia Melendez, Jeshua Mauldin, Brittany DuFriend, Hannah Dubbe, Nickolas Brassalero, Lance Seymour, Bobby Hammelman, Caitlin Lundin, Devin Matthews, Stephen Nonus, and Emily Ricketson.
Those who have lent their voices to play real people from another time: Bob Branson, Mary Gordon Spence, Don Howard, John Aielli, Sarah Gay, Ace Pickens, Bill Barton, Dorothy Richter, Tom Schatz, John Umphress, Ken Martin, Joseph P. Hart, Babs George
Risks and challenges
As with any project we cannot guarantee completion or delivery by any certain date should unforseen events arise. That said, with 27 episodes complete and available online we've got a great track record of fundraising, finishing our work, and getting it out to the public. We've worked tirelessly to get LIVING SPRINGS this far and our dedication to completing the project continues -- we hope you'll join us now when we're so close to completing LIVING SPRINGS!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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