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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Apr 23 2014

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This Kickstarter campaign has been suspended - but that's a good thing!

Since launching this campaign, we've been receiving much more support outside of Kickstarter through tax-deductible contributions to our fiscal sponsor (The Louisville Film Society). This is great news for Down The Line, but it unfortunately means we probably won't meet our Kickstarter goal of $55,000 this month. 

Since Kickstarter funding is all or nothing (meaning our backers aren't charged and we don't receive anything if we don't meet our full goal), I'm suspending this Kickstarter campaign in order to focus instead on tax-deductible contributions through the Louisville Film Society.

Kickstarter is a great platform, and it still has a role to play in our funding strategy.  We'll be launching a much more modest Kickstarter campaign soon ($2000 to fund a single short video, with an additional short video for every additional $2000 raised).  We'll have most of the same rewards in the new campaign, and I hope you'll check it out when we launch.

Thanks for everything!

Sellus Wilder

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Many Kentucky farmers had never heard of the Bluegrass Pipeline until strangers appeared to stake out a path across their farms. Now concerned citizens across the Commonwealth are banding together to protect their land and their families from a hazardous liquids pipeline that would impact communities from Pennsylvania to the Gulf Coast in a corporate effort to ship manufacturing materials overseas.

With its construction delayed and investors losing confidence, the Bluegrass Pipeline is fighting for the power to force itself onto Kentucky farms... 

This project is a feature-length documentary that uses the controversial Bluegrass Pipeline as a lens through which to examine global issues of energy and manufacturing.

We're also gearing up to produce and release a series of short videos in order to have a more timely effect while the full film is still in production.  These irreverent and informative videos will immediately challenge and attempt to stop the Bluegrass Pipeline while also promoting the larger film in production.

At best, this film will capture a diverse coalition of farmers, nuns, conservationists, conservatives, Native Americans, and filmmakers joining together in Kentucky to successfully fend off a profit-driven threat to their land and property rights.      

At the very least we'll document a good fight!

Whether the people win or lose in Kentucky, we can use this struggle to raise global awareness of a complex web of issues that touches us all.

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Although it won't be credited on Kickstarter, you can make a tax-deductible or anonymous contribution by writing a check to Louisville Film Society (with pipeline in the memo) and mailing to:

Wilder Productions - 509 Logan Street - Frankfort, KY 40601

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Learn more about Wilder Productions and Down The Line @ www.SellusWilder.com/DownTheLine

Risks and challenges

Our production timeframe is just an estimate, but we believe it's reasonable. We should know before the end of the year whether or not we've succeeded in stopping the Bluegrass Pipeline, and we can wrap up the production soon after that dust has settled. The short videos that we'll produce along the way will lay groundwork for the final film (essentially by pre-editing some sequences), which will help us move more efficiently through post-production when the time comes.

Any ambitious film or video project is liable to run into unforeseen challenges, but I'm an experienced independent filmmaker and videographer with numerous awards under my belt, and I have faith that the various collaborators on this project can rise to meet any challenge.

Thank you for your interest in Down The Line, and keep an eye out for our next campaign!

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